Whether it’s in the broadsheets, tabloids or magazines here at PLPR HQ we are always keeping up with the latest news. From the opening of Tesco’s first discount store Jack’s, to what climate change is doing to the wine industry these are the top food news stories from the last week.


Marmite maker Unilever faces shareholder revolt over move to Netherlands. ‘I don’t see logically why any UK shareholder would support their decision to go Dutch, because there is no upside only downside,’ says senior Aviva Investors fund manager. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/unilever-netherlands-move-shareholder-revolt-aviva-investors-marmite-dove-a8541011.html

The Sun

Fizz that doesn’t leave you with a fuzzy head may sound too good to be true but you can now pick up a bottle of supposedly hangover-free Prosecco at Aldi. https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/7274817/aldi-launches-hangover-free-prosecco-for-8/

Sky news

Coca-Cola is said to be close to a deal that could see it infuse cans of soft drink with CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis that is said to ease pain. https://news.sky.com/story/coca-cola-contemplates-healthy-cannabis-drink-11501075

Daily Mail

Daily Mail designs a ‘foodoku’ to help you get enough fibre and protein per day and avoid too much hidden sugar. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6177831/Do-fibre-protein-sugar-salt.html


Supermarket yoghurts may contain more sugar than Coca Cola despite being regarded as “healthy”, a new study has warned. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/09/19/supermarket-yoghurts-contain-sugar-coke-study-warns/

The guardian

What climate change means for the wine industry. The warmer weather may benefit English vineyards, but winemakers from Bordeaux to California are struggling. Here are six wines rising to the challenge. https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/sep/16/climate-change-wine-industry-bordeaux-california

Tesco opens discount store Jack’s to take on Lidl and Aldi. First two stores will open in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, with others to follow in 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/19/tesco-opens-jacks-first-discount-store-battle-lidl-aldi


Iceland is now selling pre-made scrambled eggs in microwaveable pouches, targeted at workers and students. The retailer’s research found that many workers lack the facilities to make them, while 13% of students don’t know how to boil an egg let alone scramble one… https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/20/iceland-is-selling-ready-made-scrambled-eggs-in-microwaveable-pouches-7962298/

Waitrose is getting rid of all fruit and vegetable plastic bags and 5p single-use plastic carrier bags in all of its stores. The retailer is expecting to have all the bags removed by March 2019. It said the move will save 134 million plastic bags, the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year. https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/15/waitrose-to-remove-all-plastic-bags-by-march-2019-7947272/


Avocado and coconut oil spreads are toast, it appears, after at least eight products quietly disappeared from supermarket shelves. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hipsters-lose-appetite-for-avocado-spread-wzggcnz25