As our members will be aware, the BFFF have always taken social responsibility in our sector as a high priority. As a further step to this, we are now pleased to confirm that we have negotiated a unique deal for our membership through defibrillator specialists Defib Plus, saving £’s on the purchase price of each device.

Defib Plus not only supply the leading, cutting-edge equipment in this field, they also support, throughout the life of the AED with monthly efficacy checks on each unit and supply corroborating supplier certification. This is a hugely significant factor when the high street is employing life-saving medical equipment, in a no-win-no-fee age.

As recognition of the value of defibrillators is now at an all-time high, The Resuscitation Council UK have stated ‘Failing to provide an AED may lead to a claim for negligence under Common Law’, so we believe that this initiative is now timely for our members to consider.

Should you wish to purchase a new or replace an existing fleet of AEDs, if done so through this BFFF Initiative you will receive a £100.00 reduction on the purchase price of each unit you acquire and additionally your Federation will receive a small donation in support.

As the summary in a recent piece on Defibrillators in The Grocer magazine stated, ‘The stories around defibrillators are 99% good and that’s the way it should be – but remember the nature of the subject and choose your supplier well’.

For all the reasons above, we commend this Initiative to our members with the financial savings that it offers and the specialist support and care provided by Defib Plus.

Please feel free to visit the Defib Plus website at for any further information on the company.


New Americana research shows half of consumers make permanent changes to their diets following Veganuary participation[1]

Veganuary provides the perfect moment for the nation to reflect on their dietary choices, whether for environmental, health or animal welfare reasonsWhilst it is only 31 days, it seems that it is enough for 51%consumers to establish permanent dietary changes[2].

New research by Lantmännen Unibake’s Americana brand further demonstrates the consumer desire for all things plant based with 68% of consumers surveyed planning to take part in Veganuary 2022. Of the 68%, 9/10 are planning to extend their new vegan or plant-based diets beyond the 31st January and 92% say they would consider ordering a vegan dish at any time of year. Therefore, it is more important than ever that operators offer enticing gourmet vegan menu options throughout the year.

With the meat-free market worth £600m[3], and 66% of consumers opting for, or open to meat-alternative dishes[4], an appealing vegan menu can provide a rewarding opportunity for outlets. With more consumers demanding premium vegan options on the menu and 52% of them expecting to see a gourmet vegan burger on the menu[5], operators can combine both trends to create a compelling vegan burger menu that allows customers to trade up to gourmet.

Samantha Winsor, Brand Manager, Lantmännen Unibake’s Americana brand comments: “Veganuary provides outlets with the perfect opportunity to showcase their vegan menus, attracting new customers looking for quality plant-based. Providing ongoing quality and varied vegan menu choices can result in ongoing opportunities throughout the rest of the year.

“A mainstay of every menu is the ongoing burger trend and consumer demand for quality ingredients. Outlets can target both the burger and vegan trend in one go through a gourmet vegan burger offering, enticing new diners through the door. To maximise the opportunity for repeat visitation it is essential that operators go gourmet to avoid consumers feeling disappointed. The versatile dish easily allows for a range of trade up options including patties, toppings and relishes, all housed in a gourmet bun. It not only adds a premium quality visual impact but makes it taste better too. Americana supports these trends with their range of Gourmet Burger Buns which are all high quality, halal, vegan and registered with The Vegan Society (except the Brioche Bun)”.

The research further supports this message by highlighting that 94% of consumers expect to see the same variety of plant-based menu options throughout the year as are on offer in Veganuary[6]. Consumers also want quality with 92% saying it is an important factor when choosing a vegan dish[7]66% of consumers say that gourmet options influence their purchasing decisions[8], while 8/10 consumers say that the variety of vegan or plant-based menu options positively influences their choice of venue[9].   As these trends continue to gain traction, operators can capitalise by ensuring vegan options are clearly marked on the menu alongside recommended trade up options. It’s also important to ensure that vegan options don’t compromise on taste, quality or flavour. So, invest in menu development and stay on top of current vegan trends to deliver outstanding vegan Gourmet Burger options throughout the year.

Lantmännen Unibake’s Americana Ambassador, DJ BBQ, comments: “Plant-based cooking is where it’s at. The growth rate is exponential and not slowing down. With half of consumers expecting plant-based burger options on a menu[10], its vital that every operator has a decent vegetarian and/or vegan burger on their menu. A veggie burger also says a lot about a restaurant. They aren’t easy and can often be dry and flavour-less. But if you can do a decent vegan or vegetarian option then you’re ticking all boxes. Many vegan and veggie options can also be prepared and served quickly”. Operators can check out DJ BBQ’s vegan recipe suggestions here.

