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Footprint Awards 2012 Shortlist Announced

Footprint Awards 2012 shortlist announced today. With thanks to our headline sponsor Nestlé Professional and all of our Category sponsors who make the Footprint Awards possible, the industry's only awards scheme encouraging sustainability and responsible business throughout the supply chain is set to be a nail-biting contest. Join us for the Winners Dinner on the 24th of May.…
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Beef Week in full swing

AGRICULTURE MINISTER Jim Paice has teamed up with a group of all female farmers to help launch this year’s Great British Beef Week (GBBW) at Westminster.   Now in its second year, GBBW is organised by Ladies in Beef – an organisation formed to help promote and drive awareness of the quality and versatility of British…
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Oliver attacks government over kids’ meals

THE COALITION Government is doing nothing to tackle the obesity crisis among kids, according to Jamie Oliver. In an interview with Observer Food Monthly, Oliver launched a blistering attack on government policy, and in particular education secretary Michael Gove.   Oliver warned that the progress that had been made in recent years risks being undone…
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Coffee shop growth slows

THE GROWTH in coffee shop outlets is slowing but the majority of the sector remains positive about the current trading environment.   The Project Café11 report, compiled by Allegra Strategies, showed that the total number of coffee shops was growing at a rate of 4.5% on December 2011, compared to 6.3% in December 2010. There…
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Calls for industry info

  RESTAURANT OPERATORS are being urged to take part in the Gram Green Paper report 2012.                             The report will develop a detailed picture of the progress being made in the sector on sustainability issues and the challenges ahead.   Gram, a…
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Drought to continue past Christmas

BUSINESSES HAVE been urged to use water wisely with the Environment Agency warning that the current drought conditions could last “beyond Christmas”.   Seventeen counties in South West England and the Midlands have moved into official drought status, after two dry winters have left rivers and ground waters depleted.   While public water supplies in…
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Bee decline set to force food price up

THE DRAMATIC declines in bee numbers could force food prices up as farmers turn to hand-pollination.                       Research by bee experts at the University of Reading have calculated that it would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees.   The…
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Accor targets balanced meals in sustainability plan

THE PROMOTION of healthy meals and the removal of endangered seafood species from all menus are two of the standout targets in a new sustainability plan launched by Accor today.                       Planet 21 identifies 21 areas of the hotel group’s activity Accor’s where improvements will…
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Pasties and pies, death and taxes

MORE BAD news for pie and pasty-makers this week thanks to a new campaign by Peta (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).   The pro-vegetarian group placed a huge billboard ad in Gloucester, replete with a huge coffin-shaped pie and the words: ‘Not ready to meat your maker? Fight obesity: go vegan.’  …
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Ice-cream maker hot on renewable energy

MACKIE’S OF SCOTLAND is set to build a 250kW anaerobic digestion (AD) plant to turn slurry from its 400 dairy cows into biofuel.                     The facility, at the company’s Aberdeenshire plant, is currently under consideration. However, if it gets the go-ahead it will ensure Mackie’s is…
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