Climate change

How foodservice can plate up more progress in 2021

By Rosie Rayner-Law, Membership Projects Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association The 2020 Plating Up Progress report has been published by the Food Foundation to much interest in the sector. Compiled by Will Nicholson, a leading expert in sustainable food systems, the report assesses the progress made by major UK-operating foodservice businesses on the journey to a …

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Just how ‘sustainable’ are sustainable restaurants?

By Ben McMenamin One of the core challenges in sustainability today is cooperation and cohesion. While there are a range of different people and organisations working on sustainability issues, they often work in isolation and do not communicate with each other well. This means that the actions people take might inadvertently undermine others, even when …

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What consumer research reveals about diners’ desire for sustainable dining

To understand better the demand for sustainable dining post-lockdown, we commissioned a consumer survey. In total 1,031 active diners from across the UK, between 21-23 September, told us about their eating our habits, their interest in the environment (before and after lockdown) and their willingness to translate their theoretical interest in sustainable food into positive decision about where and what to eat.  First up we …

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Diners ready to ditch their usual order when eating out to help out the planet

Countless surveys during (the first) lockdown recorded Britons’ increased interest in food – where it comes from, its real value and their desire to avoid wasting it where possible. We shared a number of these encouraging findings which pointed towards, if not definitively proving, the case for dishing up food with a shallow footprint and …

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Weekly Round-Up: 23 September 2020

Find out how we’re helping shift diets We thought it was high time we shared with you the first set of results from the ongoing three-year project we’re running to help canteens serve more sustainable food and shift customers’ dietary choices. Working in partnership with Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition, greenApes and Wageningen University, …

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Nando’s urges industry to talk more about sustainability

By Henry Unwin, Head of Sustainability, Nando’s Nando’s has been a member of the SRA since 2015 and is a founding member of their Groups and Chains working group. It’s great to be part of such an engaging and enthusiastic network, surrounded by individuals and businesses who are as passionate about sustainability as we are. …

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WEBINAR – Circular Restaurants

Summary by Tom Tanner, SRA Host Natalia Agathou, LWARB Guests: Andrew Stephen, CEO, CRA Arthur Potts Dawson, Chefs Manifesto and Omved Gardens Chef Grace Regan, Founder, SpiceBox LWARB’s Advance London Team and the SRA partnered on creating Circular Restaurants: Food that doesn’t cost the earth – a guide to help food businesses, and restaurants in …

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How to build an effective carbon reduction strategy

By Cameron McDonald A growing number of foodservice operators are responding to the climate emergency by taking measurable, meaningful action and implementing an effective carbon reduction strategy. Although now is probably not the time to review the footprint of your operation and supply chain, this unscheduled break from service could be an opportunity to plan what is required for a …

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