One third of diners rarely think about health when eating out

One third of diners rarely think about health when eating out

Over the bank holiday this weekend, many Brits will be taking the opportunity to toast the end of the summer by enjoying a meal out, or ordering a meal in.

However, it seems that what was once a special treat has become a weekly event for many, as new research from Mintel reveals that a third (33%) of Brits ordered a takeaway once a week or more in the past three ...

Russian food ban – support for Scottish fishing businesses

Russian food ban – support for Scottish fishing businesses

ELIZABETH TRUSS, the Environment Secretary has pledged her full support for Scotland’s world-class fishing industry in response to Russia’s unjustified food export ban.

The UK government, alongside industry, the Scottish government and the European Commission (EC), is working to open up lucrative new fish markets to help businesses increase their international trade.

Last week’s ban is expected to have the most effect on Scotland’s mackerel trade with around £16 million worth exported ...

Record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

FOR THE FIRST time, demand for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is rising faster than supply as sales reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes.

New data by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) revealed a record high in sales of CSPO for the first half of 2014 with total sales increasing by 48.8%.

RSPO Secretary General Darrel Webber commented: “This is good news for certified growers who will now get ...

McDonald’s introduces new fruit options for Happy Meals

McDonald’s introduces new fruit options for Happy Meals

AN INTERVIEW with USA Today revealed that global restaurant chain McDonald’s is to introduce more fruit and vegetable options to their Happy Meals.

The online interview reports that Cuties clementine’s from Sun Pacific, an American supplier of fruit, will be added as a seasonal fruit option from this Autumn along with “junior” bananas which are smaller than the conventional banana. Blueberries and grapes are also being tested as a future option, ...

New details on CAP implementation announced

New details on CAP implementation announced

ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY Elizabeth Truss has today announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.

The new guidance aims, within the constraints set by Brussels, to be as simple and flexible as possible. This is part of the new Secretary of State’s drive to enable farmers to compete ...

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Maximising the opportunity with foodbanks

Maximising the opportunity with foodbanks

BIG RETAILERS have been battered by the storm over food waste. Distributing surplus stocks to food banks can tackle the crisis and make a huge difference to the UK’s poorest. By Carrie Lorton and Adam Read.

The House of Lords has published its extensive assessment of Europe’s food waste crisis. Some 90m tonnes are being thrown away – a figure the chair of the subcommittee leading the inquiry called “morally repugnant”. Baroness ...

At sixes and sevens

At sixes and sevens

NEW RESEARCH has suggested that five-a-day guideline for fruit and veg consumption should be lifted to seven-a-day. Footprint asked foodservice experts whether it’s achievable and, if so, how.

Nicky Martin is head of nutrition at Compass Group UK & Ireland

Increasingly fruit and vegetable consumption is hugely important. Ideally we should aim to eat more than five portions a day, yet many of us still aren’t reaching that target. At Compass, fruit and vegetables ...

Buried horse meat

Buried horse meat

NO-ONE IN the industry wants to find equine DNA in their lasagnes or burgers again, but the issue hasn’t gone away. One might think the government feels differently.

 

In December, Professor Chris Elliott published his interim report on the “integrity and assurance of food supply networks”.

At 84 pages it was thorough and included 48 recommendations, among them the development of a new food crime unit. “The food industry and thus consumers are currently vulnerable,” ...

Time to ring the changes

Time to ring the changes

FOOD BUSINESSES need to look closely at three climate reports which show we need a new model now to feed the world by 2050, says Duncan Williamson.

Three recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly spell out the dangers of climate change. The reports warn that all aspects of food security will be affected by climate change. Any food business that wants to thrive in a changing world should be ...

Waste not, want not…

Waste not, want not…

THEY MUST have been pretty wise in the eighteenth century. Not only did the 1700s see the invention of the steam engine, the threshing machine and the start of the industrial revolution, but it is also thought to be when the phrase ‘waste not, want not’ fell into common use. It seems that the waste agenda is nothing new, then?

Yet the reality is that when it comes to the food ...

Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal’s Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn’t  ruled out legislation

 

The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?

 

Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do ...

Water: The Third Way

Water: The Third Way

EVERYONE KNOWS that water is an essential component of everyday life, and here in the affluent western world we take it for granted. Turn on the tap and clean water always comes out, and we use it throughout the day every day for washing, cleaning, cooking and, of course, drinking. In the latter case, though, we are perhaps more likely ...