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Wahacamole helps Mexican street food group win R200 award

By Tom Tanner There’s a long-held perception that it’s the independent, small-scale, artisan restaurants, pubs and cafés that are the sustainability pioneers and who will lead us to a better food future.  From the get-go back in 2010, here at the Sustainable Restaurant Association, we took the view that while it was often the ‘small guys’ that would …

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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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Five ways to celebrate National Hospitality Day and showcase your green creds

By Tom Tanner, SRA The eighteenth of September. If the date isn’t in your diary already, take a moment from reading this to ink it in. It’s a Saturday and it’s National Hospitality Day. Yep, that’s right, a day for a nationwide celebration of the UK’s brilliant restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, cafés and caterers. So, …

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The National Food Strategy: a report and guide for the future of food in the UK

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, Sustainable Restaurant Association Earlier this month, the National Food Strategy called on the Government to commit to a package of reforms in order to build a better food system for a healthier nation and planet. The report outlines the current issues both in the UK and globally regarding the food we eat, …

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We’re CLEAR about the need for transparent and regulated food labelling, are you?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Farm fresh, farm assured, grass fed, all natural. You’ve no doubt seen and read all these labels and rolled your eyes at what substance you can actually attribute to any of them. Next to none is about the size of it. Check out this article on the BBC website …

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Could carbon reducing carbs be the way to a greener future?

By Edd Lees, Co-founder, Wildfarmed It can be more than a little overwhelming to think about how we might unravel this whole climate disaster we find ourselves in. There’s no doubt we all feel some responsibility to do what’s best for the planet, while also keeping business afloat, people employed and customers happy. At Wildfarmed, …

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Be a Zero Restaurant and become a community hero

By Nat Jenkins, Consultant to Civil Institute for Voluntary Action ZERO restaurants is an exciting new green venture launching in Hackney this summer with the help of the Civil Institute for Voluntary Action (CIVA) and the support of Hackney Council and Hackney Markets. The ZERO restaurants network will bring like-minded, environmentally conscientious food businesses together …

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Assessing farms’ sustainability just got a whole lot easier

By Louisa Dodd, SRA Project Manager As HRH The Prince of Wales noted in his opening speech for the Global Farm Metric launch on Thursday April 29th, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. The farming system is under increasing pressure to measure its sustainability as we know much of our global environmental footprint, including …

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Better Hospitality Conference: the best bits

The recent Better Hospitality Conference curated by supplier member Tried & Supplied brought together some of the most engaging, experienced and inspiring minds of the industry. Two packed days of webinars, workshops and panel sessions offered a ton of opportunities to harvest ideas and wisdom from the best in the business. Our team listened in …

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Oxford Real Farming Conference: Lessons for Foodservice

By Louisa Dodd, Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association As with almost all events since March 2020, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) saw the annual gathering of the food industry’s leading agroecological pioneers come together virtually. Understandable, but also particularly incongruous, for a group of people many of whom spend the vast majority of their …

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