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Food chains join forces to cut sugar

Some of the high street’s biggest food chains have signed up to a series of new health targets including a 20% reduction in sugar by 2020. The alliance, which includes Caffè Nero, Costa, Greggs, McDonald’s and Mitchells & Butlers, has created a new code of practice with the aim of driving responsible behaviour in product…
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Costa opens huge and highly sustainable new roastery

Costa turned on its new £38m roastery this week. The site, in Basildon, Essex, is one of the biggest coffee roasting facilities in Europe, enabling the chain to produce 45,000 tonnes of coffee a year – enough to make 2.1 billion cups of Joe. However, it’s the sustainability of the site that sets it apart.…
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Costa praised for new recycling ‘racks’

Costa has won praise from campaigners for committing to a nationwide recycling scheme for takeaway cups. Friends of the Earth said Costa’s pledge to recycle coffee cups across its 2,000 UK stores, equating to 30m cups a year, was a “huge step in the right direction” in the war on waste, although it warned there…
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No plans for cup tax, says Government

The Government has said it has no plans to introduce a 5p charge on disposable paper cups despite ongoing pressure from campaigners. Environment Minister, Dr Therese Coffey, suggested the Government would instead support voluntary measures by industry to increase recycling rates, in response to a letter from Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder, in which Bearder…
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“Fantastic” bag tax results put cups in spotlight

England is using six billion fewer single use plastic bags since the introduction of a 5p charge. Data published by Defra over the weekend shows that over 7 billion carrier bags were issued by seven main retailers in 2014. But in the six months since the levy was introduced (in October 2015) consumption has fallen…
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Big players sign up to paper cup manifesto

More than 45 companies, including major fast food chains and contract caterers, have signed a manifesto to increase the collection and recycling of paper cups. The issue was brought to the public’s attention in March 2016 through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War On Waste initiative. The industry, it seems, has been sufficiently spooked to act. The manifesto,…
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Age no barrier to living wage

AccorHotels is the latest hospitality company to announce that it will go beyond the Government’s guidelines and apply the new National Living Wage to all its employees, irrespective of age. The hotel group, which employs over 5,000 people in the UK across brands including Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis, said the move is a…
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Coffee cup controversy

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was on an espresso-fuelled rampage in the capital yesterday. In his sights were the big chain coffee shops for “misleading” messages in relation to the green credentials of the disposable cups they use. Just a day’s worth of the 2.5 billion cups used to port cups of Joe around are recycled, claimed the…
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Take voluntary deals with a pinch of salt

Did someone say it was job done on salt reduction? “The UK is among the world leaders in reducing salt. More than 70% of the retail market and 65% of big high-street restaurants and contract caterers have committed to cutting levels, and we have seen average daily salt intake cut by 15% over the last…
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Milk crisis comes to our doorsteps

FARMERS SUFFERING from low prices have so far targeted supermarkets with their protest but foodservice firms can’t afford to ignore the issue, writes David Burrows. The milk crisis has finally spilled over into the foodservice sector. In recent weeks retail representatives have been urging consumers and campaigners to challenge other food outlets on their procurement…
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