Ethical Meat and Dairy

Could street food venison be a sustainability game changer?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association What do you get if you take two former fine dining chefs, a hunter, one of the UK’s most under-utilised and most environmentally friendly meats and a food truck? Answer: The winners of the Sustainability Award at the British Street Food Awards 2022, as judged by the SRA. Yes, …

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Foodservice’s sandwiches a cut above retail when it comes to plant-based

By Simon Billing, Executive Director Eating Better Sandwiches are a British lunch-time staple, with approximately 3.8bn sandwiches eaten in the UK each year. Sandwiches can be both a healthy and sustainable food-to-go option, but it is up to food businesses to ensure they’re offering a balanced range of low meat and plant-based options. Sandwiches Unwrapped …

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Regenuary and Veganuary: why can’t we be friends?

By Emma Carroll-Monteil Is the rise of Regenuary reliant on the fall of Veganuary? No, not necessarily. These campaigns are not mutually exclusive, and we’re here to explain why, and to also quick dive into what each of these campaigns mean.  What is Veganuary?  In the past several years, we’ve seen individuals, businesses, and big …

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How hospitality can help Beatrice’s campaign to end cages

By Matthew Melton, UK Corporate Relations Manager at The Humane League UK When it comes to eradicating cages from farming, food companies have a big role to play. Due to corporate commitments to go cage-free in their egg supply chains, it is estimated that 80-90% of UK egg production will come from cage-free systems by …

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12 DAYS OF SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS

With Christmas nearly here, it’s time to check that you have everything ready for the holidays – including your sustainability practices! With help from some of the fabulous food service businesses we work with, we’ve launched 12 Days of Sustainable Christmas (check it out on Instagram!) – packed with ideas and tips for making the …

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Dough-ing the right thing just got so local and tasty at Pizza Pilgrims

By Tom Tanner Walk into Pizza Pilgrims’ new restaurant on the Fourth Floor at Selfridges and you can just smell something’s a bit different. Ok, so the basil plant guard of honour could have a fair bit to do with that sense that this isn’t your average pizzeria. Pick up a menu and you’ll start to realise …

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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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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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How Nando’s is ensuring offsetting isn’t miss-stepping

By Henry Unwin, Head of Sustainability, Nando’s Whilst the last year has brought plenty of challenges it has also shown us what we are able to achieve in the face of a crisis. To me this brings a glimmer hope in our ability to tackle the most pressing crisis of our generation, the climate crisis. …

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How better dairy can be part of a balanced menu

By Carol Lever, Director, Free Range Dairy Network One of the top predicted global consumer trends for 2021 is Build Back Better and nowhere is this more apparent than in the food and farming sector.  After the turbulent year we’ve been through, with concerns about health, the environment and climate change, people want a second …

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