Food and Drink

Bringing the natural and organic products industry the latest food and drink news from around the UK and Ireland.

Industry in ‘high spirits’ as Danish Minister opens Eco Life Scandinavia

Danish Minister opens NOFF with the message that ‘together we can ... drive forward the organic way of producing sustainable products’.

Inaugural Free From Christmas Awards full of the festive spirit

The winners of the first ever Free From Christmas Awards 2021 have been announced, with Cocoa Libre and Three Spirit winning the top honours.

Made for Drink partners with English Heritage to champion local producers

Made For Drink is working with English Heritage to help champion England’s food producers through a new line of premium crisps.

Takeaways from the Organic Trade Conference

Soil Association Certification’s keynote event, the Organic Trade Conference: Organic on the Road to 2030, took place at the end of October.

‘Houston, we have a solution’, Veganuary declares in Glasgow

Via ads across the city, Veganuary tells Glasgow ‘Houston, we have a solution’ in a bid to pull focus onto veganism as climate change fix.

News in brief

Following the launch of its White Chocolate Pretzels, snack brand Olly’s has announced listings in Whole Foods US and Sam’s Club China.

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Raw Chocolate Company has unveiled its ‘live in wonder’ rebrand, a vivid makeover which celebrates 15 years in business.

WRAP: 63% of Brits want immediate climate action

With COP26 in full swing, WRAP finds that six in ten consumers believe businesses should act immediately on climate change.

Alpro unveils high-speed facility to ramp up UK production

Alpro has announced a £17 million production facility for its Kettering-based factory which will reduce energy consumption and water usage.

Respectful launches UK’s first carbon neutral eggs

Respectful has introduced the first UK carbon neutral eggs that ‘embrace the natural environment rather than placing a strain on it’.

Kallø stirs up stocks category with squeezy paste

New Kallø gluten- and lactose- free Organic Stock Pastes have been designed as an ‘innovative, game-changing’ way to add flavour to meals.

Arla goes for 50% growth in organic dairy

Over the next five years Arla Foods is targeting 50% growth across its organic dairy business, from retail to foodservice.

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Rhythm 108’s new Vegan Chocolate Truffle Selection gift box contains a mix of M’lk, Dark and White Swiss Vegan Chocolate Truffles.

The Cornish Health Store owner marks 24 years

Natural health retailer Karen Williams has celebrated 24 years as owner of The Cornish Health Store, having worked there since 1991.

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Made with oats grown by Oatmeal of Alford in Aberdeenshire, Gluten Free Scottish Oats is the latest SKU to join Alara’s Net Zero Food range.

Concerns voiced as Natasha’s Law takes effect

Natasha’s Law came into effect on 1 October but many businesses reported a lack of preparedness and the regulations were met with confusion.

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In an interview series, Collaborate to Zero, Mark Jankovich, CEO of Delphis Eco, will discuss how we can collaborate to a zero carbon world.

SA-certified products join Amazon Climate Pledge Friendly

Organic brands can expect ‘a welcome online boost’ as certified products now have the chance to enhance their trade on Amazon.

Defra’s plans to ‘unlock power of GE’ questioned by organic sector

Defra's plans to overturn existing EU legislation and ‘unlock the power of gene editing’ (GE) in the UK have been met with unease by OF&G.

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Wildflower specialist Seedball’s new limited edition LOVE and Love Bees gift sets aim to encourage wildlife and protect bees this Christmas.