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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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A planet-friendly menu can embrace Veganuary and Regenuary

By Juliane Caillouette-Noble, Managing Director, Sustainable Restaurant Association A record half a million people have signed up to participate in Veganuary this year, further solidifying the month-long commitment to veganism as an annual staple. What started as a simple idea in 2014- building on trends like Dry-January or Movember – Veganuary has become a global …

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Pubs get even peachier with ketchup made with pears

By Sophie Judd, Rubies in the Rubble By This October, we launched our sustainable tomato ketchup into the sustainably minded group of individual gastropubs, Peach Pubs.  At Rubies in the Rubble, we believe that food should be valued as a precious resource. That’s why our products are packed with delicious ingredients that would otherwise go …

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How Pizza Pilgrims put 4.5 tonnes of London basil on the menu

As a Managing Director of an expanding, popular pizza restaurant group, Gavin Smith is constantly looking for ways for making the business better – better for the customer, the team, the bottom line and the planet. Being just a dozen sites, Pizza Pilgrims is still agile and positive changes can be introduced quickly. The issue …

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First Food Made Good Awards Hong Kong re-energise sustainable food movement

By Heidi Yu Spurrell, CEO Food Made Good Hong Kong What an evening it was! Last week Food Made Good Hong Kong had its first awards ceremony for its Members, the first and only awards ceremony dedicated to foodservice in Hong Kong. In the 48 hours running up to the event however we had to …

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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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The secrets of the most sustainable street food trader – Honest!

We’re proud partners of the British Street Food Awards – judging the Most Sustainable Trader category, sponsored by Hellmann’s, for the third time this year. Just as the standard of street food rises, so it does for the entries for this award. This year’s Honest Edibles was crowned Most Sustainable Trader. We asked founder Billy …

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Where the fork can almost reach the farm

Pensons at The Netherwood Estate From the moment the foundations were laid for the major renovation project to transform derelict farm buildings into the vision of Pensons restaurant, sustainability was at the core of our plans and helped inform the myriad of decisions that had to be made.   We launched at the end of January 2019 and were thrilled and honoured to be awarded a Michelin-Star just 8 months after we opened our doors, acknowledging that we are …

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(Super) Saturday: a new normal night out

By Andrew Stephen, CEO, the SRA It began where it all started. The Eagle in Farringdon has for decades been a pilot light for how pubs can do great food. Their approach: ingredients without compromise at small margins. To make it work, they’ve always huddled you in on little wooden chairs amassed around small tables …

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Six ways to wow your customers on Super Saturday

By Tom Tanner Independence Day, Super Saturday, the end of hibernation – whatever you’re choosing to call this weekend’s re-opening, for the more than 10,000 SRA Member kitchens readying themselves to serve customers on site again for the first time in more than three months, this is undoubtedly a massive moment. We’re as thrilled as …

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