Soil Association Certification announces new chief executive

Soil Association Certification announces new chief executive

SOIL ASSOCIATION Certification has appointed Martin Sawyer as its new chief executive. Martin has a background in the food industry.

Martin brings extensive experience in consumer food markets having worked in management roles for Premier Foods, Bomfords Ltd, Oscar Mayer and Bakkavor. He has operated in both corporate and private business environments in the UK and on mainland Europe, leading strategic change, senior commercial relationship building, operational performance improvement and accelerating ...

UK’s first commercial aquaponic urban farm to open in London

UK’s first commercial aquaponic urban farm to open in London

A LONDON warehouse is being converted into the UK’s first commercial aquaponic farm, creating a pioneering new model for sustainable, ethical food production in cities.

The revolutionary farm will use aquaculture and hydroponic technology to produce more than 20,000kg of sustainable salads and herbs (enough for 200,000 salad bags) and 4,000kg of fish each year, with first harvests predicted for September.

GrowUp Urban Farms has been given the green light to start building ...

Responsible Business Week 2015; Sodexo launches CR Report and stages charity day

Responsible Business Week 2015; Sodexo launches CR Report and stages charity day

AT THE start of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week, Sodexo has released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

The Report tracks Sodexo’s progress against a series of measures relating to environment, local communities, nutrition, health and wellbeing and the workplace.

The Report shows that Sodexo has made particularly good progress in the area of sustainable, responsible sourcing. 85% of the coffee Sodexo sells is fairly traded; with the company’s fair ...

“We have been the greenest Government ever” say Conservatives

“We have been the greenest Government ever” say Conservatives

THE CONSERVATIVE party’s manifesto and election pledges launched this week claim to have stayed true to its promise of being the greenest Government ever.

The Tories claim “We have been the greenest Government ever, setting up the world’s first Green Investment Bank, signing a deal to build the first new nuclear plant in a generation and trebling renewable energy generation to 19%, bringing energy efficiency measures to over one million homes, ...

Drinks giant to halve water use

Drinks giant to halve water use

DIAGEO HAS committed to improve its water efficiency by 50%, replenish water in water-stressed regions and return water back to the environment as part of an ambitious new water stewardship strategy.

Diageo’s 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets published last year are supported by The Water Blueprint. The report details how the brewer and distiller of Guinness and Smirnoff will protect and manage its water usage parallel to its expansion programme into ...

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Seasonality from a technical perspective

Seasonality from a technical perspective

HAVING A sourcing plan is so important when dealing with fresh produce, because without it we leave too much to chance.

Our procurement and technical teams agree a robust calendar for each season with our growers and it’s very rare that we have to step outside of it.

However, that doesn’t mean that once our plan is agreed, we can put our feet up and wait for the deliveries to arrive ...

The changing face of seasonal production…

The changing face of seasonal production…

WHEN YOU wander around a supermarket or browse through the menu options at your local restaurant, you may well be forgiven for forgetting that seasonality exists. Produce can now be provided to consumers all year round – with the option to enjoy strawberries as part of your Christmas dinner.

It appears that most traditionally seasonal UK produce can now be provided to consumers all year round – with the option to enjoy asparagus ...

Food for thought

Food for thought

WHILE THE Government’s latest Responsibility Deal pledges for salt reduction are more stringent than ever, Susan Gregory, Head of Food at Nestlé Professional, looks at why they’re only a starting point in the battle to reduce the nation’s salt intake …

“It’s widely accepted that too much salt is bad for us and research shows that reducing intakes by just 1g prevents 4,147 premature deaths and saves the NHS £288 million ...

In the Green Corner

In the Green Corner

BUYING RESPONSIBLY can be a pretty complicated business. So many people… a maze of process and compliance… so many different things to consider. If that isn’t enough – there is now increased scrutiny on the outputs…

Imagine the bun fight: In the blue corner – operational management, finance, purchasing and IT. In the red corner, back of house, customers, clients, accreditation organisations and Government. The supply chain is the Referee. As to ...

The diet dilemma

The diet dilemma

BALANCING health and sustainability and obesity’s global toll.

The debate regarding the make-up of a sustainable diet is likely to rage on into 2015. A recent paper published in the journal Current Opinion in Food Science neatly describes the headaches involved in aligning health and environmental agendas.

“Healthy eating recommendations call for increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. However, fruit and vegetables are crops with a high ratio of losses in production ...

Workplace plays key role in improving the nation’s health suggests new nutrition study

AS GOVERNMENT data confirms that obesity will cost the UK more than £27 billion by 2015, a new project conducted among employees at Gatwick Airport and published in Complete Nutrition reveals that workplace interventions really can make a positive impact on employee health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Geronimo Inns case study

WE LOVE London Workwear Rental’s environmentally friendly attitude, it ties in really well with ours. We started using their EkoChef products as part of our ‘small changes make big impacts’ approach to the environment – it’s the entire sector’s responsibility to try to do one thing greener and they’ll see that just a step in the right direction is positive for ...