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CoYo says Pret allergy death claim ‘unfounded’

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Coconut yoghurt brand CoYo hit back at Pret a Manger this week, after the sandwich chain blamed a contaminated batch of dairy-free yoghurt for the death of a customer in its Bath, England, store in December 2017.

Essential Trading cooperative celebrates landmark 50th anniversary

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Bristol-based wholesaler Essential Trading is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, having been servicing communities and supporting the local economy since 1971, when the...

Lycored launches natural tomato-powdered beauty extract

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Carotenoid-based wellness specialist Lycored has launched a new extract especially created to support ageing beautifully.

Waitrose Food editor resigns over ‘kill vegans’ comments

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The long-time editor of Waitrose Food magazine – the in-house publication for the UK supermarket chain– has resigned after suggesting a series on “killing vegans, one by one”.

Soil Association Certification and ECOCERT announce major new international partnership

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Soil Association Certification and ECOCERT, the leading UK and French organic certification bodies, have today announced a formal partnership.

Aldi launches 60 new organic lines to meet ‘booming’ consumer demand

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German discounter Aldi will launch 60 new organic lines in stores across the country this year in response to what it is calling “booming” customer demand. 

New EU organic rules confirmed – but ‘important weaknesses’ remain

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The European Council this week (20 November) endorsed the deal on overhauling  EU laws on organic production and the labelling of organic foods agreed in the summer by Maltese presidency and the European Parliament.

Top retail experts and sustainability strategists to speak at major new conference

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Leading figures in Nordic retailing and consumer brands – including speakers from Coop Denmark and Arla – will join some of the Europe’s best-known sustainability strategists at a major new conference next month.

EU regulators slam brakes on skyrocketing CBD category

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CBD and hemp-derived products could face an immediate ban across Europe after the European Food Safety Authority last week reclassified cannabidiol (CBD) as a ‘Novel Food’

Biodegradable bags survive in sea and soil for three years, UK study shows

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Biodegradable plastic bags are still capable of carrying full loads of shopping after being exposed in the natural environment for three years, a new study by researchers at University of Plymouth shows.  

White Paper: Beyond the boy scout’s sleeve – a personal review of ethical certification 

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For three decades third-party certification has been the dominant model for verifying ethical food and drink products. But in recent years the limitations of...

Wasting Food Feeds Climate Change – Food Waste Action Week to break the cycle

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WRAP, the UK’s leading sustainability charity, today announces names of the first strategic partner organisations committed to the inaugural Food Waste Action Week. Food Waste Action...

EU Parliament Rejects ‘Veggie Burger Ban’ But Supports ‘Dairy Ban’ Against Vegan Producers

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The European Parliament has voted to reject a ‘veggie burger ban‘ forbidding vegan producers from using terms like ‘burger’. However, while MEPs voted against this...

Top trade shows reschedule amid deepening coronavirus crisis 

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A growing number of international trade shows are being rescheduled or postponed in response to concerns about the worsening Coronavirus situation.

Experts explain micronutrients’ role in slowing cognitive decline, at House of Commons meeting

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Prominent experts in nutrition and cognitive function explained the importance of diet and nutrients in preventing or slowing cognitive decline at the fourth meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Micronutrients and Health, held at the House of Commons on 14 March.