October 2018

Increased demand for organic food without the price tag

29/10/2018 10:10
Although ‘conscious consumerism’ is on the rise, European shoppers aren’t always willing to pay en ‘ethical premium’ with 48% admitting that they are ‘particularly reluctant’ to pay more for locally-sourced and organic food.

Carried out by market research agency IRI on 3,300+ EU consumers, the survey found that 70% prefer to buy from companies that are “fair and transparent, respect the environment, use recyclable packaging and have low food miles.”

Of the seven countries surveyed, Italy came out on top as...

Soil Association awards Blackburn charity Organic Served Here

29/10/2018 08:10
As part of its Organic Served Here scheme, the Soil Association has awarded the café at the Sanctuary of Healing Trust (Blackburn) five stars – meaning that over 95% of its ingredients are organic.

Said to be the first holistic and spiritual centre in the UK to receive the award, five stars is the highest rating possible and “assures customers that they are eating and drinking from a menu made up of between 15% and 100% certified organic products.”

Sanctuary manager Tony Clarkson...

Institute of Food Science and Technology hosts ‘Celebrating Individuality’ event

29/10/2018 08:10
The Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) is hosting a ‘Celebrating Individuality’ event next month, exploring the opportunities for personalisation in the food and drink industry.

Run by the organisation’s Sensory Science group, the ‘interactive meeting’ will take place 14 November at the University of Nottingham, looking at the impact of diversity on sensory and consumer science.

With keynotes from Emma Gubisch, head of consumer and sensory insight at Leatherhead...

HCL unveils allergy management portal

29/10/2018 08:10
HCL (Hertfordshire Catering Ltd) has launched an online allergy management portal, making it easier for parents to manage their children’s food intake.

The allergy management system was created to deliver full visibility to parents through an account-based platform that enables critical information to be updated, helping HCL, the school and the kitchen safeguard children with allergies and intolerances.

Ramatu Nguru, School Food...

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625,000 jobs could be lost sector-wide, warns UKHospitality

26/10/2018 10:10
UK government will announce its Autumn Budget on Monday (29 October), but trade body UKHospitality already has trepidations - warning that 625,000 ‘vital’ sector jobs could be lost over the next five years.

Following the publication of the ‘Economic Contribution of the UK Hospitality Industry Report,’ the national organisation said that “hundreds of thousands of vital sector jobs could be lost and investment stunted” if it continues to be overtaxed without government support.

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