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New waste strategy: producers to pay for poor packaging

Waste policy in England will be “overhauled” as part of a new strategy launched by the government this week. The much anticipated Resources and Waste Strategy – which will be analysed in full by Footprint in January – will force those responsible for producing hard to recycle waste to take greater responsibility and foot the…
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New waste strategy: reaction

Campaigners welcomed some of the ambition within the strategy, but criticised the timeframes. Mary Creagh, chair of the House of Commons environmental audit committee, also accused the government of “kicking the waste can down the road yet again”. She said: “The plastic bottle deposit return scheme promised in 2018 won’t be ready until 2023. Textile…
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McDonald’s launches new antibiotic use policy

McDonald’s has announced plans to reduce the overall use of antibiotics across 85% of its global beef supply chain. According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development. However, there is limited antibiotic usage data available across the global beef industry. McDonald’s, in…
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Foodservice must deliver more menu transparency in 2019

Transparency and trust will make their way onto menus next year as consumer awareness of sustainability continues to rise. “Consumers will ask questions about the food they are buying [and] demand to know more about the contents and source of the food they eat and the impact on their health and the environment,” noted NPD…
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Heady days for Europe’s brewers

Microbreweries are booming as EU beer production grows despite a drop in overall alcohol consumption, a new report finds. By David Burrows. What has been published? The Brewers of Europe’s latest statistics. Basically, it’s a state-of-the-sector review, highlighting how much beer was made and drunk in the EU in 2017. It showed that there’s been…
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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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