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.

Alcohol pricing policies work, says WHO

Research showing the effectiveness of minimum unit pricing has put further pressure on Whitehall to follow Wales and Scotland’s lead. Nick Hughes reports. Pressure is growing on the UK government to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol in England after a World Health Organisation (WHO) report found pricing measures are among the most high-impact and cost-effective…
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Safe, sustainable food under threat

FSA report highlights ‘remarkable achievement’ in maintaining food safety standards but health, environment and regulatory risks are set to intensify. David Burrows reports. Food safety standards were “largely maintained” last year despite the pandemic disrupting regular inspections and consumer behaviour, and the upheaval resulting from Brexit. However, there are “significant risks ahead”, warned the Food…
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Foodservice faces fresh allergen uncertainty

Experts are split over a requirement for out-of-home businesses to provide written allergen information for non-prepacked foods. Nick Hughes reports. At a time when the political wind is blowing in the direction of deregulation, allergen policy has been facing into the breeze. When the teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died from an allergic reaction to a Pret a…
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Tesco bitten by burger greenwash

Detailed data is required to make ‘green’ claims but are harsher penalties needed when brands fall foul of the rules, asks David Burrows? Tesco is the latest food company to be chastised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for greenwashing. The adverts, which appeared in November, promoted the supermarket’s plant-based range. “We’ve lowered the price…
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Comment: Pushing back on paper packaging

Brands have been drawn towards paper packaging, but is fibre’s free ride on the green wave coming to an end? David Burrows reports. The next five years will bring continued and significant substitution of plastic with fibre, in part due to environmental factors. That’s according to Neil Osment from NOA, a consultancy specialising in the…
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Food strategy fails to meet scale of the challenge

A government white paper promises long-term measures to support a food system that offers access to healthy and sustainable food for all. In reality, it does no such thing, says Nick Hughes. “The UK has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the food system,” said Henry Dimbleby when he published his independent national food strategy last…
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Investors set sights on out-of-home nutrition

Out-of-home businesses have largely avoided investor scrutiny of their health commitments to-date, but that is set to change. Nick Hughes reports. Is the healthiness of food sold by businesses of any concern to their investors? The answer, increasingly, is yes according to ShareAction the NGO whose stated aim is to unleash the positive potential of…
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COMMENT: Red tape review threatens green ambitions 

Plans to roll back regulations means the government has missed a golden opportunity to reduce greenwashing and support responsible businesses. By Nick Hughes. On May 10th the government announced that a new Brexit Freedoms Bill would repeal and reform regulations on businesses and cut £1bn of “burdensome EU red tape”. Eight days later, the chair…
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Net-zero Notebook: Banks, bullshit and burgers

This month’s roundup is provocative, probing and just a little bit plant-based. By David Burrows.  This month it’s impossible not to start with HSBC – now the ‘world’s lunatic bank’ – and its head of responsible investment. Stuart Kirk’s comments at an FT event in May need little introduction given the column inches they’ve generated. He talked of there…
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