Food for Thought - May 2023

Spotting interesting trends and finding noteworthy food facts and figures is a big part of what we do at Ceres. Here are 10 recent articles, reports and long reads that made us stop and think.

May 30, 2023
Jasmine Barrow
A plate with a question mark on it, with a spoon, fork and knife
May 30, 2023
Jasmine Barrow

Green bread is crowned Britain's best loaf

Miyo Aoetsu, who runs Kuma-San Bakehouse from her home in Matlock, has had her loaf of matcha, white chocolate and fruit crowned the best in Britain. The bread won top spot in the Britain's Best Loaf competition, run by British Baker, and also topped the Innovation category. [Source: BBC News]

Lack of time for healthy lifestyles

A poll from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests that a lack of time and motivation is putting people off getting fit. The WCRF also said that other barriers include not knowing where to start, a lack of confidence and feeling too tired. [Source: The Independent]

World’s first industrial-scale 3D bioprinting facility launched

Foody’s and Cocuus, two food tech companies from Navarra, Spain, have signed an agreement which will lead to commercialised production of plant-based 3D printed foods, starting with ‘bacon’. [Source: Vegconomist]

Block of cheese

New post-Brexit border controls on food imports, which have been labelled as a ‘cheese blockade’, will stop cheese and meat coming into the country. The new rules mean that a vet must sign off on all imports of 'medium risk' food, including unpasteurised cheese, and both fresh and frozen meat. [Source: Daily Mail]

World Health Organisation advises against use of non-sugar sweeteners

The World Health Organisation has said that switching to non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) will not help reduce weight and could lead to an increased risk of a number of non-communicable diseases. [Source: Food Manufacture]

Windsor Framework: Not for EU label for food products in all of UK

"Not for EU" labelling will be required on British food products sold throughout the UK as a result of the Windsor Framework, the foreign secretary has confirmed. From October, prepacked meat and fresh milk must be individually labelled, with labelling of other goods being rolled out by July 2025. [Source: BBC News]

UK’s Food Summit a 'missed opportunity'

The UK Government held an ‘urgent’ food summit this month to discuss risks to the food system. Some observers are concerned that the summit was a ‘missed opportunity’ claiming Ministers are opting for “sticking plasters” rather than long-term solutions to challenges such as soil degradation and public health. [Source: edie]

Don’t tell your children if you’re on a diet, experts warn

Parents should not tell their children if they are going on a diet, obesity experts have said. A new guide urges families to be careful in the language they use when talking about weight, and focussing on health-improvement messages instead. [Source: The Telegraph]

Keeping it real

The issue of photo manipulation on social media has long been a concern for many, but with the technology now increasingly extending to videos, should authorities intervene? Apps like FaceTune have been criticised for ‘promoting an unrealistic view of beauty’. [Source: BBC News]

UK government urged to act as some meat and veg prices double in a year

Research has found that some meat and vegetable lines at supermarkets have almost doubled in price over the past year, according to the data from consumer group Which?. Annual inflation on supermarket own-label budget items stepped up to 25% in April. [Source: The Guardian]

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