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.


This month’s Package is considering a rebrand as the battle over definitions gets dirty. By David Burrows There’s a bit of a to-do going on in Brussels currently as the Single-use Plastics (SUP) Directive is unpacked and picked through. “… it seems that the intent of the directive is now at serious risk of being…
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Hospitality could benefit from covid health kick

Demand for healthy food, drink and leisure activities will be greater than ever, according to Barclays. David Burrows reports. Pre-covid forecasts suggested leisure and hospitality businesses could gobble up £19.3bn of additional “wellness-related business revenue” come 2023. But Barclays Corporate Banking has had to adjust its figures to account for what it calls the “great…
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Responsible Business Recovery Forum: Sustainability reporting and the Covid gap (public report)

Responsible Business Recovery Forum - October 15, 2020 Speakers: Hugh Jones, business engagement specialist, WRAP Julie Owst, head of sustainability and change, Bidfood UK Peter Goodwin, founder and managing partner, co-cre8 Claire Yeates, strategy director, Waterscan Carolyn Ball, head of business development, Restaurant Associates UK Dean Pearce, business development manager, SWR Summary Covid-19 has had…
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Interview: Delivering on diversity

The hospitality sector has struggled to tackle racial equality in the workplace, but Lorraine Copes is on a mission to redress the balance. Nick Hughes reports. “Throughout my career, particularly since I became a senior business leader, when I look to my left and to my right there is never another person of colour in…
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Industry furious over latest government fudge

Harsh new covid restrictions have come as another blow to hospitality businesses, but there is little confidence they will work. David Burrows reports. “[Hopefully] more and more people will be bold enough to come out because our industry desperately needs people to start coming out. That will make us so happy.” So said one speaker…
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Are ministers serious about sugar?

It’s almost impossible to sweeten the latest results from the government’s voluntary sugar reduction programme, says Nick Hughes. The latest sugar reduction results have been logged and once again the headline is the yawning gap between the success of mandatory versus voluntary measures. While the soft drinks industry levy (SDIL) has driven a huge reduction…
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Time to come clean about waste

Wrap’s latest update shows just one foodservice operator is making public its food waste data. David Burrows reports. WHAT’S NEW? Burger King UK, McDonald’s UK and Pret have signed up to the food waste reduction roadmap. They were among 11 new foodservice and hospitality signatories this year, bringing the total to 35. THAT’S GOOD NEWS.…
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Hope amid the despair

The hospitality sector has launched a new initiative to help displaced contract catering workers get back on their feet. Nick Hughes reports. These are perilous times for the hospitality sector. Last week, a group of trade bodies warned that 23% of member businesses would fail by the end of the calendar year without further government…
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Has industry lost taste for salt goals?

Generous targets, mixed progress and variable engagement across the out of home sector leave salt reduction targets far from licked. Nick Hughes reports. Have salt reduction efforts hit the buffers? Fourteen years after the first set of UK targets were published we’re still eating far too much salt – 8.4 g/day for the average adult…
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Hugh’s plastic show can’t go on

The campaigner’s latest waste crusade could have been probing and progressive but ended up being pretty pointless. By David Burrows. “There’s nothing more pointless than plastic packaging that gets used only once but won’t decompose for hundreds of years,” said Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. His and Anita Rani’s hour-long follow up to their BBC War on Waste…
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