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A Food Brexit: Time To Get Real
Tuesday July 18 2017 06:09
Greening Commercial Transport: Biogas Potential As HGV Fuel
Monday July 10 2017 03:02
Processed foods: The Pros And Cons From EUFIC
Thursday July 06 2017 03:28
Brexit Threatens Eating Out In Britain - PAPA Research
Tuesday July 04 2017 05:11
Highest Sales Growth In Five Years For British Supermarkets
Tuesday June 27 2017 15:25
Over A Quarter Of All Shoppers Are Open To 'Conversational Commerce', Reports IGD
Friday June 23 2017 04:57
Global Update on Nutrition Labelling
Tuesday June 20 2017 09:49
Strategies For A Successful Product Launch
Monday June 19 2017 09:45
Global Plant Milk Market To Top US$16 Billion in 2018
Tuesday June 13 2017 07:53
UK Food And Grocery Forecast To Grow By 15% By 2022
Thursday June 08 2017 03:35
NPD Will Be Major Source Of Growth For Confident Food Industry
Monday May 22 2017 03:26
Global Organic Baby Food Market to Reach $11,592 Million, Globally, by 2023
Monday May 15 2017 04:56
UK Consumers Giving Meat The Chop
Thursday May 11 2017 03:55
Healthy Eating, Sustainability And Convenience Are Impacting The Global Packaging Market
Thursday May 11 2017 03:16
Britain’s Sweet Tooth Helps Grocery Sales Rise At Fastest Rate Since 2013
Wednesday May 03 2017 06:40
Pies Please Dads For Father's Day Poll Reveals
Tuesday May 02 2017 03:34
Global Dinner RTE Foods Market 2017-2021 - Market Landscape, Growth Prospects and Key Vendors
Friday April 21 2017 03:43
New Eye Tracking Research Highlights Brand Impact Of Foils And Laminates On Customers
Thursday April 20 2017 04:07
Shoppers Turn To Healthy Eating As Free-From Soars In Grocery Market
Tuesday April 04 2017 06:55
Clean Eating Pushed Avocados Centrestage For Consumers In 2016
Wednesday March 22 2017 04:29
Gluten-Free Report Technavio Reiterates Enormous ‘Worried Well’ Opportunity
Thursday March 09 2017 03:34
UK Grocery Market Grows As Price Rises Continue
Wednesday March 08 2017 10:06
Kefir Formats Flourish In Fermented Dairy Drinks
Wednesday March 08 2017 05:00
IEA Report Shows That People Prepared To Pay For Convenience Of Food
Thursday March 02 2017 18:04
Ready-to-Eat Food Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026
Thursday February 23 2017 05:39
Great British Chefs Unveils Uk’s Most Comprehensive Foodie Survey
Friday February 17 2017 11:08
Microwavable Foods - Quantitative Techniques & Analytics, 2016 Global Strategic Business Report
Monday February 13 2017 04:03
Aldi Becomes UK’s Fifth Largest Grocer
Friday February 10 2017 04:41
Checkouts Ring Up A Record Christmas As Grocery Market Waves Goodbye To Deflation
Tuesday January 10 2017 09:12
Health, Convenience and Choice Drive Fruit Snacks NPD
Monday January 09 2017 04:44
Christmas Comes Early For Premium Own Label Lines
Tuesday December 13 2016 06:51
Rise in Consumer Health and Sustainability Concerns Drives Food and Beverage Trends
Monday December 12 2016 04:39
Microwavable Foods - Quantitative Techniques & Analytics
Monday November 28 2016 04:32
Food Comes First When Celebrating Birthdays
Tuesday November 15 2016 02:50
Upsurge in Demand for Ready-To-Use Drinkable Therapeutic Food in the Market
Tuesday November 15 2016 02:46
Are You A Blower, A Mugger Or A Spooner?
Tuesday October 25 2016 06:25
Microwavable Foods - Quantitative Techniques & Analytics, 2016 Global Strategic Business Report
Friday October 21 2016 01:35
Tesco Wins Market Share For First Time In Five Years
Tuesday October 18 2016 05:09
Millennials Lead the Online Grocery Shopping Revolution in Europe
Tuesday September 27 2016 02:51
Brits Toast Sporting Success As Grocery Sales Grow
Wednesday September 21 2016 02:29
Global Frozen Ready Meals market 2016-2020
Monday September 19 2016 02:29
Food Industry “Social Media At Work” Survey 2016 Launches
Thursday September 15 2016 02:30
Grocery Market Heats Up While Promotions Cool
Wednesday August 24 2016 03:21
Many Millennials Shun Practice of Eating Three Regular Meals a Day
Friday August 19 2016 04:16
