Sugar Smart News

Ben Richardson and Jack Winkler have recently written an article for the Food Research Collaboration about sugar reduction in Post-Brexit UK. The new briefing argues that supply-side policies that reduce the total availability of sugar and raise its price to the food industry have the potential to widen and strengthen the sugar reduction agenda. One of…

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All Ways Apples Planning Meeting

By Tess Wilmot On a seasonal note, the weather so far this year is a far cry from that of last February and March. Nature is confused, the blackthorn blossom is already out and the first flowers of our plum tree are blossoming already. In another cycle, we have been working away in the background…

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Fairtrade Fortnight

The three day Fairtrade event at The Clipper was a great success. The Co-op and Victoria Road Primary school all got into the spirit of Fairtrade alongside games, quizzes and a special guest, Mr Simeon Green, a banana grower from the Caribbean. Event organiser, Mary Elphinstone said ” .The three days were fun and moderately successful…

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Make food your Family Friend

Leading on Promoting healthy and Sustainable food to the public, Tami Skelton shares with us what Food Is Fun have been up to so far this year and what to look out for in the coming months. It’s been an exciting start to the year as we’ve really hit 2019 running. As well as delivering…

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Co-operative Councils and Sustainable Food Policy Lab Group

8th March 2019   The Co-operative Council Innovation Network (CCIN) Sustainable Food Policy Lab group’s inaugural face-to-face meeting is taking place at the Soil Association’s Bristol offices today.  Food Plymouth’s Ian Smith is working with colleagues from Oldham, Sandwell, Cardiff and the Sustainable Food Cities Network on this Policy Lab’s development process.  Look out for…

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Chittleford Farm Dexter Beef

Naturally reared and finished off grass on our Dartmoor hill farm. A traditional slow maturing breed A wonderfully succulent, marbled meat tasting how beef used to taste – delicious! Widecombe in-the Moor, Dartmoor 01364 621281

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More Sugar Smart Ambassadors for Plymouth!

Plymouth held its fourth round of Sugar Smart Ambassador training on Wednesday 20th February. This session was aimed at well Dietetics and Nutrition students at the University of Plymouth and was very well received. 34 students attended in total and were all engaged in the training and gave positive feedback after the session! If you…

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Take Stock Organic Event

Food Plymouth is in conversation with Sarah Jupp of the Soil Association around building a closer collaboration between us.  Sarah is Business Development Manager for the Soil Association’s Foodservice and runs the Organic Served Here award for restaurants and cafes. Together with the Food For Life Served Here Team, Sarah is organising a ‘meet the supplier’ event…

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Are you a Community Grower?

Join us at the first of four community skills sharing gatherings  on Sunday 17th March at Devonport Park Activity Centre. Food Plymouth’s Growing Community Abundance project will be celebrating 10 years of creating edible landscapes across Plymouth and creating a new network of community growers. The aim of this Awards for All funded project is to support and enable local community growers…

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Fairtrade Plymouth promotes and delivers great work around sustainability and social justice which clearly sits within the Catering and Procurement theme of our Sustainable Food Cities (SFC) work. Therefore we are happy to bring you the opportunity to join in Fairtrade celebrations and discussions at these upcoming events

One Stop Vegan Shop Plymouth Vegan Company Blog

A new Vegan supermarket will be opening its doors in Plymouth on Saturday 2nd March 2019. The outlet, named the Plymouth Vegan Company, will be selling all your favourite vegan snacks, ingredients, cosmetics, cleaning materials and, once they have obtained their licence, alcohol in a couple of months. Owners Jo Lines, Sophie Lines, Chris Harris and…

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Pollenize CIC

Pollenize CIC  is a social enterprise increasing Plymouth’s urban biodiversity.  By Matthew Elmes – BSc Environmental Science and Owen Finnie – BA Sociology. We founded Pollenize CIC in March 2018 acknowledging, like many others, the importance of pollinators and their habitats, however both pollinator numbers and habitat coverage have declined rapidly over the years. We believe a mixture…

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Food Plymouth – Food Poverty and Diet Related Ill Health lead Dr Clare Pettinger celebrates publishing success

Clare is delighted to have her my co-authored book chapter published this week in the new Critical Dietetics and Critical Nutrition Studies textbook (edited by Prof John Coveney and Dr Sue Booth) #SustainableFoodSystems (Carlsson, Mehta and Pettinger, 2019). This is an international collaboration between a Dietitian in Canada and one in Australia. This chapter critiques the important role that nutrition…

