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Why you need to meet your suppliers in the flesh

Buyers need to satisfy themselves that the meat they are buying is what they think it is. By David Read, chairman of Prestige Purchasing. Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “Nothing in this world is certain, except death and taxes.” Food scandals might be an obvious addition to this statement. Whether it’s horsemeat in the lasagne, bribes…
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Coffee cup crackdown can’t wait any longer

A combination of carrot and stick is needed to tackle single-use cup waste, argues Ecoffee Cup founder David McLagan.  The waste created by single-use items is a significant global issue and takeaway coffee cups contribute more than their fair share: 100 billion end up in landfill globally each year – more than 270 million cups every single…
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Ten things I hate about PRNs

Foodservice businesses are among those calling for changes to the producer responsibility scheme for packaging waste. But reform needs to be bold, says Libby Peake. Hatred is quite a strong emotion to feel for inanimate evidence notes intended to show that a company has paid towards recycling its packaging, but bear with me and I’ll…
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As Brexit looms it’s time for industry to seize the day

Leaving the EU is an enormous risk for the food sector – but also an unprecedented chance to rethink the way we do business. By David Read. The farming minister George Eustice said on BBC radio this week: “The food and farming sector will be OK if there is no trade deal with the EU and…
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Big is beautiful again

Huge diverse conglomerates fell out of fashion in the 90s, but the foodservice industry has put mergers back on the business agenda. By David Read. In the 1970s and 1980s (when I was in my formative business years) the world was dominated by conglomerates – huge collections of diverse businesses with limited connectivity. I joined…
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Foodservice lacking bark as Brexit bites

The sector risks being forgotten if it doesn’t get its act together and start lobbying hard, writes David Burrows. Managing Brexit will need the whole food industry – farmers, food manufacturers and retailers – to find a single voice with which to lobby the government, said the National Farmers Union director general, Terry Jones, in…
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Greggs shows the way on animal welfare

The bakery chain has shot up the rankings in a high- profile assessment – and kept prices affordable. Others can learn from it, writes commercial director Malcolm Copland. As recent food safety scares have highlighted, a poor record on animal welfare is not only unethical but can be highly damaging to businesses and brand reputations.…
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As the world faces an antibiotic resistance crisis, foodservice firms are under pressure to address overuse of the drugs by their suppliers, writes Emma Rose.

Until fairly recently, efforts to tackle the global antibiotic resistance crisis have focused on improving prescribing practices in human medicine. Pushy patients demanding drugs to treat colds and other ailments on which antibiotics have no effect, remiss GPs handing out antibiotics like sweets: these practices have been held responsible for fuelling antibiotic resistance – and…
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Second chance for the slackers

The government is again asking businesses to take a voluntary approach to obesity. Will the Childhood Obesity Plan succeed where the Responsibility Deal failed? By Nick Hughes. The dog that has not barked properly in the whole obesity debate.” That was the damning verdict on the foodservice sector from the Food and Drink Federation’s director…
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The restaurant trade in a post‐Brexit world

Restaurateurs fear rising ingredient prices and problems with labour as immigration is curbed, writes Dev Biswal. My restaurants are my passion, but they are also my business. That’s why my immediate thought the morning after the referendum was: how will the UK economy be affected? And then, how will this affect footfall in my restaurants and…
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