Foodservice News Analysis

Foodservice news analysis. Get the inside track on the key stories breaking in the foodservice sector, from Footprint’s expert researchers and editorial team.

Political Print: Foodservice on the fringes yet again

The government’s latest policy forum is a gathering of the same old, same old. It’s time for the sector to stand up and be heard, writes Nick Hughes. The government’s new Food and Drink Sector Council met for the first time at the end of January, an occasion DEFRA marked by sharing a convivial picture…
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DEFRA’s waste strategy: fill in the blanks

Westminster’s plan to tackle plastics is big on promises but short on detail – for now. By David Burrows. The government has hit the food sector with a whirlwind of announcements relevant to the future of waste in the past three months. The Clean Growth Strategy and new Industrial Strategy kicked things off late last…
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High-street health alliance needs to show its muscle

A code of conduct signed by firms including Costa and McDonalds is welcome – but worryingly vague. By Nick Hughes. The foodservice sector is not known for its willingness to put competitive instincts aside and collaborate for the greater good. For this reason alone, the announcement that 10 of the UK’s best-known high-street food brands…
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Political Print: ultra-processed foods can be a casualty of Brexit

Britain’s appetite for ready meals and sugary cereal has made headlines this week - just as ministers are considering the future of farm subsidies. By David Burrows. The average household availability of “ultra-processed” foods in the UK is 50.4%. In other words, half of all the foods bought here are about as far from “real…
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Are straw pledges bending the truth?

A Footprint investigation has cast doubt on the integrity of plastic-free straw pledges because compostable replacements are not being composted. Nick Hughes reports. First it was carrier bags, then coffee cups and now straws are the focus of the backlash against plastic packaging. In the past six months, a host of major pub and restaurant…
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Could 2018 be the year we start paying the true cost of our food?

Ministers are signalling they may be open to calls to make companies pick up the environmental and health costs of their products. By Nick Hughes. A recent report from the Sustainable Food Trust found that for every £1 UK citizens spend on food, another £1 is incurred in additional costs to society. These can take…
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Political Print: you’d have to be green to believe May is

The prime minister’s big conversion to environmentalism is no more convincing than her predecessor’s, writes David Burrows. It has been almost 12 years since David Cameron, at the time the Conservative leader and in opposition, travelled to the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to show the public he cared about the environment. You know the trip:…
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Whose problem is plastic packaging?

The government seems keen to make producers shoulder more responsibility for recycling their packaging, writes David Burrows. The Commons environmental audit committee (EAC) has called for a “long overdue” reform of the producer responsibility obligations. The MPs said designing for recyclability should be rewarded while fees for hard-to-recycle packaging should be increased. “By reforming producer…
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Six of the tastiest takeaways from Food Matters Live

David Burrows runs through the key lessons we learned about health policy at November’s conference. 1) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder The UK has a childhood obesity plan and it’s the envy of the world. According to those who helped to write it. So is our salt reduction programme. According to the…
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Meeting of minds at the Footprint summit

There was a real sense of urgency about tackling the public health crisis as industry leaders and academics met at Food Matters Live. By Nick Hughes. Maybe it was the coffee or the pressure of being literally in the spotlight but, listening to speakers on the first day of Food Matters Live last month, it…
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