Foodservice News

Oliver leads calls for school meals U-turn

Jamie Oliver is among a host of campaigners to have called for the Conservatives to scrap a manifesto pledge to axe universal free school meals. The Conservatives said they did not believe giving free schools lunches to all primary school children was a sensible use of public money and proposed to instead provide those same…
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Standards must be maintained post-Brexit, say farmers

Farming groups across the UK and Ireland have called for current standards for the livestock industry to be maintained post-Brexit to help the UK secure the best trading deal with the EU. Livestock representatives from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and UK farming unions recently met in Belfast to discuss Brexit and the trade implications…
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Greens make case for new Environment Act

The Green Party has proposed a new Environmental Protection Act as part of a package of manifesto pledges aimed at building a green economy. Launching its election manifesto this week, the Greens claimed that while other parties continued to ignore the environment, they would protect it. The Party said the Environment Act would safeguard and…
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Sugar tax should cover confectionery in coffee shops

Health campaigners have urged the next government to extend the levy on sugar-sweetened drinks to all confectionery products, including those sold in coffee shops and restaurants. Chocolate and sweet confectionery contribute 9% total sugar to the diets of children (4-10 year olds) and 11% in teenagers (11-18 year olds) but contain little or no nutritional…
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MEPs back target to halve food waste by 2030

MEPs voted in support of targets to cut food waste by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 this week, as they called for clearer labelling and a review of VAT rules that discourage donations of surplus food. The European Parliament this week published a neat infographic showing that 88 million tonnes of food is…
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Fruit and veg under threat from dry weather

Supplies of domestic fruit and veg could be threatened by a lack of rainfall after the UK experienced one of the driest winters in 20 years. The National Farmers Union (NFU) said it was growing increasingly concerned about the fruit and vegetable sector with some areas of the south and east of the country reporting…
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Eat insects to save land, says study

Eating more insects and meat substitutes would substantially reduce the amount of land needed to produce the world’s food supply, new research has found. Although a diet lower in meat is likely to create the greatest reduction in agricultural land, a mix of smaller changes in consumer behaviour, such as eating more insects and imitation…
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Elior taps natural trend with Elements

Elior has launched a new healthy eating offer that puts fresh, natural foods front and centre. Launched in April, the Elements concept uses chemical symbols from the periodic table to label food groups in the range, such as br (breakfast), lu (lunch), fr (fruit), and hy (hydration). The offer is based around four principles: no…
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Carrot approach won’t cut food waste, say MPs

The next government must set a national food waste target and force businesses to separate their food waste, according to a new report published by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee. The cross-party group of MPs said supermarkets should also publicly report data on the amount of food they bin and relax the “unnecessary…
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Brutal long hours culture putting chefs at risk

A punishing long hours culture in many professional kitchens is putting the mental and physical health of chefs in London at risk, according to new research by Unite. Almost half (44%) the chefs surveyed by the union said they worked between 48 and 60 hours each week. Almost four in five (79%) admitted they’ve had…
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