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.

Race to find slower-growing chickens accelerates

A new Marks & Spencer commitment is a landmark moment for bird welfare, but industry-wide changes will take time and significant investment. David Burrows reports. M&S is to sell only slower-growing, British, RSPCA-Assured chicken across its full range of fresh chicken products by autumn 2022. The commitment is a “landmark achievement for animal welfare”, according…
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Trade deals, carbon taxes and cakeism

The UK government wants to liberalise trade and fight climate change. Is a carbon border adjustment mechanism the only way to do so? Nick Hughes reports. A draft UK trade deal with Australia has united farmers and environmentalists in concern over its implications for food and the environment, including the potential for lower-quality imported meat…
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Facing up to food waste

Mandatory reporting is on the cards but is now the right time to force foodservice businesses to publish their data? David Burrows reports. The consultation on the mandatory reporting of food waste for businesses was due in 2019. Two years on and it’s yet to appear as industry continues to reel from the impacts of…
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Flushing out the foodservice greenwashers

New guidance on making environmental claims shows how easy it is to fall foul of the law. David Burrows reports. Be careful what you claim because the greenwashing police are coming. At least that’s according to lawyers. They would say that, of course, but they have a point. In the UK, as well as Europe,…
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Survey paints painful picture of racial equality

A new report suggests an undercurrent of racial bias runs through hospitality organisations leaving much work to do. Nick Hughes reports. A new survey that places in sharp focus the racism and inequality that still exists within the hospitality sector should make for uncomfortable reading for industry leaders. The Inside Hospitality survey, by not-for-profit Be…
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Briefing: The new eco score label for food

Costa is among the businesses piloting a new label that scores products on their environmental impact. Will the concept stick? David Burrows reports. WHAT’S HAPPENED? There’s a new eco label in town – and it could prove to be a seminal moment for the food sector. The front-of-pack environmental ‘score’, launched by a new non-profit…
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The low carbon cow conundrum

Arla is leading the race to reduce the emissions from dairy cows. But is it enough to balance growing global consumption? David Burrows reports. What does a low-carbon dairy cow look like? Arla, the international dairy company, is trying to find out. Data released in April show that, on average, a kilo of milk produced…
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Sugar study shows sweeter reduction stats

Voluntary reformulation is proving more effective than government figures suggest. But only just. Nick Hughes reports. Food businesses have taken plenty of flack in recent times for their action on sugar – or lack thereof – so the emergence of new data that paints a more positive picture of industry progress will be welcomed by…
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Tough times for recycling soft plastics

Food businesses rely heavily on flexible plastics but is enough being done to recycle them? By David Burrows. When it comes to plastics, the softer they get the harder they are to recycle. And that presents a major issue for the food sector, which relies heavily on this lightweight packaging. A quarter of all consumer…
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Hospitality’s net-zero navigator

Mark Chapman has brought some of the sector’s biggest names to the table to set a roadmap for achieving net zero. David Burrows meets the Zero Carbon Forum leader. Mark Chapman’s life currently revolves around answering two questions: how many tonnes of greenhouse gases the hospitality sector is responsible for and what the plan is…
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