We're pleased to bring you just some of the major food & drink retail and supply stories recently covered by The Grocer.
Waitrose signs up to Organic Potato Pledge
Waitrose has become the first major retailer in the UK to sign up to the Organic Potato Pledge. As part of the UK Robust Potato Pledge, the supermarket will stop the use of copper-based fungicides on its organic fresh potatoes.
UK’s net zero plan 'devoid of urgency' on food
The strategy did not address changing diets despite the Climate Change Committee advising that people should eat 20% less meat and dairy by 2030 and 35% less by 2050.
Stonegate Farmers unveils UK-first carbon neutral egg brand Respectful
The brand has adopted sustainable practices to achieve carbon neutrality, including the use of locally sourced feed.
Wholesalers say flow of goods is worse than at pandemic start
Several wholesalers have told The Grocer that major supplier availability was currently between 80%-85%.
Industry leaders outraged at business rates reform delay
The plans have been “kicked into the long grass” because Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been too busy to consider them in the pandemic, it has been reported.
Dairy and livestock producers urged to sign up to antibiotic database
Developed by AHDB, Medicine Hub is described as a “safe, secure and independent central repository” that collates, reports and compares antibiotic data from a variety of sources.
Jess Cooks bags £100k seed funding for growth drive
Children’s frozen food start-up Jess Cooks has secured £100k in seed funding to scale the business and build nationwide retail distribution.
Consumers fear Christmas food & drink shortages
A third of shoppers have already begun stocking up on food and drink for Christmas or are planning to before the end of October.
Startup Tweakit launches powder toiletries to combat plastic use
Shampoo, conditioner and body wash come in powder form and must be mixed with water in Tweakit’s reusable pump dispenser bottle.
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