New Technical Manager joins HFMA
Health Food Business magazine
by Rachel Symonds
2w ago
The Heath Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has announced the appointment of a new Technical Manager. Houaida Alawieh joins the organisation with a wealth of experience and insight, with a specialist knowledge of food legislation, regulatory affairs and industry best practices, and extensive experience in the global regulatory affairs domain. Working closely with CLEAR CHECK, Houaida will be assisting with technical queries, as well as keeping up to date with technical and regulatory issues and how they may affect members and the industry. Along with the CLEAR CHECK team and the scientifi ..read more
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Inflation fall “a step back to high street”, says retail group
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by Rachel Symonds
3w ago
A leading retail group has described the recent inflation fall to 2.3 per cent as a step to bring people back to the high street. The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) says the inflation rate fall to 2.3 per cent this week is a good step to help bring people back to the high street – but stresses that the Bank of England needs to now reduce interest rates too. Bira, which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, reacted to the news that the UK inflation rate has fallen to a figure just below the Bank of England’s target of two per cent. This marks ..read more
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Natural beauty awards to elevate UK brands
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by Rachel Symonds
3w ago
Soil Association Certification has announced a new partnership with European Natural Beauty Awards to elevate UK natural cosmetics on the European stage. The certification body for organic and sustainable products, and the European Natural Beauty Awards (ENBA) announced the new collaboration, which aims to combat greenwashing in the UK and elevate the best natural cosmetics from the UK in the wider European market. The European Natural Beauty Awards recognise excellence in natural beauty products across Europe. This partnership will offer a platform to increase visibility and recognition for U ..read more
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Booja-Booja launch new single portion mini pots
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by Chantelle Holland
3w ago
Booja-Booja, the multi award-winning ice cream and chocolate truffle maker, is launching four of its most popular ice cream flavours in single portion ‘mini pots’. Following the success of its free-from ice cream range which launched last summer, Booja-Booja is now making 110ml pots of the flavours Deeply Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel Pecan Praline and Mango & Raspberry. Perfect for impulse buys and food service, each one is made from an organic cashew nut base and just a handful of simple ingredients. They contain no artificial flavourings, preservatives or colours and they are all organic ..read more
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Eight in 10 Veganuary participants plan to halve meat and dairy intake
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by Rachel Symonds
1M ago
The results of the Veganuary campaign have revealed 82 per cent of people who took part in 2024 plan to make significant diet changes after participating. The results from the participant survey found that the 82 per cent plan to either stay fully vegan or reduce animal products by at least 50 per cent. The number one reason people decided to stay vegan is that they learned more about veganism (24 per cent), followed by improved health (20 per cent) and finding it easier than expected (17 per cent). In terms of their experience during the challenge, around half saw some improvement to their ov ..read more
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Sustainability data to be provided to schools and hospitals
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by Rachel Symonds
1M ago
Sustainability data at farm level will soon be provided to schools and hospitals in a first for UK public procurement. Soil Association Exchange is set to deliver environmental measures for farms in public sector purchasing as part of the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Buying Better Food and Drink agreement, available for UK public sector organisations to use for buying food and drink through a single online access point. Provided by Entegra, a Sodexo company, and expert in procurement solutions, and using AgileChain technology by Equilibrium Markets following a tender process in 2023. As we ..read more
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Alara Wholefoods launches two gut health cereals
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by Chantelle Holland
1M ago
To tap into the rapidly growing gut health market, sustainable food pioneer Alara Wholefoods is launching two new organic cereal products – Alara Organic Wheat Bran and Alara Organic Oat Bran. Both cereals are high-quality, single ingredient products that each offer a complex nutritional profile suited to anyone looking to support their gut microbiome. A growing body of research1 shows wheat bran promotes gut microbiota diversity, and is an effective prebiotic. Similarly, multiple studies2,3 confirm the prebiotic function of oat bran, plus its ability to reduce oxidative stress and inflam ..read more
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Consumers expect more from sustainable snack products
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by Rachel Symonds
1M ago
New research has revealed that consumer expectations for snack products go beyond sustainably sourced ingredients. Data obtained by UK wholesaler, Epicurium, has suggested that modern consumers have come to expect manufacturers of sustainable snacks to enact changes in addition to sourcing ingredients sustainably. In the first of its kind undertaken by Epicurium, the recent study found that increasingly, consumer expectations of sustainable snack manufacturers goes beyond the sourcing of ingredients and instead now also encompasses full ingredient transparency, a requirement for companies to h ..read more
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Incognito launch sustainable bracelet that repels insects
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by Chantelle Holland
1M ago
Anti-mosquito brand incognito has launched a new lightweight insect repellent bracelet, which is 100 per cent natural, free from plastic, and reusable. This unique, sustainable bracelet is made from handcrafted wooden-beads with a capsule inside the central clasp which contains high grade insect repellent oils including java citronella, lemon eucalyptus and peppermint oil. The Insect Repellent Bracelet can be used from age three upwards and helps to keep mosquitoes, midges, gnats, horseflies, fleas and other biting and stinging insects away for 18 days or more per capsule. Each bracelet comes ..read more
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Fairtrade Foundation plans celebrations ahead of 30-year anniversary
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by Rachel Symonds
1M ago
With 2024 marking three decades of the Fairtrade Mark, the organisation behind it in the UK is planning to celebrate the achievements of the movement. There are now more than 6,000 Fairtrade products in the UK, and the number is growing all the time. Globally, millions of farmers and workers in 70 countries are part of 1,930 Fairtrade certified producer organisations, benefitting from stable prices, community facilities such as education, healthcare and clean water which Fairtrade has funded, access to training and a platform for their voices to be heard. And now, with 2024 marking the 30th an ..read more
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