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Essentially Catering Magazine - March 2019



        Industry News






        Sales of organic into



        foodservice grow 8% in 2018




                                                              Published on 6 February, the Soil Association
                                                              Certification’s Organic Market Report reveals sales of
                                                              organic into foodservice grew almost 8% to £90.9 million
                                                              in the UK in 2018.
                                                                The UK’s overall organic market is now worth £2.33
                                                              billion after a 5.3% growth in sales in 2018, well ahead of
                                                              the non-organic market. The figure represents the highest
                                                              ever value placed on the organic market, following seven
                                                              consecutive years of growth, and means that almost £45
                                                              million is spent on organic a week.
                                                                Organic accounts for 1.5% of the overall food and drink
                                                              market in the UK and is expected to be worth £2.5 billion by
                                                              2020. Across the organic market, categories that continue
                                                              to drive growth include wines, and chilled foods; and
                                                              canned and packaged grocery. Figures show that the chilled
                                                              convenience sector, including tofu and fresh vegetarian
                                                              products, saw sales grow by over 25%. Sales of fresh fruit,
                                                              salad and vegetables increased by approximately £15 million
                                                              during the year.

          OED needs you




                            The Oxford English Dictionary is looking to identify and record the words and phrases unique
                            to those working in the catering industry.
                              As part of their Words at Work word appeal, Oxford English Dictionary editors have asked if
                            we can send them words we use as part of our everyday working lives but that are unique to our
                            industry. Of particular interest are slang words as these are harder for dictionary editors to trace.
                              If you have a word or phrase to share, visit the Words at work webpage or join the
                            conversation on Twitter #wordsatwork.
        App prevents food waste





        Food waste app Too Good To Go has announced that it has raised a further €6m in funding to
        accelerate its mission to eliminate food waste globally, taking its total investment to €16m.
        The new investment will fuel growth in four new countries this year, to reach a projected total
        of 100 million meals rescued by users by the end of 2020.
          The free app connects customers to restaurants and stores that have unsold, surplus food.
        Since launching in Copenhagen in 2016, Too Good To Go has grown to 7.5 million users across nine
        countries in Europe, working with over 15,000 food retailers including Carrefour, Accor Hotels, YO! Sushi, Mandarin Oriental
        and Scandic. To date, 10 million meals have been rescued from being thrown away. This means the app has saved the
        equivalent of 10,000 tonnes of food or 20,000 of CO2 emissions from wasted food production - a leading cause of climate
        change.



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