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Is fake meat the real deal

Should burger bars and the foodservice sector at large start embracing new and improving meat-free products? Footprint asks experts for their views. Let’s not get carried away. “Offering tasty, nutritious and sustainably produced food is a ‘must’, not a ‘nice to have’. In today’s world, big burger chains need to think long and hard about…
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Energy saving is a bright idea

This Saturday marks Earth Hour, an annual event to focus minds on protecting the planet. Restaurant owners need look no further than their kitchens to dramatically reduce their impact, says Andrew Stephen. If the restaurant fairy godmother appeared, waved her wand and offered an instant 5% increase in sales, there is not a restaurateur in…
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A new recipe for fighting obesity

In an age of austerity, reformulation rather than regulation is the policy of choice for tackling the crisis. By Professor Jack Winkler. MSPs on the health and sport committee in Holyrood wrote to the health minister, Aileen Campbell, last month urging her to take a “bold approach” to tackling obesity. It was an entirely sensible…
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How to define ‘no deforestation’

After years of debate companies have finally agreed on a standard for forest protection. Now it’s time to turn words into action, writes Deborah Lapidus. Over the past three years, thanks in large part to responsible sourcing policies adopted by leading consumer goods manufacturers and retailers, several of the world’s largest agribusinesses that once destroyed…
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A (sizeable) step in the right direction

The Childhood Obesity Plan could have gone further but it’s much better than the Responsibility Deal, says Bidvest Foodservice’s David Jones. By 2035 almost three in four adults will be overweight or obese, with levels in the UK more than trebling in the past 30 years. Over the past decade the government has attempted to…
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Thank goodness I’m not Swiss

Two referendums in two years – thank goodness I’m not Swiss (180 votes in 20 years) because I couldn’t cope. But thanks to the June 23rd vote to leave the European Union there could be another one soon enough. “I don’t pretend that the option of independence would be straightforward,” said Scotland’s first minister, Nicola…
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Food law in a post-Brexit world

The vote means massive uncertainty for an industry dominated by EU rules, but it also brings big opportunities. By Dominic Watkins. For an industry that is almost 100% regulated by EU laws, the impact of Brexit could be substantial. Of course, my crystal ball is no better than anybody else’s. And despite all the “we will thrive”…
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Gamesmanship at Sports Direct, but will it change the playbook?

So now we know: Mike Ashley is, by his own admission, not Father Christmas and is not “going to make the world wonderful”. He is just a man, trying to make a few billion quid from the toil of the hundreds (and I use the term lightly) by his company Sports Direct. Docking workers 15 minutes’…
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Just the beginning

Sugar tax is just the start of intervention unless industry acts swiftly, collaborates and does a better job of fighting its corner, says Jennifer Powers. The sugar tax was the budget announcement no one saw coming. The first inkling that something was afoot was a provocative tweet from broadcaster Robert Peston as the chancellor rose…
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Tips for target reporting

As companies analyse their progress against 2015 environmental targets, marketing expert Jo Arden explains why honesty is the best approach. As the new year gathers pace, many brands in the food sector are already putting together reports on their progress against 2015 sustainability targets. Last year was an important staging post for many companies on issues…
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