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.

COMMENT: Tackling obesity requires proper planning

The growth of US fast food chains in the UK market suggests policies to curb the proliferation of hot food takeaways need rebooting, says Nick Hughes. Last week health secretary Steve Barclay unveiled plans to fast-track “cutting-edge obesity treatments and technologies”. The government claims a new £20m fund could lead to promising medicines and digital…
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Paper bottles: promising or PR puff?

Drinks brands are desperately seeking alternatives to the plastic and glass they use for bottles, and they’ve landed on paper. But is it a viable option, asks David Burrows. Drum rolls and drams. It was back in 2020 that Diageo unveiled a “100% plastic-free paper-based spirits bottle” for its Johnnie Walker whisky and promised to have…
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The devil is in the data

A new report lays bare the complexity in evidencing progress against corporate environmental commitments. Nick Hughes reports. If 2021 will be remembered for food companies making landmark environmental commitments and 2022 was a year for quietly figuring out how to deliver them, 2023 is shaping up to be the year businesses come under pressure to show some…
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Net-zero notebook: self conscious about sustainability 

Food officially made it to the COP27 table this month but the appetite among businesses to publicise their plans is on the wane. David Burrows reports. “It’s a natural reaction to approach these sorts of summits with cynicism and to brace yourself for disappointment, but I urge you to put away your pessimism; it won’t…
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The Friday Digest: Targets missed and targets missing

The end of COP27 last weekend prompted a global stock take of where we stand in our efforts to avert the most damaging effects of climate change. The consensus, bluntly, is that we’re still in a perilous position despite meaningful progress in areas like loss and damage finance to developing nations. “Time is running out and we…
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COMMENT: Blended burgers can help achieve net zero

Combining beef with vegetables and pulses can cut emissions and deliver on taste. What’s not to like, wonders David Burrows. Earlier this month I wrote this short news item about a study by the Stockholm Resilience Centre that looked under the bonnet of some of the sustainability claims made aboutby different food technologies, including blockchain, home delivery,…
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Labelling landslide rumbles on

The food labelling agenda continues to progress at pace with calories, allergens and eco-labels under the spotlight. Nick Hughes reports. From mandatory requirements for calorie labelling to voluntary eco-labelling schemes it’s a tall order for businesses to keep a handle on the latest developments in food labelling. Helpfully, a recent Westminster food and nutrition forum…
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The poultry producer eschewing soya

Redwoods Farm is tackling the environmental impact of chicken feed by pioneering soya-free diets. Nick Hughes reports. Our collective appetite for chicken is creating big problems for the environment. Take the case of soya: a staple in chicken feed whose production has been linked to the overseas destruction of forests and other vital ecosystems in…
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Plastics Package: Interest in reuse cools

This month’s column is the (ice) crème de la crème as we talk McFlurry, MacArthur and mandates. By David Burrows.   Delegates at the COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh have reportedly resorted to eating three ice-creams a day after stalls ran out of food and Coca-Cola-sponsored water fountains ran dry. The news left my six-year-old…
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Friday Digest: food policies (and food) are hard to come by at COP27

The cost of living crisis has us all digging around the back of the sofa for some spare change. The joy is mostly in not knowing what you’ll find. From a few quid and some dried out Cheerios to jewellery and long-forgotten toys and EU laws. Ministers, in conjunction with the National Archives, discovered 1,400 pieces…
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