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Straws and stirrers to be banned in England

The sale of plastic straws and stirrers could be banned as early as next year under new plans announced by the prime minister. Theresa May marked the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit by outlining plans to ban the sale of these items in England, along with plastic-stemmed cotton buds, as part of…
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Costa pledges to recycle half a billion cups

Costa has raised the bar on paper cup recycling by promising to recycle the equivalent of all of its takeaway cups by 2020. The coffee shop chain is incentivising waste collectors to recycle takeaway cups by offering £70 for every tonne of cups collected, increasing the value of one tonne of cups from an average…
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Briefing: what does blockchain mean for the food industry

The technology that underpins bitcoin could also be a vital weapon in securing supply chains all the way from farm to fork. By Nick Hughes. What exactly is it? Blockchain was created in 2008 as a virtual ledger for trading digital assets without the need for a bank to act as an intermediary. Users have…
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Packaging doesn’t cut food waste, report claims

Plastic packaging is failing to reduce food waste, and in some cases may be fueling it, according to research by Zero Waste Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe. The study showed that 37% of all food sold in the EU is wrapped in plastic, making it the most widely used packaging material. The annual…
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‘Ethical’ Brits make dubious choices

They say actions speak louder than words, and now research has exposed the gap between the number of Brits who identify themselves as ethical consumers and those who actually make ethical choices. Nine in ten Britons surveyed by hospitality software provider Fourth, claimed to be an “ethical consumer”, however 40% said they throw out plastic…
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Men earn more in leading catering firms

Eight out of the UK’s 10 leading contract caterers have reported a gender pay gap of more than 10% in hourly wages, according to a new Footprint analysis. The investigation, to be published in full in Monday’s Footprint Premium, also identified significant imbalance in the proportion of women who feature among the top 25% of…
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Iceland’s palm oil ban attracts support and criticism

Frozen food specialist Iceland has announced that it will stop using palm oil in all its own label food by the end of the year. The ingredient has already been removed from 50% of the range, with 100 new palm oil free lines rolled out. “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest…
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Reformed childhood obesity plan on its way

Whitehall officials are reportedly thrashing out new rules to limit junk food marketing. Ministers are also mulling over whether to force restaurants to label unhealthy food, according to a report in the Times. The changes are thought to be under consideration as part of a review of the childhood obesity strategy. Last month, rumours started…
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Sainsbury’s backtracks on chicken welfare commitment

Sainsbury’s has formally withdrawn from the Good Chicken Award, which recognises companies that have committed to use higher welfare chicken. The move has raised concerns that animal welfare is “slipping down the agenda” in the UK. Sainsbury’s was amongst the first supermarkets to receive the award in 2010. The company committed to provide more space…
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2018 Footprint Awards Shortlist of Sustainability Elite Announced

The shortlist for Footprint Awards is announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading responsible business initiatives. Footprint Awards remains the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain. These awards are open to organisations at…
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