Sweet failure

According to the FT the amount raised so far by the sugar tax is ‘rather disappointing’. That is understandable. Because, to do the job properly, what the tax should have been targeted at is not sugar, but sweetness. Soft drink manufacturers have been congratulating themselves on how they have managed to reduce their sugar content… Read more

Why we shouldn’t tolerate Palm Oil

Iceland is the only grocer to have removed Palm Oil entirely from their own label products and they’ve managed it in less than a year. Not unreasonably they wanted to shout about this, but their Christmas advert has been banned for being ‘too political’. After all, there have been worries about private equity and other… Read more

Amazon Fresh thinking?

This week’s ‘Sunday Times’ business carried an article suggesting that Amazon are still anxious to improve their presence in the UK grocery market. ‘Retail Insider’ reckons: The UK and especially Tesco will also represent the real challenge for Amazon Fresh, if it wants to become internationally accepted. If Amazon can really challenge Tesco in its… Read more

US regulatory food incompetence

Just in case anyone was subdued into acceptance of the idea that the USA food system functions well – never mind even better than the UK or EU systems, we should just take on board, that here is the world’s largest meatpacker recalling 6.9 million pounds of beef linked to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. So input antibiotics… Read more

Sugar tax own goal

We may now have the sugar tax, but of course what most of the soft drink suppliers have done is substitute other sweeteners for sugar (which we have consumed for about 500 years). I’m unaware of any trials that suggest the alternative sweeteners are in fact either any better or even good for us at… Read more

Ready to Eat – or not?

We should not forget that “Prêt à manger” actually means “Ready to eat”. Calling it PRET disguises the idea, though I’m sure those that work for them have rarely, if indeed ever, thought about their origins. So they completely lost the philosophy of the company name when a poor girl succumbed to her allergy. We… Read more

Life is a death sentence

In our occasional forays into the world of food and drink there are two interesting ripostes to some peer reviewed health reports. A Lancet analysis revealed that if rising life expectancy means years in good health, then health expenditure is expected to increase by only 0.7% of GDP by 2060. Unfortunately it is entirely understandable… Read more