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Latest Foodservice News information for businesses, consumers, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, catering operations and food service industry providers.

Government policies to reduce meat are insufficient

There are almost no public policies in place to support the transition to a low carbon food sector, according to a new report published this week. In many EU countries and in the US, meat consumption is more than double the recommended levels for healthy diets. Meanwhile, animal agriculture is responsible for around 16.5% of…
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Fairtrade happy to forego its on pack logo

The Fairtrade Foundation is prepared to work with more businesses that don’t want to carry its well-recognised mark. Speaking at a conference in London this month, Lord Mark Price, Fairtrade Foundation chair of trustees, said the organisation is open to working with businesses in new ways. Responding to concerns that some companies are moving towards…
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New animal welfare guidance launched

New guidance outlining a pioneering new approach for farm assurance schemes, retailers and farmers to improve animal welfare has been released following a six-year project with the Soil Association, RSPCA and University of Bristol. The new “AssureWel” manual shifts the way assurance schemes look at welfare by focusing on the individual animal and looking at…
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MEPs push foodservice packaging bans

Fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene have been added to the list of single-use items that will be banned as part of the European Commission’s plans to tackle plastic pollution. In May, the Commission presented new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas. Where alternatives…
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Denmark proposes carbon label for food

The Danish government is assessing new regulations that would require food manufacturers and retailers to put “climate impact” labels on their products. “We want consumers to get a tool when they stand in the supermarket, which can help them assess how much climate impact the product has,” climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt told news outlets…
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Hospitality sector struggling without support

The UK hospitality sector’s workforce and contribution to the economy could begin to drop by 2022, according to research by Ignite Economics. The report notes that recent cost pressures such as minimum wage increases, business rates, and a reduction in the supply of labour has started to take its toll on the industry. In the…
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Pret to overhaul labelling after allergen tragedy

Pret A Manger will start rolling out new labels which show full ingredients, including allergens, on all freshly packed food products from next month. It follows the inquest into the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died after eating a Pret baguette containing sesame. During the inquest, the coroner, Dr Séan Cumming, expressed concern about the…
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2018 waste2zero Winnners crowned

The good and the great of the foodservice waste prevention and management industries, gathered for the 2018 waste2zero Awards Dinner - headline sponsored by Bunzl - last night at the In & Out in London’s St.James's Square. The management and prevention of waste has changed dramatically over the last few years from being something of an…
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Treasury ploughs £15m into food waste pilot

Food redistribution schemes will receive an additional £15m in funding under new plans set out by the government. Environment secretary Michael Gove used his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week to announce a pilot scheme to reduce food waste and help charities provide surplus food to those in need. The pilot…
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Labour government would be “by far the greenest ever”

The Labour Party published its environment manifesto this week, in which it sets out a series of commitments that will make a Labour government “by far the greenest ever”. Campaigners are not so sure. The 16-page document, entitled The Green Transformation, is based on three priorities relating to climate change, air and water quality, and…
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