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Diners and drinkers keen to go out but sites are considered “risky”

Consumers are longing to return to cafés and restaurants but businesses will have a tough job convincing diners it’s safe, according to a series of news polls. According to the NPD Group’s Covid-19 British foodservice sentiment study, 58% of consumers said that bars and restaurants are the riskiest places to become infected, with 74% likely…
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UK’s overseas land footprint increases as demand for commodities rises

UK demand for commodities like palm oil, soya and cocoa is increasing the threat of extinction of 2,800 species, according to research by WWF and RSPB.  The campaigners identified a 15% growth in the UK’s “land footprint” overseas, compared to a previous study in 2011-15. The expansion is linked to the imports of seven key…
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Farmers should embrace tech and prepare for dietary changes

A shift to flexitarian diets, farm machinery with zero emissions, optimisation of animal feed and management of forests and natural carbon sinks are among 25 measures that could help the global agriculture sector stick to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C pathway. Agriculture already contributes around 20% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to an analysis…
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Takeaways wasting 33% more food during lockdown

Food waste in takeaway restaurants has increased during lockdown, whilst consumers are struggling with super-sized portions and ordering more than they need, according to new research. Some £1.8bn worth of takeaway food is thrown away every year in the UK. Of that, 21% (£376m) arises in outlets; households are responsible for the rest, said Just Eat…
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Tensions rise over insurance claims

Trade associations representing hospitality businesses have demanded an urgent meeting with insurers. In a stern letter to the Association of British Insurers, representatives of the beer and pub sector noted how the “collective failure of insurers to step up and meet their obligations has been deeply disappointing”. Hospitality businesses have arguably been hardest hit by…
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New support for food charities

The Government has announced up to £16m to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of coronavirus. The programme will provide “millions of meals” over the next 12 weeks and be delivered through charities including FareShare and WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme). At least 5,000 frontline charities and community groups…
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2020 Footprint Awards Shortlist Of Foodservice Sustainability Elite Announced

The shortlist for Footprint Awards 2020 is announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading responsible business initiatives. Footprint Awards remains the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain. These awards are open to organisations…
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Covid-19 claims rejected en masse by insurers

Fewer than 1% of businesses that have claimed for business interruption insurance due to Covid-19 have received pay-outs to-date. A UKHospitality sector survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of businesses including pubs and restaurants have claimed, or intend to claim, on policies for business interruption due to enforced closures, however initial figures suggest their chances…
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Government urged to take “long view” on food ethics

The pressing issue of dealing with Covid-19 should not be an excuse for inaction on critical issues like the climate crisis and diet-related ill health, the Food Ethics Council (FEC) has said. In a new report released this week the NGO stated that the pandemic indicates how vulnerable our food system is and how urgent…
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Pandemic response must put nature first

Stimulus measures to aid the recovery from Covid-19 must safeguard nature to reduce the risk of future pandemics, according to leading scientists. In an article published this week by the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), four eminent professors in the field of biodiversity and ecosystems wrote that “rampant deforestation, uncontrolled…
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