Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

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The M-Commerce Revolution, And What It Means For Your IT

The M-Commerce Revolution, And What It Means For Your IT M-commerce might seem like a new term, but it’s a concept that’s been around for a long time. The only difference is, it’s going through rapid growth in popularity, and now the m-commerce industry is starting to take over from regular e-commerce. The message to retailers is clear – consumer habits are changing dramatically, and they need to be able to change with it. It’s not just retailers who are feeling the pinch. Businesses of every

Wellness Week 2019 encourages health and education to collaborate to “build healthy schools”

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched this year’s Wellness Week with making health easy at the forefront of its campaign. PAHO is urging health and education sectors in Pan America to work together to create healthy schools. Adopting the #AHealthySchoolIs as part of its social media campaign, Wellness Week — celebrated between 14th-21st September 2019 — strives to use the increased awareness and united efforts to advocate for better health. It calls for the Ministries of Health a

Legal Theory: What You Need to Know

Legal Theory: What You Need to Know Legal Theory, or Jurisprudence, as it is also known, refers to the theoretical study of law and is a key topic of study law degrees such as the LLB law degree. It constitutes the principles and body of rules that are enforceable in a court of law. The subject underpins all specific legal areas, and so provides new law students with a solid foundation on the English legal system. You will delve into the fundamentals of contract, criminal and constitutional

Obesity levels in Mexico call for emergency action

The ​ by Díaz-Zavala (2019), entitled Lifestyle intervention for obesity: a call to transform the clinical care delivery system in Mexico​, shines a light on the epidemiological emergency in Mexico. As obesity and its co-morbidities have not only remained, but increased in prevalence in Latin America, obesity has “become the most important public health problems for Latin America”​, the recently-published study states. With overweight and obesity affecting 72.5% of adults, approximately 56 mill

ANVISA opens public consultation on food labeling in Brazil

The National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) opened the public consultation on food labeling on 23rd September 2019. ANVISA, a regulatory body of the Brazilian government, unveiled that a core goal of the review is to gather consumer understanding on nutritional information. The public consultation, which will close after 45 days on 6th November 2019, will explore current Brazilian labeling standards. Published in the Official Gazette (DOU), it seeks to gain comments and insights on wheth

Unilever vows to work with third party to test the nutrient levels in Mexican products after report highlights shortcomings

We speak with Alice Delemare Tangpuori from Changing Markets Foundation to look at what impact this has on consumer confidence and transparency in the food industry. The Changing Markets Foundation, Proyecto Alimente and ContraPESO teamed up to explore Unilever’s commitment to, and deliverance of, its global nutritional responsibility. Their research, which culminated in the trio’s Changing Markets ​, found that the global leader in food production is failing to keep to its worldwide promises,

What's next for blockchain in the food industry?

European retailers and food manufacturers are maximising their efforts in food tracking to optimise transparency in the supply chain. A whole host of brands have activated blockchain technology to highlight the need for product and supply transparency that communicates safety and quality. Looking after the supply chain European supermarkets and manufacturers are striving to reduce the complexity and potential confusion of supply chains by implementing QR codes and product labelling. Carrefour

Fiber-rich food appeals to health, diet and lifestyle needs

Roquette conducted an online survey with participants in Mexico, Brazil and the US. When it comes to food and nutrition awareness, while sugar and fat may be considered as highly prevalent in the media and health organization’s campaign initiatives, fiber remains somewhat in the background. The French-based leader in plant-based ingredients and new vegetal proteins gathered responses from consumers in Mexico, Brazil and the US to understand perceptions about fiber in food and drinks. Increasin

Genomma Lab and UPI promote infant nutrition in Mexico

Group Novalac Nutrition & Health-owned UP International (UPI) has granted Genomma Lab the exclusive license to market its Novamil and Novalac infant nutrition products in Mexico as it develops its presence in Latin America. Both UPI and Genomma Lab “strongly support breastfeeding as the best nutrition for babies”.​ As such, they aim to evolve their nutrition products to support breastfeeding while simultaneously offering nutritional supplements for babies who cannot be breastfed. As part of th

Fiber-rich food appeals to health, diet and lifestyle needs

Roquette conducted an online survey with participants in Mexico, Brazil and the US. When it comes to food and nutrition awareness, while sugar and fat may be considered as highly prevalent in the media and health organization’s campaign initiatives, fiber remains somewhat in the background. The French-based leader in plant-based ingredients and new vegetal proteins gathered responses from consumers in Mexico, Brazil and the US to understand perceptions about fiber in food and drinks. Increasin

How to Discuss PM Johnson's Supreme Court Hearing at Interviews

How to Discuss PM Johnson’s Supreme Court Hearing at Interviews On 24th July 2019, the leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson, took over as the UK’s new prime minister. In a tumultuous three-year-plus journey navigating Brexit following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it was clear that doing just that was the main job at hand. On Wednesday 18th September, an overwhelming majority of 544 votes to 126, with 38 abstentions, in the European Parliament voted to allow the UK more time to

Are our attitudes to meat changing?

