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.

Hanging in the balance

COD'S COMEBACK means conservationists face another battle to persuade the fishing industry not to take the fish off consumer blacklists just yet.                         The good news is that North Sea cod stocks are staging a recovery. Strict quotas, fewer discards and selective fishing gear…
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Who’s top when it comes to sustainable fish?

CHEFS HAVE huge influence over what people cook at home – not least through their books. Research at the University of York has shown that some of the top names are promoting sustainable fish significantly more now than they were five years ago.                        …
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Free for all

NICK CLEGG'S pledge to extend free school meals could be hugely important - if the Lib Dem leader gets the details right.                   The cost of living crisis has dominated the front pages recently, so it was inevitable that the main political parties would unveil bold plans…
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The ugly truth

FOOD WASTE is costing the retail grocery sector £6.9bn, with complex supply chains creating a pricemeal approach to waste prevention. Manufacturers and retailers need to refocus their efforts.   Retailer standards can result in 40% of edible produce being rejected, and then often ploughed back into the land or siphoned off for animal feed. DEFRA,…
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Leaf rust: Coffee calamity

LAST COFFEE season saw a massive outbreak of a devastating fungus that seemed to take everyone by surprise says Xavier Hamon, Climate and Environment Officer, Twin.                   The coffee leaf rust epidemic stretched from Mexico to Peru, infecting more than half of Central America’s coffee farms and costing…
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The Political Print

THE QUESTION of how to feed the world is almost overwhelming in its complexity and it deservedly receives much attention from politicians, businesses and civil society. From out of the pack, the concept of “sustainable intensification” has emerged as the dominant paradigm of the 21st century with its goal of increasing food production from existing farmland…
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Green-eyed monster

DOING THE right thing could create the wrong impression with colleagues, according to new research.                     A light being left on in an unoccupied office or a recyclable item put in the wrong bin can provoke emotions as strong as guilt, rage or despair claims Rebecca Whittle, a senior…
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Round in circles

WHEN THE government doesn’t know what to do, it tends to call for a review. And that’s exactly what it did after the horse meat scandal, with Professor Chris Elliott heading an “independent review of Britain’s food system”. He’s expected to provide some interim findings next month, but the final report is unlikely to be any time before summer 2014.        …
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Landfill’s End?

POLITICIANS HAVE raised the prospect of a total ban on sending food waste to the tip but the industry is in two minds about the benefits.                     Food waste has been thrust into the spotlight. A number of heavyweight reports have whetted the media and, in turn,…
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Has London struck oil?

CHANGES TO EU laws and a new biodiesel site in the capital could push up the price for used cooking oil.   London boasts the highest concentration of food businesses in the country. This includes an army of 8,000 fast food outlets. There are also mobile caterers, airport dining lounges, contract caterers, food manufacturers, schools and…
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