Allergen regulations will cost food business £200 million

Allergen regulations will cost food business £200 million

THE NEW EU Food Information Regulations could cost food businesses as much as £200 million a year according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

The EU allergen regulations, which come into play on 13 December, seek to provide the public with better information about the foods they are eating out of home. Each food outlet including; restaurants, hotels, schools and hospitals, will have to accurately track, record and communicate what menu ...

Co-op gives British agriculture a £5m boost

Co-op gives British agriculture a £5m boost

THE CO-OPERATIVE has announced that it will give a £5m boost to British farmers who supply its own-brand fresh meat, poultry and milk.

The premiums will go to members of The Co-operative’s farming groups which were launched in order to back British farmers and agriculture, and to cement relationships with producers, deliver a continued investment in quality and provide shoppers with a more consistent and transparent supply chain.

The five protein farming ...

Soil Association encourages public to go organic this September

Soil Association encourages public to go organic this September

THE SOIL Association has launched its 2014 Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic.

Building on the success of the 2013 campaign, which saw a sales increase by 9% during September, this year’s theme is once again Small Changes, Big Difference.

People are encouraged to make one small change to their shopping habits in order to make a big difference to sustainable food, animal welfare or the ...

Peak meat production strains land and water resources

Peak meat production strains land and water resources

ACCORDING TO the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), global meat production rose to a new peak of 308.5 million tons in 2013 and, due to growing purchasing power, urbanization, and changing diets, meat production has expanded more than fourfold in the last five decades.

The Worldwatch Institute of research has further analysed the current trends in meat production and found that growth in meat consumption has not been constrained ...

Hilary Tam appointed as CSR & Sustainability Lead for Vacherin

Hilary Tam appointed as CSR & Sustainability Lead for Vacherin

SPECIALIST LONDON caterer, Vacherin, has appointed Hilary Tam as the new Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Lead.

Tam has joined Vacherin from Business in the Community and prior to that, environmental action group, Greenpeace International. Her new role will see her develop the company’s CSR and sustainability initiatives to the next level, supporting clients and managers with expert advice in the process, and manage Vacherin’s quality systems, ISO 9001 and 14001.

According ...

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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 ...