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Are ‘zero landfilling’ commitments rubbish?

Zero waste to landfill is a dated environmental target that really means waste is being burned not buried – and that isn’t always a good thing, says David Burrows. Greene King recently announced that it had achieved its target to send “zero waste to landfill”. The achievement “sets a benchmark for the hospitality industry”, said…
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Irish FSA gives green light to reusables

New food safety guidance in Ireland suggests adopting single-use cups and containers could create a false sense of security among food businesses. By David Burrows. Could switching from reusable to disposable packaging increase the risk of spreading coronavirus? Updated guidance published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland suggests it’s possible. The FSAI has said…
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Calorie labelling – a menu for positive change?

Following the failure of voluntary measures, the government says mandatory calorie labelling is needed to help tackle obesity. But opponents claim it risks stifling innovation and increasing waste. Nick Hughes reports. Like so many of the policies contained in the government’s latest obesity strategy the decision to require calorie labelling on menus instantly divided opinion.…
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The hospital that’s sick of single-use plastic

Covid-19 reportedly created huge demand for disposable items like cutlery and plates in hospitals. David Burrows finds one that is pioneering reusables across its catering operations. In 2018, NHS England bought at least 163m cups, 16m pieces of plastic cutlery, 15m straws and 2m plastic stirrers. “It’s right that the NHS and our suppliers should…
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Packed lunches, disposable plates and classroom dining

Covid-19 has forced Scotland’s caterers to adapt. But delivery of hot, nutritious food in a sustainable way remains possible despite the pandemic. David Burrows reports. As the first back in after the summer holidays and a long period of lockdown, Scotland’s school caterers are the UK’s guinea pigs. “We get to make all the mistakes,”…
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Chicken without the guilty conscience

The Colonel may still keep his recipe secret but KFC’s new welfare audit offers a look-see into the lives its chickens have. David Burrows reports. Amid all the talk of chlorine washing, cramped cages and razing forests to produce their feed, chickens were due a good news story. And last month we got two. First,…
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Dimbleby keeps us waiting over food system fix

Part one of the restaurateur’s food strategy is elegantly written but damning as it hones in on helping those at immediate risk of hunger. Putting together a compelling vision for a sustainable food system in part two will be much harder, says Nick Hughes. Those hoping for a 10-point plan to fix the food system…
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Obesity plan: game-changer or missed opportunity?

The prime minister has taken decisive action where his predecessor dithered and delayed, but questions persist over whether new measures to reduce obesity will tackle its root causes. Nick Hughes reports. Boris Johnson wants to be remembered as a prime minister who got things done. In this respect, his government’s new obesity plan positions him…
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Is Veganuary contributing to January veg decline?

Data suggests the meat- and dairy-free campaign triggers a surge in demand for convenience plant-based foods rather than fresh vegetables. Should we be worried, asks Nick Hughes. By any measure plant-based eating is one of the defining foods trends of the past few years. So it came as something of a surprise when the Food…
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PPE disposal leads to confusion and cons

The amount of personal protective equipment in circulation is rising fast but there is confusion over how best to dispose of it. David Burrows reports. Foodservice and hospitality businesses have been left baffled by the UK Government’s stance on staff and customers wearing face coverings. Some ministers have been donning masks to collect their lunch…
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