The government is soon to confirm whether it plans to require businesses to report on the food waste they produce, but experts worry the proposals don’t go far enough. Nick Hughes reports. “More of the same is not enough, we need systemic change and transformation.” That was the direct call to action issued by Wrap’s…Read more
The EU’s grand plan to tackle greenwashing
The green claims directive has been published which means food and drink brands will need to substantiate what they say. By Dominic Watkins and Katherine Mason. Greenwashing is the hot topic in Europe and the UK right now. Some question if it is actually food fraud, while others just roll their eyes at excitable marketers. But, for…Read more
Can Scotland afford to lose its bottle over DRS?
A deposit return scheme could deliver considerable environmental benefits but what started as a beautifully simple concept has turned complicated and ugly. By David Burrows By the time you read this Scotland may well have a new first minister. One of their first jobs will be to consider what to do with the seemingly jinxed…Read more
COMMENT: Sourcing must not be sacrificed
Sustainable sourcing policies are notoriously difficult to deliver but businesses can’t afford to deprioritise them, says Nick Hughes.
Meat and dairy lay down carbon challenge
Low carbon beef and net-zero dairy are in the mix as the livestock sector fights back with facts about footprints. But is it greenwash? David Burrows reports.
Can polluting companies get away with greenwashing?
Brands making misleading claims are not always penalised by the public, which means regulators need to step in. David Burrows reports. Is it worth making green claims? Research published by McKinsey and NieselnIQ recently suggests so. They analysed five years of US sales data to June 2022 covering 600,000 individual product SKUs from 44,000 brands across food,…Read more
Dig for green data strikes gold
Businesses have been mining customer insight data for years but a wave of net-zero commitments has kick-started a new drive for transparent environmental data. By Nick Hughes. When asked in an interview with the BBC back in 2013 to name the single most important factor in the rise of Tesco, the grocer’s former CEO Sir Terry Leahy…Read more
The Friday Digest: More eco-scores for menus but NGOs not lovin’ McDonald’s packaging report
“While the debate over the future of the plant-based meat industry rages on, one area that is showing signs of hope in the fight to reframe what’s on our plate is foodservice.” So ran a piece on the Green Queen website recently, which detailed how caterers in particular are committing to more plant-forward dishes as they look at reduce their scope…Read more
Plate waste spikes despite cost crisis
A new survey has found people are eating out less often than in 2020 but wasting more food when they do. Nick Hughes reports. Give me the headlines. New research from Wrap has found that people are wasting more food when eating out of home than they were before the first covid-19 lockdown. Based on a survey of…Read more
Is deforestation being deprioritised (again)?
Experts are clear that net-zero cannot be achieved without ending deforestation; yet progress on the latter remains desperately slow. Nick Hughes reports. “Deforestation remains one of the least requested areas of information asked of us, or of our clients.” So said Carolyn Ball, director for delivery of net-zero at Compass Group UK & Ireland, in…Read more