Grocery Market Fails To Feel Impact Of Brexit On Prices Or Volume Sales
Tuesday July 26 2016 06:56
DSM Concludes Only One Fifth Of Global Population Gets Sufficient Vitamin E
Monday July 18 2016 07:46
Big Four Supermarkets Retain Shoppers Despite Strong Growth From Competitors
Thursday June 02 2016 05:33
10 Reasons Why We Love Sarnies
Wednesday May 11 2016 03:44
DSM Unveils New Data On Consumers’ Top Health Concerns
Tuesday May 10 2016 12:13
Super Growth for 'Super' Foods: New Product Development Shoots Up 202% Globally Over the Past Five Years
Friday May 06 2016 03:09
Consumers Reap The Rewards Of Cheaper Goods
Wednesday May 04 2016 05:40
Forecast Growth For Global Ready Meals
Wednesday April 20 2016 04:48
Wheyhey Calls for Supermarkets to Take Action Against Sugary Snacks
Tuesday April 12 2016 05:34
Reasons To Be Cheerful As Early Easter Boosts Supermarket Sales
Tuesday April 05 2016 09:11
Annual Food Industry Social Media Report – Food Businesses Still At Risk
Wednesday March 16 2016 08:11
Seaweed-Flavoured Food and Drink Launches Increased by 147%
Friday March 11 2016 03:50
Over A Third Of Brits Don’t Know How Many Calories They Consume On A Typical Day
Thursday March 10 2016 05:09
Supermarkets Witness Fastest Growth In Five Months
Tuesday March 08 2016 18:07
Sales Of Crisps Lose Their Crunch
Wednesday February 24 2016 07:03
Brits Losing Connections With Food They Eat Says FSA Report
Friday February 19 2016 07:46
Future Food Trends And Invisible Commerce
Thursday February 18 2016 06:22
Organic Meat Is Better For You And Pasture-Fed Even Better Still
Wednesday February 17 2016 03:26
Gluten-Free Pizza Launches Soar 58% Globally Between 2012 And 2015
Wednesday February 10 2016 06:00
New Year Health Drives Mean Growth For Grocery Market
Tuesday February 09 2016 07:24
The Future Of Food In Focus At 2016 City Food Lecture
Wednesday January 27 2016 04:22
hungryhouse.co.uk reveals what Brits will be eating in 2016
Monday January 25 2016 07:23
Top 10 Global Trens For Consumer 2016 White Paper
Thursday January 21 2016 05:55
Influential Food eVangelists May Be Emerging as the New Core Food Consumer
Thursday January 14 2016 06:50
Deflation Spoils The Christmas Party For Grocery Market
Wednesday January 13 2016 08:21
One In Six People Eating More Fish Than A Year Ago
Friday January 08 2016 08:08
Back to Basics Approach Creates New Paleo Diet Opportunity
Wednesday December 16 2015 04:15
Sainsbury’s Stands Out In Grocery Market Run Up To Christmas
Tuesday December 15 2015 07:23
Is Revitalised Demand for Hot Cereals & Extensive Premiumisation Enough to Ward Off Potential Cereal Killers?
Friday December 04 2015 03:55
Top Ten Trends for 2016: Back To Basics
Wednesday November 18 2015 04:17
Discounters Grow To Grab 10% Share Of British Grocery Market
Tuesday November 17 2015 06:34
US Leads Surge In GMO-Free Labeling
Wednesday October 21 2015 07:52
Consumers Reap The Benefits Of Ongoing Grocery Price War
Tuesday October 20 2015 07:27
Research Reveals Nearly 20% Of Food And Drink Businesses Lack Product Recall Plans
Tuesday October 13 2015 11:18
How the Nation's Favourite Dishes Are 'Stacking Up'
Tuesday October 13 2015 10:35
Survey Shows A Third Of Vegetarians Turn To Meat When Drunk
Tuesday October 06 2015 06:59
IRI and Kantar Worldpanel Launch Joint Solution To Offer The Most Accurate Discounter Data
Friday October 02 2015 08:02
Aldi Grab A Further 16% Growth As The Big Four Supermarkets Stand Still
Tuesday September 22 2015 09:21
Science Group Buys Leatherhead Food Research Assets From Administration
Wednesday September 16 2015 09:37
Yogurts and Dairy Beverages Lead Protein NPD Boom
Tuesday September 15 2015 05:00
Birmingham Revealed Canned Food Capital of the UK
Friday September 11 2015 07:37
Slow Retailer Growth Continues As Prices Continue To Fall
Wednesday August 26 2015 08:00
More Than 90% Of Americans Don't Eat Enough Vitamin E
Friday August 21 2015 05:28
Protein Positioning Helps Meat Snacks Maintain Momentum
Tuesday August 11 2015 09:16
Regular Consumption Of Spicy Foods Linked To Lower Risk Of Death
