Food and Drink

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

Orgran scoops top prize at FreeFrom Food Awards

It’s that time of year again, when the winners of the Freefrom Food Awards are announced, and this year’s top accolade ­– the FAIR trophy for Best FreeFrom Food – was presented to Orgran for its Vegan Easy Egg.

Marigold creates new superfood condiment

Marigold Health Foods has launched its latest product, Super Engevita Yeast Flakes, described as a ‘superfood condiment’.

Brand owners explore special FDF Organic Group idea

Around 40 representatives from the organic sector met recently to discuss forming a specialist organic group inside the Food and Drink Federation.  

Soil Association Certification freezes fee increase

Responding the ‘unprecedented pressures’ of COVID-19 on farmers and food suppliers, Soil Association Certification is freezing its annual fee increases.

Organic exports face ‘outright ban’ if equivalence not agreed

Organic food and drink organizations have written to the chief Brexit negotiator to express 'deep concern' about the future of organic.

The Savourists innovate in snacking sector

In what it says is a category first, ‘challenger’ snack brand The Savourists has launched an innovative line of savoury bars.

New Knocknacarra concept store opened by Evergreen Healthfoods

Family-run Irish retailer Evergreen Healthfoods has opened a new concept store in Galway, at the Gateway Shopping Park in Knocknacarra.

UK ‘eats the most junk food in Europe’

In a HelloFresh survey 15,000 citizens from nine European countries were asked how often they consume junk food; the UK came out on top.

UK organic land conversion up 12%

Soil Association Certification has welcomed figures published by Defra showing an uplift in UK farmers seeking organic conversion.

Inc Retail acquires ‘substantial’ stake in plant-based start-up GUT Instinct

Inc Retail has purchased a 42% stake in the brand GUT Instinct which launched onto the market last year with its Barista Oat Edition milk. 

Veg Capital acquires majority share in Devon-based vegan firm Clive’s

Vegan bakery Clive’s has secured a ‘game-changing’ investment from Veg Capital which will enable it to drive new product development.

Valley Fest gives back

Valley Fest – in collaboration with organic brand and headline partner Yeo Valley – has reported a charity fundraising total of £12,199 from summer 2019.

Belvoir takes to the summer skies

Belvoir Fruit Farms has launched a hot-air balloon to interact with consumers at various festivals the brand will be attending throughout the summer.

Kallo releases first national OOH ad campaign

Wessanen UK brand Kallo has launched its first ever national out of home (OOH) advertising campaign in the UK.

GREK brews up Greek infusions

GREK is a new brand of tea which uses carefully selected herbs from Greece to produce a range of 100% organic herbal infusions.

New choc bars from Pulsin

Pulsin has created two new bars – Salted Caramel Raw Choc Brownie and Peanut Choc Protein Booster – to offer consumers a convenient way to keep energized.

Rude Health showcases hot new lines

Rude Health will be showcasing several new products at Natural & Organic Products Europe this April, including Hot Chocolate and Turmeric Latte, which will be launching during the show.

Charity calls for end to ‘unfair’ VAT on plant milks

PLANT-based food charity Proveg International is calling for an end to the ‘unequal and unfair’ taxation of plant-based milk compared to cow’s milk. 

Fruit picking on furlough

Trade association British Apples & Pears has launched a recruitment campaign to simultaneously help tackle food waste and unemployment in the UK.

Spanish plant-based meat brand enters UK market

Spanish brand Heura has entered the UK ­- initially into The Vegan Kind and Planet Organic - with its range of plant-based ‘meat’ products.