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Government set to ban junk food adverts before 9pm to tackle obesity

Good idea?

Alex Watson

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Boris Johnson is set to unveil new plans next week to ban junk food adverts on TV before the watershed as well as online.

The news comes as it was revealed obese people are more likely to die from coronavirus due to an array of complicated reasons. Experts explain that obese people have a ‘weakened immune system’ and that is also hard to ventilate people with higher body weight.

The Sun reports that supermarkets and shops could also be prohibited from advertising unhealthy food and drink in their stores in the new plans. There will also be restrictions on marketing for food and drinks high in fat and sugar such as milkshakes and chocolates. 

The new obesity strategy is set to be unveiled on Monday in a bid to get Britain fit. 

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According to The Sun, Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock are hoping the ban on marketing will help people ‘make better choices’. 

The plans will also reportedly impact deals and offer on unhealthy foods and drinks such as buy one get one free.

The plans have not been received well by everyone with some explaining it will damage an already strained economy.

Chief Executive of the Advertising Association, Stephen Woodford, said: “Speculation that the Government intends to introduce bans on high fat, salt & sugar (HFSS) advertising would be in direct conflict with its own evidence that such restrictions would have minimal impact on obesity levels.

“These measures, if introduced, would have significant economic impact at a time when the economy is already under strain due to COVID-19, with thousands of jobs under threat across the UK’s media, advertising, food and retail sectors.

“The Government must reconsider any proposals which could damage the recovery, jobs, and people’s livelihoods, just at the very moment everyone is working so hard to recover.”

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Make top-quality restaurant food at home with Six by Nico’s new delivery service

Fancy yourself as a chef?

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Six by Nico has launched an e-commerce platform to bring restaurant-standard food and drink to people’s homes up and down the country. 

Spearheaded by Chef Nico Simeone and Six by Nico marketing guru Michael Sim, HOME-X has been created so the nation can have restaurant-quality meals at home, in easy to prepare culinary experience boxes.

They’re doing it all, from click to ship, HOME-X will provide customers with top restaurant experiences to enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

Meaning for the first time ever, food from the Six by Nico team will be available all across the UK!

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The dining experiences include pre-prepared ingredients and full cooking instructions to make the process of cooking at home as simple, stress-free and as tasty as possible.

Each month the experience will be refreshed, in a similar format to the Six by Nico restaurants. 

And if the thought of doing six courses stresses you out, don’t worry, they’ve got your back. 

Reducing it to an incredible four-course tasting menu themed around memories or places put together in Glasgow and shipped in 99% recyclable boxes. 

Each kit comes perfectly portioned in individual cardboard containers filled with all the elements needed to create each meal.

Nico Simeone & Michael Sim

The first brands to launch on the platform include Home by Nico, STEM wine club, Chateau-X, The Cheese Club and vegan offering 24-Carrot. E- Eatery will also launch next month, with at-home dining experiences created in collaboration with some of the UK’s most loved eateries.

You’ll be able to make the most stunning chateaubriand’s at home with Chateau-X – all paired with three tasty sides and a bottle of wine.

And if you’re a fan of wine – who isn’t?! – you’ll be pleased to hear about the new wine club, STEM. 

Curated by Six by Nico COO Rachel Rafferty, the wine club will feature five bottles of exceptional wine, delivered right to your door.

There will also be an all-new vegan experience, 24-Carrot creating vegan food designed to share. 

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The Cheese Club will offer the ultimate indulgence with five unique artisan cheeses paired with homemade chutneys and relishes, crispy crackers and the finest port. All curated and handpicked alongside renowned Cheesemongers I.J Melis.

Entrepreneur and Chef Nico Simeone said: “When we were forced to close the Six by Nico restaurants across the UK, we gave fans of the brand a chance to make our signature tasting menu at home and the feedback was phenomenal. We packed and distributed over 100,000 meals across sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool, London & Belfast, but we felt there was so much scope to service the rest of the UK, and to give our customers even more dining options at-home.

HOME-X co-owner Michael Sim said: “We worked together to create the new HOME-X platform, and with it a number of food and drink brands that showcase some of the best ‘at home’ experiences in the UK.

We have listened to the Six by Nico community continuously and worked incredibly hard to build HOME-X for the benefit of an existing customer base that we really care about. Our new business also opens up the whole of the UK as a customer. With six new brands initially listed on HOME-X, each offering various different dine-in experiences to choose from.

Prices for the array of experiences we feature on the site varies from £50 to £70 and ranges from two to four servings.”

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Domino’s has launched a new Chocolate Orange Cookie with a seriously gooey middle

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Dominos have brought out a brand new and oozey Chocolate Orange Cookie that looks incredible.

The chunky cookies are a brand new addition to the takeaway pizza company’s dessert menu and feature a seriously gooey ‘melt-in-the-middle’ chocolate orange centre.

They come in boxes of four and will set you back £4.99 – the perfect addition to this weekends takeaway treat!

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If you want to get your hands on some you’ll have to be quick as the limited edition snack won’t be around for long!

Josh Engleman from Domino’s said: “Who doesn’t love a Domino’s cookie as a sweet treat after a delicious piping hot pizza?

“Well, we’ve been working hard on bringing another crowd pleaser to the menu and we’re delighted to introduce the new Choc Orange Cookies.”

He added: “After listening to our legions of loyal fans, the smart cookies back at Domino’s HQ kitchen spent months carefully testing and trialling dozens of different recipes to ensure we create the ultimate dessert.

“We’re sure our new melt-in-the-middle delights are the perfect way to warm any winter evening.”

Order the cookies in-store, online or on the Domino’s app. 

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Gemma Collins has released her own advent calendar complete with pink chocolate

The most diva Christmas countdown ever.

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The GC has released her very own branded calendar so you can wake up to her every morning on the countdown to Christmas.

Fans of the meme queen will be buzzing to hear about her new ‘I’m Claustrophobic Santa’ advent calendar.

It features ‘luxury’ pink chocolate behind each window. 

She shared the news on Instagram with the caption: “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas? Then get your hands on the Luxury Limited Edition Gemma Collins Pink Chocolate Advent Calendar.

“The Only Way to Countdown to Christmas in True Diva Style.

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“Each day you’ll get a delicious Pink Chocolate behind each window!

“Don’t miss this opportunity to get the most Divalicious Advent Calendar on the market.”

The calendar isn’t cheap though and will set you back £19.99.

After the GC share the news, fans were quick to comment on the post. One wrote: “would love one of these” and another tagged their friend saying “I’m getting you one of these”.

Pre-order the ‘I’m Claustrophobic Santa’ advent calendar here.

If you don’t think you can handle an advent calendar with this much sass, go for something much more simple!

Pringles released their calendar this year in B&M or you could go for a Friends themed one with 40 trinkets from the show instead of chocolate.

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