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Download The 2019 Footprint Sustainability Trends Report Launched Today

The 2019 Footprint Sustainability Trends Report, in association with Nestlé Professional, is now available to download. Its purpose is to help guide internal strategy, enabling readers to identify key trends and opportunities, chart best practice and identify areas in need of urgent attention.  By sharing best practice and highlighting where to direct effort, the Footprint…
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Defra seeks feedback on changes to allergen labelling laws

The Government has begun consulting on an overhaul of food allergen information laws that will ensure “labels are clearer and that the rules for businesses are more consistent”. In a consultation launched this week and running until March 29th, Defra outlined four possible options: mandating full ingredient list labelling; mandating allergen-only labelling on food packaging;…
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Fast food chains must increase the pace on plant-based

Of the top 100 restaurant chains in the US, 45 don’t offer a plant-based starter, according to the latest Good Food Restaurant Scorecard. The Good Food Institute’s report, now in its second year, ranks the chains based on the breadth and depth of their plant-based entrées and their promotion of plant-based eating. The scorecard uses…
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14 caterers make more veg pledge

Caterlink, Olive Catering, Vertas and Compass Group UK & Ireland, along with the University of West London, have signed up to the Peas Please initiative, which works to increase vegetable consumption in the UK. This brings the number of catering firms involved in the scheme to 14. The announcement follows news last week that Brits…
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Foodservice leaders urged to make nutrition pledge

A charity is calling on the out-of-home sector to provide clearer health advice after a survey indicated almost two thirds (61%) of people struggle to find nutritional information on food bought from restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Diabetes UK wants the 24 biggest out-of-home companies to help fight obesity by pledging to give consumers access to…
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Industry Elite Announced at Health & Vitality Honours 2019 Lunch

Leaders of the health agenda in the Out Of Home sector gathered today for the annual Health & Vitality Honours lunch at the In & Out Club in St James' where the 2019 winners were announced.  Health & Vitality Honours is the platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency…
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5 A Day fails to boost fruit and veg intake

Brits are eating no more fruit and vegetables than they did almost a decade ago despite government campaigns to encourage people to eat more healthily. The government’s latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) data shows little change in intake of fruit and vegetables over a nine year period between 2008 and 2017 with all…
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Radical changes to diets needed to save planet and lives

Global consumption of sugar and red meat needs to fall by 50%, whilst that of nuts, fruits’ vegetables and legumes needs to double, according to a report by the EAT-Lancet Commission. The commission is a three-year project bringing together 37 experts from 16 countries with expertise in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, economics and…
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EAC calls for swift action to curb marine pollution

MPs have urged the government to fast-track some of its policies aimed at curbing plastic pollution. The Environmental Audit Committee said the target date of 2042 for achieving zero avoidable plastic waste must be brought forward, whilst the deposit return and extended producer responsibility schemes should be rolled out “as soon as practicable and before…
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51% of hospitality businesses risk losing apprenticeship levy fund

Two thirds of hospitality professionals are aware that their Apprenticeship Levy funding will start to expire in May, yet only 49% have currently used most of it. The research, commissioned by HIT Training, showed that 36% had held back because they are taking time to ensure they are investing in a “high-quality programme”. A further…
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