Author: Sabbir Hossain

Trade groups: Brexit report underlines our fears

Trade groups have backed a report on Brexit from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee that warns of a potentially “significant impact” on UK agriculture and the knock-on impact on consumers. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) supported calls for more government clarity, as well as impact assessments from the report, Brexit: Trade in Food​. “FDF has repeatedly stated that those sectors which form the UK’s £112bn ‘farm-to-fork’ supply chain would be most affected by Brexit, and the conclusions from the latest EFRA committee report affirm this,” ​said Ian Wright, director general of the FDF. “We welcome the committee’s...

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Industry dissatisfied about GCA decision

The government decision not to extend the remit of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has provoked mixed views from suppliers, with some dissatisfied with the outcome. Earlier today, the government rejected calls to extend the remit of the GCA, but decided to take action, as a number of those submitting to its consultation highlighted the “unfair pressures”​ placed on primary producers. The government pledged to bring in a number of measures to help protect the rights of farmers and small producers, including a £10M collaboration fund, compulsory dairy contracts and sheep carcase classification. Weak response​ Traidcraft Exchange claimed it left...

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Ultimate Food Company placed into administration

The Ultimate Food Company, based in Kendal, which made puddings, including some under the Famous Grouse brand under licence, has gone into administration due to a “number of issues”. The company, which also traded as The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company, was placed into administration on February 5 2018. Insolvency practioners Begbies Traynor have been appointed with joint administrators being Ian McCulloch and Dean Watson. Ultimate had been trading for over 30 years, producing not just puddings but also rum and brandy butters, dessert sauces, and Sri Lankan chutneys under the Demels brand. Number of issues​ McCulloch said: “Ultimate was...

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Chipotle Takes on Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as CEO

Early on, Chipotle Mexican Grill positioned itself as a restaurant industry innovator. But it has spent the past few years struggling to recover from a string of food safety crises, as well as abandonment by its customers and a plunging stock price. For help, the chain is turning to quick-serve Taco Bell for CEO Brian Niccol, 43, to replace Chipotle’s founder, Steve Ells, as CEO on March 5. Niccol is tasked with replicating his success transforming Taco Bell from a fast-food afterthought to a social media-savvy company with sleek new stores, clever new creations and the hugely popular Doritos...

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Food groups attack ‘ultra-processed’ food criticism

Food industry groups have challenged claims that ‘ultra-processed’ foods cause higher rates of obesity and are inherently bad for consumers. A report issued last week, Household availability of ultra-processed foods and obesity in 19 European countries​, found that more than half the food UK consumers bought (50.7%) was ‘ultra-processed’. The term was used to mean made in a factory with industrially processed ingredients and additives. Head of the research team Professor Carlos Monteiro from the University of São Paulo claimed there was a link between these types of food and obesity and poor health. However, the Institute of Food Science...

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