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Scotland latte levy edges closer

Could Westminster’s rejection of a tax on coffee cups be seen as an opportunity by ministers in Holyrood? David Burrows reports. A charge on disposable cups in Scotland has moved a step closer after the government agreed “in principle” to the idea. However, the commitment – part of a deal struck between the Scottish National…
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Hospitality must aim higher on animal welfare

Restaurants and bars have closed the gap on their retail counterparts in this year’s Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare. But despite consistent improvement, there were no foodservice or hospitality brands in the top tier (1) of the latest rankings. Indeed, performance in the sector was mixed: Whitbread and Yum! Brands were praised for their…
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Higher wages can prevent Brexit staff shortfall – M Restaurants owner

London-based M Restaurants Group is to introduce a £10 per hour starting wage today (March 1st). The rate is £2.17 higher than the national living wage (NLW) for those aged over 25 (£7.83), and almost double the £5.90 minimum for those aged between 18 and 20. However, it is still below the “real living wage”…
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Government’s waste proposals: what you need to know

Four consultations promise a huge shake-up. But with time tight and Brexit looming, the debate over detail will be key. By David Burrows. The government has published four consultations that will “overhaul the waste system, cut plastic pollution, and move [the country] towards a more circular economy”. The proposals cover extended producer responsibility (EPR), waste…
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Restaurants stand to scoop food waste windfall

Restaurants that invest in food waste reduction could see a 600% return on their investment, according to a new report. Research for the World Resources Institute (WRI) for the Champions 12.3 coalition studied 100 restaurants across 12 countries to explore the savings they made from reducing kitchen waste. They found that for every US$1 restaurants…
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Analysis: Why the silence from the high-street health alliance?

Brexit is weighing heavy on the industry – but is that why the ambitious project is keeping quiet on its first year’s progress? Brexit is all-consuming. So say 32 food and drink trade associations which claimed last week their members have neither “the physical resources nor organisational bandwidth” to deal with policy matters unrelated to…
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Amaranth and moringa on the sustainability menu

Ancient grains and novel vegetables should become more mainstream to ensure that future diets are healthier and more sustainable, according to a joint report from Knorr and WWF. The Future 50 Foods report identifies 50 foods that the authors say should be eaten more commonly because they are nutritious, have a lower impact on the…
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Gove pledges to protect food standards

Michael Gove has promised that post-Brexit food standards will be not be lowered after coming under pressure from farmers at the NFU’s annual conference. Questioning Gove during a Q&A session after his speech in Birmingham, NFU president Minette Batters asked the Environment Secretary to put a guarantee in writing that he would support a new…
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