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Goat meat: the new kid on the block

James Whetlor of Cabrito tells Footprint why he believes British goat can be the next big food trend. By Nick Hughes. It was serendipity that led James Whetlor to supply British goat meat to the foodservice sector. Whetlor had worked as a chef in top London restaurants for 12 years when he was offered the…
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Councils must control takeaway exposure, says PHE

England’s poorest areas are fast-food hotspots, with five times more outlets found in these communities than in the most affluent, according to a new analysis by Public Health England. A map, chart and accompanying data published by PHE show the variation in density of fast-food outlets in local authorities across England, ranging from 26 to…
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Vegans left disappointed by food choices

It’s boom time for vegan and vegetarian eating, but food businesses are failing to keep customers happy. A survey of 1,000 consumers in the UK and US found that 46% of vegans and 23% of vegetarians are dissatisfied with the choice of food products available to them. Dissatisfaction with product choice was higher in the…
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Sugar remains key concern in FSA survey

The amount of sugar in food remains the top worry for consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Concern about sugar has risen more than any other issue since the Food Standards Agency (FSA) started its biannual public attitudes tracker in November 2010 (from 39% to 55%). Other concerns in the latest wave of the…
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Questions remain over junk food marketing rules

Do new rulings on online adverts for sweets and chocolate show self-regulation is working or woefully inadequate? In July 2017, the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), placed restrictions on the advertising of food and drink high in salt, sugar and fat (HFSS) to children online and via other non-broadcast media. This month, Cadbury, Chewits and…
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Soft drinks levy a “double success”

The three-tier levy on sugar-sweetened drinks has achieved its aim. In fact, it’s been a “double success” that could provide a model for future sugar policies, according to an opinion piece published in the British Medical Journal. Firstly, products have been reformulated: two soft drinks of public health significance remain subject to the highest levy,…
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Ready meals not fit for flexitarians

Meat still dominates the ready meal aisles of UK supermarkets, according to an analysis by the Eating Better campaign. In a survey of 1,350 ready meals, only 3% were plant-based (without meat, fish, dairy or egg), whilst 77% had meat as the main ingredient. Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s offered the most variety in terms of…
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Sugary drinks sales slashed at hospitals

The proportion of sugary drinks sold on NHS premises has been cut from 15.6% to 8.7%. Last year, Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, challenged trusts to reduce the sale of sugar-filled drinks to 10% or less of those bought on the premises. So far, the equivalent of 1.1m cans of fizzy drink, and 10…
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We need a Common Food Policy for Europe

Champion of the right to food Olivier De Schutter tells Nick Hughes why it’s time to change a system that is failing citizens and the environment. Olivier De Schutter is a man not afraid of a challenge. The lawyer, who has spent much of his career defending the economic and social rights of some of…
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Caterers make huge savings from cutting food waste

Caterers can expect to save £6 for every £1 they invest in food waste reduction initiatives, according to a new study. The research carried out by WRAP and the World Resources Institute (WRI) on behalf of the Champions 12.3 initiative found a compelling business case for food service operators serving hospitals, schools, sports arenas and…
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