Sales of organic food and drink top £2billion for the first time after demand rises for the fifth year in a row

Demand for organic food and drink has risen for the fifth year in a row. Annual UK sales were up 7.1 per cent in 2016 to top £2billion for the first time, a report found. Much of the rise was driven by high street chains including Pret a Manger, McDonald’s – which uses organic milk … Read more…

Pensions Act – Auto Enrolment

Becoming a business owner certainly has its advantages: take having greater control over your working day, coupled with the feeling that you’ve built something of your own – for many it’s all that’s needed to give up the life of an employee and become their own boss. But, running a business comes with some unavoidable … Read more…

Time to get Active! Let’s Fight USA GMOs.  

When I started my cookery school 25 years ago, my ethos of buying local, seasonal, organic (wherever possible) produce was something very new to my students. How times have changed and thankfully for the better. Back then I wrote scathing articles both in the UK and in the USA about GMO crops, over-use of hormones and … Read more…

Fairtrade Fortnight

After the excesses of Christmas and New Year, let us turn our thought to the rest of the world where many struggle every day to survive and keep their families from being hungry.  ICSA will be running articles and information during Fairtrade Fortnight (Monday 27 February – Sunday 12 March). We ask you to choose how you … Read more…

Carrageenan Ban. 

Carrageenan is a thickener and stabiliser derived from seaweed that food companies use in a wide range of products. Low fat dairy, nondairy milks, and yogurts are some of the common grocery items that contain carrageenan. This food additive has been controversial for many years. Carrageenan has come under fire for a possible link to intestinal … Read more…

ALDI- The highest-paying supermarket in UK.

ALDI is to give more than 3,000 staff a pay rise making it the highest-paying supermarket in the UK. Employees at the bargain chain will earn £8.53 an hour and £9.75 if they live in London, starting from February 1. The German discounter said more than 3,350 UK employees will benefit from the  pay hike, which marks … Read more…

Vegetables Will Replace Meat by 2020—And Millennials Are Driving the Shift

Millennials have consistently demonstrated that they care about food, which also means caring about the environment Throughout the history of the American dinner plate, meat held pride of place—a hunk of beef resting next to a pile of starch, with a few tepid vegetables perhaps thrown in for a dash of color and virtue. Peas, … Read more…

Organic Aldi

  A supermarket that is known for its low prices is starting to make a name for itself as a health food store. In recent years, Aldi has been removing certain pesticides and chemicals from its products, and now they are going even further.  As of January 1, the German retailer will be removing eight pesticides … Read more…

News: New English Language Requirements implemented

  As reported in Personnel Today the new English language requirements for public-sector workers in customer-facing roles came into force on 21 November 2016, following the publication this week of provisions under the Immigration Act 2016. Workers must be sufficiently fluent in English, or – in Wales – in English or Welsh, for the effective performance of their … Read more…

ICSA in the press

Since ICSA launched in 2014,  we have been featured in national press articles such as the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Metro,  high end food publications delicious., and Food&Travel Magazine and flagship sustainability publication The Taster as well as featuring in many online articles. We are building our press archives , so watch this space … Read more…