Friday August 07 2015 08:01
Co-Operative Back In Growth Ahead Of Overall Grocery Market
Tuesday July 28 2015 06:59
Red Tape Adds £6.4 Billion Onto The Cost Of Distribution In The UK
Tuesday July 21 2015 04:24
It’s Back To The Future As Consumers Shun The Big Shop
Friday July 17 2015 04:03
Britons Put On Weight After Skipping Meals Survey Reveals
Thursday July 16 2015 04:32
Gluten Free Leads “Free From” Surge Into Mainstream
Tuesday July 14 2015 05:15
Nearly Half Of Consumers Doubt Ready Meal Meat And Fish Authenticity
Friday July 10 2015 09:47
Supermarkets Continue To Fall Apart From Morrisons And Discounters
Tuesday June 30 2015 09:48
Foodtrending.com Launched For Market Intelligence At Your Fingertips
Thursday June 25 2015 08:15
Paper Is Better Than Plastic According To New Environmental Study
Wednesday June 17 2015 05:15
New Study Reveals Low-income Households Need To Spend A Third Of Weekly Income To Eat Healthily
Thursday June 11 2015 08:34
Research Reveals Summer BBQs Responsible for Briton’s Weight Gain
Wednesday June 10 2015 04:18
Morrisons Returns To Growth And Lidl Reaches New Share High
Tuesday June 02 2015 10:22
Eating Insects: Cultural And Individual Experiences Affect Perception And Acceptance
Wednesday May 20 2015 04:28
Sugar And Carbs Behind Surge In Obesity Say Experts
Wednesday April 29 2015 09:16
Aldi Steps Up To 6th Biggest Supermarket
Tuesday April 14 2015 06:52
How Health-Related Claims And Symbols Impact Consumer Behaviour
Wednesday March 25 2015 09:33
Brits Skip Traditional Breakfast And Scoff Leftover Takeaway: Research Reveals Brits' Bad Breakfast Habits
Wednesday March 25 2015 05:08
Price War Drives Grocery Deflation To Record Low
Tuesday March 10 2015 09:03
Grocery market Grows At Fastest Rate Since Last Summer
Wednesday February 11 2015 10:08
Contrast Is King To Hit The Sweet Spot For Generation Z Food Tastes
Monday February 02 2015 07:51
Growth in UK Chilled Foods Market Driven by Demand for Health, Quality and Convenience
Wednesday January 14 2015 11:08
Flurry Of Christmas Sales Brings Good Cheer To Supermarkets
Tuesday January 13 2015 09:47
Major Brands in UK Market for Fast-Food and Home-Delivery Outlets Consolidate Their Dominance
Wednesday January 07 2015 10:49
FSA Food And You Survey Findings
Monday January 05 2015 05:00
Shelf Life Savviness’ Will Aid Chilled Ready-To-Eat Foods Waste Reduction
Tuesday December 09 2014 09:46
Low Consumer Trust Influencing Buyer Behaviour in Recovering UK Ready Meals Market
Monday November 24 2014 09:31
Grocery Market Contracts In Historic Dip Into Decline
Tuesday November 18 2014 05:53
FMCG In Emerging Markets Comes Off The Boil To Slump $8bn
Thursday October 30 2014 06:38
Asda A Big Four Winner As Grocery Market Pushed Into Deflation
Tuesday October 21 2014 07:05
Food Addiction? Professor Mercer Gives Some Of The Answers
Thursday October 16 2014 05:12
Most US Mums Say Food & Happiness Go Together
Wednesday October 15 2014 11:08
Careless Eating Costs Lives Findings Show Immediate Action Needed As Obesity Bigger Than Thought
Tuesday October 14 2014 06:29
15 Minute Dash Dinners The Norm For Multi-tasking Brits
Friday October 10 2014 09:24
Who Ate All The Meat?
Wednesday October 08 2014 08:29
A World Of Ready Meals Research Ideal For Easy Digestion
Tuesday September 30 2014 10:50
National Diet and Nutrition Survey Report for Scotland
Thursday September 25 2014 17:59
Grocery Market Slows To Record Low As Inflation Disappears
Tuesday September 23 2014 11:20
Ready Meals in the US - Competitive Environment, Major Players And Leading Brands, 2014
Thursday September 18 2014 07:12
Food and You Waves 1 and 2: 'Eating Safe And Well' Report Published
Thursday September 18 2014 06:50
Could Scottish Independence Derail UK Businesses?
Thursday September 04 2014 04:22
Consumers Becoming Deaf To Organic Message?
Wednesday September 03 2014 08:06
Research Reveals Consumers Demand For Clearer Food Labelling
Monday September 01 2014 06:01
Three Out Of Big Four Suffer As Supermarket Price Wars Push Grocery Inflation To Rock Bottom
