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.

HCA hits back at campaigner claims

THE HOSPITAL Caterers Association (HCA) has hit back at claims that much of the food served in hospitals is coming from animals reared in low-welfare conditions.                   The RSPCA and the Campaign for Better Hospital Food said that in a survey of every Hospital Trust in England…
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Whiter than white?

FOODSERVICE BUSINESSES talk a good game when it comes to supporting British dairy farmers, but few are willing to divulge details of the price they are paying for milk.                           It takes a lot of bottle to stand up to the might of…
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Information, Information, Information

AS The Nation gets chubbier, more and more companies are pledging to provide facts about how (un)healthy their food is. But do diners need or want them?   Albert Einstein once said that “the devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in…
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NewsAnalysis: risk and opportunity of climate change?

FOUR TIMES as many businesses and households could be at risk from flooding in 20 years’ time. On the flipside, businesses are also being warned about water use. Droughts have already affected parts of the UK this year and they are set to become the norm rather than the exception.   Most food businesses are…
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FootprintFeature: Salt, Sugar, Sweat

WITH MASSIVE sponsorship from fast food companies and a veil of secrecy covering alternative catering, London 2012 was quickly titled ‘the junk food Olympics’. But was that an accurate moniker, and could it actually have a positive outcome?   Long billed as the “largest peacetime catering operation in the world”, the Olympic Games saw over…
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British population falling short of daily iron needs

LACK OF iron in the diet is a key health problem in the UK. Commenting on this latest health news from MeatMATTERS.com, independent dietitian, Dr Carrie Ruxton a member of the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP), notes: “First of all it is vital to note that iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin which is…
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Why food companies need to support climate change adaption

September’s Foodservice Footprint will reveal the findings of a new government report showing that businesses are slow in adapting to climate change – especially the opportunities it provides. Here, Jessica Frank, climate change project manager at Twin, explains why adaptation is the key to survival.     CLIMATE CHANGE poses a major threat to global…
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The next green thing: tax

ENVIRONMENTAL AND social issues have traditionally been the focus of social responsibility within companies. But with economic hardship growing for both the general public and governments, there is a new ethical issue on the block: tax.                     And the media love it. The Guardian’s recent story…
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