Crisis at DEFRA
With spending cuts in the region of 30% announced in this week’s spending review, it’s no surprise that DEFRA staff are feeling a little blue. A survey of staff at the department revealed that less than a third (31%) think it is well-managed, and even less (18%) have confidence in its approach to change management.
More research on organic
MEPs want more research carried out to determine the health benefits of organic food. Long-term studies are required, they said, although funding them is a problem. The health benefits of eating organic food have long been debated.
Mitchells & Butlers can live with living wage
The group behind All Bar One, Browns and Harvester, has said it will “respond with energy and urgency” to the challenge of the new national living wage. “With consumers as focused as ever on value and service, we do not believe it will be possible for companies in our sector to simply ‘control’ their way out of the [NLW],” Mitchells & Butlers noted in its full year results, published this week. The statement mentions “productivity and efficiency opportunities” will be part of the solution, but it will also be looking to encourage guests to “trade up the menu”.
Sustainable leap for tuna
Caterer’s Choice has introduced the first tins of MSC-certified tuna to the UK market. Tagged “Fairer Fish”, the product contains Skipjack tuna caught in the PNA region of the Western Central Pacific Ocean.
Data compiled by Beacon suggests that Brits will chomp their way through 9.9 million chipolatas as well as 507 tonnes of turkey every day in December across the country’s hotels. Hotels fork out £685 million in meat procurement. But how much of it will go to waste?