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…

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…

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…

New Year’s revolutions – Can the UK reduce our food waste line in 2016?

Got an ethically minded food-related New Years resolution? It could be sourcing more sustainably, paying a fair price for milk, or disposing of your waste in a more environmentally friendly way.  Share it with us here, tweet or Facebook us and we would love to share it with the food community. We suggest we all … Read more…

New National Living Wage sends shockwaves through the industry

A new survey has suggested that the new National Living Wage, set to come into force in April 2016, is sending “shockwaves” through the labour market as employers seek to minimise extra costs. The report from Manpower surveyed 2,101 employers and found that many were looking to scale back on recruitment over the next year, … Read more…