Plant-Based Food Labelling Under Scrutiny

The vegan and plant-based food industry has grown so rapidly in recent years that the labelling of these products is still open to the manufacturer’s discretion in many cases. Food Manufacture magazine reports that there is currently no legal definition of what a vegan product is in the UK.

To prevent consumers from being given potentially misleading information, the article suggests that the labelling of such products needs to be clarified. Vegan and meat-free foods have swiftly risen from a niche product to the mainstream, with all the major supermarkets, and brands such as Nestlé and Cadburys, offering their own ranges.

Vegan and plant-based are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Vegan refers an individual who doesn’t eat any meat or dairy products, or use or eat anything that has been extracted from animals. Plant-based refers to diets based on legumes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

While there is obviously some crossover between the two, there may be differences when it comes to the labelling of such products. For example, they may contain soy, or genetically modified elements which goes against the ethical principles of the consumer.

The Food Information Regulation covers the EU and the UK and has made allowances for new definitions in this fast-moving sector. Food Navigator reported last year that using any meat-related terminology to describe plant-based products may be outlawed in the UK. For example, meat-free sausages, or veggie burgers, may be deemed misleading terms.

Purely plant-based products cannot use dairy names under EU law, such as milk, butter, cheese, and so on. The problem is not so much with the vegan or plant-based industry, as with the meat and dairy industry. They argue that the consumer may be deceived into thinking that the products contained the equivalent nutritional value of real meat or dairy.

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M&S Launches Pre-Made Cocktails For Christmas

Marks and Spencer has been working hard on its festive range of food and drink, and has launched pre-made cocktails for the Christmas season. 

The retailer has been busy over the last few months creating the perfect recipes so customers can purchase a ready-made margarita, passion star martini, espresso martini, clover club, aged rum, cacao old fashioned, and golden negroni. 

Consumers can buy the ‘Marksologist’ collection of six cocktails for £108, but Marks and Spencer intends to sell each beverage separately closer to December 25th. 

Those who love chocolate and a digestif when the nights draw in are also bound to enjoy its new Golden Cream Liqueur. The silky caramel-flavoured beverage can be teamed perfectly with the entire Golden Blond range, which will be new to customers too. This includes Golden Blond chocolate spread, Panettone and Florentines. 

Chocolate fans will also enjoy M&S’ unique Christmas Pudding Truffles, combining two popular flavours over the festive season. These fruity chocolate bombs with just a hint of alcohol are sure to be a hit with customers over the next few months. 

As Christmas shopping begins earlier and earlier each year, consumers can already start shopping for their favourite decorations, fragrances, gifts, drinks and food at Marks and Spencer. 

Another flavour that will fly off the shelves this winter is Ben & Jerry’s Minter Wonderland ice-cream. Though not new, this is back by popular demand due to its festive-inspired ingredients. 

These include peppermint ice-cream with large chocolate chunks. The classic combination is as popular as ever, even during the colder months, as co-founder Ben explained “you could feel warmer when it’s chilly by lowering [your] inner body temperature, so it’s more balanced with the outside temperature”. 

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Cosmetics Firm Praised For New Foundation Display

The vast majority of cosmetics companies tend to list the lightest shades of their foundation first, followed by the darker ones. But one cosmetics company has turned this on its head – and is receiving a lot of praise as a result.

It appears that the decision by Beauty Bakerie is gathering a lot of attention. The brand has chosen to list its darkest shade of foundation at number one, with the lightest at the end of the list at number 59.

Many shoppers have praised the change, describing it as a small alteration but an important one.

Founder of Beauty Bakerie Cashmere Nicole told Teen Vogue that the aim is to give people of colour a “refreshing experience”.

“For black women in particular, we are reminded everywhere we go, on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times throughout the day, that we are second,” she asserted.

Ms Nicole cited the example of having to bend down to the bottom shelf to find their shade of foundation or concealer, or to scroll through to the bottom of the list on a website.

The company has also pointed out that it’s about a wider issue, in that consumers have been conditioned to believe that labelling shades from dark to light makes them out of order, when in fact any other colour gradient is typically displayed in this way.

Whether other beauty brands choose to follow suit remains to be seen though.

