Industry News

The latest news from the natural and organic products industry.

Tesco links with Loop for plastic waste reduction

After delaying its launch due to coronavirus, TerraCycle has today introduced its zero-waste shopping platform Loop to the UK in a partnership with Tesco.

Face coverings become mandatory in England’s shops

From 24 July it will be mandatory to wear a face mask or covering in shops and supermarkets in England, where social distancing cannot always be maintained.  

Britain needs to ‘grow up’ when it comes to food security

This was the message from Professor Tim Lang at the OFC Bitesize webinar Towards Greater Self Sufficiency, examining the future of food security in Britain.

The COVID-19 masks threatening the lives of whales

Billions of masks and gloves are ending up in the sea during the pandemic, says Ocean Conservancy, warning we're heading for a surge in ocean pollution.

Urgent wake up call to Government to ‘fix the failings of...

The Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment has published a report questioning the affordability of the recommended healthy diet.

Rainforest Alliance publishes new Certification Program

The Rainforest Alliance has enhanced its sustainability certification, with the publication of a new programme embracing more robust criteria.

Nestlé’s decision to cut KitKat’s ties with Fairtrade ‘profoundly disappointing’

Nestlé has announced that its KitKat brand will source Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa from October, abandoning its ten-year involvement with Fairtrade.

Reusable containers safe during pandemic, scientists insist

More than 100 scientists this week signed a statement to reassure the public that reusable containers are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

HFI Training Awards winners announced

In the absence of the HFI annual awards cermeony – cancelled due to COVID-19 – John Frisby, chairman, speaks to NPN about the winners of the 2020 winners.

UK orders ‘rapid evidence review’ on vitamin D-COVID link

Public health authorities have launched a 'rapid evidence review' into the ability of vitamin D to reduce the risks from coronavirus.

Brighton welcomes new plant-based burger delivery service

Brighton is to become the first location for new plant-based business Clean Kitchen Club, delivering vegan burgers to the doorsteps of local residents.

Fighting food poverty: U-turn on school meal vouchers

Following a campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, the Government has a made a U-turn on its decision to stop free school meal vouchers at the end of term.

Vitamin D deficiency shown to raise COVID-19 ICU risk

As evidence builds that COVID-19 patients with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to experience severe clinical outcomes, urgent trials are underway.

EOF fears Government may overlook organic farming in ‘public goods’ policy

As Government steers its ‘public money for public goods’ farming system through parliament, The EOF is concerned organic options are being side-lined.

Majority of health stores ‘confident’ about future

A recent survey carried out by the National Association of Health Stores reveals predominantly 'confident' outlooks among health stores for the future.

Contactless coffee: Better Food and City to Sea revive reusables

Better Food is partnering with City to Sea on a #ContactlessCoffee initiative to enable the ethical retailer to create safely revive the use of reusables. 

New app helps consumers Beat the Microbead

A new app Beat the Microbead from environmental organization the Plastic Soup Foundation has launched to enable consumers to test for microplastics.

Children’s fruit and veg intake falls significantly during lockdown

A new study has revealed that since schools shut down in March there has been a significant decrease in the amount of fruit and veg consumed by children.

Post-pandemic pantry: how the virus is impacting Brits’ food priorities

Recent Mintel research into food and drink revealed some positive impacts of the coronavirus crisis on the way Brits intend to eat beyond the pandemic.

Vitamin brand told not to repeat COVID-19 claims

Vitamin brand Revival Shots has had social media ads banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for making 'misleading' COVID-19 claims.