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Is there an appetite for free school meals?

Theresa May dropped plans to cut universal free lunches from the Queen’s Speech – but that doesn’t mean an expensive and unproven policy is safe. By David Burrows. On June 16th, Jamie Oliver suggested the prime minister would be committing “political suicide” if she tried to push plans to axe universal infant free school meals…
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Animal welfare standards continue to improve across foodservice

Foodservice companies collected 13 awards for their approach to farm animal welfare standards as cages for poultry become “consigned to the history books”. In the past 12 months there has been a wave of commitments to source cage-free shell and liquid eggs. This followed criticism that the sector was lagging behind retail. All the major…
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More foodservice ‘influencers’ needed to shift people to plant-based diets

The UK needs to “rethink the way it eats” in order to meet the Paris Agreement targets, according to WWF-UK. And the charity, which published its revised “Livewell Plates” this week, has identified chefs and supermarkets as “key influencers” in shifting consumers to more sustainable diets. WWF first created the Livewell Plate in 2011 to…
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Rise in fake organic goods

Europol has warned of a rising number of counterfeit foods, particularly those certified as organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels. Of the products detained at external borders in 2015, 7% were foodstuffs, the agency noted in its “2017 situation report on counterfeiting and piracy in the European Union”. “In 2015, the food industry…
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Improve hygiene scores or lose customers, new report warns

Some 44% of diners would turn away from a food outlet that had a food hygiene rating of three (generally satisfactory) or less out of five – even if it was their personal favourite. With almost one in seven UK food businesses currently rated between zero (urgent improvement necessary) and three, a “staggering 65,000 pubs,…
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Campaigners celebrate school meals victory

Campaigners have welcomed the government’s U-turn on its pledge to scrap free school meals after the policy was omitted from the Queen’s Speech. The Conservative manifesto promised to scrap the provision of universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), replacing it with a free breakfast, and planned to add the estimated £650m in savings to the…
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Greene King claims first with zero waste target

Greene King is claiming a pub industry first by setting a target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2020. The pub retailer and brewer said the target formed part of its partnership with waste management company SWR, through which it has pledged to reduce landfill waste across its entire managed estate. One year on…
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Ikea uses smart tech to slash waste

Ikea has unveiled plans to halve the amount of food wasted in its global operations by 2020 as part of a new Food is Precious initiative. The Swedish retailer is using technology solutions from LeanPath and Winnow to measure the volume of food waste and where it is generated in order to find innovative ways…
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Bidfood campaign backs British bees

Bidfood is aiming to draw attention to the vital role played by bees in food production through a new initiative. The pollination campaign will raise awareness of declining bee colonies in the UK through a series of activities that help foster a healthy environment for bees. These include building bee ‘hotels’, creating bee-friendly gardens and…
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Farmers’ fair-weather friend?

Campaigners have cried foul over Sainsbury’s decision to stop working with the Fairtrade Foundation on tea, but is it really the ‘regressive step’ critics claim? By David Burrows. Sainsbury’s was one of the first retailers to sell Fairtrade products, and in the past 20 years or so it’s grown into the world’s largest retailer of…
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