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My background is in wholefoods. My first jobs were working for Unilever, Nestle and United Biscuits. That drove me into the arms of the nascent UK natural foods industry in the form of Whole Earth Foods, the peanut butter kings of Portobello Road. So in theory wheatgrass, maca and spirulina should be right up my […]

Two of my  friends from college days are bringing a play relevant to the organic, wellness and sustainable farm produce sector to The Pleasance Theatre Islington London, on 28-30th April. It’s called No Finer Life and is about a young woman who sets out during the last years of the 2nd World War to find the […]

Dear NPN Craig Sams column is always the first thing I read in Natural Products magazine, and this months piece on certification was typically thought-provoking. Having been fully immersed in the labyrinthine world of ethical certification for (golly) three decades I would point out that Craig’s plea for privatisation of organic certification misses one key […]

An excellent antidote to Dry January and New Year gastronomic austerity is to share your life with someone who has a birthday on January 9th. Preceding the excellent Mr Footes Other Leg at the Haymarket was a pre-theatre supper at Indigo, the mezzanine restaurant at OneAldwych. Here amidst 5* surroundings and attentive service, Executive Chef […]

The accusatory tone is deliberate: sugar is the next big conflict for the food industry. The battle lines have been drawn with the newly svelte Jamie Oliver on the side of prohibition / eye-watering taxation and the likes of Food and Drink Federation Director General Ian Wright arguing vociferously that is unhelpful to demonise particular […]

The recent Allergy Show in London Olympia was accompanied by a very interesting trade seminar that discussed recent developments in the world of free-from. Certainly the sector is in vibrant growth with more people choosing free-from products for lifestyle reasons rather than because they suffer from an intolerance or an allergy. As a result sales […]

Big Food has lost its way according to a new report from Rabobank, which claims that some of the world’s biggest food and drinks brands such as Kraft, Coca Cola and Kelloggs need to embrace radical change or face terminal decline.
Mega-trends cited in the Rabobank report include consumer demand for greater authenticity; growing health concerns […]

…is Salted Caramel” *  The success of salted caramel is continuing to have major ramifications, and not just in confectionery. But where did it come from and why has it been so successful ?  Salted caramels have long been a feature of Brittany and Normandy cuisine. In the UK Marks & Spencer’s introduced a line […]

The UK Free From sector is going great guns. In 2014 Kantar WorldPanel estimated the current size of the UK Free From market as around £355m million per year at retail, up 19.9% year-on-year. Mintel anticipate that sales will increase to £538m by 2018. More than half the UK population are now buying free-from products.  There […]

At Biofach in Germany last week I attended an excellent session masterminded by Harriet from Fairtrade Intenational which was designed to inform the process by which they determine future policy. Here are some interesting snippets I picked up along the way: 51% of all Fairtrade producers are also organically certified 40% of Fairtrade organisations sell […]