Food service industry event reports

Event reports from the key events, forums, panels and conferences in the foodservice industry

Water: you need to worry

Water stress and shortages are already impacting foodservice, from smoothies and sugar cane to chocolate bars and bottling plants. Amy Fetzer reports on a Footprint Forum designed to wring out solutions. Sitting inside Innocent’s London head office on a wet and rainy Tuesday afternoon getting ready for a Footprint Forum entitled: Water: why worry 2?,…
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Get on your marks

Foodservice needs to start demanding more from ethical certification schemes - and it might even be time for a cull, according to speakers at the last Footprint Forum. By Amy Fetzer. It's not all rosy in the relationship between ethical marks and the foodservice sector. To date they have been easy bedfellows but now they…
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And the honours go to….

From harnessing social norms to healthy vending, the Health & Vitality Honours showcase ideas that need spreading. Amy Fetzer reports from this year’s awards ceremony. Did you know that just telling your customers that most people have vegetables with their meal will get more of them ordering greens? Or that if you ditch high-calorie junk…
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Tough decisions on ethical meat

Would you customers still eat your food if they knew where it came from? If not, you’re at risk. Amy Fetzer reports from November’s forum on animal welfare. Three-quarters of consumers rank animal welfare concerns as the top issue which makes a company ethical, according to research firm Mintel. But is it a priority for foodservice…
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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…
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Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

What do you get when you put some chickens, an ex-rugby international and a dishwasher salesman on a podium together at an awards do? You get a tremendously funny, yet informative night, as the Footprint Awards 2015 showed. The sustainability elite of the foodservice industry gathered together to celebrate achievements, share winning strategies, catch up…
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Video Event Report: Health & Vitality Honours 2015

LORDS CRICKET Ground 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…
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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…
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Footprint Forum Report: City living is under threat

CLIMATE CHANGE poses a real risk to the world's growing urban populations, according to experts gathered at Footprint Forum.                     The sight recently of athletes running the Beijing marathon wearing gasmasks in an attempt to protect themselves from hazardous smog is a startling reminder of the effects…
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