Nielsen data shows huge growth in organic market, even during the pandemic

Nielsen data shows huge growth in organic market, even during the pandemic

Nielsen revealed this week at the virtual Organic Trade Conference that the UK market for organic food has reached its highest growth level in more than 10 years. Organics have seen an increase in sales of 9.5% year on year, showing the power of healthy, fresh food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nielsen research indicated that the […]

Dutch A TOP Packaging wins prestigious European packaging innovation award

Dutch A TOP Packaging wins prestigious European packaging innovation award

On 7 October, the winners of the European Carton Excellence Award 2020 were announced during a virtual event that was organised to celebrate the achievements of the European carton industry during a challenging year. A TOP Packaging of The Netherlands, which focuses on circular and sustainable packaging solutions, was awarded the innovation prize for their […]

UK supermarket salad suppliers investigated over pesticides in rivers

UK supermarket salad suppliers investigated over pesticides in rivers

The UK environment watchdog is examining whether more than 50 sites that supply salad and vegetables to supermarkets and other businesses are discharging chemical pollution into rivers and streams, The Guardian reports. The action follows revelations that a salad producer supplying retailers including Waitrose was washing pesticides into a protected chalk stream in Hampshire. The […]

Consumers coming to market for sweet cooking pumpkins, according to Tesco

Consumers coming to market for sweet cooking pumpkins, according to Tesco

Carving pumpkins have been a staple item for UK shoppers and their families during the month of October.  But a new trend, largely fueled by the vegan crowd, has led to big demand for the cooking, edible variety of pumpkins.   In fact, during the past two years, Tesco says sales are up 150%. Because of […]

Early success with app orders pushes Aldi, Waitrose to expand trials with Deliveroo

Early success with app orders pushes Aldi, Waitrose to expand trials with Deliveroo

Two UK retailers say they not only will continue their online grocery delivery trials but also will expand them greatly as both demand and positive responses pour in. Discount supermarket chain Aldi plans to double the size of its trial with Deliveroo – from 20 stores to 40 across London, Manchester, Cambridge and the Midlands […]

Five ways to preserve cold chain, keep food fresh through smart technology

Five ways to preserve cold chain, keep food fresh through smart technology

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people are increasingly sensitive to hygiene standards — in their workplaces, public spaces and even in the food they consume.  And it’s not just the public that’s concerned; the UK government is continually releasing and updating ‘COVID-secure’ regulations, which require venues providing food and drink for consumption on […]

Weather Asset: Using history matching to improve accuracy of seasonal forecasts

Weather Asset: Using history matching to improve accuracy of seasonal forecasts

Meteorological experts at the world-leading Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) in the UK are using novel data science techniques to help fresh produce companies improve crop management and sourcing via a new cloud-based data platform – WeatherAsset. According to Colin McKinnon, CEO at WeatherAsset, traditional weather forecasts are often unreliable when looking further out than a […]

The Smart Way To Meet The World’s Food Demands

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed vulnerabilities in the UK’s food supply systems, including labour challenges and insufficient capacity in domestic food production. And according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Outlook 2020, food markets are set to face many more months of uncertainty related to the pandemic. What is the food system? […]