Grocery news is thin on the ground in this morning’s papers. The Telegraph picks up the trading update from Conviviality yesterday. The drinks group behind Bargain Booze tripled revenues in the second half of the year after a string of acquisitions bolstered the business and triggered a shake-up of its corporate structure, the paper writes.
British chocolate could be turned away at Europe’s borders after Brexit, Nick Clegg has warned an FDF conference (The Times). After a 30-year battle, UK chocolate secured a place on continental shelves in 2003. European manufacturers had insisted British chocolate was too impure to be sold under the name because of the amount of vegetable fat, milk and sugar it contained. “I would have thought, perhaps not immediately but relatively quickly, that European chocolate-makers would say, if we leave the EU without any guarantees on this: ‘Right, let’s just tweak the chocolate definition just a little bit.’,” Clegg said.
The Financial Times looks at how spectral analysis could make food waste a thing of the past. that could tell you whether food was still safe to eat? Abi Ramanan, co-founder of ImpactVision, is developing a smartphone app which uses hyperspectral imaging software that could tell you how fresh a piece of beef is, or how ripe an avocado, by analysing how they reflect light across the electromagnetic spectrum, beyond the range of visible light.
Asda has scrubbed clean its entire fleet of home-delivery trucks after the British supermarket chain was found by a BBC Watchdog investigation to be delivering internet food orders in dirty crates, including some containing levels of bacteria similar to those found in a kitchen bin (The Financial Times).