News Analysis

Insight: Ignoring the hand that feeds us

This week the Prime Minister formally triggered article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. There are two years of Brexit negotiations ahead but “dangerous levels of naivety” have already left the foodservice sector off the pace, says David Read. I’ve been asking this question recently at various Brexit conferences and panel sessions: “Given that the UK…
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Left behind on animal welfare

Consumers, politicians and many companies are taking the issue seriously – so why are foodservice firms lagging?                                             There has been a “striking change” in the manner in which food companies talk about farm…
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Food waste breakthrough is just the beginning

2016 was the year redistribution went mainstream. But it’s only a sticking-plaster solution to the problem of poverty. By Nick Hughes. The year 2016 felt like a breakthrough moment for food waste redistribution. Greater public awareness of food waste along with businesses’ own waste reduction commitments and improvements in the operational capabilities of redistribution charities…
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Comment: Global warming? No sweat for UK food

The government’s optimistic view of the impact global warming could have on food security is rosé-tinted but unsurprising now it is happily cosying up to powerful climate change deniers. The World Meteorological Organisation has confirmed that last year was the hottest on record globally – temperatures were 1.1°C higher than pre-industrial levels and 0.07°C up…
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Redistribution is no solution to food waste and poverty

The year 2016 felt like a breakthrough period for food waste redistribution. Greater public awareness of food waste along with businesses’ own waste reduction commitments and improvements in the operational capabilities of redistribution charities combined to create the conditions needed to ensure more surplus food ended up going to those in need rather than in…
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Theresa May’s Brexit speech: initial analysis

The Prime Minister this week outlined her 12-point plan for Brexit, which included no place for the UK in the single market, a vote in both Houses of Parliament on the final deal and a promise to “get control of the number of people coming to Britain from the EU”. The hour-long speech was (unsurprisingly)…
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May’s tough talk comes to nothing

The PM’s promised crackdown on corporate excess and low pay hasn’t amounted to much now that she’s in No 10. By David Burrows. Theresa May might lead an “unashamedly pro-business” government, but that doesn’t mean she is happy to let the fat cats continue to gorge while the “just about managing” head to food banks…
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Andrea Leadsom’s post-Brexit vision for UK food and farming is clear as mud

Listening to Andrea Leadsom address the Oxford Farming Conference on Monday, it was hard not to feel a degree of sympathy for the Defra Secretary of State. It wasn’t just the unfortunate opening observation that farming had been around “as long as mankind itself”, which discounted the vast majority of human history occupied by hunter-gatherers.…
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Weathering the storm

Political turmoil on both sides of the Atlantic means responsible businesses may have to go it alone. November was a month of extremes for those engaged in climate change. It started on a high when the Paris Agreement entered into force on November 4th (remarkably quickly given that the deal was agreed less than a…
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Think like a criminal to beat the food fraud

Since the horsemeat scandal, health and safety offences can bring big fines or even prison. Businesses have to be cunning to stay safe, writes Tony Hines. The scandal over undisclosed horsemeat in food products in the UK forced businesses, the government, auditors, the media and consumers to sit up and take note of what appeared…
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