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Takeaways fuel food waste surge

Businesses are being urged to help prevent food waste in the home after research showed levels rebounding to pre-pandemic levels. The latest survey from Wrap’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign showed a spike in reported food waste coinciding with lockdown restrictions easing in June and July and more people eating out of the home and…
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Eco label receives business boost

Food industry giants including Tesco, PepsiCo and Starbucks have given their support to a new eco-labelling scheme. PepsiCo, Danone, Starbucks, Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose, Aldi and Morrisons are the latest businesses to join the advisory group of Foundation Earth, the non-profit organisation that recently launched a new front-of-pack environmental ‘score’. The eco label uses a traffic…
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Deforestation law will have limited effect

A new law to help eliminate deforestation in UK supply chains risks being ineffective unless the scope of the legislation is widened, campaigners have warned. The UK government plans to make it mandatory for large companies, including those in the food and drink sector, to carry out due diligence checks to ensure there is no illegal…
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Hospitality worst hit by staffing shortfall

Hospitality sector leaders are calling for relaxations in migrant visa requirements to help plug a critical shortage of workers in the sector. This week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a record high of 953,000 job vacancies in the UK in May to July 2021 as demand for labour increased following the easing of…
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Fishing key to net zero ambition

The UK fishing industry’s role in delivering net-zero is being overlooked despite a government ambition to address the climate impact of fisheries. A coalition of NGOs is calling on the UK government to tackle the environmental impact of the fisheries sector to help accelerate progress towards climate and nature goals. In a new report, WWF,…
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Restaurants to drive plant-based sales surge

Restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Chipotle are expected to help drive a fivefold increase in plant-based food sales by 2030, according to new research. The plant-based foods market could account for 7.7% of the global protein market by 2030, with a value of over $162bn (£118bn), up from $29.4bn in 2020, according to…
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Climate crisis requires urgent response

Business and environmental organisations have stressed the urgent need for action in tackling the climate crisis following the publication of a seminal UN report. In its latest assessment of climate science published on Monday, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,…
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Seafood suppliers urged to ditch polystyrene

Buyers and sellers of seafood are being urged to switch from expanded polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes to more sustainable alternatives as part of a drive to reduce waste and pollution. Environmental charity Fidra says that with alternative materials such as corrugated cardboard and reusable plastic being developed, there are increasing opportunities to move away from…
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Flexible menus can stave off inflation

Hospitality businesses are being urged to adopt flexible menus over the coming months in the face of food price inflation and uncertainties over supply and demand. Questions over public demand for eating out following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, along with potential supply issues relating to Brexit and covid-19, are creating a “perfect storm” of…
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Takeaways not trusted on allergens

People who suffer from adverse reactions to food have a lack of confidence in allergen information provided when ordering online for takeaway or delivery, according to new research. A Food Standards Agency (FSA) survey found that people are more likely to report confidence in the allergen information provided by restaurants (82%), cafés, coffee or sandwich…
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