Did you know?... Tesco and WWF today announced a ground-breaking, long-term partnership with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the average UK shopping basket by 50%, improving the sustainability of food while ensuring it remains affordable for all. Food production is at the centre of key environmental issues, including climate change and biodiversity loss, as was clearly set out in WWF’s recent Living Planet Report 2018.
Did you know?... It is estimated more than 56 billion coffee capsules will go to landfill this year. The capsules take up to 500 years to degrade. British research suggests around two-fifths of people simply throw them in the bin. More than half of people surveyed said they did not know the difference between recyclable, compostable and biodegradable capsules - blaming manufacturers for the confusion.
Did you know?... British cafe chain owner Patisserie Holdings Plc said its Chief Executive Paul May stepped down immediately and was replaced by Stephen Francis. This is the second top management resignation at the company after CFO Chris Marsh resigned in October following an accounting scandal.
Did you know?... Debenhams shares plunged by more than a fifth on Wednesday amid fears for its financial health, as a grim year for some of the high street’s best-known names threatened to get even worse. The 240-year-old department store chain was valued at just £65m by the end of the day, after its shares fell by 21% amid reports that it was now being shunned by suppliers. It was the biggest one-day fall recorded by the retailer for more than a decade.
Did you know?... Smurfit Kappa’s Van Mierlo plant in Belgium is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The plant, which was founded by entrepreneur Jan Van Mierlo back in 1918, quickly established itself as a leading supplier of corrugated board in Belgium and then extended its reach throughout Europe. The Van Mierlo plant produces corrugated board and folding carton used for consumer and gift packaging. The products are printed in offset to a high specification using specialised finishing effects like UV, metallic or soft touch to make the brands come alive on the shelf.
Did you know?... Spirits company Beam Suntory has announced the appointment of Greg Hughes as its president for North America, effective 1 January 2019. Hughes joined the spirits company in 2015 as general manager for the United States, and in 2017 he was made the general manager for the North American region. Beam Suntory produces spirits such as Jim Beam, Bowmore, and Teachers.
Did you know?... Farmers have been warned by Ulster Bank to hone their digital banking skills in order to protect themselves against fraud. Eve Curran, community banker for the North West Region, Ulster Bank, said: “We live in an increasingly digital world, with more ways to bank than ever before, so it’s important that farmers know what’s available to them and how to best make use of it.
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