Society

Croydon Jamaican restaurant relishes its place at heart of community

By Winnie Adeyemi, Director, AFRICA: Seen & Heard The theme for Black History Month 2022 is ‘Time for Change: Action Not Words’. Great Britain’s foodservice providers of African descent come from a diversity of nations and cultures. They include restaurateurs, caterers and street food sellers who provide diners and customers with cuisine offering tastes of …

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FareShare and KFC freeze out food waste

Helen Davies, Partnership Manager at FareShare Food waste is a growing issue, with 2m tonnes of good-to-eat food going to waste every year across the food industry. All of this food is wasted while 7m people struggle to get enough to eat – and with the cost of living crisis, even more people are facing …

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Five reasons why cider is the most sustainable beverage out there…

By Laura Clacey, Founder SXOLLIE Cider FACT: CIDER IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE BEVERAGE ON THE PLANET We care SO much about where our food comes from, so why not booze? Although the world is obsessed with emissions, saving our planet is more than just carbon emissions, it’s also about soil health, water use, biodiversity and …

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The secrets to sustainable coffee pods

Ever-popular and super convenient, pods remain the coffee of choice for many businesses. But are those delicious, crema-topped brews sustainable?  Traditional coffee pods are certainly burdened with numerous concerns, including the exploitation of farmers, deforestation and plastic waste. But where there’s a will, there’s a way – and Pact Coffee’s pods come with an eco-friendly …

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How making coffee for good proved an award winning formula

By Natalie Lobel, Founder of Grounded MCR Sustainability – a word often bandied around by people who’ve ticked the right boxes in their business plan and left it at that! For us, it meant creating a business that is sustainable in all senses of the word – doing our bit to tackle the climate crisis …

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Isolation – growing pings of the opening economy

By Kate Dranginis, The Sustainable Restaurant Association   As the economy is opening up, we’re often hearing about hospitality venues struggling with staff members being ‘pinged’ by Track and Trace apps and being forced to isolate despite being symptomless and providing negative tests. Of course, the Track and Trace apps are to keep us as safe as possible, but it’s the amount of pings that are causing …

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Creative approach helps OXO feed community and take slice out of food waste

By Andrea Zick, PA to GM OXO Tower Restaurant & Bar and Brasserie When we were invited to join the first Cohort of the SRA’s Food Waste Bad Taste programme in 2019, we fully acknowledged this would be an ongoing journey for our business. We learnt that if food waste were a country, it would …

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More than half of ethnic minority hospitality professionals experience or witness racism at work – what now?

By Lorraine Copes, Founder, Be Inclusive Hospitality In November 2020, we teamed up with survey partner CPL Learning to launch an industry wide Inside Hospitality Survey. A sector first, we created the survey to capture hospitality professionals’ experiences of race, bias and career progression. The survey captured experiences of a sample of 387 hospitality professionals …

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How can we fix the staffing crisis?

By Tom Tanner The statistics are eye-watering. A survey published this week by UK Hospitality shows that at least eight out of ten employers in the sector have vacancies – either front of house or in the kitchen – adding up to almost 200,000 unfilled posts. Brexit, furlough fatigue and fear of further lockdowns, allied …

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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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