Tag Archives: UK

Swings and Roundabouts in Brewing

Its interesting that the heart of beer development outside of Europe could be argued to have started in the US moved to Britain and then back to the US and that the UK is now moving towards learning from the US.

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This 3 or 4 page article is a very nice overview of the current status and of the history of how things developed in the US and the UK.

Frozen Food Overview – Free Online Information

This 28 page document is the Food Vision of the British Frozen Food Industry.

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from: British Frozen Food Industry
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Although the document considers the British industry it is packed with information that would be of value to anyone, anywhere considering entering the frozen food market.

There are detailed sections on market, technology & quality, sustainability & social and nutrition. The report has large lists of references.

Possibly as would be expected from a Frozen Food Association they are very positive about the future of the industry.

If You Have Started To Thing About Carbon – Here’s a view of What The Food Chain Looks Like

This diagram presents the data that has been collected in a lot of work in the United Kingdom. It breaks down the CO2 production for the complete food chain.

Detailed breakdown of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the UK Food and Drink Supply Chain

from: Teeside University
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The author, John Stanford, highlighted the following points from this diagram that put emmissions in context.

• Soil emissions are the biggest single item
• Farm enteric emissions bigger than the emissions of the whole of food manufacturing
• UK Freight emissions are less than domestic cold storage
• The biggest contributors are Agriculture, Food Production and Trade Balance Household

What are your thoughts on this?email me.

Beautiful Trends and Useful?

There’s no doubt that these presentations of a pile of data on trends in grocery purchases are beautiful.

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from: Times Online Labs
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The comparison between butter and margarine is striking. The consumption of butter fell as the cholesterol danger was pushed, allowing margarine to grow until the downside of that become obvious. The missing link in the story is at the bottom of this post!

If you go online you can use this data and the graphs interactively to look at a whole range of products, which is really impressive. The ring shows the percentage share of the various products – its instructive to watch this as you move the cursor over the years on the x axis.

The information is probably useful to UK food processors, although most of it is known anyway.

For African Food Processors it maybe shows what can be expected in Africa in the future and it could help an exporter.

But anyway its beautiful to see and use! and here’s the missing link:

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Organic Food Sales Slump – What of Other High Cost Trendies?

As this Blog said but some people tried not to see, the sales of organic foods have slumped drastically in the UK, falling a fifth in a year.

 

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from: The Independent
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Actually this was inevitable but the question it raises is what of the other trends in the Food Industry that cost extra such as

    • convenience foods
    • nutriceuticals
    • ethical foods such as FAIRTRADE

 

UK Food Manufacturers and Retailers Agrees to Fight Waste

I have often posted on the waste issue – highlighting the problem, looking at solutions and reporting on achievements. Now, in the UK, we have a real agreement in place and initial results that look promising.

 

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from: WRAP
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Retailers and manufacturers are committed to working together to cut the UK’s household food waste by 155,000t or 2.5 per cent of the total waste by the end of 2010 – equivalent to $520 million and 700 000 tons of Carbon Dioxide a year.

The agreement is part of WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign and has already achieved The campaign which was launched in November 2007 had already delivered a reduction of 110,000 tons in the annual amount of household food waste by March 2008.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, bakery products, dairy, meat and fish products are the biggest sources of household food waste, according to WRAP. The latest initiative will focus on eliminating waste by developing more effective labeling; pack size range, storage advice and packaging to keep food fresher for longer.

This is interesting when compared to the situation in Africa where hunger and famine are widespread. There is of course no way of saying how many people this mass of food could feed but its interesting that that in the recent Myanmar Emergency Operation by the World Food Programme people received 450 g/day of food or 0.16 ton a year so a million people would have consumed 160 000 ton a year!

 

Freegans

Freegans are anti-consumerist individuals employ alternative living strategies based on “limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.

Amongst other they salvage discarded but unspoiled food that has passed its best by date, as a political statement not because they are poor or homeless.

This seems a very weird and almost humourous concept, but this site used it to link to the major food wastage problem in the UK.

 

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from: FoodNavigator
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Some quotable extracts from this webpage:

    • “It is estimated that one third of all waste going to landfill comes from the food sector, and one quarter of this could have been consumed.”
    • “It showed that UK consumers are throwing away a total of £10bn worth of food each year. It said that the widespread concern about soaring food prices “sits awkwardly” alongside proof that consumers dispose of 6.7m tonnes of food waste each year, 4.1m tonnes of which could have been eaten. This equates to £420 per household every year.”
    • “Redistribution schemes such as FareShare can help reduce the 1.6m tonnes coming from retailers. This UK charity offers tailored solutions to the food industry by taking companies’ surplus and waste and distributing the edible food through a community network of over 500 organisations that help disadvantaged people.
      Last year, FareShare helped save 2,000 tonnes of edible food from landfill, providing meals for 3.3m people. This in turn meant 13,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide was emitted into the environment.”

Some of our previous posts linked to food waste:

WASTE – Food, Energy, Water & Time
Mali’s Mangos
One Million Tubs of Yoghurt
Biofuels From Waste