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Come the agricultural revolution, whose side will you be on?

By Louisa Dodd, Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Restaurant Association “We need a pretty spectacular agricultural revolution” prescribed Iain Holhurst, organic vegetable farmer forerunner at the closing of the 2023 Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) last week.  I attended the ORFC in the hope of hearing practical ways to bring about that revolution, in which farmers …

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Outgoing award-winning pub owner reveals secrets of 78% margins and success

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Almost exactly three years on from lifting the coveted Sustainable Business of the Year Award at the 2019 Food Made Good Awards, Ollie and Lauren Hunter are leaving The Wheatsheaf Chilton Foliat as a thriving village pub – transformed from when they took it on in 2015. Ollie took …

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Which restaurant and pub chains are the most family and planet friendly?

By Laura Chan, Policy Officer, Soil Association The UK is under the microscope this year interrogating how we aren’t and how we should be meeting our climate and nature targets. In the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow, multiple sectors including hospitality are vying to demonstrate what they are doing to step up. After taking …

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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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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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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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Have your say on the future of farming

By Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign Coordinator, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming We have a chance of fairer, better food policy – we need your help We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform how we support farmers and get new and better food onto our plates. Leaving the European farm policy means a …

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Friends House helps men’s charity to have cake and eat it

  By Jamie Scott, Catering Manager, Friends House Two years ago, Friends House started working with the Douglas House Project (DHP) helping them to launch their social enterprise catering project, a bakery. Being a Quaker organisation, the staff at Friends House devised a set of commitments, one of these being to treat everybody equally and …

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Rather than cook the books on rising prices, offer your customers a slice of reality

By Rosalind Rathouse, Founder and Principal, Cookery School at Little Portland Street Here at Cookery School, at Little Portland Street we try our hardest to be as sustainable as possible. Part of being sustainable is being open and honest (treating people fairly is one of the key areas of sustainability outlined by the SRA), so we …

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