Defra invites industry to help devise new strategy

Defra invites industry to help devise new strategy

DEFRA HAVE invited the UK food and farming industry to help develop a 25-year plan for the future of food and farming.

The consultation kicked off this week when 80 representatives from across the UK food and farming industry met with the environment secretary Liz Truss. Representatives included major trade associations, retailers, food manufacturers, researchers and farming businesses.

The long term plan aims to set out how the food and farming industry, ...

Restaurant introduces four-day working week

Restaurant introduces four-day working week

TO IMPROVE working conditions and to attract and retain talent, restaurateurs Sat and Amanda Bains have decided to move their restaurant and rooms to a four-day working week.

The decision hopes to address the problem of attracting and retaining talented, hard-working people in the hospitality industry. The long, unsociable hours typical of the industry are often blamed for the shortage of suitable applicants.

Starting in November, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Sat Bains with ...

Restaurants and pubs urged to show calories

Restaurants and pubs urged to show calories

THE LOCAL Government Association (LGA) is urging pubs, restaurants and cinemas to display calorie information as part of a voluntary initiative.

Representing more than 370 councils, the LGA hopes that displaying calorie information will help to tackle Britain’s growing obesity problem. It could help by allowing consumers to make more informed choices, and to be more aware of the calories they are consuming.

The US has recently introduced a similar scheme, with ...

Ikea first national retailer to promise living wage

Ikea first national retailer to promise living wage

IKEA, THE Swedish retail giant, has become the first national UK retailer to promise to pay its staff the living wage.

This means that staff throughout its 18 UK stores will receive a minimum basic rate of £7.85, or £9.15 if they are based in London. This is because the cost of living is higher is higher in the capital.

The historic move means Ikea joins over 1,600 other businesses, including Nestle ...

Bin sizes and food waste collections impact recycling rates

Bin sizes and food waste collections impact recycling rates

A NEW report by WRAP has found that factors within council authority control, such as bin sizes and food waste collections, account for the biggest variations in recycling rates, explaining up to 65% of the variation in recycling rates between councils.

Food waste collections were found to be an indicator of higher recycling rates, with those councils collecting food waste achieving better recycling rates. Conversely, larger waste bins and greater residual ...

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Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

Footprint Awards 2015: What the industry said….

WHAT DO you get when you put some chickens, an ex-rugby international and a dishwasher salesman on a podium together at an awards do? You get a tremendously funny, yet informative night, as the Footprint Awards 2015 showed.

The sustainability elite of the foodservice industry gathered together to celebrate achievements, share winning strategies, catch up with old friends and clients and make new ones, but above all, have a great time.

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Red Tractor’s CEO responds to Monbiot’s controversial views on farming this week

Red Tractor’s CEO responds to Monbiot’s controversial views on farming this week

I AM really disappointed by the article in Footprint dated 3 June “Monbiot calls to end idealised fairytale view of farming”.

Comments about the Red Tractor scheme in the Guardian blog originate in a 2011report by a welfare lobby group that was wrong at the time and is wrong and outdated today. Sadly the organisation recently recycled it into a leaflet, and George Monbiot recycled the leaflet into his Guardian ...

Is your food waste travelling further than it needs to?

Is your food waste travelling further than it needs to?

STEPH DALTON from Specialist Waste Recycling talks about recent market changes which could reduce your waste management costs.

The UK food and drink industry is definitely getting switched on to ensuring efficiency and sustainability through its waste management and recycling contracts. We are seeing more of a focus on the waste hierarchy and source segregation of waste streams than ever before, delivering cost savings and increased recycling levels as a result. ...

In training for a sustainable future…

In training for a sustainable future…

“In our industry, ‘being sustainable’ is more than an expectation. It is taken as given. However, to truly embed it in the ways of working, the concept has to be introduced and practiced at grass roots level.”

Susan Gregory, Head of Food at Nestlé Professional, talks Toque d’Or, training and embedding sustainability into kitchen practices…

Sustainability…a word that has arguably become something of a fashion statement in our industry…

But how can ...

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

Interview: Sustainability needs to be of paramount importance in wholesale distribution and logistics

AS FOOTPRINT’S Brand Ambassador of logistics, Simon Clifford, Business Development Director at Kuehne+Nagel gives us a candid view on responsible logistics.

We are delighted that Kuehne + Nagel is Footprint’s newly appointed Brand Ambassador for logistics. Sustainability and efficiency runs through the core of your business, tell us why?

Some may be unfamiliar with our name, but we’re one the world’s leading logistics companies. We work with customers on a global basis ...

Workplace plays key role in improving the nation’s health suggests new nutrition study

AS GOVERNMENT data confirms that obesity will cost the UK more than £27 billion by 2015, a new project conducted among employees at Gatwick Airport and published in Complete Nutrition reveals that workplace interventions really can make a positive impact on employee health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatwick Airport conducted ...

Best Practice Film: Energy & Natural Resource In The Hospitality Sector

FOOTPRINT, SPIRIT Pub Co and Cyrus Todiwala in association with Total, Inenco, Winterhalter and Web Light look at the impacts of energy and natural resource in the pub and hospitality sectors.

 

Watch thought leadership from a large-scale operator; see for yourself the work that’s going into mitigating impacts.