Food for Thought - December 2022

In our final Food for Thought round up of the year, we look at the news and trends that caught our eye this month - from a light-up gin bottle lawsuit to climate change impact indicators on menus, and of course Christmas Dinner costs.

December 30, 2022
Jasmine Barrow
A plate with a question mark on it, with a spoon, fork and knife
December 30, 2022
Jasmine Barrow

Climate Impact labels

In hopes to reduce our climate footprints and red meat consumption, a new labelling system that highlights a meal’s climate impact could be introduced on menus. A study, published in medical jounal JAMA found that 23% of people were more likely to opt for more sustainable meals when presented with a high climate impact label. (Source: CNN )

M&S sues Aldi over light-up bottles of gin

Marks & Spencer claims that Aldi infringed the design of its 2020 festive light-up gin bottles. Aldi denies infringement and says that the design features of the bottle were ‘commonplace’ and ‘widely known across the sector’. We’re sure plenty of both bottles were unwrapped this week! (Source: Daily Mail)

Twitter: The people have spoken

Less than two months since the official sale of Twitter, 17.5 million users voted for Elon Musk to step down as the head of the popular social media app after Musk posted a Twitter poll stating that he will abide by the results. Three days after the results, he said: “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job! After that, I will just run the software & servers teams.” (Source: BBC)

Junk food ad ban pushed back

A policy that would stop ads involving products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) has been pushed back until 2025. The latest delay is said to give firms more time to effectively reformulate their marketing. Many health charities have expressed their concerns and warned that the delay would lead to an increase in overweight children. (Source: The Express)

The battle of the bird

A new study found that roast chicken and beef is more popular amongst gen z than the traditional turkey. With shortages of turkey caused by bird flu reported prior to Christmas, some had to make a choice between the two. (Source: Metro)

Price of Christmas dinner on the rise

The cost of food for a traditional Christmas dinner increased by an average of 18 percent over the past year. Items like sauces, salt and spices cost 33.2 percent more than last year. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) added that if wages had gone up as much as the cost of a turkey this Christmas, the average worker would have an extra £76 a week in their pay packet. (Source: The Telegraph)

Warning as Stilton cheesemakers could go out of business

New figures show that Stilton sales have plummeted by up to 30 percent as a result of coronavirus and the lockdowns. The Stilton Cheese Makers Association (SCMA) which represents the UK’s Stilton producers, are urging consumers to buy Stilton and other British cheeses to support and prevent producers going out of business. (Source: Leicestershire Live)

BBC to go online-only by the 2030s

Tim Davie, the director general of BBC, has said that traditional television and radio broadcasts are to be axed over the next decade in preparation to become an online-only service. Ideas being considered include a single app containing everything from TV programmes to local news and educational material. (Source: The Guardian)

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