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Barnsley joins rush to axe junk food ads

Barnsley has become the latest council – and the first in the north of England – to restrict advertising of unhealthy foods. New restrictions will limit advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) as well as brand advertising on all council owned or leased advertising sites and in premises open to the public such…
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Winners of the 2022 Footprint Awards Announced

ESG was the focus last night as the out of home food sector gathered at RIBA in Central London, to recognise those organisations shortlisted for the 2022 Footprint Awards for sustainability excellence, headlined sponsored by Nestlé Professional. Companies large and small were up against each other to compete for the famous black stone which after…
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The big news, in brief: The eco-labelling landslide gathers pace

Eco-labels, which show the environmental impact of food products across a range of indicators, have been making the news again.  Foodsteps, the platform that helps companies calculate, label, and reduce their environmental footprint from farm to fork, has just completed a $4.1m (£3.3m) seed funding round which will see the business launch a hiring spree…
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Net zero food will impact productivity

Decarbonising agriculture and food is likely to have a negative effect on the UK’s productivity, according to a new report. In its climate for growth report, the Green Alliance think tank concluded that the process of reducing emissions from agriculture or switching to lower carbon food sources would require government action to minimise the costs. This…
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Government urged to put resilience at heart of food strategy

Food system resilience should be at the centre of the government’s forthcoming food strategy given the unprecedented threats posed by climate change, the war in Ukraine, biodiversity decline, and a cost of living crisis. That’s the view of Greenpeace which said the long-awaited strategy, which is now slated for publication later this month following a…
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Packaging firms push for policy pause

Footprint reports from the FPA environment seminar and the Packaging Innovations show this week as the supply chain storm and a whirlpool of policies has the sector in a spin. By David Burrows. Sustainability or survival? Rising costs. Extended producer responsibility. The plastic packaging tax. Diverging policies on disposables between the devolved nations. This year’s Foodservice Packaging…
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Targets for recycled plastic content under threat 

“This is a tax I’d rather you didn’t pay,” said Mark Palmer from HMRC, in a run-through of the plastic packaging tax (PPT) at this week’s environment seminar run by the Foodservice Packaging Association.  Palmer wasn’t advocating tax evasion of course; rather that all businesses would use packaging with 30% recycled content. That would require…
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Coca-Cola ramps up reusable packaging rollout

Coca-Cola has announced the launch of a new, universal 250ml returnable glass bottle for cafes, hotels and restaurants in France. The move could prevent more than 15 million single-use glass bottles from being produced this year. The new bottles, for drinks including Fanta and Sprite, join the 330ml options already available for Coca-Cola. They can…
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The big news, in brief: as temperatures rise, a hot US plant-based brand arrives in British pubs and the UK government goes cool on new junk food regulations.

Temperatures in India and Pakistan lingered around 50°C this week. To part-plagiarise the first line of Kim Stanley Robinson’s climate fiction book, The Ministry of the Future, it is getter hotter. But this is no story: this is real life. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets any better. The chances of a record-breaking heatwave in north-west…
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Impossible chicken and sausages arriving in pubs and fast food chains

Impossible Foods made its European debut in the UK yesterday (May 19th) with the launch of two of its latest products. Impossible ‘chicken’ nuggets and Impossible ‘sausage’ patties will be available at 300 foodservice outlets, including pubs and food chains. Chicken Cottage, Halo Burger, Le Bab, Meatliquor and Patty&Bun are among the outlets where the…
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