THE NFU has long fought for better relationships between retailers and farmers, but its president also has the government’s buying practices in his sights. In an exclusive interview, published in April’s Footprint, Peter Kendall refers to food procurement within central government as “lax”, and says [...]
Government Buying Standards
By footprint on April 2, 2013
Published in: Green Scene, News Analysis and tagged 10 Downing Street, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Albert Roux, Alex Jackson, Anne Bull, Ashley Clarkson, Claire Baker, Code for Sustainable Food in Public Procurement, David Cox, DEFRA, Food for Life Catering Mark, GBS, Gerry Clinton, Government Buying Standards, Grant Thornton, Havering Borough Council, Horse meat, Iceland, LACA, Local Authority Caterers Association, Loys Grossman, Malcom Walker, Owen Paterson, Soil Association, Supply Direct, Sustain, The Hospital Caterers Association, Zac Goldsmith.
HORSE MEAT in school meals, pork in prisoners’ halal pies and a damning verdict on hospital catering have meant a troubled start to 2013 for catering companies. It might be a silly superstition, but 2013 is not turning out well for companies [...]
By footprint on October 17, 2012
Published in: Foodservice News, News and tagged Alex Jackson, Department of Health, Eight Principles, Government Buying Standards, Hospital Food, Janice Gilla, Jeremy Hunt, NHS Hospitals, NHS Trusts, The Hospital Caterers Association, The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Whitehall.
THE DEPARTMENT of Health has announced eight principles to encourage the improvement of hospital food. The list includes the adoption of Government Buying Standards as standard wherever possible. Hospitals should also regularly evaluate their food service and act on feedback from patients. Healthy diets [...]
By footprint on July 11, 2012
Published in: Foodservice News, News and tagged Andrew Opie, BHA, British Retail Consortium, Compass, Dairy Summit, DEFRA, FoodserviceFootprint.com, Government Buying Standards, Groceries Supply Code of Practice, Jim Paice, NFU.
RETAILERS HAVE taken a swipe at caterers, food manufacturers and the Government for not paying farmers enough for milk. Supermarkets have come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a series of price cuts, which the NFU has said has left dairy [...]
Jim Paice has been left with egg on his face after his department failed to meet its own buying standards on food procurement. With the angry Minister promising immediate action, David Burrows asks whether the Government really has an appetite for sustainable food? Its not the first time a Minister has been left red-faced on [...]
The new buying standards introduced by the Government in September are weaker than those in fast food outlets like McDonalds. New research carried out by the Good food for our money campaign compared the governments food procurement standards with those of McDonalds in five key areas. In three cases (eggs, milk and fairly [...]