Food Standards Scotland Appoints Julie Hesketh-Laird To New Strategy Director Role

The organisation charged with leading Scotland’s food safety and standards has appointed one of the country’s most high profile industry figures as its Strategy Director. Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has today (Wednesday, September 16th) announced the appointment of former Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Chief Executive, Julie Hesketh-Laird, to the new role on a two-year fixed…
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Foodservice hit hard by calorie targets

Long-awaited calorie and salt reduction targets have been published by Public Health England (PHE) just months before the agency is due to be wound down. Foodservice businesses will have to achieve double the calorie reductions of supermarkets with a 20% target set for most meal categories in the eating out of home, takeaway and delivery…
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Sustainable supply chains and weathering shocks

Sustainable supply chains and weathering shocks: five key lessons from Nestlé Professional’s MD Katya Simmons. Report by Amy Fetzer  Go digital for distribution Digital distribution centres can be highly valuable in managing shocks such as global pandemics, according to Katya Simmons, Managing Director, Nestlé Professional UK and Ireland. Harnessing innovative technologies such as augmented reality…
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Interview: The supplier going straight to source

Collectiv Food wants to help foodservice businesses rebuild after the pandemic with a model based on fairness, transparency and sustainability. Nick Hughes speaks to its founder Jeremy Hibbert-Garibaldi.   If the coronavirus pandemic does accelerate a move to shorter supply chains, as has been advocated in certain quarters, then Jeremy Hibbert-Garibaldi is one step ahead…
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Packed lunches, disposable plates and classroom dining

Covid-19 has forced Scotland’s caterers to adapt. But delivery of hot, nutritious food in a sustainable way remains possible despite the pandemic. David Burrows reports. As the first back in after the summer holidays and a long period of lockdown, Scotland’s school caterers are the UK’s guinea pigs. “We get to make all the mistakes,”…
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The power of fragility

From supporting rapid change to the power of young chefs, Amy Fetzer talks to Nestlé Professional’s MD Katya Simmons about rays of hope for a sustainable future in a post-Covid world. “Life is fragile, but even when things seem solid, nothing is a given.” In a Covid-19 world, this is a sentiment we have seen…
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PM urged to deliver junk food ban

A new obesity plan that excludes restrictions on junk food marketing and advertising will not deliver the necessary impact on public health, experts have warned. In an open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 49 health charities, researchers and academics, the prime minister was urged to implement a ban on junk food adverts before the…
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Back to business (as usual)

The prime minister is showing his true colours and they are far from green. But the public and businesses have other ideas, says David Burrows. Rewind to the start of lockdown and there was a haunting feeling that the coronavirus would not only stop the world in its tracks, but also derail efforts to halt…
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Campaigners throw weight behind new obesity prevention plan

Evidence that weight is a risk factor for Covid-19 has led campaign groups to push for a more ambitious anti-obesity drive. Will a looming recession scupper their proposals? Nick Hughes reports. What a difference a year makes. Back in July 2019 BC (before Covid-19), when Boris Johnson was campaigning to be Conservative leader and de…
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