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Scotland must target food waste and farming emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland fell 31% between 2008 and 2018, faster than any other nation in the UK or G20 in the same period. The savings were driven by a tripling of renewable energy generation. However, in its progress report to the Scottish Parliament this week, the Committee on Climate Change said the country…
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Foodservice leaders demand rescue package for “imperilled sector”

Over 100 hospitality businesses have urged the government to rethink its controversial 10pm curfew or risk further decimating the sector. In an open letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, companies including JD Wetherspoon, Sodexo, Heineken UK, Greene King and Burger King said the latest government restrictions announced last week made the “fight to survive…
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Top chefs back covid support network

A new network has been established to help displaced hospitality sector workers find new work in the sector. CareerScope is backed by high-profile industry figures such as Michel Roux Jr, Clare Smyth, Raymond Blanc, Alastair Storey, Wendy Bartlett and Danny Pecorelli. It follows the August launch of Food Service Circle which will support employees impacted…
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Coalition challenges government over food standards

A coalition of farming groups, catering bodies and campaigners has been set up to scrutinise the UK’s approach to food standards. The new Future British Standards Coalition will put the case to government to consider issues such as environmental standards, pesticide use, antibiotics, food safety, food quality and labour standards as it negotiates future trade…
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Booker under fire for ‘relabelling’ beef

Tesco-owned wholesaler Booker has been under fire in the farming press this week following a labelling issue with some of its beef products. Farmers Guardian reported that the company had been “caught relabelling Uruguayan beef”, prompting calls for “transparency in the foodservice sector”. The news follows a Footprint survey this month that revealed some major…
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Ban on single-use plastic straws comes into force

Selling or supplying single-use plastic straws and stirrers will be banned from next week, but concerns remain about how the new rules will be policed. The Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 were “made” on 10 September and come into force on the 1 October. This represents a six-month delay.…
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Covid ruling raises hopes for insurance payouts

Hopes have been raised that hospitality businesses may be able to recoup some of their losses from covid-19 following a High Court ruling on business interruption insurance. In a test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the High Court ruled that policies with pandemic or notifiable disease clauses should be read as having…
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Planning overhaul could have “profound impact” on food

New planning rules could limit the spread of unhealthy takeaway outlets and offer more opportunity for communities to operate their own shops. The UK Government recently announced changes to use classes ahead of broader reform of the planning system. Use class is a classification of land uses which determines whether changes of use to a…
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