Members of the International Food and Water Research Centre (IFWRC) Scientific Advisory Panel discuss current challenges the food industry is facing, including climate change and food fraud, as well as key trends and the role of international collaboration between industry, academia, government and non-government organisations.
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Without agreed and well-planned solutions, the report has warned that UK consumers will face higher costs and reduced availability of goods.
Market threats are said to include poor climatic conditions and cheap honey imports from China.
FDF’s latest data shows that the proportion of UK manufacturers who were pessimistic about business conditions declined in Q4 2019, with more reporting improved business confidence than in any other quarter of the year.
The number of individuals infected with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to climb on a daily basis as does the number of deaths associated with it. Many of TAG's clients have asked what should be done to prepare for a growing number of cases in the United States.
The National Bureau of Statistics of China has released figures which reveal a surge in the price of food, with indications that coronavirus and African swine fever are amongst the causes.
The white paper examines trends in public and private investment in research, the contributions of food to the US economy, as well as IFT-led survey data regarding research priorities in food science and the impact of insufficient funding.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Food Price Index rose again in January 2020, mainly driven by increases in the costs of vegetable oils, sugar and wheat.
The findings are said to confirm that there was a step change in the average price of alcohol in Scotland immediately following the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP).
The fair-meat pricing proposal, also known as a ‘sustainability charge’, is set out in a new report which calls for a new pricing model to be included in the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy - applying to EU member states from 2022.
IHS Markit has noted that orange juice production has risen in Florida and Brazil but falling demand in major markets such as the US and Europe has brought the FCOJ (from concentrate orange juice) price down by US $600/tonne in one year.
Productivity and environmental improvements are to be boosted in the UK farming sector for decades to come with new landmark legislation.
Stone fruit production areas such as Little Karoo from Montagu, Barrydale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, through to Prince Albert, have suffered severely from the droughts, with some losing their farms, and many farmworkers without income or jobs.