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Footprint Forum: Animal Welfare – does it matter to foodservice? in partnership with TUCO
November 10, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Recent research has found that concerns over animal welfare top the list, trumping any other concern of environmental or social sustainability.
Three quarters of UK consumers say that meat coming from animals which are looked after well is among the top issues that make a food company ethical. In stark contrast to this, a recent Business Benchmark on Animal Welfare review found that amongst 80 of some of the worlds largest food companies, half were in the bottom two tiers and that animal welfare remains an immature business issue. So is the out of home sector doing enough to ensure animal welfare throughout its supply chains?
The higher education sector has an ethically sensitive and discerning customer base, arguably more than any other; to that extent can we as an industry very much lead on this issue in the UK.
The questions we will be asking are:
- Can we are rely too much on accreditations to ensure standards?
- How do we interrogate our supply chains more?
- Do we have to rely on consumer demand to drive the agenda?
- As businesses, is there more we could be doing to interrogate our own supply chains?
- Do operators have enough of a narrative when it comes to animal welfare?
- What does best practice actually look like?
On the stage
David Nuttall - Executive Director, TUCO
Charles Bourns – Chairman of Copa-Cogeca’s EU working group on eggs and poultry and NFU Board member
David Clarke – CEO, Red Tractor
Dan Crossley – Executive Director, Food Ethics Council
Tony Goodger - Head of Operations, NCB Foodservice Ltd
Julia Wrathall - Science and Head of Farm Animals at RSPCA