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Slavery continues to cast a long shadow

A new report has found that major companies including food and hospitality businesses are failing to address the problem, writes Nick Hughes. Businesses are not properly engaging with the risk of modern slavery in their supply chains. That’s the blunt conclusion of a new report which uncovers a worrying lack of transparency in the supply…
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Proof that Jamie’s sugar tax works?

A 10p levy on sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants resulted in a “significant decline” in sales, according to research published this week. In June 2015, the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announced that drinks with added sugar would cost 10p more in his restaurants, with the proceeds given to the Children’s Health…
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Government sets out food decarbonisation plan

More research and development, increased uptake of state-of-the-art technologies and better use of bioresources are some of the principal actions outlined in the UK government’s new decarbonisation plan for the food and drink sector. The plan was published alongside the Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out (vaguely) how the UK can meet its carbon emission…
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Responsible plastics a ‘key consumer trend’

More consumers are seeking out packaging made from recycled plastics as awareness of marine pollution rises, according to Mintel. “Whilst plastics won’t be wholly demonised, intensified eco-lobbying will produce more recyclable products, as well as incentives and initiatives to encourage sustainable behaviour,” the analysts predicted. This may well lead to “social stigmatisation” of plastic cups…
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Unilever pushes plant-based diets through chef’s manifesto

Unilever Food Solutions has published a set of sustainability pledges made by its chefs around the world. The “chef’s manifesto” contains eight commitments aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The pledges cover everything from “no food loss or waste” and “investment in sustainable agriculture” to “a focus on plant-based ingredients”. Chefs from more than…
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Sugaring the Brexit pill

Britain’s sugar policy is a contradictory mess – but leaving the EU is a chance to bring agriculture and health goals into line. By Professor Jack Winkler. The UK government is drowning in dissent, divisions, plots and power struggles. The conflicts that receive most media attention focus on the prime minister and Brexit. But the…
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Businesses sign landmark paper cup agreement

McDonald’s and Starbucks are among fourteen organisations to have signed a new agreement to accelerate UK recycling of paper cups. The cross-industry collaboration is being coordinated by trade body the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and is expected to result in significant progress in PE lined paper cup recycling over the…
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Industry’s most responsible CPOs recognised at TBL 2017

Last night, the elite of the industry’s purchasing professionals gathered at the Haymarket Hotel for the 2017 Triple Bottom Line Awards, recognising procurement excellence, in partnership with Prestige Purchasing and sponsored by Watts Farms.  TBL 2017 has been the most competitive in the initiative’s three year history. Disciplines contested were: Competitive Difference Through Supply Chain…
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Pret offers free water refills

Pret A Manger customers will be able to fill up their own water bottles for free after the business introduced filtered water stations in selected outlets. Starting this week, all three Veggie Pret shops will feature the stations with the trial extending to all Pret’s Manchester shops by the end of October. The selected shops…
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Coca Cola trials refillable bottles for students

Students will be able to buy soft drinks in refillable bottles as part of a new pilot project between Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) and the University of Reading. Users who purchase a bespoke and customisable bottle will be able to access over 100 drinks, including low and zero-calorie variants of Coca Cola and Fanta, via…
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