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Foodservice raises its game on chicken welfare

Over half of the UK’s leading foodservice companies have committed to sourcing chicken produced to higher welfare standards. A report by The Humane League UK found good progress being made in signing up to the European Chicken Commitment, which sets standards for improving the lives of chickens raised for meat. The charity said that 25…
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Burgers and bakes help record numbers go vegan

Plant-based launches by high street food brands helped almost half a million people go vegan last month, according to the organisers of Veganuary. Hundreds of new vegan products and menu items were launched in January by restaurants, food-to-go chains and supermarkets. KFC sold one million vegan burgers in the first month they were on sale,…
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Teach kids about food, say parents

An overwhelming proportion of parents believe that children should learn about food as part of the school curriculum. Research from HIT Training found strong agreement among 1,000 parents surveyed that the hospitality sector should be given a greater focus in schools with 86% of parents saying food subjects should be taught as part of the…
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Reusable revolution puts packaging industry in a spin

The FPA’s environment seminar made for uncomfortable listening for some members, but by addressing the question of whether the future is in reusable packaging the industry has shown an openness to change, writes Nick Hughes. ‘To reuse or single use – that is the question.’ The very fact the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) chose this…
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Coffee cups to have “specialist” recycling label

Food and drink packaging will now come with a binary “recycle” or “don’t recycle” label. This will replace the current format – “recycled”, “check local recycling” and “not yet recycled” – which was found to be too confusing. Single-use cups will join the “specialist label” list for packaging that can be recycled at “bring sites”…
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Analysis: Land-use report proposes ‘urgent’ emissions-reduction measures

In its first ever in-depth report on UK agricultural policies, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends far-reaching action on diets and food waste prevention. Nick Hughes reports. Why has the CCC produced this report now? The committee says the UK’s target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will not be met…
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Health & Vitality Honours 2020 Winners Announced

Leaders of the health agenda in the Out Of Home sector gathered today for the annual Health & Vitality Honours lunch at the In & Out Club in London's St James's Square where the 2020 winners were announced.  Headline sponsored by Nestlé Professional, Health & Vitality Honours is the platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create…
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Foodservice firms sign up to UK sustainable soya scheme

Compass, Nando’s and Whitbread have all joined the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Soya. The initiative, not to be confused with international Roundtable on Responsible Soya, was first convened in March 2018 to help stimulate sourcing of sustainable soya. However, as Footprint reported in 2019, the signatories including most major supermarkets, as well as meat and…
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Caterers must “adapt” following vegan ruling

School caterers have been warned to adapt their lunch menus following an employment tribunal ruling that branded ethical veganism a “philosophical belief”. In the landmark case brought by vegan Jordi Casamitjana, who claims the League Against Cruel Sports unfairly sacked him, the judge ruled that ethical veganism is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act…
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Foodservice the laggard in ‘decade of failure’ on palm oil

WWF’s latest scorecard on sustainable palm oil isn’t all bad news, but food chains, caterers and pubs should be ashamed of their record, says David Burrows. Ten years ago WWF started assessing the palm oil sourcing strategies of leading food manufacturers and retailers. However, it wasn’t until 2013 that the spotlight turned on foodservice, with…
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