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Unleashing the potential of your data

Extracting full value from the abundance of data businesses generate can be a costly, time-consuming and overwhelming exercise, but the potential financial and ethical benefits are considerable, writes Nick Hughes. What’s the most valuable commodity in the world? If your answer is gold or diamonds or any other precious metal or gemstone you’re almost certainly…
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Food brands sign up to refill pilot

High street brands including Leon and Costa have signed up to a new pilot which will highlight outlets where customers can purchase food and drink in reusable containers. The pilot marks the expansion of the Refill campaign whose app provides the location of over 30,000 independent businesses, transport hubs and retailers across the UK where…
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Burger King to launch plant-based patty

Unilever has struck a deal with Burger King to supply its first plant-based burger for the UK market. The new Rebel Whopper will be made by The Vegetarian Butcher, the Dutch company that Unilever acquired in December last year. It will be launched simultaneously in over 2,500 Burger King restaurants across 25 countries in Europe…
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Just Eat steps up trial of seaweed sachets

Just Eat has partnered with the Hellmann’s brand to extend its trial of Notpla’s biodegradable seaweed sauce sachets. More than 60 Just Eat restaurant partners in London have replaced single-use plastic sachets with a range of Hellmann’s ketchup, BBQ, tartare and garlic sauces served in the seaweed sachets, which are said to fully decompose in…
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Extra powers needed to halt surge in “unhealthy” takeaways

New planning policies are needed to restrict the growth of hot food takeaways, according to a new report. Sustain’s analysis found that McDonald’s and KFC are eyeing up 800 new sites in an “aggressive expansion plan”, putting the government’s target to halve childhood obesity by 2030 at risk. A growing body of evidence suggests there…
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The single-use substitution scandal

Businesses and consumers are being greenwashed by anti-plastic NGOs and regulations, says David Burrows. Ball Corporation, a packaging supplier, is to start building a $200m (£155m) aluminium cup manufacturing facility in Georgia, US. It doesn’t say how many cups the new site will kick out, but it’ll be a lot. They’ll be used everywhere from…
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Cage-free standard agreed

A new minimum standard for UK barn egg production has been introduced under the British Lion Quality Code of Practice. The move follows announcements by a number of caterers and retailers to sell only cage-free eggs after 2025. Across Europe, 43 foodservice businesses, including most of the major players in the UK market, have made…
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Trade deal chase could lead to internal UK border checks and falling standards

Border posts could be required at Gretna Green and the Severn Bridge as the UK, Welsh and Scottish governments develop different regulatory approaches to controversial food practices like chlorinated chicken, GM crops and pesticides. The UK Trade Policy Observatory analysis warns that Brexit food safety legislation gives UK ministers powers to make policy changes to…
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Briefing: Where are we up to with DRS?

Nick Hughes reports on the latest deposit return scheme developments, and outlines how such a scheme might work, and why it might not… Will we ever actually get a deposit return scheme? Yes, as things stand. Powers for a DRS for England, Wales and Northern Ireland are laid down in the Environment Bill, which recently…
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Water management improves, but not enough

Food companies need to adopt far stronger practices to reduce their demands and impacts on limited water resources, according to a new report.  Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, published by Ceres, ranks the 40 largest global food companies based on their management of water risks in their operations and agricultural supply chains. Most still view water as…
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