November 2018

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Why Food Producers are Demanding DAF Technology

Recent industry research by Siltbuster, performed across a mix of industries including food and drink manufacturers showed that effluent treatment is a significant area of investment for o

Top ten tips for starting a food business

Oonagh Monahan, published author and Founder of Alpha Omega Consultants, shares her top ten tips for starting your own food business.

Having mentored almost 300 startup food businesses over the past ten years, over time, it became very apparent to me that they all had more or less the same concerns – Who do I talk to? What about registration? What are the legal implications? Is my kitchen at home suitable? Can I get funding anywhere? Who will buy my foods? Where should I sell them? How can I source packaging? What has to go on a label, and so on.

plastic packaging

EU implements ban on single-use plastics

Single-use plastic items, such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted in October 2018[1].

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by the European Parliament.

Products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging, and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene have also been added to this list.

collaboration on plastic recycling

Collaboration on plastics recycling

Unilever and Veolia have signed an agreement to work jointly on technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia[2].

The companies acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.

UK initiatives to reduce pollution by plastic packaging

A new £1.4m ‘UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition’ was launched at the inaugural annual meeting of the UK Plastics Pact, held in London in October, to support creative business ideas to stop plastic being thrown away[3].

plastic pact

UK Plastic Pact Roadmap

The UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025 was published by WRAP in November 2018[4], identifying key actions businesses should take to reduce plastic packaging pollution in the environment.

changing meal times

Changing meal times makes you thinner

Modest changes to breakfast and dinner times can reduce body fat, according to a new pilot study[5].

The 10-week study on ‘time-restricted feeding’ (a form of intermittent fasting) led by Dr Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey investigated the impact of changing meal times on dietary intake, body composition and blood risk markers for diabetes and heart disease.

milk waste

Crying over spilt milk

WRAP’s recent report Opportunities to Reduce Waste along the Journey of Milk, from Dairy to Home[6] highlights the scale of milk wastes across the food chain; 330,000 tonnes of milk are lost each year, equivalent to 7% of UK production and worth more than £150m.

Food waste pilot

Food waste pilot

The Government has announced a new pilot scheme supported by £15m of additional funding to reduce food waste from retail and manufacturing sources[7]. The scheme will be developed over the coming months in collaboration with businesses and charities and will launch in 2019/20.

AMR E. coli in UK retail meat

The FSA has published the Year 3 (2017) results of an EU survey commissioned to assess the frequency of certain types of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) E. coli in raw UK retail pork and beef[8]. These findings have been collected on behalf of the European Commission as part of an EU-wide seven-year surveillance study. The data is fed back to the European Commission on a yearly basis and reported in the EU Summary Report on Antimicrobial Resistance.

David Gregory

A word from the President – December 2018

Writing this at the end of October, it seems every meeting or conference I attend ends with a discussion about the implications of Brexit and what exactly will happen after March 2019.

Margaret Patterson

Past president elected to IUFoST

We are pleased to announce that our Past President, Professor Margaret Patterson OBE, has been elected as one of the seven Members of the IUFoST Governing Council.



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