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So far so good for the GCA

Many argued that her job should never have existed but Christine Tacon can point to four years well spent as the government’s supply chain watchdog. By Nick Hughes. It is testament to Christine Tacon’s durability that she recently celebrated four years in a job that many politicians and business leaders felt should never have existed.…
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Challenge for agriculture as emissions progress stalls

Agriculture is expected to miss key reduction targets for greenhouse gases. With bold new policies needed, shifting demand could be the next step. By Nick Hughes. The UK’s transition to a resilient low-carbon economy is in danger of being derailed by a lack of government action on climate change. That was the stark warning issued…
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Creating Young Chefs from the Floorboards Up

Less than a fortnight ago the Essential Cuisine team and I were lucky enough to witness a young chef from the world-famous L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, cook his way to an impressive victory in the 15th annual North West Young Chef competition.  In those 15 years, we have seen the technical bar raised time and…
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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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