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.

Government faces legal challenge over meat intransigence

Campaigners have taken the government to court over its paucity of policies to tackle meat and dairy consumption. By David Burrows. The UK government is facing a legal challenge from campaigners who say its new food strategy for England fails to address meat and dairy consumption.  Lawyers at Leigh Day, acting on behalf of campaign…
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Land use: tough choices lie ahead 

Decisions over how we use our land are coming to a head with major consequences for farmers, food businesses and citizens. Nick Hughes reports.  The way we use our land is shaping up to be a key battleground in the debate over how the UK can meet its future environmental commitments. Agriculture and land use…
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A trip down the carbon rabbit hole

Summer’s the season for festival fun but one bar at Glastonbury decided to get serious about its carbon footprint. David Burrows reports. Rabbit’s footprint. Detailing your carbon emissions and reduction strategies is not just something for the corporate behemoths. Earlier in the summer Rabbit Hole, a bar at the Glastonbury Festival, published its footprint (for the…
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The skills to pay the bills

Hospitality is facing a crisis in the supply of labour that experts believe can only be solved with a long-term strategy. Nick Hughes reports. Hospitality – and the food sector more generally – is in the midst of a staffing crisis. A report from the environment, food and rural affairs (EFRA) Committee in April found that around…
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Can UK growers fill veg hole?

Labour shortages and a lack of rainfall are putting intense pressure on fresh produce production at a time when the public should be eating more fruit and vegetables. Nick Hughes reports. UK citizens need to eat more fruit and vegetables. Few would consider this a contentious statement when you consider the amount of fruit and…
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Burger King’s bold move to bench beef

The burger chain has flipped its menu and made plant-based patties the default option. Behaviour change specialists are impressed, says David Burrows. “Normal, oder mit fleisch”. “Normal, or with meat?” That was the question presented to Austrians visiting a Burger King restaurant in Vienna recently. The fast food chain has said it is “making meatless indulgence…
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Plastics Package: Paper puff, sewage sludge and Double trouble

July was supposed to be plastic-free but the news was anything but. By David Burrows The Package is back after an enforced summer break (July was reportedly a ‘plastic-free’ month). Meantime, our inbox filled with anti-plastic PR puffery. Favourites among the pile were “Plastic-free is the future, not just for July” and“It’s 2022, so why are…
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COMMENT: Plastic messaging misses the mark

Scotland’s single-use plastic bans come into force (for real) on Friday but the FPA has done little to help businesses prepare. By David Burrows. In June, regulations came into force in Scotland that restricted the manufacture and supply of plastic cutlery, plates and drinks stirrers, as well as food containers, cups and lids made of…
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Do new government buying standards raise the bar?

Ambitions to make public sector food more sustainable have been broadly welcomed but there are big gaps in the government’s plan. Nick Hughes reports.  They’ve been a long time coming but the development of new food procurement standards for the public sector suggests the penny has finally dropped within government that it can use its…
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