Footprint Foodservice Forum Reports

Forum reports from the key panel and discussion events in the foodservice industry. Keep up to date with the latest strategies, policies and business processes from the key professionals in the UK foodservice sector.

Tough decisions on ethical meat

Would you customers still eat your food if they knew where it came from? If not, you’re at risk. Amy Fetzer reports from November’s forum on animal welfare. Three-quarters of consumers rank animal welfare concerns as the top issue which makes a company ethical, according to research firm Mintel. But is it a priority for foodservice…
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Cut the clutter

Catering firms are faced with myriad eco-labels. But are they an essential part of communicating their ethics? Ask a student what factors determine the food they buy and price will invariably come top – and who can blame them, with the average graduate’s debt running at more than £44,000? But woe betide the university caterer…
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Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

What do you get when you put some chickens, an ex-rugby international and a dishwasher salesman on a podium together at an awards do? You get a tremendously funny, yet informative night, as the Footprint Awards 2015 showed. The sustainability elite of the foodservice industry gathered together to celebrate achievements, share winning strategies, catch up…
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Footprint Forum Report: Cut the clutter

CATERING FIRMS are faced with myriad eco-labels. But are they an essential part of communicating their ethics?                   Ask a student what factors determine the food they buy and price will invariably come top – and who can blame them, with the average graduate’s debt running at…
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Footprint Forum Report: City living is under threat

CLIMATE CHANGE poses a real risk to the world's growing urban populations, according to experts gathered at Footprint Forum.                     The sight recently of athletes running the Beijing marathon wearing gasmasks in an attempt to protect themselves from hazardous smog is a startling reminder of the effects…
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Footprint Awards 2014 Winners Announced

THE WINNERS of the fourth annual Footprint Awards were last night [22nd May] finally revealed at a glittering ceremony at the prestigious East Wintergarden, after a series of recounts due to nail-bitingly close judging scores across the categories. In an unprecedented turn of events, which organisers hailed as another sign that entry standards in 2014…
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Where next for the Responsibility Deal?

LEADING FOODSERVICE figures met on the second birthday of the governments wide-ranging health deal to discuss whether it's been a success and what challenges lie ahead. The government's Public Health Responsibility Deal is reaching a critical stage. Last month the wide-ranging deal had its second birthday and, while accurate analysis of its effect on the…
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Footprint Awards 2013: Coast – Land & Sea

FOOTPRINT HAS just celebrated its fifth birthday, so what better time to reflect on progress made so far? Anya Hart Dyke reports from the 2013 Footprint Awards in London.           The Footprint Awards returned to the Royal Institute of British Architects this year – a fitting backdrop given that RIBA was recently…
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Footprint Forum Report: Holding out for a hero

IN EUROPE, genetically modified crops have remained in labs while the rest of the world plants more and more. Does the technology need a champion?  It seemed apt that the Footprint Forum to discuss the sensitive issue of genetically modified (GM) crops took place in a secure room deep within the United States embassy in London. For while the…
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Footprint Forum: GM – Contemptible or Inevitable

On the 28th of February, members and guests of Footprint Forum gathered at the U.S. Embassy in London to debate GM - Contemptible or Inevitable. The objective of this session was to remove polarised subjectivity from the debate and frame the issue of genetically modified foods in the context of sustainability and sustainable supply chains.…
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