FOOTPRINT AND Eating Better join forces to engage businesses on showcasing best practice around sustainable diets and the cost effectiveness it can deliver.
Senior officials representing the UK’s leading foodservice companies, industry organisations and the Department of Health gathered today [15th July] to debate the latest changes to the Responsibility Deal, to hear an exclusive update from the Food Network and to discuss the business opportunities in healthy and sustainable eating.
The industry summit, headed by Corporate Sustainability Champions Footprint, hosted at Sodexo's HQ and supported by Eating Better – a leading voice on consumer diet - included representatives from some of the best-known names in the foodservice, services and hospitality industries including Aramark, Tragus, Spirit Pub Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Nestlé Professional. The Health & Vitality Special Interest Group (SIG) is a non-competitive and transparent environment for the entire supply chain to exchange ideas and best practice, create closer sector relationships and collaborate to ensure pan-industry engagement in the area of health and wellbeing.
Speaking at the event Nick Fenwicke-Clennell, CEO of Footprint commented: “With one in eight meals eaten out of home it is vital that the issues of consumer health and wellbeing are taken seriously and addressed across the foodservice sector. The importance of the role of the foodservice industry in driving the agenda of consumer health and wellbeing cannot be underestimated.
“The Government’s Responsibility Deal was the very thing to galvanize all out of home food operators and huge progress has been made in just 12 months. The new targets for salt reduction, for example, is testament to the fact that there is confidence that increased pressure to innovate can be applied without harm. We are privileged to be part of the innovations taking place under the noses of the consumer who may never be aware of the great work the foodservice industry is doing.”
Key issues arising from the group’s latest meeting included a debrief from the DoH on the latest Responsibility Deal requirements for the Out of Home sector, and a look at the latest food sustainability trends, research and policies. The group also discussed the business opportunities represented by the health and sustainability agendas, as well as the barriers for operators, while Eating Better launched a new business engagement initiative.
Sue Dibb, Better Eating Coordinator says: ‘‘We want to showcase businesses leading the way whether restaurants, school and hospital food providers, employers, retailers, and food producers.
“Food businesses can help by offering more meat-free meals and creating lower- meat and more plant-based dishes that are attractive, desirable choices for customers as well as sourcing ‘better’ meat for the meat they do use that is naturally-fed, has a known provenance and is produced to high animal welfare, environmental and quality standards. This ‘less but better’ approach to meat eating can provide health and sustainability benefits while also providing cost savings.”