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School anti-obesity programmes don’t work

School based programmes aimed at preventing obesity in children are “are unlikely to halt the childhood obesity epidemic”, according to research published by the BMJ this week. The findings could have serious implications for the government’s childhood obesity plan and the tax on sugar-sweetened drinks – the proceeds for which will be channelled to schools…
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New study to help promote veganism

The Vegan Society has commissioned research to explore what prevents people moving to animal-free diets. The Vegan Society believes that more than half of British adults now “adopt began buying behaviour”, according to a report in the Guardian. Supermarkets also reported significant increases in sales of vegan products in January as tens of thousands of…
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The next big hope for zero waste

The government will soon launch its new bioeconomy strategy. This could put compostables in the spotlight, says David Newman. Footprint (F): We’ve all heard of the term compostables, but can you explain what it means? David Newman (DN): By definition, these materials are certified to be compostable within an industrial or home compostable environment. Certification…
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Fit for the future

The best sustainability strategies are those that are aligned with an organisation’s goals and impacts, and which don’t shy away from stretching targets. So what can be learned from Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025? Amy Fetzer reports. It’s all about impact. When setting sustainability strategy, the key question that should be asked is: what and where…
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Shelter from the storm

Providing stability and better financial returns: Sodexo UK & Ireland talks to Footprint about why sustainability is an anchor for uncertain times. By Amy Fetzer With Brexit, increasing rates and rising raw material costs knocking confidence, creating uncertainty and squeezing bottom lines, foodservice businesses are feeling the pressure. For example, more than two thirds have…
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Forget the consumer: the citizen is king

Companies need to stop pigeonholing people as merely buyers and start engaging with them meaningfully. By Anna Cura. Growing up, we’ve all had our share of nicknames. From endearing to tongue-in-cheek, they have the tendency to stick through the years and eventually become a part of us. Language has tremendous power. It engages us in…
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Let’s (not) talk turkey these holidays

It’s been billed as the most meat-free December yet, but vegan and vegetarian food isn’t just for Christmas. Just don’t shout about it, says David Burrows. One in four millennials are either vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, and 44% of all Brits are willing to cut their meat intake or have already done so. The shift…
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Green light to set minimum pricing for alcohol

The tonic water has been on ice for some time, but the Scottish government has finally been given the go-ahead to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The UK Supreme Court this week ruled that the measure – passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012 – does not breach European law and can now…
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McDonald’s joins the meat-free party

McDonald’s has made a splash on social-media recently by trialling its first vegan burger, the McVegan. The initial results are “very promising” a spokeswoman told the BBC, and the product could be rolled out nationwide – albeit in Finland. Still, the trial is part of a growing trend for food and drink producers and retailers…
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Hard time for alcohol with soft drinks set to surge

Almost half of consumers (45%) are set to buy more soft drinks at Christmas with more than one in five (21%) planning to drink less alcohol. Some 37% also planning to spend more on soft drinks than previous festive seasons, increasing to over half (56%) of consumers aged 16-24. The research, conducted by Censuswide UK…
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