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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

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

In Food Marketing, Savour Those Adjectives!

It’s not so much a point of principle, more one of maintaining standards, but we simply won’t countenance eating a bacon sandwich unless the pig concerned has been privately educated. Needless-to-say, that’s why we plump for Waitrose 1 Free Range,

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Posted in Consumer, Fresh Products, Private Label, Uncategorized

Veganuary: So Long Sausage?!

Phew, it’s the end of January. It can be a tortuous month as one comes to terms with under-achieving on all those rash New Year resolutions made in haste on guilt-laden, leaden early-January days where we promise ourselves to do

Posted in Consumer, Health

Consumer Trends and Their Impact on Sales

Had enough of grocery pundits pontificating on consumer trends that will take the market by storm in 2017? What do they mean for your business? Are they a genuine trend, or just fancy or fad?! Here’s some thoughts to consider

Posted in Consumer, Trends

Trend-Reporting Time in the Food and Drink Industry

At this time of year, food industry pundits spray their readers with nuggets on the directions new products are taking as we stand on the threshold of 2017.  We like the Innova Market Insights approach as the company analyses new

Posted in Consumer, Trends

Plant Power to the People!

Eating up our vegetables used to be a chore but, now, it’s becoming a lifestyle statement. If we aren’t woofing down courgetti, we’re swigging holier-than-thou kale and spirulina smoothies. So, what’s going on? Two principal things which are inter-linked: we’re

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Posted in Consumer, Health, Uncategorized

Sugar is No Sweet Topic!

The redoubtable Director General of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, two years ago accused “Big Food, Big Soda and Big Alcohol” of being as evil as “Big Tobacco”. Why so? Well, for “Big Soda” her criticism focused on high sugar content

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Posted in Consumer, Health

Excuse Me, but What’s Immigration Got to Do with the State of the Food Industry?

Quite a lot, really! But, first, we’ll front up – we’re both immigrants (British-born Hughes managed to slip into Canada back in the 1970’s and Spaniard Flavian legged it to London in 2012). As we all know from reading the

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Posted in Consumer, Supply Chain

What Do Shoppers Want in Their Food?

Sitting in a café sipping a decaffeinated almond milk latte and reading the weekend edition of The Times, it’s easy to think that Europeans have crossed The Rubicon when it comes to food eating. Food journalists are lyrical on the

Posted in Consumer, Credentials
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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.