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We Featured on Just-Food!

We’ve been mentioned on Just-Food in an article all about co-manufacturing. As well as being more of a mature sector in North America, co-manufacturing is more established and more prevalent in some food categories than in others, according to Hamish Renton, managing director of UK food and drink consultancy HRA…

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Organic September 2019

Did you know it is Organic September? Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices. The facts A Soil Association report show spending money on organic products increased by 4%…

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We Featured in The Grocer!

We have been mentioned in The Grocer Dairymen this week in a feature all about the dairy category, specifically those produced for children. ‘It’s not surprising parents are turning to yogurts as an on-the-go snacking option, says Hamish Renton, MD of food and drink consultants HRA Global, particularly given the…

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Mitigating the Brexit risk: exploring the Onshoring dilemma

The impact of Brexit on the UK food and drink market is still shrouded in uncertainty. With half of the UK’s food supply imported and 30% coming from the EU, what can surely be said is that Brexit will have an enormous impact on UK food imports. The working assumption…

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Co-Packing 101

The nuts and bolts of the co-packing (also called co-manufacturing) arrangement typically involves: a ‘filling fee’of some description: this recognises both the process and filling/depositing costs of production such as heat, light power, labour and potentially repairs and maintenance. raw material and packaging pricing: there are a variety of approaches,…

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The Inside Scoop on Co-Packing

We hope you are enjoying the start of autumn, it’s always a spectacular time of year in nature with the leaves turning colour and the seasons shifting gear. Of course, this is no ordinary September, as with Brexit on the horizon at the end of next month, so much is…

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Is Vegan A Dirty Word?

The exponential rise of veganism and the explosion in plant-based diets caught even the staunchest vegans unaware – even those ‘in the know’ couldn’t have predicted just how quickly the plant based movement would grow. A record 250,000 consumers took part in Veganuary 2019, more than all previous years put…

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All About The Experience

We recently spoke to Emma Read from Lucid Perspectives to talk all things foodservice for an episode of The Grocery Insider podcast. One of the standout points was how it is increasingly important for foodservice to create an experience for their consumers whether that be in cafes, restaurants or bars. Emma…

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The Start of the Grocery Year

I have always felt that September is the real start of the Grocery year. Traditionally, January has always seen retailer launches focused on the health area and latterly it heralds the start of the seasonal Vegan ranging arms race. However, September’s launches are more varied and give real clues about…

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Total Recall

The UK is often seen as a place where food production is strictly controlled. However, major health scares from food sold within the UK has been highlighted in recent years with high profile deaths making headline news. An incorrectly labelled sandwich from Pret A Manger lead to the death of…

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Cracking the Code with Ged Futter

The last episode in our first series of The Grocery Insider is now live! Click here to listen or via iTunes or Spotify, simply search ‘The Grocery Insider’. We spoke to Ged Futter, from GSCOP Ltd, to talk all things GSCOP. It was a great topic to end the season on…

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How Smart is Smart Shopping?

Picture this, you have just spent 10 minutes grabbing all the items on your shopping list after a long day at work. You have three options: You head towards the staff-controlled tills with the likelihood 2 out of 7 tills are open. You make the brave move towards the self-service…

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