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Restaurants not pulling their weight on food waste

A new report published this week by Champions 12.3 showed “hopeful signs of progress” towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels by 2030. Some 60% of the world’s 50 largest food companies (by revenue) now participate in programmes that have a food…
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Progress on paper cups

The number of places where coffee lovers can recycle their disposable cups has rocketed in the past 12 months, according to an update published by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG). The PCRRG estimates that there are currently 4,017 collection and recycling points in the UK, whereas a year ago there were “very…
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MPs launch inquiry into disposable packaging

The Environmental Audit Committee is relaunching its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. Fewer than one in 400 of the 2.5 billion single-use paper cups used every year are recycled. The MPs will therefore look at the environmental impact of the waste stream and the obstacles preventing progress. The efforts of the…
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Access to fast food linked with childhood obesity

Children living close to fast food outlets are more likely to gain weight compared with those living further away, a new study has shown. Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) said the findings raised important questions about the role of the local food environment in driving obesity among young people.…
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Brexit is biggest challenge to supply chain security

The UK’s exit from the EU represents the biggest threats to security of food supply in the next five years, according to businesses. Of the 100 companies surveyed as part of the Lloyds Bank Food and Drink report 2017, 41% cited Brexit as the number one threat to ingredients or supply chain security, more than…
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Waste2Zero – Industry first Waste Management & Prevention Awards launched

Footprint proudly presents waste2zero, a new awards scheme, headline sponsored by Bunzl Catering Supplies and supported by WRAP, that recognises excellence in Waste Management and Prevention in the foodservice industry. Waste remains endemic and a mega-trend and one of the biggest challenges to the foodservice and hospitality industry. Food waste, in particular, has emerged as one…
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Meat consumption linked to cancer risk

Consuming red and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, according to new research from the World Cancer Research Forum (WCRF). The WCRF found convincing evidence that greater consumption of processed meat such as bacon or salami increases the risk of colorectal cancer (also known as bowel cancer) and probable evidence of the link…
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Scotland serious about coffee cup tax

The Scottish Government is to introduce a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers next year to “increase recycling rates and reduce litter”. The programme for government 2017/18, published this week, also includes a commitment to examine how to reduce demand for other single-use items, like disposable coffee cups. “We will appoint an expert…
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‘No surprise’ if agri-environmental laws weakened after Brexit

Moves to water down environmental regulations relating to food production will need to be closely scrutinised, according to a new report by the UK’s nature regulators. The Land Use Policy Group devised a number of possible post-Brexit policy scenarios for the UK’s agricultural sector – a focus on production, trade liberalisation and the promotion of…
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Starbucks cuts prices to reduce waste

Starbucks has announced plans to offer 50% discounts on food “nearing expiry” in 350 stores across Britain. The offers, available in the last hour of trading every day, follow a successful trial in 16 outlets in Manchester earlier this year. All proceeds from the food that would otherwise have been thrown out will go to…
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