News Round Up

This weeks main topic of news, in the food/farming press, has been yet another major blow to the farming industry with an outbreak of avian flu in Suffolk. The BBC report that about 22,000 turkeys, at four premises, are being culled in an effort to restrict the outbreak.

The newspapers in typical style are reporting on the '£100 turkey' because of the outbreak. On a more cheerful note both Talking Retail and Speciality Food Magazine report that business advisors Deloitte have done a study in which 29% of consumers said they would head to small independent stores and local farmers' markets for a proportion of their food shopping over the festive season. This is up from 20% in 2006.

But, the 'weirdest thing of the week' award is the news that Leicestershire's most famous cheese, Stilton, is being used by Brighton based smoothie and milkshake specialists, Moo Juce, to make a Stilton Milkshake!

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