Suma Wholefoods is celebrating after being recognised for its environmental commitment.
The P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards have been announced, with Suma coming
joint top with Snact in the Food Award.
The Suma Wholefoods team promotes the benefits of a healthy vegetarian lifestyle and gives short-dated and damaged stock to local food banks or pay-as-you-feel kitchens, while Snact buys fruit that’s too big, small, ugly or too abundant directly from British farmers at fair prices and make it into a delicious and healthy snack.
Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. Awards, commented: “Our award categories represent the pillars required by a functional society. When they’re done well, we won’t just survive – we’ll thrive. We used four criteria: Innovation, Inspiration, Success and Scalability.”
Healthy Food Brands has announced the appointment of a new manager to drive NPD.
Lizzy Cox takes on the role of Product Development Manager, joining the health food producer and distributor to oversee the development of product lines for the company’s owned brands including Free & Easy, PLj, The Really Interesting Food Company, Rayner’s and Honegar.
Lizzy, whose experience spans high profile FMCG businesses, including Kate’s Cakes and LSG Sky Chefs, will focus on expanding the consumer offering within key product ranges, while enhancing recipes for existing products within others.
Lizzy said: “Food has always been my passion. My fondest childhood memories involve food preparation with my mum – albeit often something wildly unhealthy but utterly delicious such as a batch of peppermint creams dyed purple with food colouring!
“Today, as back then, food is an integral element of family life, and we have the opportunity to bring products to the UK market, which are wholesome and nourishing, and tick the ‘family friendly’ box too. I am hugely excited about the role that I will play in bringing fresh and nutritious new products to the UK market on behalf of Healthy Food Brands.”
Sixty per cent of Brits have suffered from a skin disease, new research has revealed.
The British Skin Foundation revealed that the sixty per cent of British people currently suffer from or have suffered from a skin disease at some point during their lifetime, according to a new survey revealed at its Skin Deep – 20 Years of Research conference.
The British Skin Foundation surveyed the public on their skin health as the charity celebrates 20 years of raising money for research. The survey covered all skin conditions, from the most common through to the potentially deadly. For instance, 28 per cent of the population admitted to suffering from acne at some stage. Of those, some 39 per cent admit they don’t know how to handle it.
Furthermore, 43 per cent of people surveyed say that the impact of their child’s skin disease affects them and their family, while 33 per cent admitted that dealing with their child’s skin disease affects their daily routine.
Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anjali Mahto, said: “Acne is a treatable skin disease and it is important to seek help early. No one should have to suffer in silence and early access to your family doctor or dermatologist is key. Although not life-threatening, the damage acne can cause should not be underestimated. It can lead to scarring of the skin, in addition to having profound effects on self-esteem. It is important to deal with these at an early stage to prevent lasting physical and psychological effects.”
Seven in ten people have visible scars or visible skin conditions, with 72 per cent of this group saying it affects their confidence.
When revealing their behaviour in the sun, alarmingly 85 per cent of people admitted to being sun burnt three times or more in their lifetime. One in 10 also confessed that they don’t wear SPF 30 or more when abroad, and more than a fifth of people admitted to forgetting to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming on holiday.
Matthew Patey, British Skin Foundation CEO, added: “Our survey has shown that a high percentage of people are affected by skin disease during their lifetime, telling us that our work is just as essential today as it ever was 20 years ago. It illustrates that more research is needed to help people with all kinds of skin problems and we will keep raising money for research to find treatment and cures across all skin diseases, including skin cancer.”
Viridian Nutrition is celebrating the success of its recent educational offering.
The company has thanked all those who made its inaugural Natural Health Summit 2016 a huge success.
The event saw specialist health food store owners gather for a one-day event, entitled Transformation: Nutrition as a Catalyst for Positive Change, held at the Royal Institute of British Architects, in London.
The conference, which focussed on how natural health can transform our health, the health of future generations, society and the planet, was the company’s key event of the year and included inspirational presentations delivered by world leading experts on nutrition, health and wellness.
Speaking at the summit were Dr Deanna Minich, an internationally recognised lifestyle medicine expert, creative visionary, teacher and author, Robyn Puglia, a clinical nutritionist, Dr Alex Richardson, a world leading researcher into how nutrition can affect behaviour, learning and mood, and Ben Brown, a naturopath, nutritionist, and author and Viridian Nutrition’s Technical Director.
Ben said: “We have a passion for keeping our stockists at the cutting-edge of nutritional and lifestyle medicine, which is why we curated the Natural Health Summit, a full-day event led by some of the world’s most inspiring and renowned experts on nutrition and natural health. And what an event!
“Rare is a conference that is engaging, informative and emotionally moving, but thanks to the energy and commitment to learning of all those who attended, something special occurred at this event and we are tremendously grateful to those who came along.”
It’s been a busy time at Viridian as the company has just secured a top award.
The company’s 100% Organic Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil –
the world’s first organic fish oil – scooped the top prize in the Nutritional Supplements category in the Janey Loves Platinum 2016 Awards, which celebrate excellence in the natural organic or eco products, alternative treatments and therapies.
Viridian Nutrition’s founder, Cheryl Thallon, said: “The oil, which is certified organic by the Soil Association, shows our commitment and standards to creating a healthier world for all.”