From gourmet crumpets to what will happen with food under a no deal Brexit, these are the food news stories that have caught our eye this week.

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Brands on the run in supermarket battle. It’s not just supermarkets feeling the pain of retail disruption — global consumer giants are feeling the heat. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/business/brands-on-the-run-in-supermarket-battle-jsg058hz2

Shrimp or lobster? How crumpets went gourmet. Can there be anything better after a blustery autumn walk than a hot buttered crumpet, blistered from the fire and smothered in jam? Well, yes, it turns out there can be. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shrimp-or-lobster-how-crumpets-went-gourmet-2t8jw7fd3

Britain’s biggest winemaker is to branch out by opening a bar, restaurant and gin micro-distillery in King’s Cross as part of its ambitious expansion plans. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/winemaker-chapel-down-raises-spirits-with-gin-bar-bgq5g778g

The guardian

Eating junk food raises risk of depression, says multi-country study. Analysis of 41 studies leads to calls for GPs to give dietary advice as part of treatment. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/26/eating-junk-food-raises-risk-of-depression-says-multi-country-study

UK appoints food supplies minister amid fears of no-deal Brexit. MP David Rutley, an ex-Asda and PepsiCo executive, will oversee protection of supplies. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/sep/26/uk-appoints-food-supplies-minister-amid-fears-of-no-deal-brexit

Fresh produce journal

No-deal Brexit ‘could cost food supply chain £9.3bn’. Food and drink imported from EU would be subject to average tariff of 27 per cent, meaning higher costs for suppliers and retailers, report warns. fruitnet.com/fpj/article/176757

The Sun

Scientists confirm that being ‘hangry’ is a real phenomenon and that hunger changes our personalities. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7358218/scientists-reveal-reason-hangry/

Telegraph

Are 800-calorie-a-day shake diets really a good idea? Researchers at Oxford University recently found that dieters who ate no more than 810 calories a day via weight-loss soups, shakes, bars and fibre supplements, lost over a stone more than regular dieters. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/800-calorie-a-day-shake-diets-really-good-idea/