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.

What’s on the menu? Provenance and price increases

WHEN THERE’S a food price spike it’s often played down as a flash in the pan. That’s what happened in 2008. But then there was another spike in 2010 and it’s happening again now. Or is it?   In January, Waitrose’s managing director, Mark Price, warned that price increases in some commodities will be “massive”. After…
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Investors go cold on renewable heat

WHEN IT COMES to the UK’s green energy policies, renewable heat has often been referred to as the “sleeping giant”. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was supposed to awaken it.   But, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, less than a fifth of the total £133m RHI budget for 2012-13 is likely…
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Will ministers get the drift?

SPRING SNOWSTORMS make the perfect backdrop for the government’s new chief scientist to get climate action back on the agenda.                           This isn't how it’s supposed to be. Spring should herald warmer sunshine and lambs prancing about in green fields. Instead, they are…
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The push for more AD sites

BRITAIN'S ANAEROBIC digestion capacity is growing and yet many foodservice companies are still sending food waste to landfill. Footprint looks at the gaps in the UK system.    There are now 106 anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK, not counting those used in the water industry. They can handle 5.1m tonnes of food waste, turning…
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The next green thing: apprenticeships

The apprentice: you're hired                           Young guns   Convincing young homegrown talent to consider a career in the foodservice or hospitality sector has traditionally been an uphill struggle. The long, unsociable hours. The poor pay. The temptation to hire international staff. But, as we reach…
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Fuel’s gold

HOW SMARTER use of delivery vans can bring big savings for foodservice firms - and cut emissions too.   New research from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revealed that UK businesses could save around £50m a year by reducing “unnecessary” weight in the back of delivery vehicles. It’s not the first time that there’s been…
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Young are hungry for organic

A HIGH-PROFILE report on organic food shows sales are down again, but caterers and kids offer rays of light.   This year's report on the state of the organic sector shows there’s life in the organic market yet. After a tough few years as consumers tightened their belts, there are some “really positive” themes emerging.…
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EU vote threatens progress on green farming

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ACCUSE MEP'S of watering down eco-friendly plans for Common Agricultural Policy.                           Much has been done to improve the environmental performance of agriculture, but a recent vote in Europe on the next stage of the budget for farming subsidies could, say environmentalists, stall…
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The political print: The blame game

NO SOONER had the horse meat scandal erupted than the blame game began. ’Twas ever thus. Every scandal needs a villain and there’s no more convenient villain than one that is unidentifiable.                   And so retailers, the UK government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) were united…
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A rotten year for public-sector food

HORSE MEAT in school meals, pork in prisoners' halal pies and a damning verdict on hospital catering have meant a troubled start to 2013 for catering companies.                           It might be a silly superstition, but 2013 is not turning out well for companies…
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