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The future of foodservice

Cafés and restaurants will look very different when they reopen, but there are less visible changes needed too, says David Burrows. Before the coffee gets cold is about a café in a small back alley in Tokyo where, sat in a particular chair, customers can travel back in time. It’s a wonderful book, following four…
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Diners and drinkers keen to go out but sites are considered “risky”

Consumers are longing to return to cafés and restaurants but businesses will have a tough job convincing diners it’s safe, according to a series of news polls. According to the NPD Group’s Covid-19 British foodservice sentiment study, 58% of consumers said that bars and restaurants are the riskiest places to become infected, with 74% likely…
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Assume plastic plans are dead at your peril

Covid-19 may have put government policies on ice, but anyone hoping they will melt away is set for disappointment, argues Sancroft International’s Felix Gummer. The Covid-19 outbreak has caused the largest disruption to business in the UK since the Second World War. The plastics and packaging industry is certainly no exception, but it would be…
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UK’s overseas land footprint increases as demand for commodities rises

UK demand for commodities like palm oil, soya and cocoa is increasing the threat of extinction of 2,800 species, according to research by WWF and RSPB.  The campaigners identified a 15% growth in the UK’s “land footprint” overseas, compared to a previous study in 2011-15. The expansion is linked to the imports of seven key…
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Farmers should embrace tech and prepare for dietary changes

A shift to flexitarian diets, farm machinery with zero emissions, optimisation of animal feed and management of forests and natural carbon sinks are among 25 measures that could help the global agriculture sector stick to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C pathway. Agriculture already contributes around 20% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to an analysis…
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New protocols help businesses prepare to reopen

Hospitality businesses will welcome new safety protocols, but balancing asepsis with ambience will be tough, says David Burrows. It was March 16th that Boris Johnson advised us all not to go to places like pubs, restaurants and cafés. These businesses could remain open, though, the prime minister said – a baffling move that gave the…
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What’s on hold due to Covid-19?

As political and business leaders focus all their energies on tackling a global pandemic, Nick Hughes looks at the policies, from plastic bans to hospital food plans, that have been put on ice. Plastics It’s hard to believe it was only in January that packaging groups were mourning the death of the single-use food and…
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Plastic problems mount up

Businesses and politicians want to recycle more plastic in the UK, but with policy plans under threat and oil going cheap this won’t be easy. By David Burrows. In the good old days, dealing with our plastic rubbish used to be so easy. Collect it, seal it up and ship it somewhere else was the…
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Hidden Hero: Scott Bentley

With his recuperative ‘care packs’ the coffee aficionado is helping struggling baristas get through the Covid-19 lockdown. By David Burrows. When I call Scott Bentley he is brewing a coffee. He needs the stimulant given that he and Tim Ridley, from United Baristas, have taken it upon themselves to lead the speciality coffee sector through…
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Kimchi or hungry? How Covid-19 has widened the food divide

While wealthier households have expanded their culinary horizons during lockdown, for millions of people the story of food and Covid-19 is one of desperation – and neither is good news for foodservice, writes Nick Hughes. During the early days of the government’s daily coronavirus briefings one phrase was deployed with striking regularity. Covid-19, ministers insisted,…
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