Jane Milton on BBC radio

Yesterday Paul Salt the drive-time DJ for BBC Radio Merseyside called and asked …. ‘has the 20% increase in Freddo bars been caused by Brexit ‘

I told him Brexit is just a convenient excuse for companies to deflect criticism of their own decisions.

Commodity prices have gone up and so Mondelez has increased some product prices ….. when they reduced the size of the Toblerone and kept the price the same people did not like that either.

Listen to what I said here …

It raised some interesting themes, though – a few months back Dispatches were concerned food industry was making things bigger and making us fat, , but there are just as many people complaining about things getting smaller – chocolate, desserts, multipacks of crisps, biscuits.

Do we want prices held and maybe a slice or two taken off a product or would we pay more? The UK consumer still spends less on average per person on food as a % of total income that most other EU countries. Was it not a desire to keep prices low from retailers that contributed to horsemeat finding its way into the food chain being sold as beef?

Would it do us any harm if they did make bars of chocolate and biscuits smaller?

Paul Salt also said what can consumers do if they are not happy? My response was that social media has certainly given them a far stronger voice and a place to protest and for smart businesses to respond.

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Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
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Fresh Banter with Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer


Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.


He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …


He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays


He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.


Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can


A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.


I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…


Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher

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