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Foodservice fuels food-to-go recovery

The food-to-go market is recovering faster than expected and is predicted to be worth more than £20bn by 2026. Analysis by IGD estimated the channel will be worth £15.6bn at the end of 2021, which is 82.5% of its 2019 value. The food-to-go market is forecast to return to its pre-covid levels in the second…
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Public puzzled by allergen labelling

Three months ahead of the introduction of Natasha’s law, the public are still confused about allergen laws and labelling requirements. Coming into effect this October, the new legislation will require all food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen information on foods pre-packaged for direct sale in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Although eight…
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Farmers back calls to eat less meat

A coalition of farmers and farming groups has called on the government to implement the recommendations of Henry Dimbleby’s food strategy, including the contentious target to reduce meat consumption. In a letter to environment secretary George Eustice, the group that includes livestock and arable farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association Helen Browning, and…
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Hospitality strategy aims to build sector resilience

The government has launched the first ever dedicated strategy for the hospitality sector to help businesses build back better and greener from the pandemic. The strategy contains measures under three pillars – reopening, recovery and resilience. Among its aims are to help the sector address current recruitment challenges including a lack of chefs and waiting…
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WRAP sets stretching new Courtauld targets

Food businesses have been tasked with achieving a 50% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as WRAP accelerated ambitions under the Courtauld Commitment. The commitment, whose scope and membership covers the entire food supply chain, has been rebranded as the Courtauld Commitment 2030 reflecting changes to the targets for emissions, water and food…
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Fast food giants failing on chicken welfare

Many household name brands are still falling short on key chicken welfare indicators, according to a new global ranking of fast food restaurants by the World Animal Protection charity. Although UK companies as a whole came top of an inaugural table of local rankings in the charity’s pecking order 2021 report, Subway, Starbucks, Domino's and…
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Dimbleby sets out food system blueprint

A landmark report has called for a tax to be levied on sugar and salt in processed foods and a 30% drop in meat consumption by 2032. The national food strategy for England sets out how diets will need to change over the next ten years in order to meet government targets on health, climate…
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‘Freedom day’ relief for foodservice venues

Thousands of hospitality businesses are set to open their doors on Monday after the government announced the lifting of all coronavirus restrictions in England. Venues such as nightclubs will be able to reopen, while all capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events will be lifted. Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will…
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Consumers confused by food-related emissions

Only around one in four (22%) people in the UK think agriculture contributes ‘a great deal’ to UK carbon emissions, while eating less meat and dairy is the least likely action to take place in the next few decades. The findings are from a poll of almost 7,000 people conducted by the Department for Business,…
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UK urged to adopt landmark EU cage ban

Campaigners have called on the UK and Welsh governments to follow the EU’s lead in phasing out cage systems for a variety of farmed animals. Last week, the European Commission said that by 2023 it would propose legislation to prohibit the use of cages for a host of farm animals including laying hens, sows, calves,…
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