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News review

Foodservice does its bit for organic milk, soil association expands it’s portfolio, end of “unintentional product residue”, ale from surplus bread.

Foodservice helps organic milk stay afloat

Foodservice has been credited with helping to keep organic milk buoyant. In a week where Tesco has hit the headlines for unsettling the dairy industry, the supermarket first caused furore by switching suppliers, before slashing the price of four pints to £1 – a move that is likely to start a new price war.

However, whilst speaking on Radio 4’s Farming Today this week, the Soil Association’s policy director Peter Melchett attributed the strength of the organic milk sector in part to foodservice’s support, with outlets from high-end restaurants to high street chains supporting prices by choosing to serve organic milk.

Updated standards for organic aquaculture and seaweed

The Soil Association has released updated standards for organic aquaculture and seaweed. These standards feature higher requirements than organic EU regulation in certain areas and will be effective immediately. The update includes the creation of dedicated standards for the production and collection of organic seaweed.

Using the bit at the bottom

It is annoying, and it wastes money and resources when you cannot get the last bit of a product out of its packaging. To tackle this “unintentional product residue”, the Industry Council for Research on Packaging & the Environment (INCPEN) has produced a guide. This helps manufacturers, retailers and pack designers tackle the problem of waste left in a pack by looking at ways to address and minimise the problem from packing design to use.

New ale made from surplus bread

Finding a novel use for food waste, Toast Ale is brewed using artisan bread that is unsold at the end of the day and crust ends that cannot be used by sandwich manufacturers.

Apparently, the toasted bread adds “caramel notes that balance the bitter hops”. The craft beer was created by Feedback Founder Tristram Stuart and is brewed at Hackney Brewery. It will feature on Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast TV show this Friday (5 Feb).