The British Retail Consortium is set to get the go-ahead from Defra and Brussels to publish a list of foods that will be exempt.
The new regulations, which will come into force on January 1, originally required any product containing animal derivatives to go for incineration or rendering. But while raw meat and fish will have to go for incineration, other animal by-products can instead go to landfill.
Examples of the foods now set to be given the all-clear, following two years of lobbying by the BRC, are honey nut cereals, cocktail sausages and frankfurters, as well as products containing milk, eggs or honey, such as cakes, pastry, biscuits and chocolate.
The regulations are designed to prevent the spread of animal disease by stopping specified animal by-product food waste being sent to landfill.
Companies are faced with a much bigger bill for food waste disposal, when higher volumes go for incineration, rendering, or to approved composting and biogas plants.
A spokeswoman for the BRC said: “As well as the added costs, there would have been a major logistical problem as there are only four working incinerators in the UK.”
James Lowman, public affairs manager at the ACS, added that the new measures would still mean extra costs for retailers as separate disposal processes were required, regardless of the quantity of waste.
Somerfield launched a new press campaign with the strapline ‘a great deal going on’ this week. The ads complement the national TV advertising campaign launched last month in which everyday table top items and food products come to life, said marketing controller Nicholas Hall.
Kerry Group has reported an 8.3% increase in sales to 12,117m in the half-year results to June 30. Like-for-like total sales were up 3.4%, while trading profit increased 6.2% to 1101m. Hugh Friel, chief executive, said its full-year results would be in line with expectations.
In its monthly distributive trade survey, which covers 20,000 retail outlets, the CBI said that underlying sales trends were at their weakest since it began compiling trends in 1983.
It found that one in five retailers thought that their overall business outlook would deteriorate over the next quarter. A third of retailers also said that they expected sales volumes to decrease in September.
Food giant Heinz is set to conclude its strategic review of its European portfolio and global structure within two months. A spokesman dismissed reports that the group was ready to sell its Linda McCartney, John West and Harry Ramsden brands.
The Office of Fair Trading has cleared Cadbury Schweppes' merger of organic chocolate company Green & Black’s. In a statement, the OFT said that it had decided not to refer the merger to the Competition Commission based on the information currently available to it. Cadbury took over Green & Black’s in May this year.
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