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Calorie labelling won’t work, BBPA tells government

Mandatory calorie labelling for the out-of-home sector will “do very little to change consumer behaviour”, the British Beer & Pub Association has argued. Responding to the Department for Health and Social Care consultation on the proposal, the BBPA said a mandatory scheme would be extremely costly, resulting in reduced menu choices for customers. It would…
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Lack of diversity in top restaurant kitchens

An analysis by the Guardian has found that there are only two black head chefs with a Michelin star in the UK. Across the 165 restaurants in the UK with the coveted award, only 12% of the head chefs are from a minority ethnic background; this despite the guide being dominated by restaurants serving international…
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Hospitality sector missing out on huge energy savings

UK businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector could save at least £310m-a-year on their energy bills by adopting new energy technologies like solar panels and more efficient lighting. If just 50% of businesses in the sector adopted new energy technology it would boost UK economic growth by £3.7 billion GVA (Gross Value Added) and…
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Obesity still rising, but better news on fruit and veg consumption

The Health Survey for England monitors trends in the nation’s health, and the latest figures show obesity is still rising. The prevalence of obesity has generally fluctuated between 23% and 27% between 2003 and 2016, but last year it was 29%. The survey showed that most adults surveyed (64% of 8,000) were overweight or obese…
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Plastics package: polls apart and stirring trouble

UKHospitality seeks a delay on stirrers ban, recycling rates are on the up – and our inbox is swamped by surveys. By David Burrows. Here at the Package we have been considering a ban – a ban on consumer polls about plastic. Please do keep sending them – the “stats” give us a chuckle of…
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Government to fund packaging pioneers

The government has announced a multimillion pound fund to support the development of innovative new packaging technologies that help reduce the use of single-use plastic. Businesses will be able to access up to £60m of funding for innovations such as new forms of packaging made from food waste that can produce environmentally-friendly plastic bags and…
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Analysis: Mind the emissions gap – why now is the time to act

The latest UN report shows that climate action is lagging well behind what’s needed. Countries must get serious, say experts at the World Resources Institute. The UN’s annual Emissions Gap Report takes stock of where global greenhouse gas emissions are headed versus where they need to be if we are to avoid the worst effects…
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Just Eat puts food hygiene in the picture

Restaurants selling through Just Eat will have their official Food Hygiene Rating displayed directly on its website and app under new plans announced by the food delivery platform. The move follows talks with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and will begin with a trial of the initiative in…
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Millennial diners hungry for home delivery

Young people are shifting £1bn each year to online food delivery services, putting pressure on the business model of in-restaurant eating. Research by Planday, the workforce collaboration software company, found that a fifth of millennials say they go out less to restaurants now because they are getting food delivered that they would previously have gone…
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Gove told to grasp ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity on food waste

A coalition of packaging industry stakeholders have joined forces to urge Michael Gove to fast-track plans for separate food waste collections as part of DEFRA’s new Resources and Waste Strategy for England. Organisations including Iceland, Vegware and Greenpeace are among over 40 stakeholders that have signed up to a letter, coordinated by the Anaerobic and…
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