Friday August 29 2014 04:58
New Research Shows Food Not To Blame For Nation's Obesity
Friday August 22 2014 07:15
CASH Survey Finds Ready-To-Eat Healthy Salads Have Unhealthy Levels Of Salt
Thursday July 31 2014 07:09
Grocery Market Falls To Another Record Low
Tuesday July 29 2014 06:51
Grocery Market Growth Bounces Back As Food Inflation Hits 0.8%
Tuesday July 01 2014 06:20
New Opportunities For Prepared Meals Through Understanding Changing Lifestyles
Monday June 16 2014 08:46
Be Careful With That World Cup promotion - Most People Will Not Be Impressed
Monday June 16 2014 08:45
Food Industry At Dawn Of Online Retailing Revolution
Thursday June 12 2014 07:00
Food A Likely Winner As Football Fans Stay At Home For World Cup Matches
Tuesday June 10 2014 07:19
Lidl Accelerates Despite Grocery Markets Slowing To Lowest Levels For 11 Years
Tuesday June 03 2014 05:41
BNF Survey Reveals Worrying Gaps In Children's Food Knowledge
Monday June 02 2014 09:09
Distrustful Shoppers Want More Information On Their Food
Wednesday May 28 2014 04:42
Which? Research Reveals Ready Meals With More Sugar Than A Chocolate Bar
Monday May 19 2014 08:05
Posh Gents Are Biggest Sandwich Scoffers
Friday May 16 2014 08:48
Global Ready Meals market Forecast To Grow By Over 4%
Friday May 16 2014 04:12
Figures For Coeliac Disease In UK Rise Fourfold
Thursday May 15 2014 07:22
Leading Food Manufacturers Awash With Cash
Thursday May 15 2014 04:37
Price Wars Drive Down Grocery Market Growth As Strategies Change
Wednesday May 07 2014 07:11
Calories Confusion Feeding UK Obesity
Tuesday May 06 2014 13:30
Birdseye View Of How Britain Eats
Tuesday May 06 2014 05:50
Mums Distrust Food Industry Survey Reveals
Wednesday April 30 2014 06:34
Healthy Meals Sidelined By Ready Meal Generation
Monday April 28 2014 07:51
Packaging Impact And Optimisation Assessment Tool Launched
Thursday April 24 2014 07:52
Easter And Market Slowdown Hit Big Four Sales
Tuesday April 08 2014 10:43
Kids Meal Portions Could Be Linked to Parent Consumption
Friday April 04 2014 07:16
No Cause For Concern From Takeaway Transfats In Deprived Scotland
Monday March 31 2014 12:34
Ready Meals Forecast Growth In China
Monday March 31 2014 04:03
Shoppers Widen Their supermarket Horizons
Tuesday March 25 2014 09:51
Brits Spend 113 Days Of their Lives Snacking
Thursday March 20 2014 10:14
FSA Study On Eating Out With Food Allergies
Thursday March 20 2014 09:00
Foodie Shops Reclaim The High Street
Tuesday March 18 2014 11:12
Organic Growth For First Time In Four Years
Thursday March 13 2014 08:21
Birds Eye Suggest More Meal Planning As Report Shows Food Waste Underestimated
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Lashings Of Health & Spice Heats Up Sauce Market
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Grocery Market Growth Fuelled By Food Inflation
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Pros And Cons Of Using Temporary Agency Workers
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Eat Fish Young To Form Liking For Healthy Life
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Asda Takes Its Biggest Slice Of Grocery Market Yet
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Petrol Price Rises Prompts Rethink On Shopping Trips
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Tesco Market Share Drops To Lowest Since 2005
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Shoppers Begin To Look On The Bright Side
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Shoppers Planning Their Supermarket Trips More
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Tesco Market Share Continues Fall While Iceland Sun Waxes
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Brits Turn To French Pastries For Breakfast
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Green Shoots In Frozen Food Industry As Economic Storm Starts To Lift
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
Britons Search For Comfort Food In Tough Times
Wednesday November 20 2013 11:39
 
