Out of Home News Analysis

Out of home sector news analysis. Get the inside track on the key stories breaking in the out of home food and drink sector, from Footprint’s expert researchers and editorial team.

Chicken without the guilty conscience

The Colonel may still keep his recipe secret but KFC’s new welfare audit offers a look-see into the lives its chickens have. David Burrows reports. Amid all the talk of chlorine washing, cramped cages and razing forests to produce their feed, chickens were due a good news story. And last month we got two. First,…
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Dimbleby keeps us waiting over food system fix

Part one of the restauranteur’s food strategy is elegantly written but damning as it hones in on helping those at immediate risk of hunger. Putting together a compelling vision for a sustainable food system in part two will be much harder, says Nick Hughes. Those hoping for a 10-point plan to fix the food system…
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Obesity plan: game-changer or missed opportunity?

The prime minister has taken decisive action where his predecessor dithered and delayed, but questions persist over whether new measures to reduce obesity will tackle its root causes. Nick Hughes reports. Boris Johnson wants to be remembered as a prime minister who got things done. In this respect, his government’s new obesity plan positions him…
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Is Veganuary contributing to January veg decline?

Data suggests the meat- and dairy-free campaign triggers a surge in demand for convenience plant-based foods rather than fresh vegetables. Should we be worried, asks Nick Hughes. By any measure plant-based eating is one of the defining foods trends of the past few years. So it came as something of a surprise when the Food…
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PPE disposal leads to confusion and cons

The amount of personal protective equipment in circulation is rising fast but there is confusion over how best to dispose of it. David Burrows reports. Foodservice and hospitality businesses have been left baffled by the UK Government’s stance on staff and customers wearing face coverings. Some ministers have been donning masks to collect their lunch…
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Clock ticking on new allergen laws

The Food Standards Agency has published fresh guidance to help foodservice businesses adhere to stricter allergen labelling rules for pre-packed foods. Nick Hughes has the lowdown for businesses. What’s new on allergens? New laws for England, Wales and Northern Ireland mean that from October 1st 2021 all food pre-packed for direct sale (PPDS) will be…
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Can Britain build back better after Covid-19?

Institutions, multinationals and the public all want the government to adopt a green recovery plan that is sustainable, resilient and fair, writes Nick Hughes. When a cause unites parties as diverse as the World Economic Forum (WEF), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) it pays to sit…
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Costa cup policy sparks return of reusables

More than 125 experts have joined forces to reassure businesses that reusables are safe. But could the actions of Britain’s largest coffee shop chain carry more weight? By David Burrows Reusable packaging systems can be used safely during the current pandemic, according to a statement signed by more than 125 experts from 19 countries. “The…
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When Saturday finally comes

Many hospitality businesses can reopen this weekend, but safety concerns, rising prices and cautious customers will force some to stay closed. By David Burrows. “I can tell the House that we will … reopen restaurants and pubs.” After those words from the prime minister last week one might assume the hospitality sector breathed a collective…
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