Sourcing

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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(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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WEBINAR – Circular Restaurants

Summary by Tom Tanner, SRA Host Natalia Agathou, LWARB Guests: Andrew Stephen, CEO, CRA Arthur Potts Dawson, Chefs Manifesto and Omved Gardens Chef Grace Regan, Founder, SpiceBox LWARB’s Advance London Team and the SRA partnered on creating Circular Restaurants: Food that doesn’t cost the earth – a guide to help food businesses, and restaurants in …

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Red Tractor enhances chicken welfare

By Jim Moseley, CEO, Red Tractor The pandemic has brought food supply into sharp focus – perhaps more so than any other time since World War 2. It has changed the way consumers are buying food, with floods of consumers going direct to farm gates and smaller outlets to avoid the crowds, find a scarce …

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Webinar – Menu 2.0: Plating up sustainably post-COVID 

Download the slides Summary Author: Tom Tanner Host: Louisa Dodd, Project Manager, SRA Guests: Chantelle Nicholson, Chef/Owner Tredwells Edwina Hughes, Head of Engagement, Cool Food Pledge Louisa kicked off by explaining the aim of the webinar – to help all operators re-open for business with a menu designed to make the most sustainable dish(es) the …

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