With sustainability and health credibility strongly encouraging consumers to question their eating habits, our tastes and consumption of meat are evolving. The awareness and understanding surrounding our impact on the state of the planet is increasing; raising difficult questions on the way we live our lives and the food we choose to buy and eat. As a result, specific substitutes are gaining traction, market research provider Euromonitor International revealed. “Ultimately, more and more peopl

UK boasts £28.4 bn beauty product and services industry, report reveals

The UK’s beauty industry contributed a total of £28.4 billion in 2018 to the nation’s economy; resulting in a valuation of the UK’s consumption of beauty products and services in 2018 at £27.2 billion. Exploring the economic impact of the beauty industry, The Oxford Economics Report highlighted how the mega-billion figure was comprised. The largest proportion of this share was generated from care and maintenance product buys, which stood at £10.4 billion. Personal enhancement products comprised

High street brands adopt new physical retail strategies

Staples of the British high street, Boots and Superdrug, have tactically placed themselves at the heart of the shopping experience for 170 and 54 years, respectively. As the digital era arrived — bringing with it the rise of e-commerce, convenience and personalised shopping — the big household names on the high street have struggled. As such, the likes of physical beauty names like Boots and Superdrug are now diversifying their retail channel and distribution strategies to increase engagement

Are plant-based milks entering a vegan renaissance?

Gone are the days when the appeal of plant-based milk was only related to its perceived health benefits, notably as shoppers sought allergen-free and lactose-free products. In fact, that time has 'long gone', Roux told FoodNavigator. Amid the rise of plant-based milk varieties, consumers are consciously choosing to 'drink plant-based milk for its taste'. In Spain, for example, 32% of consumers prefer the taste of plant-based milk to dairy milk. Unsurprisingly, plant-based milk brands are bring

Peru employs communication strategy to improve nutrition

The food-assistance branch of the United Nations, World Food Program (WFP), has maintained a role in Peru since 1968. Over this time, its presence and support have transformed from equipping the country with food aid to bolstering its national, regional and community nutritional scope. Adopting its global campaign: Saving lives, changing lives, the recently-published country brief reveals its operational influencers and strategic plans to promote healthier eating habits to reduce child malnutri

Argentina: Economic instability, global brand dominance and localized efforts

In the Argentinian nutrition sphere, consumers are focusing on proactive approaches to health, which is supported by the innovative activities of global firms entering the marketplace. Longer-term disease prevention efforts are replacing treatment remedies (OTC), and dietary supplements are strongly helping the movement gather pace. With the prevalence of overweight and obesity levels set to increase over the forecast period between 2018-2023, product purchasers and brands alike are expected to

AptarGroup acquires CSP Technologies

For a total investment of $555 million (€466.7 million), dispensing and sealing solutions supplier AptarGroup has now completed the acquisition of proprietary material science-based firm, CSP Technologies. AptarGroup continues to move towards its strategic objective to acquire businesses that occupy a share in appealing marketplaces, boast consistently strong margins, have secure growth opportunities, and utilise proprietary technology. CSP Technologies falls into this last category as it leve

Chilean healthy nutrition brand Denda raises $1 million

The Latin American company strives to provide people with online products that are sustainable and responsible within the environment. After receiving $1 million from numerous national investors, Denda now plans to grow its sustainability presence. Sudamerik, a natural product retailer, and Dadneo, a management group focusing on entrepreneurship in Chile and Latin America, led the funding round. Two angel investors also contributed to Denda’s capital injection, creating a total of $1 million in

Nutrition in Health Focus Could saves Millions of Lives, WHO says

To achieve the life-saving goal, health services will need to implement and integrate a stronger emphasis on maximizing high-quality nutrition in people, at every stage of their life, the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals in a new report​. Reaching the goal of saving 3.7 million lives by 2025 is largely based on organizations and companies around the world supporting the right investments​[1]​​​. Outlining how instrumental nutrition should be in overall health education and provision, Dr
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