 
 
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A Food Brexit: Time To Get Real
The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, titled 'A Food Brexit: time to get real'.

Food Brexit report - cover imageThe report, by leading food policy specialists Professor Erik Millstone (University of Sussex), Professor Tim Lang (City, University of London) and Professor Terry Marsden (Cardiff University), concludes that leaving the European Union poses serious risks to consumer interests, public health, businesses and workers in the food sector.

Its authors claim that this is because there is no Government vision for UK food or agriculture, yet prices, quality, supply and the environment will all be adversely affected even with a ‘soft’ Brexit. They warn that British consumers have not been informed about the “enormous” implications for their food, a third of which comes from within the European Union.

The 88-page report is the first major review of the ways leaving the EU will have an impact on UK food and farming.

Professor Millstone said: “In the EU, UK consumers and public health have benefited from EU-wide safety standards, without which there will be a risk of the UK having less safe and nutritious products.”

Professor Lang said: “UK food security and sustainability are now at stake. A food system which has an estimated three to five days of stocks cannot just walk away from the EU, which provides us with 31 per cent of our food. Anyone who thinks that this will be simple is ill-informed.”

The report examines available industry and government data, policies and literature on a wide range of issues including production, farming, employment, quality, safety standards and the environment. It highlights 16 key issues that must be addressed by the Government in its negotiations with the EU.

Among the 16 issues which the paper urges Ministers to address are needs for:

* An urgent need for a clear integrated plan for UK food – the UK government currently has no UK food policy
* Clarification on food crossing borders, particularly from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland
* New legislation to replace 4,000 pieces of EU law relating to food
* Scientific and regulatory infrastructure, replacing at least 30 EU-based bodies
* Farm viability and subsidies to replace the
EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
* Fishing policies that are more than rejecting the 1964 pre-EU London Convention
* Food labour – 35 per cent of food manufacturing labour is from the EU; more in parts of catering and horticulture
* Some idea of from where UK food will come – as only around 54-61 per cent is currently UK-sourced
* Tariffs – retail industry says tariffs could raise imported food prices by 22 per cent post-Brexit
* Prices, which are already rising and likely to rise more, will become more volatile, especially harming poor consumers
* Quality standards throughout supply chains, which are currently set by the EU, may well decline, and may do so abruptly.

The report draws on more than 200 sources, including many interviews with senior figures across the food chain, as well as official, industry and scientific documents and statistics.

It warns that a “Food Brexit” is of unprecedented importance and is happening at a time when the UK food system is already vulnerable, with self-sufficiency also in decline.

Professors Millstone, Lang and Marsden say their report is a wake-up call to the public and a Government that has little experience of food negotiations and has failed to warn consumers of the disruptions ahead.

The report makes detailed recommendations for each of the 16 key issues explored. They call on the public, civil society and academics to put pressure on Government and MPs to:
* Publish policy commitment to a low-impact, health-oriented UK food system
* Create a new statutory framework for UK food, which authors term “One Nation Food”
* Commit to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate agreement in any new food framework
* Establish a new National Commission on Food and Agriculture to provide oversight and review, and to be a source of advice trusted by the British public.

Professor Marsden said: “The UK’s food system already faces unprecedented challenges on environment and jobs – we see real dangers that these are already being dislocated by Brexit uncertainties.”