If you’re looking for a new concealer, it could be worth checking out the range by IT Cosmetics. These are sold through QVCuk and Hello! recently revealed that they regularly sell out within minutes of becoming available.

Founder of the brand Jamie Kern Lima told the magazine that she wanted to help women with problem skin find the right makeup, because it’s much more difficult for them than women who already have great skin.

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L’Oreal Buys Vegan Cosmetic Company

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal is capitalising on the growing trend for environmentally-friendly goods by buying a company that manufactures vegan beauty products.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported how L’Oreal has bought Logocos Naturkosmetik to appeal to its vegan fanbase across Germany and the rest of Western Europe.

Among the products you might recognise from Logocos Naturkosmetik are Sante and Logona for hair and skincare. These will now come under L’Oreal’s umbrella for mass-market production.

This is not the brand’s first foray into plant-based products, as it has been adapting its merchandise to steer away from chemicals and use more natural processes for a while.

Earlier in 2018, it launched Botanea that provides items for salons, which is produced from plants in India.

In addition to this, it is already the proprietor of other animal-friendly businesses, including Sanoflore, and it once owned The Body Shop in the UK.

Producing cosmetic products that are totally vegan is complicated, as there are lots of ingredients that have been taken from animals due to their unique properties.

Among these ingredients are castoreum, a secretion from the anal glands of beavers that is regularly used in perfumes and cosmetics because it smells of vanilla. In order for castoreum to be used, a beaver has to be killed.

Shellac is also an animal product, created by the resin produced by female lac insects. As well as in nail polish, it is often utilised in mascara, hairspray and eyeliner.

Lanolin, which can be found in lipbalm, shaving, haircare and baby products, is made by sheep to waterproof their wool as it has strong moisturising properties.

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Pakistan Cosmetic Brand Eyeliner Found To Contain Lead

A public health alert in New South Wales has had to be issued after three children in the region fell ill, suspected to have been caused by using eyeliner contaminated with lead.

The kohl cosmetics produced by Pakistan-based Hashmi were found to contain 84 per cent lead, the BBC reports, as well as other hazardous metals. The New South Wales state government said that although these products were legally imported, packaging was in fact dangerously misleading.

Other nations have already issued health warnings about this particular brand in the past and the products are actually banned from sale over in the US. Australians have now been advised to stop using the products, with Australian Border Force set to examine the matter further.

State minister overseeing regulation Matt Kean was quoted by the news source as saying: “An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners … Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace.”

Interestingly, back in the 18th century there was a high incidence of lead poisoning because the fashion was for red and white lead makeup and powder. The makeup caused the eyes to swell and become inflamed, changed skin texture and caused it to blacken and attacked tooth enamel.

Now, under the Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008, all ingredients – whether they’re natural or not – have to be compliant and there are lists of banned substances that can’t be used in any products, product lists that are restricted by percentage use and positive lists for preservatives, colours and UV filters.

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Punjab Govt Reveals Plans To Create Bio-Ethanol From Paddy Straw

Punjab will see an increase in production of bio-ethanol after the government revealed its intentions to generate the solvent from paddy straw.

It signed a Memorandum of Understanding with M/s SAB Industries Ltd last Monday (July 9th) for the bio-ethanol project, in an attempt to avoid the problem of burning residual crops.

Industry and commerce minister Sundar Shyam Arora told the press that surplus biomass from paddy straw in Punjab can be converted into ethanol with the help of second generation (2G) technologies with cellulosic and lignocellulosic content.

It is thought that 120 to 160 million metric tons of paddy straw can be used for the initiative every year, which will result in a yield of 3,000 Crore litres of ethanol annually.

This plan is inline with the National Policy on Biofuels 2018, which has been designed to promote the production and usage of bio-fuels in India, particularly in the energy and transportation industries.

While paddy straw can produce 2500 Tissue plasminogen activator 2G ethanol, it is currently just being burned in farmers’ fields. Not only is it being wasted when it could be used to generate biofuel, but the smoke from the fumes is causing serious health and pollution issues in Punjab.

Rs 719 Crore is being invested in the project, but it is hoped it, along with other initiatives, including Make In India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Skill Development, will help to reduce dependency on imports, double farmers’ income, boost employment and create a good return on investment.

