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Accelerated Change in the Food Industry: Remember The Boiled Frog!

Two years ago Amazon, one of the online shopping world behemoths, confounded analysts by announcing that it was about to buy Whole Foods – an up-market bricks and mortar grocery shopping chain (June 16th, 2017). Share prices of major grocery

Posted in Convenience, Foodservice, Hypermarkets, Online, Trends

Who’ll Be in the Mind’s Eye of the Global Consumer for Providing Meal Solutions in the 2020’s?: Likely NOT Big Food and Traditional Supermarkets!

Don’t you just love those old fashioned advertisements that pluck at our heart strings regaling us about how we used to shop and put meals on the table for the family. The classic 1970s Hovis advertisement turned out to be

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Posted in Convenience, Foodservice

What’s All The Fuss About Flexitarians and Faux Meat?

Well, we’ve got through Veganuary and, if you’re to believe all the media hype, the comfortably-off Western world is eschewing meat. January saw a torrent of plant-based meat lookalike products and vegetarian fare flood onto markets in Europe and North

Posted in Consumer, Health, Trends, Vegetarian

Food Industry Trends: 2019 Will Go in a Flash, So, What’s The Picture look Like in 2030?

Watch out, food industry pundits are about holding forth on key trends affecting your business in 2019. Blink and 2019 is gone and we’re into a new decade. So, we thought our blog to you should be on what the

Posted in Credentials, Trends

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
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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.