Professor Lang said: “At least the UK entered World War Two with emergency plans. No-one has warned the public that a Food Brexit carries real risks of disruption to sources, prices and quality. There is solid evidence about vulnerabilities ranging from diet-related ill-health to ecosystems stress. Food is the biggest slice of EU-related regulations and laws, yet so far the Government has only sketchily flagged a new Agriculture Act and Fisheries Act in the Queen’s Speech.

British consumers spend £201 billion on food a year, with the entire food chain contributing about £110 billion gross value added (GVA). Of this, agriculture accounts for less than £9 billion GVA, and fisheries £0.7 billion GVA. The Government has provided next to no details on agriculture and fisheries, and there has been total silence on the rest of the food chain where most employment, value adding and consumer choice are made. With the Brexit deadline in 20 months, this is a serious policy failure on an unprecedented scale. Anyone would think they want a drop into the World Trade Organisation abyss.”
Item last updated:   Thursday July 06 2017 03:28
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Greening Commercial Transport: Biogas Potential As HGV Fuel
New research shows that biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues has growing potential as a low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles. The study was carried out by Aker Associates Ltd for Clearfleau Ltd, the leading provider of on-site bioenergy plants for food and beverage processors. The results was presented at the UK AD & Biogas Expo 2017 in Birmingham last week.

The report focuses on the use of biomethane for transport (BfT) technology in the commercial vehicle market, assessing drivers for change and barriers that may inhibit wider adoption of biomethane in commercial vehicles. Also, its potential use with on-site Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants on industrial sites – a sector in which Clearfleau is a leading provider.

The report’s author, Andrew Winship of Aker Associates, said: “The pressure is on both government and business to reduce carbon emissions from transport, which lags behind other sectors in the adoption of renewable fuels. This requires new and innovative solutions. We expect to see growing numbers of food and drink processing companies looking to use this technology, which offers a low-carbon alternative to diesel for fuelling their commercial vehicle fleets. With both suitable vehicles and fuels becoming more available, supported through legislation and tax treatment, biomethane as a low-carbon transport fuel is set to grow substantially.”

Diesel is currently the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles but companies are under social, political and environmental pressure to find low-carbon renewable alternatives. And with diesel prices forecast to rise further, the economic argument will become more compelling. Since electric vehicle technology is not viable for large HGVs, gas-powered vehicles are becoming more popular with their efficiency and performance also improving.

BfT technology is particularly appropriate for the dairy sector, as creameries use vehicles to collect raw milk from local farms and bring it to their sites for processing. Clearfleau’s unique approach provides a circular economy solution, enabling collection and delivery trucks to be powered by biomethane generated on site from the by-products of making cheese.

More food manufacturers and distilleries are looking at on-site solutions for their byproducts and residues, using biogas generated in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engines or boilers. However, the recent decline in Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) rates mean that using biomethane as an alternative fuel to diesel is becoming more economic, with support through the government’s Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO).

Also speaking at the Biogas Expo, Richard Gueterbock, Marketing Director of Clearfleau, said: “Using process residues to produce biomethane for transport fuel on factory sites is a perfect example of the circular economy in action. Clearfleau has a proven track record of delivering our on-site digestion technology for processing residues and byproducts and we’re excited that we can now offer clients an alternative use for the clean biogas they generate. Our report will help to stimulate greater interest from the food industry and other stakeholders.”

The research indicates that more should be done by Government working with industry to stimulate investment and promote the use of cleaner biofuels in the commercial transport sector, including the classification of biomethane as a development fuel in the revised RTFO.

Currently the return on investment could be circa 14%, varying according to whether the gas is supplied as Compressed or Liquid Biomethane, the level of incentives and other site-specific factors. With ongoing improvements in engine technology and greater interest in the supply of low-carbon fuels from residues, returns in the vehicle fuel sector should compare even more favourably to the on-site generation of electricity in the more widely used CHP engine.

To download a summary of the report, please visit http://clearfleau.com/summary-of-report-on-biogas-for-commercial-vehicle-fuel-july-2017/
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Processed foods: The Pros And Cons From EUFIC
In a recent consumer study, EUFIC investigated the understanding of processed food among the UK participants.

This Q&A summarises the topics explored in the study.

