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Kimchi or hungry? How Covid-19 has widened the food divide

While wealthier households have expanded their culinary horizons during lockdown, for millions of people the story of food and Covid-19 is one of desperation – and neither is good news for foodservice, writes Nick Hughes. During the early days of the government’s daily coronavirus briefings one phrase was deployed with striking regularity. Covid-19, ministers insisted,…
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Takeaways wasting 33% more food during lockdown

Food waste in takeaway restaurants has increased during lockdown, whilst consumers are struggling with super-sized portions and ordering more than they need, according to new research. Some £1.8bn worth of takeaway food is thrown away every year in the UK. Of that, 21% (£376m) arises in outlets; households are responsible for the rest, said Just Eat…
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Tensions rise over insurance claims

Trade associations representing hospitality businesses have demanded an urgent meeting with insurers. In a stern letter to the Association of British Insurers, representatives of the beer and pub sector noted how the “collective failure of insurers to step up and meet their obligations has been deeply disappointing”. Hospitality businesses have arguably been hardest hit by…
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New support for food charities

The Government has announced up to £16m to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of coronavirus. The programme will provide “millions of meals” over the next 12 weeks and be delivered through charities including FareShare and WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme). At least 5,000 frontline charities and community groups…
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A long way to go

More hospitality businesses could reopen in July but there are concerns that social distancing will mean very few are commercially viable. David Burrows reports. When the UK government’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty suggested last month that social distancing could still be in play until Christmas, UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said she felt…
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2020 Footprint Awards Shortlist Of Foodservice Sustainability Elite Announced

The shortlist for Footprint Awards 2020 is announced, revealing the foodservice and hospitality sector’s leading responsible business initiatives. Footprint Awards remains the only initiative to honour the achievements of companies in the area of sustainability and responsible business practice in the out of home sector and its supply chain. These awards are open to organisations…
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The folly in farm climate claims

Farmers have seized on a recent fall in emissions as evidence that agriculture is not a major contributor to climate change. David Burrows suggests they are mistaken. “We’re living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded,” reported the BBC this month, citing “multiple sources” that indicate this pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have curbed emissions.…
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Hidden Hero: Floris Ten Nijenhuis of Furloughed Foodies

What started as 100 portions of curry made in his own kitchen has evolved into an army of furloughed workers feeding 2,000 healthy meals to frontline NHS staff every week. Nick Hughes reports. Like many of us, the word furlough wasn’t in Floris Ten Nijenhuis’ vocabulary at the beginning of March. Two months later, the…
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Hidden Hero: Petko Petkoff

The glass half full guy who redistributes unwanted food so the cupboards and kitchens of those in need are kept well stocked. By Nick Hughes. It takes less than 30 minutes on the phone with Petko Petkoff (pictured left) to realise the OLIO volunteer is a glass half full kind of guy. While many of…
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Dairy in despair

High-street coffee shops and food chains have started to reopen their doors. But some of the dairy farmers who supply them are on the brink of closing theirs for good. By David Burrows. “We have a major problem,” Patrick Holden, dairy farmer and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, told me on March 20th.…
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