The good news from the market trends and consumer research is that Veganuary isn’t just for January! Americana supports outlets to capitalise on this and the gourmet burger trend throughout the year with its vegan and plant-based insights and on-trend vegan recipes.

To find out more on how Americana can support outlets Trade Up To Gourmet from Veganuary through to December visit


The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has announced the appointment of Grant Budge as Chief Executive Elect, to succeed Charlotte Morton, who will gradually withdraw from her ADBA Chief Executive role to focus on her position as head of the World Biogas Association (WBA).

Holder of a MEng (Hons) from Imperial College London, an MBA from Leeds University and a Masters in Renewable Solutions from the European Centre of Technology, Grant previously worked as Managing Director of Catalyst Consulting, a firm providing services to clients across clean/low emissions heat and power, mining and industrial technologies, asset management and operational improvement.

Grant is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a member of the UK Science Council. During his career, he has been Vice Chairperson of the EU CCS network, has worked on Zero Emissions Platform working parties and was a member of the foundation industries (steel, glass, chemicals and ceramics) development team for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is a peer reviewer for UK Research and Innovation (part of the UK government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

Commenting on the appointment, current Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Grant to lead the ADBA team while I transfer my attention fully to WBA as its Chief Executive. In have no doubt that with his extensive engineering background, experience and keenness to make a difference, Grant will be able to successfully support the UK anaerobic digestion and biogas industry reach its full potential by the end of the decade.”

“I am excited to be joining ADBA and begin work with the team,” Grant Budge commented. “I believe the Association has a unique role representing an industry supply chain in the UK that can add so much value to the global effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. I am keen to build on the foundations that Charlotte and the team have been putting in place to demonstrate and enable this value to be realised.”

Charlotte’s ambition at the helm of WBA is to help facilitate the deployment of the sector globally and to ensure it contributes fully to achieving the world’s net zero targets.


With the good news that France has re-opened it’s borders to UK visitors, now is a good time to consider your options to participate at this year’s most important trade fair – SIAL Paris 2022.

Unsure whether to exhibit at SIAL Paris? 

Join our insightful webinar to learn all the facts and figures, better understand the visitor profile, show features and media reach, as well as UK group stand package options and how this will enhance your profile to international buyers:

Topic:                           SIAL 2022 – Insights for UK exporters
Time:                            Monday Jan 24, 2022 11:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID:                   895 0220 4383
Passcode:                     952956

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The PS8 team manage the UK Pavilion at SIAL as well as many other trade shows globally.  Offering a range of stand package options to suit your budget and represent your brands well, join our webinar to learn the benefits of exhibiting with the UK group and the support both pre-show, onsite and post-show by the PS8 and FDEA teams. Amelie has been managing the UK sales and marketing office for SIAL for the last 8 years. She will introduce the facts and figures of the show and tips to ensure maximum return on investment at the show.


Hope you will join us for an informal overview of such an important show – we’d love you to join us and showcase to the international buying community what great products are on offer from the UK!

Or, simply click here to register for the UK Pavilion info packs and application forms if you are ready to book a stand!

Don’t forget BFFF members get 10% discount with Mulini Exhibition Services


Birds Eye is expanding its Captain Birds Eye portfolio as it seeks to attract health-conscious shoppers to the Coated Fish category with two new fish fillet variants coated in a seeded crust. Launching in ASDA in the New Year, the Birds Eye Seeded Crust range will be available in; linseeds & sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds & buckwheat. The new products will be supported with a £2m campaign spanning TV, digital and shopper marketing.

Emily Frank, Fish Senior Brand Manager at Birds Eye, said: “Health is firmly back on shoppers’ agendas[1] and is a key reason why people choose to eat fish – second only to great taste[2]. Our Seeded Crust fish range uses seeds and grains to provide extra goodness and a deliciously crispy coating, perfectly balancing health and taste for our consumers. They will also help on our mission to encourage consumers to eat two portions of fish per week by offering a delicious mid-week lunch or evening meal option.”

As with the whole of Birds Eye’s fish range, the two products are 100% MSC certified, meaning the fish is responsibly sourced so that Birds Eye can safeguard fish stocks for future generations. The products will be launching in ASDA stores from the 17th January, before rolling out to wider grocery from March. The products have an RRP of £2.79*.

