Health & well-being


Vape industry responds to “sensationalist” reports of e-cigarette harm


The UK’s vaping industry has hit back at widespread reports in the national press this week that electronic cigarettes (e-cig) could have a harmful impact on heart health.

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Scotland confirms plans to restrict in-store promotions of HFSS products


The Scottish government has confirmed it will move ahead with plans to restrict displays of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) products at checkouts and crack down on promotions next year.

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Parents want clearer labelling on lunchbox products, research suggests


Soreen has released new research that shows parents are urging brands to adopt clear nutritional labelling on products to help them make healthy lunchtime choices.

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Orders of vegan takeaways up by nearly 400% in two years


Orders of vegan takeaways have soared by nearly 400% over the last two years, according to research from the British Takeaway Campaign.

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Small store supply chain “must do more” to cut dangerous chicken bacteria


The small store supply chain still needs to do much more to better control levels of the dangerous campylobacter bacteria present on fresh whole chicken sold through small convenience stores and butchers, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned.

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Health campaigners call for calorie levy on processed foods


Health campaigners are calling on the UK government to introduce a new calorie levy on processed foods.

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Government confirms plans to end sale of energy drinks to under-16s


The government has confirmed plans to end the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16, in one of the final announcements under outgoing prime minister Theresa May.

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High demand for plant-based milk products, research highlights


Convenience retailers have a growing opportunity to profit from the sale of plant-based milk alternatives, which are becoming increasingly popular with British shoppers, new research from Mintel has revealed.

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My Foodie claims world-first with potato-based drinks


Marketed as a world-first, My Foodie is launching its range of potato-based organic drinks in the UK.


Youth vaping rate remains low, new YouGov research reveals


Vaping remains uncommon among young people and is not acting as a gateway to youth smoking, new YouGov research commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) suggests.

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Flavoured vape products linked to higher tobacco quit rates


Mint, menthol and other non-tobacco flavoured vaping products are more effective than tobacco flavours at helping adult smokers to quit combustible cigarettes, research commissioned by vaping brand Juul has shown.

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Pregnant smokers should be encouraged to vape, midwives say


Pregnant smokers should be encouraged to use vaping devices to help them quit tobacco, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has recommended.

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Meatless mince and burgers gain Co-op listings


British brand The Meatless Farm Co is expanding in the UK by launching its mince and two-pack burger patties into 252 Co-op stores.

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C-Store Champions: Be healthy and wealthy


Our C-Store Champions discuss how healthy eating is influencing what they stock and how they are tapping into this growing audience.


Government mulls responses to in-store HFSS restrictions plan


The government is analysing the feedback gleaned from its consultation on restricting the promotion and placement of food and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) in English stores.

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Most adults eye more veg as healthy eating trend gathers pace


More than 50% of UK adults intend to eat more vegetables over the next 12 months as the trend towards healthy eating gathers pace, according to new research.

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Plant-based pea drink comes to the UK


Qwrkee, a new plant-based food & drink brand, is introducing a new pea milk to c-stores in the UK.

Flora Plant-Based Range

Flora relaunched with 100% plant-based recipe


Flora is reformulating its portfolio of spreads with the introduction of a new plant-based recipe.

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Alpen moves into protein bar category


Alpen is entering the protein bar market for the first time with the launch of a two-strong Alpen Protein range.

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UK bottled water sales top four billion litres, report says


Last year’s hot summer boosted bottled water consumption in the UK by more than 7% to 4,267 million litres, according to a new report from food and drink consultant Zenith Global. 

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Rhythm 108 snack bar range goes 100% vegan


Snack brand Rhythm 108 has made its range of bars completely vegan to appeal to consumers looking for plant-based products.

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Co-op targets ethical shoppers with new app partnership


The Co-operative Group has joined an ethical living app called CoGo which links shoppers to local stores that are aligned with their values, on the back of the consumer trend towards more ethical living.

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Cracking the healthy market


Healthy snacking is way more than a new year’s resolution, it’s becoming a way of life, and retailers should not overlook its potential.

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Healthy diets and plastic fear drive new shopper behaviour


Plastic pollution, healthy eating, responsible retailing and social media are among the key drivers of change that retailers are going to have to get to grips with in order to please the modern shopper, HIM suggests

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Shoppers would back new taxes on unhealthy foods, poll reveals


Six in ten Brits would support new taxes on unhealthy food and drinks as a way of motivating them to lead healthier lifestyles, new research from Mintel reveals.

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KP Snacks invests £2m in healthy snacking line-up


KP Snacks is reaffirming its commitment to under 100 calorie products by launching two new campaigns for 2019.

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C-Store Champions: Rolling with the punches


Our C-Store Champions have seen their share of challenges in 2018, but their tenacity and ability to adapt have kept them on track.

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Low calorie trio packs from The Protein Ball Co.


The Protein Ball Co. has launched a range of trio packs, for shoppers who want a healthy, under-100 calorie snack.

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Aryzta taps into free-from trend with vegan savouries


Aryzta Food Solutions is tapping into demand for free-from alternatives with a new range of vegan savouries.


Soft drinks levy raises £153.8m since April, HMRC reveals


The soft drinks levy has raised £153.8m in tax since its introduction in April, according to new government statistics.