The rise of social supermarkets: ‘It’s not about selling cheap food, but building strong communities’

Millions of Britons struggle to put food on the table. Are social supermarkets, where surplus stock from big retailers is discounted, the solution?Near the tills, in what looks, at first glance, like a standard convenience store, is a shelving unit cra…

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How Quorn makes the filling for Greggs’ vegan sausage rolls

Factories turn unappetising mycoprotein into foodstuff snapped up by shoppersIt is an off-white paste with the consistency of Play-Doh and a malty whiff – and it is taking the high street by storm.The unappetising formal name for this sought-after food…

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Pret a Manger in talks to gobble up Eat to fuel expansion

Company poised to acquire majority of 94 stores for use in its vegetarian divisionPret a Manger is in talks to buy its rival sandwich chain Eat as part of plans to expand its specialist vegetarian operation.The London-based coffee shop firm is understo…

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The Guardian view on ice-cream vans: shame about the pollution | Editorial

Their tinny chimes may be an essential sound of the summer. But are they out of tune with the times?Few things could be quite so evocative as the memory of childhood greed sharpened by the jarring, tinny sound of Waltzing Matilda or Greensleeves heard …

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‘World’s first’ realistic vegan hot dog to go on sale next week

Sunflower seed sausage tastes ‘identical’ to pork equivalent, says British firm launching itThe British food tech company behind the UK’s first meatless “bleeding” burger will next week launch what it claims is the world’s first plant-based hot dog tha…

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