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The Friday Digest: Brand owners under fire amid health back-pedalling

Traditionally, August is the month when the steady flow of press releases and company announcements slows to a trickle and thoughts turn to beachside holidays and ice cream sundaes. Ice cream has certainly been on the mind of Action on Salt and ShareAction, but not in the leisurely sense. The two health charities have instead…
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Poorest priced out of healthy food

A new report has called for urgent change in the UK’s food policies to reverse a growing crisis of affordability and accessibility. Nick Hughes reports. "This report provides the strongest evidence to date of the worsening crisis affecting our food system and the health of the UK population.” That was the stark warning issued by…
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COMMENT: Get serious about school food crisis

A paltry increase in school meal funding shows that ministers are out of touch with the pressures facing caterers, says Nick Hughes. From farms to food banks, supermarket aisles to restaurant kitchens, the rising cost of food and energy is being felt acutely across the country. Everywhere that is except in Westminster where it seems…
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CEO to leave WRAP at the end of the year

Dr Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of climate action NGO WRAP, has announced he will be leaving at the end of the year. Marcus, who has been CEO for the past six years, said: “WRAP is an organisation with huge ambition to both grow its impact in the UK and internationally. Our core purpose is to tackle climate…
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Comment: Pushing back on paper packaging

Brands have been drawn towards paper packaging, but is fibre’s free ride on the green wave coming to an end? David Burrows reports. The next five years will bring continued and significant substitution of plastic with fibre, in part due to environmental factors. That’s according to Neil Osment from NOA, a consultancy specialising in the…
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INTERVIEW: Adnams plans to weather brewing storm

Chief executive Andy Wood reveals how the Suffolk brewer is investing in resource efficiency and local relationships to help protect it against cost and climate pressures. Nick Hughes reports. Out of the frying pan into the fire: that’s the way many hospitality sector businesses will be feeling as the removal of covid restrictions has segued…
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COMMENT: Vigilance needed to fend off food crime

A huge spike in commodity prices creates the perfect set of conditions for criminal activity in the food supply chain, says Nick Hughes. Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of the ‘horsegate’ scandal in which horsemeat was illegally substituted for beef in a range of retail and foodservice products. The scandal was front page…
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Ethnicity and Hospitality: time to deliver on diversity

A survey by not-for-profit Be Inclusive Hospitality published in June 2021 found high proportions of professionals from Black (53%), Asian (68%) and Mixed Ethnic groups (57%) reported experiencing racism in the workplace either individually or at a company level.

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