Heineken announces plans to invest US$58.25m in UK pubs

UK - Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer, has announced plans to pour US$58.25 million into the UK’s struggling pubs to fund fund 140 projects and upgrades. According to the company, its British arm will invest the money into around 500 of the 2,900 pubs owned by its Star Pubs & Bars unit, with the…

UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate increases to 72%

UK - The United Kingdom’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has said that the recycling rate of aluminium both in the British Isles and upon the European continent continues to make significant strides, achieving and surpassing goals that were set for the practice last year. According to Alupro, the recycling rate for aluminium drink cans…

UK watchdog probes on the allegations of meat traces in vegetarian foods

LONDON - Britain’s food watchdog said it was investigating allegations that traces of meat had been found in “meat-free” and vegan meals sold at the country’s two largest supermarket chains, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. According to Reuters, the FSA statement followed a report in The Daily Telegraph, which said an investigation by the newspaper had detected…

Danone releases 15 new infant nutrition products in the UK

UK - Danone’s Cow & Gate brand has announced that it will release 15 new infant nutrition products in the UK, and will refresh the packaging of its entire product range. According to FoodBev, Cow & Gate has released new butternut squash, salmon & courgette and courgette & hake rice jars, and the brand claims…

Sainsbury’s and Tesco vegetarian ready meals found with meat traces

UK - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched an investigation into allegations that vegetarian and vegan ready meals from major supermarket chains Sainsbury’s and Tesco contain traces of meat. An investigation by the Daily Telegraph disclosed that ‘meat free’ and vegan food sold at Britain's leading supermarkets contains traces of meat. Based on laboratory…

UK-based snack brand introduces two new plant-based protein bars

UK - Real Handful, a UK-based snack company with an innovation in healthy snacking, has expanded its product range by introducing two new plant-based protein bars to the UK market. The new products are the first snack bars released by Real Handful, and follow on from the brand’s release of two new trail mix flavours…

UK MPs call for ban in cartoons and fictional characters use on food products

UK - A group of UK MPs has called for a ban on cartoon and fictional characters being used to promote unhealthy, high-sugar foods as part of a raft of proposed measures to cut down on childhood obesity. According to FoodingredientsFirst, stripping out familiar characters like Kellogg’s breakfast cereal’s Tony the Tiger and Coco Monkey…

Beyond Meat to launch its plant-based ‘Beyond Burger’ in the UK

UK - The Los-Angeles producer of plant-based meat alternatives Beyond Meat has signed a distribution deal with the Authentic Food Co (TAFC) that will see a debut of its plant-based burger ‘Beyond Burger’ in the UK. This forms part of the company’s extensive global expansion plans for the summer to offer solutions to growing global…

KFC UK and Ireland commits to 20% calorie reduction by 2025

UK - KFC UK and Ireland have announced a commitment to remove 20% of calories per serving by 2025 by offering healthier and lighter side options in its menus in the UK and Ireland. KFC is also considering offering alternatives to fries, low or zero-calorie soft drinks and a trial on vegetarian option set to…

Tate & Lyle enters agreement to acquire 15% equity in Sweet Green Fields

UK - Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food ingredients and solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire a 15% equity holding in Sweet Green Fields, one of the largest privately held, fully integrated global stevia ingredient companies. This builds on the agreement entered into by Tate &…