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Trust Me, I’m a Farmer (or Fisherman)!

Big corporates – supermarkets and fmcg – are courting farmers and fisherfolk again. Is this a Covid-19 thing that induces love for primary food producers? Yes but it’s more than a kneejerk coronavirus response. One outcome of a pandemic or,

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Posted in Consumer, Fresh Products, Sustainability

Could Fake Meat “Out-Chicken” Chicken?

How’re you all doing? Miguel’s family had a scare – his wife was very poorly for 3 weeks but is much better now. David, self-isolating in his bunker, has been grumbling about Government spokespeople listing the criteria for those considered

Posted in Fresh Products, Sustainability, Trends, Vegetarian

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

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

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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Posted in Fresh Products, Online, 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

New Age Food & Drink Stealing The Clothes Of Culinary Classics: Is It Fair Play Or Are They Fair Game?!

Have you noticed that the food industry’s “Old Guard” – meat, milk and wheat products – have been taking a good bashing in recent years? Swathes of consumers eschew these nutritional staples because of: perceived food intolerances (e.g. gluten, lactose);

Posted in Fresh Products, Health

What Can We Learn from the Spanish about Eating and Selling More Fruit and Vegetables?

We Brits are wimpy consumers of fresh produce relative to our Iberian neighbours – rough and ready data suggests that Spanish families consume double the amount that we do! Why so? History, geography, climate and food culture are hugely influential:

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Posted in Fresh Products, Uncategorized

Eat Up Your Meat …. Well, At Your Own Risk!

Red and processed meats had a bad month in October. Mind you, they’ve been taking a bashing  for a while and it’s not just on health. Beef and lamb are portrayed as being anti-social for environmental reasons (cattle and sheep

Posted in Fresh Products, Health

Drink Up Your Vegetables or There’ll Be No Dessert!

The health & well-being trend in food is well-documented but, as we’ve noted previously, eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day seems unattainable for most families across Europe. In the UK, consumption statistics are based on actual fresh

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Posted in Convenience, Fresh Products
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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.