India is not the only country trying to be more environmentally friendly, as US renewable chemical firm Green Biologics has worked out how to create a bio-based cleaning solvent from corn grown on family-owned farms around the country.

Become A Chocolate Designer For Cadbury

For anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of chocolate, designing chocolate bars sounds like the best job in the world.

Many of us will have some interesting flavour combinations in mind too – and now you have the chance to share them with the world courtesy of a competition launched online by Cadbury.

The chocolatier has set up a microsite ( where members of the public are being invited to suggest their own flavour combinations for a new Cadbury Dairy Milk bar.

You’ll have the choice of thousands of ingredients, with the company estimating that there are 90,000 flavour combinations available. Once you’ve come up with your chocolate creation, you need to give it a name and provide a brief description of the inspiration for your bar.

Three flavours will be shortlisted and go into production, to be sold around the UK. The public will then able to vote for their favourite which will hopefully continue to be sold alongside Cadbury classics such as Fruit & Nut, Caramel and many more.

David Shepherd, director of research and development at Cadbury, commented: “We are always looking for ways to innovate and excite the great British public with our products. So we thought what better way to create the next iconic bar than to ask the people that love it the most?”

It will be interesting to see whether the judges shortlist conventional flavour combinations, or ones that are a little more unorthodox.

Earlier this year, Cadbury launched a white chocolate version of its Freddo bars, although unusually they were only available to buy through Amazon. Some fans were also upset by the price at over £3 for the Giant Dream Freddo bars, which were so costly because they were being shipped from Australia, the Daily Mail reported.

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New Products Launching For The World Cup

People who work in food manufacturing and need monopropylene glycol for their next trend breaking food development, will be interested to hear about the latest launches for the World Cup.

Kicking of last week the World Cup in Russia has proved cause for celebration among football fans. Not least, the opportunity to get hold of a range of new foods and drinks.

Here are some of the top brands to launch World Cup products:



Limited-edition Brut Reserve NV


Coming in a blue and silver box emblazoned with the FIFA logo, this is definitely one to get your hands on if England make it to the finals (or even the quarters…).

The cosmic design on the box and bottle is said to represent Russia’s achievements in space. The souvenir bottle is available in upmarket ships such as Partridges of Sloan Square, and Asda



Limited-edition flag bottles


Yes, you can get a bottle of Jagermeister with an image of the England flag on it. These limited-edition bottles are also available with the flags of other famous footballing nations: France, Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain.

You can get these from supermarkets or from the Jagermeister e-shop.



Limited-edition alu-bottles

£1.50 each or £10 a pack

These bottles are made from aluminium meaning that they chill quicker and retain their temperature for longer than regular bottles. Perfect for quickly stocking up if England ever make it out of the groups stage.

See more launches at The Grocer.

US To Produce Bio-Based Dry Cleaning Solvent

Dry cleaning is set to become greener after a renewable chemical firm has managed to produce a bio-based solvent.

American company Green Biologics, together with professional textile care enterprise Kreussler Inc, has worked out how to create an environmentally friendly cleaning solvent from corn, which will be grown from 500 family-owned farms in the US.

The SOLVONK4 solution will help reduce the amount of harmful waste products that are often produced in the dry cleaning process, including carbon, grease, dyes, soils and powdered filter material.

Vice president of global sales at Green Biologics Peter O’Loughlin said: “This is an excellent example of how we specialise in collaborating with a market leader to leverage our renewable speciality chemicals platform in new and unique applications to deliver value to customers.”

Richard Fitzpatrick, vice president of Kreussler Inc, stated that Green Biologics’ advancements in formation have enabled them to “push solvent-based textile cleaning into a new level”.

SOLVONK4 is the first bio-based solvent in the dry cleaning industry, and is said to provide better results than other popular brands without being harmful to the environment.

More businesses are trying to find green alternatives to chemical products, such as fuels like bio-ethanol, in a bid to protect the natural world these days.

Indeed, according to the recently released Global Green and Bio Solvents Market Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Threats, Trends, Applications and Growth Forecast to 2026, scientists are continuing to find ways to derive solvents from fruits, seeds and plants, instead of synthetic solutions.