Salford students complete Outward Bound/Sodexo challenge

Salford students complete Outward Bound/Sodexo challenge

THE LOWRY, Salford Quays was the venue for 39 young people from two Salford schools to get together and celebrate the completion of the Health and Wellbeing Challenge programme run by Sodexo, the world’s largest services company, and The Outward Bound Trust.

Year 8 students from Moorside High School, Swinton and Oasis Oldham Academy took part in the third year of the programme in Salford which aims to promote healthy eating ...

Industry not feeling ‘supported’ by government

Industry not feeling ‘supported’ by government

A SURVEY into the industry’s perspective about the economic and political outlook for the UK has revealed that many do not feel supported by either the government or those supposedly representing their interests.

The poll results from Footprint’s recent ‘Industry Survey’ showed that 80% of those asked believed that tax burdens for small hospitality businesses needed reviewing, while no respondents answered yes to the question ‘Do you feel that this industry’s ...

UK faces agriculture crisis

UK faces agriculture crisis

THE NATIONAL FARMERS Union (NFU) will announce that the UK is set to face a crisis in its agriculture production outputs if more is not done to invest in farming.

A study by the organisation shows that Britain will need to increase food imports to 50% to meet the demands of a rising population and that food security and the economy will be hit with ‘serious implications’.

 

Food self-sufficiency has been on ...

Sugar report claims EU reforms could drive farmers into poverty

Sugar report claims EU reforms could drive farmers into poverty

THE FAIRTRADE FOUNDATION has released a report which claims that a planned reform of the European sugar market has the potential to drive farmers into extreme poverty over the next five years.

 

The Sugar Crash report outlines the possibility that as many as 200,000 farmers are at risk in developing countries is EU caps on European sugar beet farmers are lifted, as producers in countries like Africa will be unable to ...

New waste tool launched for businesses

New waste tool launched for businesses

THE WASTE & Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new tool to help businesses collaborate to cut down on waste and embrace a more circular approach to its practices.

The new step-by-step guides, which provides tips and advice on developing re-use strategies have been produced, along with video case studies that show what can be achieved through a joined up effort.

  WRAP says partnerships are fundamental to helping companies reap the associated ...

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Why aren’t we better with our waste in 2015?

Why aren’t we better with our waste in 2015?

IT’S QUITE an emotive question. Especially to be asking of the Footprint audience, who are a group wholly bought into the sustainability agenda, working in companies that are often leading the way.

But if I asked “Do you have room for improvement?”almost everyone would say “of course”. The difficulty comes in quantifying how much room for improvement exists, whether or not it can practically be achieved, and whose responsibility that ...

In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, Footprint talks to TV presenter Nick Hewer about “How business needs to change its act”

In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, Footprint talks to TV presenter Nick Hewer about “How business needs to change its act”

TV PRESENTER and businessman, Nick Hewer talks about his visit to St Lucia to see first-hand the impact of Fairtrade for farmers.

Some 25 years ago I went to St Lucia with a group of people who were investing in a hotel in the holiday resort of Soufriere. While there, and enjoying some of the luxury the island has to offer, I was approached by a very tall Rasta gentleman called ...

Space age is over for supermarkets

Space age is over for supermarkets

SHOPPERS ARE turning away from megastores towards convenience. Combines with growing urban populations and stricter regulations on emissions this will test supply chain logistics to the max.

British supermarkets have traditionally been addicted to space. But, as Goldman Sachs reports in its Europe Retail Review, they have to backtrack. It suggests the big players close one in five stores to have any chance of meeting customer demands for convenience and stalling ...

Is the time ripe for GM crops

Is the time ripe for GM crops

EUROPE IS ploughing a lone furrow free of genetically modified foods, but are politicians to blame and do consumers deserve a choice?

In 2003 Farmers Weekly ran a cover story and five-page analysis about the GM debate. The piece started: “Much of the GM debate revolves around scientific data that even well-read consumers, farmers and journalists can struggle to grasp. So, who do you believe?”

Almost 12 years on and the “Frankenfoods” ...

Firms missing out on waste scheme

Firms missing out on waste scheme

FOODSERVICE COMPANIES save £10m in a ‘really encouraging’ 12 months but most of the sector is yet to get on board.

Foodservice companies have saved £10m through a voluntary scheme to reduce their waste. It marks what the co-ordinator of the initiative, WRAP, describes as a “really encouraging” first year. “We’ve seen interest from across the board and there are signatories from all the nine subsectors” in hospitality and foodservice, explains Charlotte ...

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 ...