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Stir it up magazine May 2017

Food & industry news Foodservice now accounts for £76.6 million of organic market value >> The Soil Association’s 2017 Organic Market Report reveals the UK organic market continues with its fifth year of growth, driven by a 19.1% increase in organic in the foodservice sector, which is now worth £76.6million. There has been a 66% increase in sales of organic through the Food for Life Catering Mark with £15million now spent. The total UK organic market is now worth £2.09billion. Sales of organic products increased by 7.1% in 2016 while non-organic sales continued to decline. Organic represents around 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market. Key foodservice trends highlighted in the report include: • Over £15million was spent on organic through Food for Life Catering Mark holders in schools, hospitals, nurseries, workplaces and universities. This is an increase of 66% since last year. • Over one third of UK schools serve Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark Silver or Gold meals, a percentage of which includes organic. • A greater number of wholesalers are offering organic – there are nearly a quarter more wholesalers licensed to sell organic than the previous year. • High street restaurant chains and visitor attractions are including more organic products on their menus, including Jamie’s Italian, McDonalds, Nando’s, Chester Zoo and Eden Project. CANADA COMES TO CORNWALL AS NIAGARA PASTY MASTER CROWNED WORLD CHAMPION >> A Canadian baker triumphed in the county famous for pasties to claim a top title at the sixth annual World Pasty Championships. Gerry Ramier, who hails from St Catherine’s, Ontario, runs the Piskie Pie Company with his wife Marlee. Gerry was victorious in the hotly-contested Cornish Pasty Professional class in the annual “Oggy Oscars” held at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Gerry and Marlee were making their debut at the World Pasty Championships, less than a year after opening their pasty shop. As well as entering the competition, they travelled to Cornwall to visit Gerry’s mother, Melanie Lampshire, who lives in Redruth and who taught Gerry how to make pasties. Gerry, a Canadian Army veteran, said: “I’m overwhelmed and it’s a little mind-boggling to be honest. I didn’t expect that whatsoever. My mother will be pretty excited - we’re going to head straight over there and tell her.” World Pasty Champion Gerry Ramier celebrates his win with wife Marlee 5093699_Cadbury Countlines Country Range Group Half Page Advert.indd 1 21/02/2017 11:56 FOOD & INDUSTRY NEWS MAY 2017 41


Stir it up magazine May 2017
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