Cafe Asia food industry news: May 2015

June 18, 2015 10:04 am
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Welcome to this month’s Cafe Asia newsletter. As May makes way for June, many minds will start to turn to barbecues, picnics and al fresco evening meals…if the weather holds out of course. While we wait to see what the skies have to offer, have a read of our monthly round-up of top headlines from the catering, manufacturing, cash and carry and food service sectors, giving you an insight into some of the major developments, news stories and movings and shakings…

Cafe Asia brand hits Iceland Food Warehouse stores…

After an initial meeting at international food trade show SIAL Paris in October 2014, we are excited to announced that Cafe Asia launched in Iceland’s six Food Warehouse stores on May 13th, with hopes of a national roll-out.

First introduced in September 2014, The Food Warehouse from Iceland is a new concept: larger stores that feature new and exciting high quality product lines and bulk buy offers in addition to Iceland’s core ranges. The stores are now stocking ten core Cafe Asia lines in dedicated branded freezers – find out more here.

Campylobacter contaminates three quarters of supermarket chickens…

The results of a year-long study from the Food Standards Agency have now been published, with the findings showing that 73% of fresh chickens found in butchers and supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, and that 19% are heavily contaminated. The research, which was conducted between February 2014 and February 2015, also shows that 7% of chicken packaging is contaminated with the bacteria, meaning that products with which it comes into contact could also be contaminated.

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Contaminated chicken? Campylobacter contaminates 73% of supermarket and butcher chickens.

Results varied between brands, with Asda posting the most serious results. The FSA took the decision to name and shame the retailers involved, in an attempt to clean up the industry.

France passes new law to tackle food waste…

Food waste is a continuing issue throughout the world, but a new law passed in France could set a precedent for other countries. This new legislation will ban supermarkets from destroying or throwing away food that has not been sold, with food that is still safe to eat to be distributed to charities, while food that is not safe to eat will be donated to farmers to be used as animal feed.

This law will also include the launch of a programme of education about food waste for both businesses and schools – and the hope is that this legislation will then be adopted throughout Europe and the wider world.

Falling food sales hit the retail sector…

Figures from the latest retail sales monitor from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG show that total like for like retail sales dropped 0.1% between December 2014 and February 2015: and while sales of non-food items rose by 1.2%, sales of food items actually fell an annual 1.6% during this period. These figures suggest that the UK’s economic recovery is failing to make an impact on the grocery sector – and combined with grocery prices falling thanks to supermarket price wars, retailers and suppliers alike are hoping that things start to pick up.

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Grocery prices falling: Is recovery on the horizon?

Events and awards…

The month of July will play host to a wide range of food and drink industry events, taking place all over the globe.

On June 30th and July 1st, the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire will host Meatup 2015: a biennial trade exhibition aimed at those in the meat industry. Alternatively, head to Chicago from July 11th to 14th where you’ll find the Institute of Food Technologists’ Food Expo, hosting those working in food science and technology to examine global trends, products and innovations. Closer to home, July 14th is in the diary for an event entitled “Meeting the challenges of food security: innovation, sustainability and international collaboration”: a seminar that will feature a fantastic round-up of speakers from the world of food and drink.

In awards news, the winners of The Grocer’s Own Label Food & Drink Awards were announced at a ceremony on May 8th, with the full list available to view here. In the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has reclaimed the top spot, while the 2015 BBC Food and Farming Awards winners have also been announced.

That’s all for this month, but we’ll be back next month with more exciting news from the world of food and drink!