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Farmed fish has bigger carbon footprint than cows

Aquaculture can emit more methane, and create more greenhouse gases, than cows, whilst one pint of beer can create three times more emissions and use four times more land than another. The findings are in a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers at Oxford University and the Swiss agricultural research institute, Agroscope, created…
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Kids’ sugar intakes are double recommended levels

Children in England have consumed more than a year’s worth of sugar in less than six months, according to figures from Public Health England (PHE). Children aged four to 10 years should have no more than the equivalent of five or six cubes of sugar per day, but are consuming 13 on average. Sugary soft…
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Let’s plant the seeds of a revolution in eating

The government’s public procurement plans for food ignore the importance of plant-based diets. Now’s the perfect time to change that, says Mark Driscoll. We have all heard or seen the overwhelming volume of evidence relating to the significant environmental and health footprints of livestock production. We know that in order to meet the ambitions and…
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Hospitality wants tougher plastics laws

More than eight out of 10 (85%) hospitality businesses consider themselves sustainable, yet almost half don’t have specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) targets in place. Of those that have set targets, reducing waste is the most popular (81%), followed by energy efficiency (65%). Working with sustainable suppliers (64%), cutting consumption of single-use plastics (61%) and…
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Call for calm after ‘meat’ found in plant-based meals

Traces of pork and turkey have been found in meat-free products sold in Sainsbury’s and Tesco. The Daily Telegraph tested 10 vegan and vegetarian products and found meat in two of them – there were traces of pork and turkey DNA in Sainsbury’s own brand meat-free meatballs and Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen BBQ Butternut Mac respectively.…
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Pay farmers for healthy food, say MPs

Farmers should be financially rewarded for producing healthy, nutritious food, a committee of MPs has said. The environment, food and rural affairs (EFRA) committee said that healthy food makes a wider contribution to public health and should be supported as part of a new government policy of providing public money for public goods. The recommendation…
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Food sector must speak with one voice, says FDF chief

The food industry is “absurdly fragmented”, according to one of its leading figures, and must put aside divisions to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK after Brexit. Delivering a speech at food and drink consultancy Camden BRI this week, Food and Drink Federation chief executive Ian Wright suggested the tendency for the…
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Polluters faced with closure under new rules

Companies in water-intensive industries such as food and drink, and leisure face having their facilities shut down under new EU rules, experts have warned. New sector guidelines are currently being drawn up as part of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), which will heighten already stringent obligations on emissions of waste water and generation of waste,…
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Brits will fork out for ethical products

Over two-thirds (67%) of consumers are prepared to pay a premium for environmentally-friendly products, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 people by media agency, MediaCom, also found that good value for money and good quality products are the top priority for consumers when deciding which brands to purchase goods from, while the number…
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Watch 2018 Footprint Awards Video

2018 Winners and Runners Up:

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award

Sponsored by Leanpath

Winner: Mars Foods

Runner Up: Sambazon

Innovations in Packaging Award

Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners

Winner: Vegware

Runner Up: W.K Thomas tied with CupPrint

Waste Management and Reduction Award

Sponsored by SWR Newstar

Winner: KFC UKI

Runner Up: Coca-Cola European Partners

Sustainable Supplier Award

Sponsored by innocent

Winner: Kuehne & Nagel & Greene King

Runner Up: Mondelez International

Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer Award

Sponsored by Sodexo UK & Ireland

Winner: Toasty Products

Runner Up: Adande Aircel

Energy Efficiency Award

Sponsored by London Linen

Winner: Adande Aircel

Runner Up: Hoshizaki

Economic Sustainability Award

Sponsored by Quorn

Winner: Waterscan with Greene King

Runner Up: National Trust

Stakeholder Engagement Award

Sponsored by Nestlé Professional

Winner: WRAP

Runner Up: Bidfood

Social Impact and Diversity Award

Sponsored by Kuehne+Nagel

Winner: Sambazon

Runner Up: Cadbury’s Cocoa Life

Sustainability in Education Award

Sponsored by Westminster Kingsway College

Winner: University of Brighton

Runner Up: Brookwood

The Special Achievement Award

Sponsored by Essential Cuisine

Winner: Mike Hanson, BaxterStorey

Thanks to all Footprint Awards sponsors and partners. Without this support Footprint Awards would not be possible: Nestlé Professional, Bidfood, Coca-Cola European Partners, Essential Cuisine, Greene King, Ice Box,  innocent, Leanpath, London Linen, Kuehne+Nagel, Sodexo, SWRNewstar, Westminster Kingsway central London's College, Hoshizaki and Quorn.

Thanks also to our panel of judges: Gelf Alderson, Julie Barker, Ian Booth, Martin Caraher, Rich Clothier, Alistair Dillon, Vance Fairman-Smith, Eleanor Morris, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL and Neil Whittall.

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