2015 Health and Vitality Honours Winners announced

2015 Health and Vitality Honours Winners announced

LORDS CRICKET Ground today played host to the UK’s foodservice industry, as their achievements working behind-the-scenes to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing were recognised at this year’s Health & Vitality Honours during a lunchtime ceremony.

The 2015 Health & Vitality Honours – hosted by corporate sustainability champion Footprint – saw some of the biggest names in the foodservice and hospitality industries receive awards for their exceptional contribution to the promotion ...

Is the SRA waste initiative failing?

Is the SRA waste initiative failing?

THE SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT Association (SRA) has issued a last call for businesses to get behind its FoodSave programme, which aims to reduce food waste in the Capital.

With just four weeks to go before the campaign ends the SRA, alongside Sustain, wants to encourage further engagement with its programme, which the organisation says can help save large amounts of money for small to medium-sized food businesses.

  The reason for the last ditch ...

Universities shun Green League

Universities shun Green League

THE ANNUAL People and Planet Green League, which ranks universities by their sustainability efforts, has been overshadowed by the news that 69 out of 151 institutions have chosen not to take part this year.

Just 83 universities provided data this year, down from 146 in the previous league. Organisers have accused the non-participants of an organised boycott.

People and Planet have gone on to accuse universities who have chosen to withdraw support ...

Food and drink manufacturers slash co2 emissions by more than a third, claims FDF

Food and drink manufacturers slash co2 emissions by more than a third, claims FDF

MANUFACTURERS have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% – ahead of the original target date of 2020, claims the FDF.

A report shows that the target was reached against the 1990 baseline, with emissions falling by 664,000 tonnes of CO2.

The FDF Five-fold Environmental Ambition progress report details major improvements in sustainability performance in food and drink manufacturing operations since 2007.

In addition to achieving the CO2 target, the industry has reduced ...

MEP’s vote for meat origins labelling

MEP’s vote for meat origins labelling

A VOTE in favour of labelling the origin of meat has passed in the European Parliament, with a majority of 48 to 15 in favour of highlighting where meat used as an ingredient is from.

Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) will now repeat the vote which is calling for proposed legislation enforcing origin labelling on all processed meat in the EU.

The Committee claimed it hoped ...

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The year 2015?

The year 2015?

THE GENERAL election will undoubtedly eat up much of the media and rhetorical space in the next few months. There will be much puff and little policy. But will environmental issues reappear on the radar?

They were de rigeur in 2010, but since then there has been Twitter, UKIP, energy scares and 4G to keep everyone busy. The big issues in sustainability have not gone away. Food security. Obesity. Public procurement. ...

Footprint Forum Report: Cut the clutter

Footprint Forum Report: Cut the clutter

CATERING FIRMS are faced with myriad eco-labels. But are they an essential part of communicating their ethics?

Ask a student what factors determine the food they buy and price will invariably come top – and who can blame them, with the average graduate’s debt running at more than £44,000? But woe betide the university caterer that replaces the Fairtrade coffee with a cheaper alternative, or offers cod on a Friday that ...

Interview with Sodexo’s Chief Exec Debbie White: Level headed

Interview with Sodexo’s Chief Exec Debbie White: Level headed

SOME ORGANISATIONS may feel that equal pay and the living wage are insurmountable challenges after years of recession. Sodexo boss Debbie White isn’t one of them. Jo Roberts reports.

Fairness is not a word currently associated with British business. While the UK officially came out of recession last year, workers are still feeling the pinch. They are taking home less than they did in 2009, according to ONS figures. While workers ...

Now for fair pay

Now for fair pay

AFTER FAIR trade and fair prices, the living wage is the next source of pressure for retailers and caterers.

The local Co-op supermarket in North Berwick is closing down, with nearby Tesco having hovered up profits and customers over the past few years. Low price has, little by little, trumped high ethical standards.

In its place will sit an Aldi, much to the chagrin of Tesco. The discounters are in rude health ...

The political print

The political print

THE EUROPEAN Commission is not known for its ability to unite public opinion and sure enough it was at its divisive best in November with the decision to scrap its most senior scientific position, that of chief scientific adviser (CSA).

The last incumbent, Professor Anne Glover, will not be replaced when she leaves office at the end of this month, spelling the end of a short-lived role that was created ...

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatwick Airport conducted ...

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 ...