[1] U&A S2 Q8 & Q9 MMH, Q12 & Q13 Consumption drivers, consumption occasions IT 2018 total fish = 924; total frozen fish = 139

[2] U&A S2 Q8 & Q9 MMH, Q12 & Q13 Consumption drivers, consumption occasions IT 2018 total fish = 924; total frozen fish = 139


The UK is currently experiencing the largest ever Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak, with the vast majority of cases in England and small numbers of cases in each of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To check the latest case numbers, visit, alternatively you could use APHA’s interactive disease map to view the current situation in your area.

Bird flu can appear at any time of the year, however it’s often associated with the winter migration pattern of wild birds. The virus can be transmitted from bird to bird, but also through infected items, such as bedding, feed, feathers etc.

There are two types of AI:

HPAI – High Pathogen Avian Influenza – Severe disease and often fatal to susceptible birds

LPAI – Low Pathogen Avian Influenza – Generally mild disease or no disease at all (LPAI can turn into HPAI when spreading in a flock).

Commercial producers and smallholders/hobbyists are being advised to keep a close eye on their birds and if they have any concerns to speak to their vet.

Defra confirmed that they are seeing a spread of the disease within businesses that have sites close to each other, indicating that levels of biosecurity aren’t high enough to prevent the spread.

It’s advised that facilities are maintained properly, vehicles are cleaned and disinfected properly, and a visitors’ books are used and filled in regularly.

Most infections is introduced through faeces of wild birds, therefore it’s important to maintain high levels of biosecurity all the time and not just when there is disease present.

The key issues for biosecurity:

  • Perimeter biosecurity
  • Bedding management
  • Building maintenance/design
  • Location – near coasts, wetlands/migration routes/lakes
  • Management and the controlling mind – don’t rely on your SOPs
  • Record keeping – good records in an accessible format
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting (don’t just disinfect without cleaning first)
  • Staff/PPE discipline
  • Virus survival is for weeks
  • Flooding
  • Vehicles – restrict access
  • Separate premises under the same management in close proximity
  • Co-location of infrastructure – resilience of your business, contingency planning and CPHs
  • Licensing – moves/ restocking

There are no easy answers, it all requires real effort!







As we head towards the introduction of Plastic Tax in April of this year, HMRC have provided some more updates on how the legislation will work. Members can follow the links below to get further information on the following.

  • What packaging is in and out of scope – follow this link
  • How VAT will be dealt with – follow this link
  • Record keeping and accounts for Plastic Packaging Tax – follow this link

It is likely that most members will not be the company paying the tax unless you are importing film or finished product. Although you may not be paying the tax, you are still under an obligation to check your supplier(s) are paying the tax.

We are aware you can offset your waste packaging when you repack a product, but this must be done in advance and not retrospectively.

We are still trying to obtain guidance on the type of documentation required to prove this.


With cold nights and long, dark days ahead, Iceland customers will be looking for something warming to bring the heat into their homes and onto their dinning tables. Often, it’s difficult to find balanced, yet comforting foods – but the new Slimming World range has just the answer.

Iceland customers and slimmers can now indulge in a tasty, heart-warming and filling meal with the Slimming World Cowboy Hot Pot (£3.50, 550g). Made with succulent meat and filling potatoes, the meal is packed with complimenting flavours and is guaranteed to become a go-to winter winner.

Slimming World’s new Chilli Con Carne (£3.50, 550) not only brings the home comfort but the spice too. A delicious meal loaded with seasoning to activate those taste-buds, this meal is ideal for those looking to fulfil their winter cravings for lower calories.

The new and exclusive Slimming World dishes offer a hassle-free and simple way for Slimming World members to stay on track a with their plan and reach their goals – or are a great option for those looking to kick of their health journey throughout the colder months. 

The full range of Slimming World products include:

  • Slimming World Roast Potatoes (1kg, £2.75)
  • Slimming World Moroccan Chicken Soup (500g, £2.25)
  • Slimming World Cajun Chicken Pasta Lunch Bowl (400g, £2.75)
  • Slimming World Beef Vindaloo (500g, £3.75)
  • Slimming World Chicken Tikka Rogan Josh (500g, £3.50)
  • Slimming World Cauli & Chickpea Dahl (550g, £3.25)
  • Slimming World Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup (500g, £1.75)
  • Slimming World 12pk Pork Sausages (720g, £5.00)
  • Slimming World Keema Pie (500g, £3.50)
  • Slimming World Colcannon Mash (500g, £2.00)
  • Slimming World Pilau Rice (£2.00, 450g)
  • Slimming World Meatball Tray Bake (£7.00, 1.1kg)