Food industry

Is big business truly embracing organic?

Do some of the principles of organic farming get lost when big brands get involved?
Demand for organic food globally is outstripping supply and a growing number of big food companies are moving into the sector by buying up organic farms and brands. But do the principles of organic farming get lost when big brands get involved? General Mills, maker of Cheerios cereals and Nature Valley bars, is one of the biggest organic producers in the US. Emily Thomas speaks to Carla Vernon, President of  Natural and Organic at General Mills.
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Restaurants should list all ingredients - UK regulator

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The Food Standards Agency has decided to recommend changes in the labelling of ready to eat food, to highlight the dangers of allergens.

At the moment food prepared on the same site as it is sold, doesn't have to have warning labels about allergens, because it is assumed anyone who needs to know will ask the staff who made it about the food's ingredients.

The flaw in that system was exposed by the death of 15 year old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse who collapsed after eating a baquette from Pret a Manger which contained sesame seeds, to which she was allergic.

Pret a Manger has already started rolling out full labelling on all its products in its stores.

HelloFresh customers jump 32%

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Meal-kit provider HelloFresh has posted a 42% rise in first-quarter sales as the number of active customers jumped 32% to 2.5 million.

That growth has been supported by a strong development of its three US brands, including the successful ramp-up of the more recent EveryPlate and Green Chef brands.

That's good news for the Berlin-based firm, but sadly its losses have climbed 66% from €13.7m to €22.7m.

Boss and co-founder Dominik Richter remained upbeat, saying: "Based on our first quarter we can confidently reconfirm our full year guidance."

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St Merryn Meats faces closure with 173 jobs at risk

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Cornish food processing company St Merryn Meats is under threat of closure, with the potential loss of 173 jobs.

Managers of the factory in Roche have entered a 45-day consultation period with the Usdaw union, but no definite decision about the plant's future has been made.

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St Merryn Meats is owned by Kepak and makes chilled meat products such as burgers for a variety of different brands.

An Usdaw spokesman said the closure would be devastating for the area and the union's priority would be to save jobs.

The news follows the confirmation that Kensey Foods in Launceston will close in July with the loss of more than 600 jobs.

This is devastating news for all of those who could be affected by Kepak’s proposals. Usdaw is meeting with the company in the coming weeks to understand and challenge the business case for the proposed site closure. Our priority is to save jobs and we will also explore redeployment opportunities, for those at risk of redundancy, possibly at the Bodmin or Merthyr sites.”

David CliftUsdaw Area Organiser