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Prospects for Grocery Retail and Who’s Eating Their Lunch?!

One way or another, each of us ingests food every day. The intriguing question is, in the future will we be buying it from the same retail providers as in the past? Drop back a decade and the answer revolved

Posted in Fresh Products, Hypermarkets, Online, Uncategorized

The Green Train is No Band Wagon. It’s a Bona Fide TGV Consumer Express!

Here’s a challenge: explain consumers’ understanding of sustainable food in a 140 character tweet – oh, go on then, try the new 280 character option! Succinct descriptions of complex topics are very fashionable with politicians and business leaders alike and

Posted in Credentials, Sustainability

The Domino Theory: Implications for Plastic Packaging

Who would you choose to captain your fantasy A Team on environmental issues? In agriculture and food, Rachel Carson of “Silent Spring” comes to mind. She’s been the mother of the modern environmental movement with her early stance on abusive

Posted in Consumer, Credentials, Sustainability

Trust Me, I’m a Farmer!

Back in 1933, soap detergent company Procter & Gamble sponsored “Oxydol’s Own Ma Perkins” daytime radio show and soap operas were born! Post-War, the “goggle-box” arrived and we’ve been huddled together watching the ubiquitous soaps for decades. Food companies got

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Posted in Credentials

Some Reflections on Global Food System Trends

End of the year food blogs, often, focus on trends embraced by the chattering classes, such as Gothic desserts, even more obscure ancient grains, and posit opinions on whether demand for kombucha tea has peaked. However, we thought we’d take

Posted in Trends

Big Food: Going, Going, Gone?!

Big food companies haven’t been cracking open the champagne in recent years – in developed markets, sales have been in free-fall, with fast-growing emerging markets saving the day but, still, the overall sales trend has been ominously downwards, and this

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Posted in General, Health, Premium, Trends

Red Alert on Red Meat!

The consumer and food trade media is full of stories about “the end of meat as we know it” and, indeed, we’ve been banging on about “non-meat meats” for months – and for good reason. In the USA, plant-based burger

Posted in Fresh Products, Trends

“Alexa: Turn Off the Lights when the Last Shoppers Abandon Supermarket Aisles 4 to 12”!

It’s Winter 2030 and shrivelled, desiccated traditional supermarket companies fall like Autumn leaves from the NYSE and LSEs of our world. In only a dozen years, grocery shopping has disappeared as a drudge activity. We still shop but on our

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Posted in Online, Uncategorized

What is Your Story for Millennials?

Do you know that close to half of all eating occasions in the UK and the USA comprise one person eating alone – a morose male tucking into a “Sad Bastard Ready Meal for One” comes to mind. But, that’s

Posted in Consumer, Trends, Uncategorized

What if ……… Amazon Bought Sainsbury’s?!

Warm, woozy weather and we’ve been  saturated with Wimbledon, Lions, cricket and more. Pass the Pimm’s, please! But, global food industry developments have had their moments, too and not least Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Market. We chuckled no doubt

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Prof David Hughes: Around the world, David speaks to senior agribusiness and food industry managers about global food industry developments that are and will affect their businesses and industry. Energetic, engaging, humorous and insightful, David gains the very highest evaluations at seminars, conferences and Board level discussions in every continent he visits. Miguel Flavián: works for several Spanish organisations and companies to help them to learn from the developments of the British grocery market and improve their business back home.