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Crusty craftsmen create award-winning base for future toppings

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association There’s a perception that the bigger a restaurant business grows, the harder it becomes to retain, let alone expand upon, its principles. This year’s winner of the R200 Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year, sponsored by Victoria Malaga (which we had the great pleasure of judging again), has shown …

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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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Give your team freedom to make things Peachy

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association In March, we had the pleasure of judging the sustainability category at the Publican Awards. On the shortlist, Revolution Bar Group and the Peach Pub Company. To be fair, the latter were very worthy winners. Perhaps it was a slight case of sustainability envy that drove Revolution to purchase …

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Black history provides a taste of centuries of food made good

By Winifred Adeyemi, Director, AFRICA: Seen & Heard The UK’s Black History Month (1st – 31st October 2022) remembers and celebrates people of African heritage and their history around the world. Black food cultures, heritage and culinary traditions are as diverse and numerous as each unique ethnicity, community and nation across the global African diaspora. …

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Energy Bill Relief Scheme: How will it affect hospitality?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Large or small, hospitality businesses of all sizes have been seriously rattled by the soaring energy price rises of recent months and the threat of more to come. The prediction this week from Fuller’s that it’s total annual bill for gas and electricity would leap from £8m to £18m …

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New national leaders. A blow to planet’s prospects?

By Tom Tanner, Sustainable Restaurant Association Such has been the magnitude and speed of change amongst the rulers of our nation this last week or so, it’s been hard to keep track with what’s been going on behind the scenes. How has the death of the Queen, the accession of King Charles III and the …

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IPCC Third Report: Key headlines and takeaways for the food sector

BY EMMA CARROLL-MONTEIL, SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their third working group report Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The three IPCC reports can be (very) briefly summarised as:   IPCC I: What’s causing climate change?   IPCC II: How bad is it?   IPCC III: What are we going to …

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In response to the 2022 IPCC Report – what you can do

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, Sustainable Restaurant Association In 2021 the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) published the Working Group I Report – also appropriately referred to as ‘code red for humanity’. The Working Group I (WGI) analysed the physical climate system and updated us on where we are at now in relation to climate change. …

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Food, drink and laughter as well as some serious Net Zero chat at COP26

By Tom Tanner A beer festival, cracking comedy, fabulous food and live music. Who knew tackling climate change could be so much fun? If you’re in Glasgow for COP26 then you won’t want to miss out on the brilliant fringe event being hosted by our partners from Net Zero Now on 4 November – Forget …

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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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