Cafe Asia food industry news: June 2015

June 24, 2015 9:40 am
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Welcome to this month’s Cafe Asia newsletter. We’re pleased to see the weather getting warmer – it’s certainly turning into barbecue and picnic season! Keep an eye on our blog, as we’ll be publishing some exciting pieces on summer food trends soon. In the meantime, 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…

FareShare Food Efficiency Framework launched…

Launched on June 17th, the FareShare Food Efficiency Framework has the backing of a number of major brands and food industry bodies. The plan’s aim is to support those living in food poverty, reduce food waste and increase resource efficiency by using an eight-step plan to identify sources of and distribute surplus food. Organisers FareShare believe that there is enough surplus food available to provide 800 million meals per year – a vast increase on the 15.3 million for which the organisation was responsible in the last year.

Age is the most important factor in determining shopping habits…

The newly published 2015 Grocery Eye report, produced by Future Thinking, has reported that age is the most important factor when determining how people both shop for food and eat. Younger people – those aged between 16 and 34 – state that they feel it is hard to eat healthily on their tight food budgets. Around 80% of this group said that they buy fresh fruits and vegetables, compared with 96% of those aged over 55, with only 28% of the younger group believing that they have a healthy diet. The onus is on the food and drink industry, they say, to make healthy food more affordable to encourage more people to buy it.

Higher costs for food manufacturers should Britain leave the EU…

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership…but should we leave the EU, what will this mean for food and drink businesses?

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Are EU serious? Will the European question have negative consequences for the UK food manufacturing industry? (Image credit: By World Economic Forum/Moritz Hager (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

According to Lars Hoelgaard of think tank Farm Europe, the impact of this decision on food and drink businesses would be lower than predicted by some “scaremongers”, but would still be cause for concern. In the long term, he stated, British manufacturers would be faced with higher costs, and would have less influence on legislation than current circumstances allow. His comments echo those of a number of food and drink manufacturers, who have stated that leaving the EU could be detrimental to their business.

Turkey a top export destination for packaged food sales…

New data from Euromonitor shows that Turkey is top for Western European packaged food sales, with the country potentially attractive for businesses operating in the health, wellness, bakery and dairy sectors. With the urban population of the country growing, Turkish citizens are now turning to modern grocery retailers over traditional food markets: retailers that are starting to see more and more international products on their shelves thanks to a trade partnership between the EU and Turkey making imports far easier. While traditional grocery shops still make up 89% of grocery sales in Turkey, Euromonitor claim that this figure is set to fall over the coming years, making it easier for international food and drink brands to make their mark on the Turkish market.

Events and awards…

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

We’ve already started thinking about Anuga, taking place in Cologne in October, but there’s plenty more to get excited about before then too. The 4th International Conference and Exhibition on Food Processing & Technology takes place in London from August 10th to 12th, while August 17th to 19th sees Birmingham playing host to the International Conference on Food Safety and Regulatory Measures. Festival-wise, August is busy here in the UK, with numerous festivals including The BBC Good Food Festival and The Big Feastival taking place during the month.

In awards news, food and drink manufacturers are being encouraged to enter the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, with entries open until July 17th. This year’s Asian Curry Awards are now also open for nominations, while the British Street Food Awards heats are still in progress…

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

Until then

 

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Featured image – By thebittenword.com (Clagett Farm CSA Week 11) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons