Cut sugar in cakes, chocolate by 20%, industry told

Sugar limits for everyday foods such as biscuits, chocolate bars and cereals have been published by public health officials in a bid to make UK children more healthy. Public Health England is challenging businesses to cut sugar by 20% by 2020, and by 5% this year. It says the food industry should try lowering sugar … Read more…

Minimum wage rise set to increase pressure on hospitality firms

Increases in the minimum wage set to take effect on 1 April 2017 are expected to directly benefit up to 2.3 million workers. But the Low Pay Commission, an independent adviser to government, which carried out an assessment of the anticipated consequences of the higher rates, indicated that the rises will also create pressures for … Read more…

Bake Yourself Happy in The Taster by Kate Baily

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…