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Unilever & Tesco close 'Marmitegate'

Unilever & Tesco close 'Marmitegate'

By Niamh Michail

Unilever and Tesco have resolved their dispute over price increases for brands such as Marmite, but both are remaining tight-lipped over details of the deal.

Price squeeze: 'Marmitegate' reveals new food chain tensions in the post-Brexit world. ©jesshalliday

Brexit bites: Marmite maul will spread far beyond Unilever-Tesco

By David Burrows

The spat between Marmite-maker Unilever and supermarket Tesco has made many of the front pages in the UK this morning, but this spreads much further than these two gorillas of the world’s grocery industry. SMEs could be hardest hit. 

'Slower revenue growth, coupled with prolonged business uncertainty, is affecting the industry’s ability to invest' ©iStock/FutroZen

Prices rising, margins falling

Brexit blasts British food industry boldness

By David Burrows

Rising ingredient prices and a fall in product margins since the UK’s Brexit vote have seen confidence levels plummet, according to a new poll of food and drink manufacturers.

“Our research shows a relatively confident and upbeat sector,” said Andrew Connors, head of client propositions at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. © iStock/Delpixart

Sunshine breaks through Brexit clouds as industry gears up for growth

By David Burrows

Who said Brexit would break the UK economy and the sugar tax on soft drinks is bad for business? 95% of food and drink firms are forecasting growth, according to the Lloyds Bank third annual market survey. Here’s a rundown of five major findings.

Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

By J T Winkler, emeritus professor of nutrition policy, London Metropolitan University

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that the government's 'pseudo-consultation' about the tax is...

Photo: iStock / Evgeny Gromov

France calls for an end to TTIP talks

By Niamh Michail

The French trade minister said yesterday France wants to end TTIP negotiations, his German counterpart has said the talks have “de facto failed” and the deal’s biggest supporter, Britain, has voted to leave the EU. Is TTIP over before it even started?

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British exports to non-EU countries 'beyond expectations': FDF

By Niamh Michail

British food and drink exports were up 6.2% in the first half of 2016 thanks to a weak pound while exports to non-EU countries grew “beyond expectations” in the pre-Brexit period, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Chocolate milk: Nutritional powerhouse or sugary treat? Pic: iStock/Mizina

How will milk drinks be affected by UK sugar tax?

By Rachel Arthur

Milk-based drinks are to be excluded from the UK sugar tax, given their nutritional value. And yet some milk-based drinks contain considerable amounts of added sugar. So how can the levy distinguish between the two?  

UK sugar tax consultation launched

UK sugar tax: Government unveils plans and consultation

By Rachel Arthur

The UK government has confirmed details of its plans for a tax on sugar sweetened beverages, launching a consultation on the levy along with its long-awaited childhood obesity strategy today. 

'If [the UK government] cuts funding, you might find smaller areas like nutrition will be squeezed for bigger areas of science,' says senior nutrition researcher. ©iStock/MarianVejcik

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

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