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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Sun

Scientists confirm that being ‘hangry’ is a real phenomenon and that hunger changes our personalities.


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.