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20% of Brazil’s soya and beef exports to Europe are linked to deforestation

Around a fifth of Brazil's annual exports to the EU are potentially contaminated with illegal deforestation, according to new research. Experts used freely available maps and data from 815,000 rural properties to reveal the specific farmers and ranchers clearing forests to produce soya and beef ultimately destined for Europe. They discovered that a few bad…
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M&B prevents kitchen equipment waste “madness”

Mitchells & Butlers is redistributing or recycling everything from combi ovens and dishwashers to potato peelers and ice machines in a bid to divert tonnes of waste ending up in landfill. Each year the company makes around 250 investments in refurbishments and new kitchens. Most of the kitchen equipment disposed of during this process was…
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WRAP demands action on flexible packaging

Plastic reduction targets look set to be missed unless businesses urgently increase the recyclability of flexible packaging. WRAP made the call to action as it revealed only 4% of flexible packaging is currently recycled despite accounting for a quarter of all UK consumer plastic packaging. Flexible plastic packaging often comes in the form of food…
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PM urged to deliver junk food ban

A new obesity plan that excludes restrictions on junk food marketing and advertising will not deliver the necessary impact on public health, experts have warned. In an open letter to Boris Johnson signed by 49 health charities, researchers and academics, the prime minister was urged to implement a ban on junk food adverts before the…
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New climate roadmap for foodservice, grocery and retail

Greggs and Costa are among 20 retailers to have signed a declaration to tackle climate change throughout their supply chains. They have made three broad commitments to: decarbonise their shops, distribution centres and logistics operations; reduce emissions in supply chains; and “guide our customers towards dramatically lowering their own carbon footprint”. The third commitment has…
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Brewdog fuels reusable growth with new drive-thrus

Scottish brewer Brewdog has unveiled plans to open drive-thrus which will act as hubs for returning reusable drinks bottles and kegs. The brewer’s co-founder James Watt tweeted an artists’ impression of the drive-thrus which he said would act as beer collection points, hubs for electric vehicle deliveries and hubs for closed-loop, zero-waste packaging such as…
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Foodservice contraction will have huge implications

The foodservice sector should brace itself to shrink in size significantly from pre-pandemic levels with major implications for the supply chain, the head of the Food and Drink Federation has said. Addressing a conference this week, Ian Wright said he did not expect foodservice to return to the 30% of national food consumption it accounted…
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Funding boost for refill solutions and technology

Almost £0.5m is available for new projects designed to help scale refill options and reduce reliance on single-use packaging. Round two of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) competition, delivered by Wrap, includes “refill infrastructure” grants of between £50,000 and £150,000, up to a total of £475,000. Assessors said they are looking for “inventive proposals…
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Businesses toast Chancellor’s support package

The hospitality sector has welcomed a package of government support that will see VAT slashed and pub and restaurant meals subsidised during August. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a Plan for Jobs on Wednesday that will see VAT temporarily cut to 5% for food and non-alcoholic drinks, and a new Eat Out to Help Out scheme…
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Disposable cup recycling group misses 8% target

Just 6% of paper cups are being recycled, according to new data released to Footprint by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG). The figures are based on cups recycled through the national cup recycling scheme, which was set up by Costa and Valpak and is supported by seven other major retailers. Waste collectors…
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