Three-quarters of supermarket chickens contaminated with campylobacter

Three-quarters of supermarket chickens contaminated with campylobacter

A NEW FSA report has found that nearly three-quarters of fresh chickens in supermarkets and butchers are contaminated with the potentially lethal food-poisoning bug.

The results are the findings from the first two quarters of a year-long testing programme run by the FSA.

The results to date show:

18% of chickens tested positive for campylobacter above the highest level of contamination 70% of chickens tested positive for the presence of campylobacter 6% of packaging tested ...

If we don’t take care of our soil, we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years

If we don’t take care of our soil, we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years

APPEARING ON Desert Island Disks, Helen Browning, the head of the Soil Association, explained that: “We’ve already degraded about 40 per cent of our soils internationally, and that’s happening here [in the UK] as well. If we don’t take care of our soils, we won’t be able to feed people in 50 years.”

Some estimates suggest that around 12 million hectares of land – about the same amount of agricultural land ...

M&S strengthens commitment to 100% renewables

M&S strengthens commitment to 100% renewables

MARKS & SPENCER joins Unilever and 18 other firms to join the RE100 initiative, announcing that it will source 100% of its power from renewable sources.

The food, clothing and homeware giant has used renewable power sources for its UK operations since 2012, including using 100% renewable green tariff electricity in the UK and Ireland.

This has helped it reduce its emissions by 19% and to become carbon neutral across its worldwide ...

Tens of thousands march against GMO giant Monsanto

Tens of thousands march against GMO giant Monsanto

CONSUMERS STILL say no to GMO as tens of thousands take part in the third annual March Against Monsanto to protest against the American biotechnology giant’s genetically modified crops and pesticides.

Protests occurred in around 400 cities, in more than 40 countries spanning Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Paris, Rio, Los Angeles, Strasbourg and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso were among the protest cities.

Approximately 2,500 protesters gathered in Basel and Morges, ...

Subway renews green energy plans

Subway renews green energy plans

EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT Purchasing Company, working alongside Subway, has brokered a new agreement through Business Energy Direct which will allow Subway franchisees to sign up to a deal with energy firm, Scottish Power, to provide 100% green electricity from their wind farms.

Since launching in 2014, over 870 Subway stores have signed up to the deal, which will save over 30,000 tonnes of carbon every year.

Alan Davidson, Head of Business Sales at ...

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In training for a sustainable future…

In training for a sustainable future…

“In our industry, ‘being sustainable’ is more than an expectation. It is taken as given. However, to truly embed it in the ways of working, the concept has to be introduced and practiced at grass roots level.”

Susan Gregory, Head of Food at Nestlé Professional, talks Toque d’Or, training and embedding sustainability into kitchen practices…

Sustainability…a word that has arguably become something of a fashion statement in our industry…

But how can ...

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

AS FOOTPRINT’S Brand Ambassador of logistics, Simon Clifford, Business Development Director at Kuehne+Nagel gives us a candid view on responsible logistics.

We are delighted that Kuehne + Nagel is Footprint’s newly appointed Brand Ambassador for logistics. Sustainability and efficiency runs through the core of your business, tell us why?

Some may be unfamiliar with our name, but we’re one the world’s leading logistics companies. We work with customers on a global basis ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Seven ways to save energy costs in your business

FOOD OUTLETS use a large amount of gas and electricity as part of food storage and preparation. For a small business, this can mean a dent in profits if you don’t keep a close eye on your bills.

 

Kevan Enticott owns Perfect Clarity – an independent energy broker. He spends a lot of time working with businesses helping them to ...