1. What is food processing?

Food processing is any method used to turn fresh foods into food products.1 This can involve one or a combination of the following: washing, chopping, pasteurising, freezing, fermenting, packaging and many more.2 Food processing also includes adding components to food, for example to extend shelf life, or adding vitamins and minerals to improve the nutritional quality of the food (fortification).3,4

2. What are the methods of food processing?

Food processing includes traditional (heat treatment, fermentation, pickling, smoking, drying, curing) and modern methods (canning, freezing, pasteurisation, ultra-heat treatment, high pressure processing, or modified atmosphere packaging). Some of the common methods are described below:

Canning
The food is heated to a high temperature and then stored in an air-tight container.

Fermentation
The breakdown of sugars using bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms under anaerobic conditions. Fermentation is notably used in the production of alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and cider, in the preservation of foods such as sauerkraut, dry sausages, and yoghurt, but also for raising dough in bread production.

Freezing
Food temperatures are reduced to below -18°C to decrease the activity of harmful bacteria. The process can be used to preserve the majority of foods including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and ready meals.

Modified atmosphere packaging
Air inside a package is substituted by a protective gas mix, often including oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, to extend the shelf life of fresh food products - usually of fruits, vegetables, meat and meat products, and seafood.

Pasteurisation
Food is heated to at least 72°C for at least 15 seconds to kill most of the microorganisms, and then cooled rapidly to 5°C. Pasteurisation is used widely in preservation of canned food, dairy products, juices and alcoholic beverages.

Smoking
A process of heat and chemical treatment of food to help preserve it by exposing it to smoke from burning material such as wood. Smoked foods usually include types of meat, sausages, fish or cheese. Smoked meat and meat products should not be consumed in excess of the current guidelines. For more information, read our recent science brief.

Additives
Food additives play an important role in preserving the freshness, safety, taste, appearance and texture of processed foods. Food additives are added for particular purposes, whether to ensure food safety, or to maintain food quality during the shelf-life of a product. For example, antioxidants prevent fats and oils from becoming rancid, while preservatives prevent or reduce the growth of microbes (e.g. mould on bread). Emulsifiers are used for instance in improving the texture of mayonnaise, or stopping salad dressings from separating into oil and water.

3. What are the reasons and consequences of food processing?

Makes food edible
Grain crops, for example wheat and corn, are not edible in their natural state. Processing techniques, such as milling and grinding, turn them into flour, after which they can be made into breads, cereals, pasta and other edible grain-based products.

Safety, shelf life, and preservation
Processing improves food safety by removing harmful microorganisms. The main methods are pasteurisation, air-tight packaging, and the use of preservatives.

Nutritional quality
Food processing can affect the nutritional quality of foods in both ways: it can enhance it, for instance by adding components that were not present, like vitamin D, or by lowering fat, sodium or sugar. It can also cause some vitamins and minerals to be lost, for example through excessive heating or freezing.

Convenience
Processing and packaging technologies help to answer modern day time constraints by providing a range of convenient foods: ready meals, bagged salads, sliced and canned fruits and vegetables that take little time to prepare and can be consumed “on the go”.

Price
Food processing can decrease the cost of foods. For example, frozen vegetables have a similar nutritional value as fresh ones, but at a lower price, as they have already been prepared, do not contain inedible parts, can be bought in bulk, and can last longer. This way, processing increases the shelf life of food, and decreases the amount of waste, reducing thereby the overall costs of food production.

4. How does processed food fit into a healthy diet?

Most foods consumed these days are processed at least to some degree. They allow us to enjoy a varied diet that goes together with a busy modern lifestyle. Many people don’t have the option to grow their own, or may have limited time to cook complicated meals from scratch. Processed food reduces the amount of time needed, while a range of foods of different processing levels may fit into a healthy diet. Minimally processed foods such as frozen or canned fruits and vegetables provide valuable sources of nutrition, with greater convenience and lower price. Highly processed foods, such as healthier types of breakfast cereals, can still be a part of a healthy diet.

Some processed foods do contain additional salt, sugar or fat. Canned savoury foods and cured meats, for example, are often high in salt. Checking the levels of salt, sugar and fat and comparing with the recommended intakes helps us choose the healthier option, and eat appropriate portions. This encourages us, for example, to pick the tinned fruit in juice rather than in syrup, or chose canned fish in water rather than in oil. It also helps to be mindful and eat in moderation food products such as biscuits, chocolate bars, burgers, pizzas and similar.

For more information co to: http://www.eufic.org/en/food-production/article/processed-food-qa
Item last updated:   Thursday July 06 2017 03:28
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