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Fast food brands under fire from investors over climate risks

Investors worth £5 trillion have claimed that some of the world’s largest foodservice chains are ignoring the environmental impact of their supply chains. Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Restaurant Brands International (owners of Burger King), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Wendy’s Co. and Yum! Brands (owners of KFC and Pizza Hut) have continued to expand with little concern for…
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Analysis: No more sweeping waste under the carpet

A new strategy suggests the government is finally getting tough on food businesses. By Nick Hughes. Is the government about to get tough on food waste? There was plenty of posturing to that effect in the recently published Waste and Resources Strategy, which sets out the government’s plans to preserve resources by minimising waste, promoting…
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Organic sales up almost 8% in foodservice

Organic sales into foodservice increased 7.8% in 2018 to £90.9m; five years ago the market was worth only £48.8m. Of the total, £19.5m came through the Soil Association’s Food for Life scheme. The double digit increases of previous years have slowed due to public spending cuts and “political uncertainty”, said the Association, but sales were…
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Extreme weather threatens fresh produce and wine

Supplies of British fresh produce and wine are under threat from climate change, prompting calls for the whole food chain to act faster to limit carbon emissions. Severe flooding or storms have affected more than half of all UK farms in the past decade. Drought and extreme heat last year resulted in a 20% drop…
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Obesity targets missed but companies have “stepped up”

No country is on track to achieve the adult obesity target, with 39% of the world’s adults overweight or obese and 43.7% of children drinking soda every day, according to a new report. Now in its fifth edition, the Global Nutrition Report tracks country progress against nine of the global nutrition targets. It is the…
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Download The 2019 Footprint Sustainability Trends Report Launched Today

The 2019 Footprint Sustainability Trends Report, in association with Nestlé Professional, is now available to download. Its purpose is to help guide internal strategy, enabling readers to identify key trends and opportunities, chart best practice and identify areas in need of urgent attention.  By sharing best practice and highlighting where to direct effort, the Footprint…
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Glass half full: M&S puts the green in greengrocer

Retailer ditches plastic punnets and best-before dates while Scotland gets its first plastic-free grocer. By Nick Hughes. One month into 2019 and plastic still dominates the sustainability agenda. With the majority of initiatives focused on switching to more sustainable packaging alternatives, Marks & Spencer has taken a more retro step by introducing trained greengrocers into…
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Defra seeks feedback on changes to allergen labelling laws

The Government has begun consulting on an overhaul of food allergen information laws that will ensure “labels are clearer and that the rules for businesses are more consistent”. In a consultation launched this week and running until March 29th, Defra outlined four possible options: mandating full ingredient list labelling; mandating allergen-only labelling on food packaging;…
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Fast food chains must increase the pace on plant-based

Of the top 100 restaurant chains in the US, 45 don’t offer a plant-based starter, according to the latest Good Food Restaurant Scorecard. The Good Food Institute’s report, now in its second year, ranks the chains based on the breadth and depth of their plant-based entrées and their promotion of plant-based eating. The scorecard uses…
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14 caterers make more veg pledge

Caterlink, Olive Catering, Vertas and Compass Group UK & Ireland, along with the University of West London, have signed up to the Peas Please initiative, which works to increase vegetable consumption in the UK. This brings the number of catering firms involved in the scheme to 14. The announcement follows news last week that Brits…
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