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Good News for Food Plymouth

Appointment of new Food Equality Champion  Lisa Howard Following the success of our Food Power bid, and the hard work behind the scenes of the Food Equality alliance steering group (Clare Pettinger, Sarah Ogilvie, Chris Forster, Darin Halifax, Paul Elliot and Brad Pearce), we are very pleased to announce that we have just appointed our…

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Livewell Southwest Wellbeing at Work Programme Launch

Livewell Southwest’s Wellbeing at Work team and their partner organisations were delighted to welcome over 70 businesses to the launch of their new programme on 12th February at Boringdon Golf Club, Plympton. The event was opened by Livewell Southwest CEO Dr Adam Morris who explained Livewell Southwest’s emphasis on values, quality, skills and outcomes and…

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Food Plymouth at POP+ / Esmee Fairbairn funding meeting

By Zoe Nile On Thursday 7th February I joined POP+ Trustees, Network of Network panelists, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation representatives and fellow grant fund recipients in the Mayor’s Parlour, Devonport Guildhall to develop ideas and create conversations around the work going on in and around Plymouth relating to our organisations and the Esmee Fairbairn Funding Plymouth…

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Research regarding the Sugar Tax

Emma Poneskis, a final year Economics student at the University of Plymouth, is currently studying the impact of the 2018 UK Sugar Tax on consumption choices and its consequent impact on NHS costs, as part of a large project. Emma is looking for participants of all ages and backgrounds to complete an online questionnaire which…

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News from Sugar Smart Devon

Amazing Ambassadors! Sugar Smart continues to get messages out to the people of Devon thanks to the efforts of our wonderful ambassadors. In recent months Sugar Smart has had a presence at a number of local schools, and staff health and wellbeing events, including Mid Devon District Council and Devon Partnership Trust. Tamara Bennett recently…

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STARTING OFF WELL

Livewell Southwest & Plymouth City Council are very excited to announce our upcoming infant feeding and maternal wellbeing event on Tuesday 12th March, Plymouth Guildhall, which includes some very prestigious international speakers. Book your place via https://startingoffwell.eventbrite.co.uk/

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All Ways Apples Festival 2018 – Report

The ninth annual All Ways Apples Festival took place on 24th October 2018.   Devonport Guildhall overflowed once again with fruit, creativity and learning opportunities. More than 400 people of all ages and backgrounds came together, shared skills and had fun.   It was interesting that 49% of the visitors came from the local post…

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Fairtrade Fortnight

Are you involved with your local church?   Church resources are now available to download from the website including a presentation and sermon notes. Don’t forget to visit the main Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 webpage where digital and press resources and a speaker request form are still available. Stay tuned for more information about the petition, films and MP engagement coming soon.

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NFU President Minette Batters in Honiton

30th January 2019 Food Plymouth’s Fairfax Luxmoore and Ian Smith joined farmers and food business people from across the West Country listening to and engaging with NFU President Minette Batters during her recent visit to Honiton.  Minette spoke powerfully on the risks, changes and opportunities facing British farming.  Minette also echoed the views of those of…

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Food Power Funding Update

‘Plymouth Food Equality project’  By Dr Clare Pettinger We are very pleased to have received an excellent response to our tender advertisement which called for an individual to catalyse, manage and steer delivery of Plymouth’s Food Equality Alliance action plan. We have shortlisted three candidates who are to be interviewed for the project commission next Wednesday 13th February. The project…

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Feeding the City – Ideation Workshop Success

By Zoe Nile This event connects with Food Plymouth’s Sustainable Food Cities Local Food Economy work, discovering budding entrepreneurs with a thirst for improving food provision in Plymouth. In January Food Plymouth joined up with the King’s Cross Impact Hub to deliver a Feeding the City Ideation workshop to aspiring food entrepreneurs and others with…

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Sugar reduction in schools and school meals

WEBINAR: 7th Feb, 2-3:30pm Join us for our next Sustainable Food Cities webinar on working with schools and school caterers to reduce sugar consumption in schools, from school meals to birthdays, special occasions and packed lunches. Hear from SUGAR SMART Bath & North East Somerset and SUGAR SMART Islington about their innovative approaches to improve…

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Fizz Free February

Are you taking part in Fizz Free February? Don’t forget to log in or register on SUGAR SMART and list what actions you are taking! We have developed Fizz Free February-themed actions for organisations to take as part of the challenge, so there are lots of ways to get involved! Read more about the campaign.

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Sugar Smart Ambassador Training

Training Passionate about food and nutrition? Want to make a difference to food locally? Become a Sugar Smart ambassador and Get support to make a difference to your local food environment and help people make healthy choices Join a network of people interested in improving local food Gain knowledge, resources and support to champion Sugar Smart…

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