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CMO’s report on obesity: initial reaction

The chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has published her analysis of how the government can best tackle childhood obesity.  Within the first page or so it was obvious this was going to be a pretty damning assessment of the current situation: “In the last year of primary school, on average, six children out…
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New Report Launch: The Future of Foodservice Packaging in association with BaxterStorey

Foodservice must embrace new packaging models Packaging solutions that focus on replacing single-use plastics with other single-use materials risk reinforcing problems with existing foodservice supply chains. This was the message from Michael Lenaghan, environmental policy advisor at Zero Waste Scotland, who challenged foodservice businesses to redesign their entire service provision, including the adoption of reuse…
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Footprint Five: the September stories and statistics you might have missed

From farmers fighting back to the plummeting price of eggs, here’s David Burrows’ round-up of the news that may have escaped your attention last month Don’t diss dairy. The health benefits of dairy products are “easy to demonstrate” and most UK consumers are “ethically comfortable” with animal products. However, it’s the climate change argument that…
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THE WINNERS! Finalists gather & winners announced at the 2019 Waste2Zero Awards

Tonight, the good and the great of the foodservice waste prevention and management industry, gathered for the 2019 waste2zero Awards Dinner - headline sponsored by Bunzl - at the In & Out in London’s St.James's Square.  The management and prevention of waste has changed dramatically over the last few years from being something of an elephant…
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What happened when McDonald’s went plastic-free?

McDonald’s has published some initial findings from its “better store” in Germany, which eliminated traditional plastics. The fast food chain, which has an eye on compliance with the EU’s single use plastics directive, said it went “all in” for the trial to find out what works and what doesn’t. Edible waffle cups replaced condiment sachets…
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Thousands of food inspections missed every year

Only 11% of councils managed to carry out their planned food checks on time, with eight missing over 1,000 inspections of local food businesses. The figures, obtained through freedom of information by the campaign, show that more than fifty thousand food hygiene checks were outstanding in 2017/18. There are 568,324 food establishments in England,…
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Chicken shops move up the pecking order

Healthier options and a focus on animal welfare have led to a rise in the number of people visiting chicken shops and burger joints, according to Mintel. However, 44% of diners would like to see more dishes with meat alternatives and substitutes, with interest peaking amongst 25-34 year olds (60%). In reality, veganism (and even…
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Fish welfare must be improved

Foodservice businesses need to address fish welfare in their supply chain or face a consumer backlash, according to campaigners. Up to three trillion fish are killed annually for human consumption or for fishmeal and fish oil as feed, compared to 74 billion land animals. Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said the scale of fish suffering…
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Henry Dimbleby: a man with a plan

The Leon co-founder and author of the School Food Plan has been tasked with leading the development of England’s first National Food Strategy in 75 years. He talks to Nick Hughes about why the time is right for a rewiring of the food system, and why foodservice has a key role to play. NH: Given…
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Coffee at risk of becoming a luxury item

Businesses that sell coffee should invest more in their growers or risk coffee becoming a premium product. Experts say that up to 50% of land currently used for producing coffee may no longer be suitable for the crop by 2050 due to the impact of climate change. Market forces are also pushing farmers to the…
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