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Most hospitality businesses will fail without more Covid support

Over 750,000 hospitality jobs will be lost and more than half of businesses will permanently close by the spring unless the government brings forward a new economic package to rescue the sector. The stark warning came after a survey of hospitality businesses by trade bodies UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and the British Beer…
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Starbucks links pay to diversity targets

Starbucks has said it will link executive pay to diversity targets as it announced a new set of goals to advance racial equality. The global coffee brand has set a target of having black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) represent at least 30% of partners at all corporate levels and at least 40% at…
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Demand for free school meals surges

Almost a million children aged 8-17 have newly registered for free school meals this autumn, with almost two thirds of them from “higher earning” households. The data, compiled by the Food Foundation through a sample survey by Childwise, showed a total of 2.2 million children (29% of all children aged 8-17) applying for the scheme,…
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Food standards fight goes on

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight to protect food standards after MPs this week rejected amendments to the agriculture bill. Ministers have repeatedly insisted that there are no plans to allow products including chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef into the country. However, there are concerns they could change their tune in order to strike…
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Labelling moves from calories to carbon

The World Resources Institute has announced a new certification scheme that will pinpoint “climate-friendly” items on menus. The “cool food meals” badge identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint, in line with what WRI research finds is needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change. “Just as consumers can make decisions based…
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Scottish government links rising covid cases to hospitality

Scotland’s hospitality sector has reacted angrily to new restrictions that will see the closure of pubs and restaurants across the country’s “central belt” from October 9th (6pm) until October 25th. Tighter controls in the rest of the country will also come into force. In the central belt, cafés without an alcohol licence can remain open,…
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Bold veg pledge

Ovolo Hotels will serve only vegetarian food across its restaurants and bars for the next 365 days. The initiative, called “Year of the veg” and launched on world vegetarian day (October 1st), will see menus “refined”, with some sites opening kitchen gardens to grow produce. A Facebook post claims it is the first hotel group…
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Scotland must target food waste and farming emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland fell 31% between 2008 and 2018, faster than any other nation in the UK or G20 in the same period. The savings were driven by a tripling of renewable energy generation. However, in its progress report to the Scottish Parliament this week, the Committee on Climate Change said the country…
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Foodservice leaders demand rescue package for “imperilled sector”

Over 100 hospitality businesses have urged the government to rethink its controversial 10pm curfew or risk further decimating the sector. In an open letter to the prime minister, Boris Johnson, companies including JD Wetherspoon, Sodexo, Heineken UK, Greene King and Burger King said the latest government restrictions announced last week made the “fight to survive…
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Top chefs back covid support network

A new network has been established to help displaced hospitality sector workers find new work in the sector. CareerScope is backed by high-profile industry figures such as Michel Roux Jr, Clare Smyth, Raymond Blanc, Alastair Storey, Wendy Bartlett and Danny Pecorelli. It follows the August launch of Food Service Circle which will support employees impacted…
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