The European Parliament this month voted against including plant-based milk in EU schools under its’ huge school scheme – a programme that provides dairy milk, fruit and vegetables to more than 20 million children across the continent. ProVeg International was disappointed by the vote. Many children in the EU cannot – or do not want to –…Read more
COMMENT: Beware the green-wagoning surrounding carbon neutral claims.
Constant undermining of carbon offsets is causing net-zero ambitions to be ‘thwarted by fear’, says Simon Heppner. The Guardian report last month on the challenges faced by the voluntary carbon market raised questions (again) about the role of carbon offsets in corporate climate strategy. This month the same outlet reported how the UK advertising watchdog was launching stricter…Read more
COMMENT: Rousing customers to adopt reuse
Foodservice brands struggling with reusable packaging regulations need to invest in more effective communications, says Heather Davies In France, the new anti-waste, pro-circular economy law (AGEC) came into force on January 1st 2023. This requires fast-food restaurants to replace single-use food containers with reusable crockery and cutlery for people eating in their establishments. In such…Read more
COMMENT: Everyone should support fair dealings in dairy
Foodservice companies can support more resilient dairy supply chains by prioritising trust and transparency in relationships, says Abigail Williams of the Food Ethics Council. Back in February 2021 ministers announced plans to publish a new code of conduct that would ensure fairness across the dairy supply chain, following widespread recognition of the instability and insecurity…Read more
Sustainability Bites in association with Nestlé Professional – Episode 1: Cost of Living Crisis: Foodservice & Hospitality
Sustainability Bites is a series of podcasts featuring panel discussions between industry experts that focus on some of the key sustainability issues and topics that confront the out of home food and drink sector today. The cost of living crisis is often talked about in the context of individuals and families. However, little light is…Read more
COMMENT: Sourcing must not be sacrificed
Sustainable sourcing policies are notoriously difficult to deliver but businesses can’t afford to deprioritise them, says Nick Hughes.
Can polluting companies get away with greenwashing?
Brands making misleading claims are not always penalised by the public, which means regulators need to step in. David Burrows reports. Is it worth making green claims? Research published by McKinsey and NieselnIQ recently suggests so. They analysed five years of US sales data to June 2022 covering 600,000 individual product SKUs from 44,000 brands across food,…Read more
Footprint40 – Professor Chris Elliott OBE
For our latest episode we were delighted to be joined by Professor Chris Elliott OBE, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast and a leading authority on food safety, integrity and fraud. On the 10th anniversary of the horsemeat scandal Chris reveals the extent to which the recommendations made in…Read more
FOOTPRINT40 – PROFESSOR MIKE BERNERS-LEE
For our latest episode we were delighted to be joined by Mike Berners-Lee, the renowned writer and researcher on carbon footprinting and sustainability, and founder and director of Small World Consulting.
Comment: the complexities of changing food behaviours
It is only when we understand the richness and complexity of our relationship with food that we can change food behaviours for the better together, says Annet Hoek. Changing consumer food choices and consumption seems to be a more challenging endeavour compared to other consumer product choices, such as clothing or home appliances. That’s because…Read more