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Variety – The spice of life

October 2018 by Jonathan Owen

Government officials took time off from Brexit negotiations last month to launch two crucial initiatives: A ‘traffic light’ scheme from DEFRA proposing retailers add red, amber or green labels to show if their packaging is recyclable. And a ‘calorie cap’ recommendation to limit the size of takeaway pizzas. A pleasant change to worrying about Brexit no doubt but rather missing the point – the need to reduce consumption. Curbing the volume of unnecessary packaging and banning double sausage and egg McMuffins would be a start. Quite how HMG would implement these proposals is not clear. Maybe Brexit will provide an answer.

Vat? On yer bike, mate

April 2018 by Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen discusses VAT charged on Open Markets, Street Traders and Carbooters and problems facing bike share providers

A bad case of nerves

April 2016 by Jonathan Owen

The Panama Papers, squirming politicians, Sainsbury’s acquisition of Argos, taking your dog to work and the supermarket and Storm Gertrude. Jonathan Owen’s monthly round-up of the news is here.

Pull the Udder one

September 2015 by Jonathan Owen

Jonathan Owen discusses the supermarket milk war and the reasons behind it. Plus, what happens when ‘unexpected items’ appear in supermarket bagging areas

Playing Blink

August 2015 by Jonathan Owen

The July budget, described as ‘a budget for working people’ was disappointing for small businesses. Meanwhile the Germans played a game of blink – and lost.

Black Friday Sucks!

January 2015 by Raymond Linch

As Christmas fades into memories of short-term celebration and long-term debt, we hear that pre-Christmas trading within our markets was poor and below previous year’s results.

Mushroom Roulette

October 2014 by Jonathan Owen

There are some 2000 species of mushroom in the UK of which 200 are delicious and 300 are very VERY bad for you.

Recycling across Europe

July 2014 by Jonathan Owen

Processed foods comprise a significant part of the estimated 3.4 million tonnes of food wasted every year in the UK food processing.