Sourcing

Could carbon reducing carbs be the way to a greener future?

By Edd Lees, Co-founder, Wildfarmed It can be more than a little overwhelming to think about how we might unravel this whole climate disaster we find ourselves in. There’s no doubt we all feel some responsibility to do what’s best for the planet, while also keeping business afloat, people employed and customers happy. At Wildfarmed, …

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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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Making sustainable seafood the only option – there’s an app for that

By Jack Clarke, Sustainable Seafood Advocate, Marine Conservation Society Seaspiracy, the recently released Netflix feature-length documentary, raised a lot of issues that shocked many. Sadly, for most of us at the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), these issues were far from new. We launched the Good Fish Guide over 20 years ago to help businesses and …

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In water we Trust: Helping the drinks industry workforce one bottle at a time

By Mark Bickerton, Co-founder, Trust Water  Trust Water was launched this year to help support those working in the drinks industry, with 100% of net profits from every bottle sold being donated to The Drinks Trust. For those who don’t know, The Drinks Trust is a community organisation for the drinks industry offering support and services, to upskill, broaden members’ knowledge, provide a place …

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Assessing farms’ sustainability just got a whole lot easier

By Louisa Dodd, SRA Project Manager As HRH The Prince of Wales noted in his opening speech for the Global Farm Metric launch on Thursday April 29th, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. The farming system is under increasing pressure to measure its sustainability as we know much of our global environmental footprint, including …

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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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Taking the purpose pulse

Restore our Earth. That’s the strapline for today – Earth Day, the day we’ve chosen to launch The Hospitality Purpose Pulse Survey, to better understand the status of purpose in our extraordinary industry, as we all work towards a better food future. The years 2020 and 2021 will be remembered not just for the obvious …

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To eat fish or not to eat fish, that’s the wrong question

As a Marine Biologist myself, nothing in the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy was new or novel to me and highlighted issues I have been researching well before they became mainstream. However, I still found it extremely difficult to watch as it had no helpful messages for consumers apart from ‘don’t eat fish’ and failed to mention …

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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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