Foodservice News Analysis

Foodservice news analysis. Get the inside track on the key stories breaking in the foodservice sector, from Footprint’s expert researchers and editorial team.

Time to up the ante for on-the-go recycling

On-the-go recycling must be “bright, bold and playful” to make it work, according to campaign group Hubbub. Speaking at this week’s Packaging Innovations show in Birmingham, the organisation’s co-founder Gavin Ellis explained how people spent “less than two seconds” looking at a bin before they throw something away. “Bright yellow bins work,” he explained, after…
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With poultry production and standards on the up, will emissions follow suit?

Foodservice companies have committed to higher chicken welfare standards, but there could be a carbon cost in doing so, asks David Burrows. UK consumption of chicken needs to be dramatically reduced, according to a new report, which outlines the environmental impact of poultry production as well as concerns relating to animal welfare. Dropping red meat,…
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The price of ending cheap foreign labour

Following the government’s announcement of a new immigration policy designed to exclude “low-skilled” migrants, Nick Hughes says we might all miss their contribution to the economy when they’re no longer here. Some years ago, after graduating from university, I spent several months working in a newly opened branch of Carluccio’s in Tunbridge Wells. It was…
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Food waste figures don’t tell the full story

While it might not yet have the headline data to prove it, Wrap argues the foodservice industry is making progress in the battle to limit food waste, writes Nick Hughes On the face of it, Wrap’s latest food waste figures do not show foodservice businesses in the greatest light. Despite an overall 7% drop in…
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A fly in the ointment of novel foods?

New laws are being designed to accelerate the growth of novel foods, including algae, insects and cultured meat, but will Brexit put the brakes on things? Novelty can contribute substantially to the success of a restaurant or catering company, offering customers something new and competitors something to think about. However, introducing a new twist on…
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The hunt for soya substitutes

Use of sustainable soya in animal feed is rising, but farmers are hoping that alternatives emerge sooner rather than later. David Burrows reports. “Use of soya is maybe five or 10 times more than palm oil but the attention companies give it is five or 10 times less,” WWF-UK’s head of food commodities Emma Keller…
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Reusable revolution puts packaging industry in a spin

The FPA’s environment seminar made for uncomfortable listening for some members, but by addressing the question of whether the future is in reusable packaging the industry has shown an openness to change, writes Nick Hughes. ‘To reuse or single use – that is the question.’ The very fact the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) chose this…
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Analysis: Land-use report proposes ‘urgent’ emissions-reduction measures

In its first ever in-depth report on UK agricultural policies, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends far-reaching action on diets and food waste prevention. Nick Hughes reports. Why has the CCC produced this report now? The committee says the UK’s target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will not be met…
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Foodservice the laggard in ‘decade of failure’ on palm oil

WWF’s latest scorecard on sustainable palm oil isn’t all bad news, but food chains, caterers and pubs should be ashamed of their record, says David Burrows. Ten years ago WWF started assessing the palm oil sourcing strategies of leading food manufacturers and retailers. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that the spotlight turned on foodservice, with…
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Food labels should show calorie burn

Labelling food and drinks with the amount and type of physical activity needed to burn off the calories in it might be a more effective way of encouraging people to make “healthier” dietary choices, according to research led by Loughborough University. Physical activity calorie equivalent (PACE) food labelling shows how many minutes or miles of…
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