Food and Drink

McDonald’s UK invests three quarters of a million pounds to support Arla’s UK farmer owners and the British dairy industry

McDonald’s UK has invested three quarters of a million pounds to support British dairy farms, most recently awarding thirty three of Arla’s UK farmer owners more than a quarter of a million pounds (£273,243) in the latest round of its capital grant scheme. The scheme, which was launched in March 2018, is part of Farm Forward, McDonald’s long-term programme of support for the UK farming industry, and aims to support the future of the British dairy industry and fund applications that are focused on raising animal welfare standards, providing economic benefit to the farmers business or making environmental improvements.

Alice Willett, Agriculture Consultant, Sustainable Sourcing, McDonald’s UK & Ireland comments, “We’re constantly impressed with how ambitious Arla farmers are in driving forward standards. Whilst Arla supplies organic milk to McDonald’s, we recognise that as a supplier working with a farmer owned co-operative we have an opportunity to help the wider group farmers continually invest in their businesses and this scheme is a reflection of that.”

The successful applicants received grants to support investment across the following areas:

Arla Foods, cows in field

Europe’s largest dairy cooperative, Arla Foods, has announced that by 2050 its operations from cow to consumer will:

• Be carbon net zero, with any unavoidable emissions (for example, from farms) entirely offset by improvements elsewhere in the supply chain

• Balance nitrogen and phosphorus cycles to support clean water systems

• Be even more closely aligned with nature to further increase biodiversity across Britain’s countryside.

Customer Buying Frozen Food

Simply Scoop from the Freezer ... into biodegradable bags or the customers’ own reusable containers: field fare’s loose serve premium frozen lines address the unstoppable demand for sustainability and Plastic Free solutions ...

The polls say it all: retailers can’t ignore the packaging issue much longer ...

63% of shoppers are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about plastic packaging in grocery
28% of UK consumers are willing to pay more for a product in environmentally friendly packaging

59% of shoppers are doing more to reduce plastic waste generated in their household(Kantar Worldpanel 2018 survey of 5,000 UK shoppers)

The Attenborough effect ...

Scotland's First Vodka Distillery Experience Opens To The Public
Ogilvy Vodka – Scotland’s first potato vodka distillery - is preparing to open the doors to its new £150K visitor centre.

Located 20 miles north of Dundee, Ogilvy Vodka promises an unforgettable ‘field to bottle’ experience that will take in the sights and sounds of both a working potato farm and working vodka distillery.

Tours will start on vintage tractor and trailer, which will showcase a behind the scenes look at potato farming.

Visitors will then take an immersive, step-by-step walk-through of the distilling process and a guided tasting of the distillery’s award-winning single estate potato vodka in the attraction’s boutique tasting room.

Housed in a converted stone barn, the visitor centre is a bright, modern and welcoming space, featuring nods to the distillery’s zero waste ethos including ‘tattie box’ wall cladding and recycled Ogilvy Vodka bottles as eye-catching light fittings.

Little Miracle new range

Discover the new, refreshed and revitalised Little Miracles ice-tea range. The inspired organic and Fairtrade superfruit and ice tea drink has got a brand new look!

Little Miracles believe that every leaf, every fruit, every nut and berry from Mother Nature are a miraculous creation. So, we carefully select the best of each and blend them into refreshing drinks and delicious, healthy snacks for you to discover and enjoy on the go. We are always looking for more hidden treasures to bring you in their purest form.

Annie in the lab - Making a Seasonal Business Work Year-round 

By Annie Hanbury, founder and maker of Dorset-based Baboo Gelato, which champions seasonal produce and local ingredients

No-one understands the ebb and flow of the seasons better than farmers, along with the resulting ups and downs of income. While some types of diversifying can serve to smooth out some of the peaks and troughs, many others remain at the mercy of the seasons. 

As an artisanal gelato producer on the Dorset coast, more than 80% of my sales take place between April and September.  The trickiest challenge for my business isn’t just cashflow, it’s how to retain flexibility in staffing while maintaining the core team. 

Wyke Farms exterior

Wincanton packing and distribution site to benefit

 Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and exporters, announce a £1.3 million grant that has been secured from DEFRA to support the companies 5 year plan for growth. The grant will fund a new cheese store and an extension to its packing and distribution depot, both based in Wincanton, Somerset.

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Farm Shop & Deli Show 2019 returns to the NEC from 8-10 April

The sector’s leading event for delicatessens, farm shops, restaurants, garden centres, food halls, butcheries and bakeries will be back at the NEC from 8-10 April. For nine years, the show has built a reputation as the unmissable annual event for the speciality food and gifting sector, offering visitors the opportunity to meet with over 450 suppliers that encompass the core food categories from chocolate, hot drinks and olives, to condiments, meat and preserves.  

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Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with this heart-shaped red wax truckle filled with the finest vintage Cheddar, certain to put a smile on any cheese lovers’ face.

This delicious vintage cheddar is crafted in the heart of Somerset with love. Matured for over 15 months for a smooth, yet silky texture, with a slight crunch, always the sign of a well-aged Cheddar. A rounded flavour, balancing sweet notes, with creaminess and nuttiness thrown in for good measure, its complexity should build in your mouth like a fine wine.

Perfect enjoyed on its own or on a cheeseboard with some delicious extras. Remember, opposites attract so you can get creative here!