The Death of Lunch

According to a number of food trend consultants to the ‘Posh People’s Supermarkets’, the big trend to watch is the blurring of meal times for busy people. Cities, in particular, where many people do not take time off from their desks for lunch, the trend for healthy snack food is a growth area that supermarket … Read more…

Health & Ethics Matter by Stella West- Harling

According to an extended report recently commissioned and published by Nestle, as a result of 63% of the UK population being overweight or obese , money is to be made promoting and supplying healthy food options, both in hospitality and in retail. Consumers want to improve their health and research by Footprint Intelligence revealed that … Read more…

Organic Market Growth Continues

Organic The Soil Association’s 2017 Organic Market Report reveals that the UK organic market has grown for its fifth successive year, boosted by a 19.1% increase in organic in the foodservice sector, which is now worth £76.6 million. There has been a 66% increase in sales of organic through the Food for Life Catering Mark. … Read more…

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…