Plant-based diets

Tireless attention to detail gifts OCD MENA award

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association While the food at OCD does plenty of talking itself, the team at the Tel Aviv restaurant are so proud of what they’re doing they love communicating directly with their customers. And, when you’re leading the pack in the race to serve food that tastes amazing and is doing …

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Pioneers of Hong Kong hospitality reap rewards

By Belinda Ng, Food Made Good Hong Kong An environmentally friendly ‘coffee laundry’ and a food hall on a mission to remove all single-use packaging were among the winners at the third Food Made Good Hong Kong Awards. The ten award categories at the event to celebrate the most outstanding efforts and best practices of …

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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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It’s time to meat in the middle

By Laurence Hamdan, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Restaurant Association There is a cloud above us called meat, and that cloud has a bounty on its head. If you follow the data, animal-sourced foods account for 66% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and at the same time eat up 78% of global farming land. The need …

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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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National Food Strategy: the giant omelette that breaks no eggs

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association After what seemed like an age, the government finally published its National Food Strategy for England. Publication has been greeted with the full range of food metaphors – none of them flattering: flat as a pancake or thin gruel. Take your pick.  The strategy followed the two reports published by …

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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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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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What is a sustainable diet and how do you get people to adopt one?

AUTHOR: ROSIE RAYNER-LAW We shared the guidelines of the SU-Eatable Life project at the BCFN International Conference… The SRA, alongside the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition, GreenApes and Wageningen University, have partnered to run a European-wide, LIFE funded project, SU-Eatable Life to deliver on the next step – how to get consumers to make …

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