INDUSTRY

Salt reduction initiatives remain relevant

By Professor Ian Fisk, Professor of Flavour Chemistry, and Deborah Kendale, AgriFood Training Partnership. The introduction of the ‘Sugar Tax’ on soft drinks may have distracted public attention away from salt, but salt reduction initiatives are still required to reduce the amount consumed in the...

Healthy eating advice may lead to unintended consequences

By Tim Hess, Professor of Water and Food Systems at the Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University and Dr Chloe Sutcliffe, Research Fellow in Water and Food System Resilience, Cranfield University. The Global Food Security Programme has been established to fund research that will...

Productivity, innovation and education – women in agriculture have their say

Increasingly, women are at the forefront of addressing the dual challenges of profitability and sustainability that affect the UK agrifood sector. DEFRA estimates that women make up 28% of the British agricultural workforce and the number of women running farms has steadily increased to just over...

AFTP and IFST partnership offers rising stars of the agrifood industry a year’s free membership

The beginning of February heralded the launch of a new collaboration between the AFTP and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST). This collaboration offers complimentary one-year IFST membership to any AFTP participant taking one of our courses across our five specialist subject areas....

A teaspoon here - a teaspoon there - how sugar in our favourite products is being reduced - but have we noticed yet?

Sugar reduction is here to stay as part of the Government’s reformulation programme ‘achieving the 20%’ and our childhood favourites are now in line for redevelopment to bring us the same product…with less sugar.  Kellogg’s recently announced their plans to cut the sugar content of some of our...

OFC Delegates encouraged to cut food waste to increase global food security

At this year's Oxford Farming Conference, Professor Leon Terry Director of Environment and AgriFood at Cranfield University urged the audience and policy makers to review their priorities in relation to research into crop production and post harvest losses. He argued that UK research funding...

Acrylamide in Food - Regulatory and Industry Update

New regulations concerning the levels of acrylamide in foods and drinks were published on 20th November 2017. Some 15 years after the occurrence of acrylamide in cooked foods was first reported, the University of Reading hosted a symposium on 16th November run by the RSC (Royal Society of...

Sustainable intensification means increasing efficiency through higher yields - right?

Since the latest report produced by Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) has been selectively interpreted in Guardian columnist George Monbiot’s unsympathetic assessment of livestock production systems, we would like to present an alternative, more nuanced view. Papers by Capper et al. have shown...

The view over the farm gate, Brexit and beyond – where next for the UK?

With leading industry and policy makers’ opinions from a conference spanning the farming and food manufacturing community, briefings around the country from AHDB and with the Reform Bill (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill) looming, the AFTP are taking the opportunity to provide an assessment of...

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