Pubco shares drop after ‘historic’ vote

Pubco shares drop after ‘historic’ vote

A VOTE IN the House of Commons to amend the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill has seen the share prices of a number of pub companies fall.

MP’s voted 284 to 259 to amend the bill and allow pub landlords’ an independent review of market rents and to buy beer from a supplier of their choice.

Described by campaigners as ‘historic’ the changes will potentially end the practice of ‘tied tenancies’ ...

Unilever’s European food business reaches 100% traceable and certified palm oil

Unilever’s European food business reaches 100% traceable and certified palm oil

UNILEVER HAS published its sustainable palm oil progress report, highlighting significant steps forward in the traceability of palm oil from known sources.

The ‘Unilever Sustainable Palm Oil Progress Report 2014′ was published at the 12th Round Table of the RSPO in Kuala Lumpur.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “2014 has been a defining year for our goal to create a more transparent palm oil industry. Knowing where it ...

ReFood launches industry-first food waste scholarship

ReFood launches industry-first food waste scholarship

REFOOD HAS announced the industry’s first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.

‘Sustainable Visionaries’, will see undergraduates from across the UK compete to demonstrate why they believe minimising waste is key to achieving a circular economy.

From agriculture and logistics, to manufacture, retail and hospitality, the project will see hundreds of students competing in order to win a £5,000 bursary to progress their studies. Already, the ...

Countdown to Chip Week 2015

Countdown to Chip Week 2015

THE COUNTDOWN to Chip Week 2015 is now underway. The seven day chip-fest will run from 16-22 February and is the perfect platform to raise awareness of the quality chip dishes in the catering sector.

The annual campaign, now in its 24th year, provides independent pubs, restaurants and foodservice outlets with the opportunity to drive sales and profitability from their potato offering, while encouraging consumers to celebrate the mighty chip.

Supporting point-of-sale ...

Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks

Fixing holes in social security support would reduce need for food banks

GAPS IN the social security safety net are a key reason why people are turning to food banks, according to the first in-depth study into the personal experiences of recipients of emergency food aid in the UK.

The findings of the jointly commissioned research published today by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group, Church of England and The Trussell Trust, also highlights some relatively simple fixes to the benefit system that could ...

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End of the ‘supercycle’?

End of the ‘supercycle’?

THIS ARTICLE appeared in Reynolds’ in-house magazine The Marketplace. Cast your mind back fourteen years to the year 2000. Politicians were getting grief about excessive spending on the Millennium Dome, and IT managers everywhere were finally able to relax having realised that the Millennium Bug hadn’t rendered all computers useless as the clock struck midnight on December 31.

It all seems fairly unremarkable now, doesn’t it? Yet 2000 was a turning ...

The little interview: First six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations

The little interview: First six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations

VINCENT IGOE at Olleco Scotland, talks about the first six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

Q: The new regulations are ambitious, requiring businesses to separate their waste, including food. What have been the big challenges so far?

A: The amount of time we have had to spend with each customer: firstly to explain the regulations in layman’s terms and then to show them the cost benefits of segregating the waste into ...

Access all areas

Access all areas

HOSPITALITY BUSINESS are losing business by not offering free wifi. But it’s a service that can enhance customer experience in more ways than one, especially if it’s done ethically.

New research has suggested that three-quarters of hospitality venues are convinced that their quality of service and facilities are far more important to their customers than access to the internet. However, a third of travellers say they wouldn’t  return to a hotel ...

What price sustainability?

What price sustainability?

IN GROCERY, brands are everything. But can developing a sustainable image encourage shoppers to pay a premium? Johan Anselmsson reports.

Sainsbury’s recently launched its biggest own-label campaign to date as it looks to build on growth rates that are outstripping branded products by two to one. The emergence and subsequent growth of supermarket brands has provided strong competition to established brands in many categories, but in packaged food the rivalry is ...

Back to the future

Back to the future

“THERE’S A way to do it better – find it,” said prolific inventor, Thomas Edison, the man credited with inventing the light bulb, among other things.

His approach transformed everyday life across the globe in a way that could never have been anticipated. And a similar transformation is exactly what is required in agriculture if we are to meet the sustainability challenges ahead.

Here is the problem. Population growth means that there ...

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 ...

Social sustainability

“Effective staff recruitment, retention, management and development can work wonders for the sustainability of any business and the contract catering industry is far beyond exception. To steady a ship, you need a familiar crew. People you know you can count on. I am confident that Dine Contract Catering’s recent achievements have emerged from how we hire our team members, maintain ...