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Campaigners celebrate school meals victory

Campaigners have welcomed the government’s U-turn on its pledge to scrap free school meals after the policy was omitted from the Queen’s Speech. The Conservative manifesto promised to scrap the provision of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), replacing it with a free breakfast, and planned to add the estimated £650m in savings to the…
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Greene King claims first with zero waste target

Greene King is claiming a pub industry first by setting a target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020. The pub retailer and brewer said the target formed part of its partnership with waste management company SWR, through which it has pledged to reduce landfill waste across its entire managed estate. One year on…
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Bidfood campaign backs British bees

Bidfood is aiming to draw attention to the vital role played by bees in food production through a new initiative. The pollination campaign will raise awareness of declining bee colonies in the UK through a series of activities that help foster a healthy environment for bees. These include building bee ‘hotels’, creating bee-friendly gardens and…
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Hiding veggie options away on menus can dent sales

Consumers are 56% less likely to order a plant-based dish when it’s labelled vegetarian and categorised in a separate section on menus, according to new research by the London School of Economics. The experts took a menu with eight main course dishes, of which two were plant-based: risotto primavera and ricotta and spinach ravioli. They…
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Mixed reception for new DEFRA secretary Michael Gove

Michael Gove has been appointed as secretary of state at DEFRA, prompting major concerns amongst environmental campaigners and opposition MPs. In a surprise return to the front bench, Gove will take the lead on pressing issues such as air pollution, the reform of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and food waste. Not to mention longer term challenges…
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Rainforest Alliance and UTZ merge

The ethical certification schemes UTZ and Rainforest Alliance will merge later this year to give them “a greater reach and a stronger voice”. “By joining forces, we will provide a leading platform to help increase consumer demand for responsibly sourced products,” the organisations said in a joint statement. The new body will be called the…
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Energy label is simplified, saving businesses billions

The European Parliament this week agreed to revert back to its original A to G format on energy labels, thereby removing the confusing plusses (for example, A+++). The rescaling of the old label will apply to a total of 15 product groups, including professional, commercial and domestic appliances. Product testing will also become more representative…
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Schools fear meals axe will hit health

Over 90% of schools believe that pupil health and nutrition would be impacted by the potential withdrawal of free school meals for all infants, according to new research. The survey by the Soil Association’s Food For Life programme found that three in five schools believe that pupil attainment would suffer if the policy was enacted.…
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McDonald’s dominates RSPCA Assured sales

McDonald’s accounted for three quarters of the total number of RSPCA Assured products sold through the foodservice sector in 2016, a result that the standards body said showed you don’t need to eat in high-end restaurants to eat higher welfare meat. The fast food chain used more RSPCA Assured products than any other UK restaurant…
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Sustain sets out sustainable farming vision

An alliance of food and farming NGOs has called for a new farming policy post-Brexit that will deliver sustainable, resilient farming based on the principle of public money for public goods. In a briefing paper, Sustain said that a focus on high volume, low standard food production would be wrong for the UK farming industry…
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