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Sodexo appoints new inclusion head

Sodexo UK & Ireland has made a crucial new appointment by making Raj Jones its permanent Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Raj started her career with Sodexo in 2007, taking on a role in Learning & Development for the Justice part of the business before moving to a secondment with the central Diversity & Inclusion…
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Meat remains the elephant in the room

The government needs to come clean on its carbon reduction plans for food and agriculture, or risk failing to meet its new world-leading target. By Nick Hughes. Last week, the UK government set in motion a law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. This is in line with…
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Get real about the race to net zero

In the rush to make a public net zero commitment some companies are failing to question the intrinsic sustainability of their business models, argues Nick Hughes. Has your business set a net zero target for carbon emissions? If the answer is no then there’s every chance you’ll soon be in the minority. When the government…
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Have out-of-home eating habits changed forever?

Foodservice businesses reopen next week. But new research suggests diner demands may be very different from 12 months ago. Nick Hughes reports. The coronavirus pandemic has turned the way many of us eat on its head. That’s why the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) latest public survey into food behaviours and attitudes has such pertinence for…
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Is obesity regulation on the ropes?

Recent announcements hint at a softening of government plans to tackle obesity, with an emphasis on personal responsibility rather than industry regulation. Nick Hughes reports. These are pivotal times for obesity policy in England. With Public Health England in the process of being wound down and its health improvement work due to be subsumed into…
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The new Agriculture Act could change everything

The first domestic farm policy in a generation contains some important new measures, but it doesn’t add up to a full vision for a sustainable food system, says Sustain’s Vicki Hird. When the Agriculture Bill gained royal assent last month it signalled a major shift in farm policy and support – paying farmers for the…
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OPINION: Plastic bans are not an excuse to switch materials

Scotland is consulting on market restrictions for certain single-use plastics. Businesses need to change so they use fewer resources, says Zero Waste Scotland’s David Barnes The Scottish Government consultation on new market restrictions for certain single-use plastic items runs until January 4th 2021. These restrictions align with Article 5 of the single-use plastics directive (SUPD)…
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Opinion: It’s time to back progressive farmers

New survey data shows people overwhelmingly want food that supports farmers and meets high standards. Foodservice businesses have a key role to play in meeting their wishes, says the Food Ethics Council’s Dan Crossley. Farmers are at the sharp end of crop failures, climate breakdown, price pressures, labour shortages, and the outcome of trade negotiations.…
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Opinion: McDonald’s is bullish on British beef but coy about chicken

A new campaign to show the fast food chain’s commitment to UK and Irish ingredients raises concerns about its policy on poultry, says David Burrows.  McDonald’s UK & Ireland has launched a new map showing customers where its UK ingredients are sourced from. It offers a glimpse into the lives of some of its 23,000…
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Britvic appoints Tom Fiennes as new Commercial Sustainability Director

Britvic has appointed Tom Fiennes as the new Commercial Sustainability Director for Great Britain, as the company continues its ongoing commitment to sustainability. With over 25 years of FMCG experience, Fiennes moves from his role as Britvic’s Director of Strategic Change Programmes, having previously held roles at Heineken, Carlsberg, Premier Foods and Mars. Fiennes will…
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