Foodservice_Trend_Report_2016_pdfSustainable menus, the importance of chef’s nutritional training and the responsibility to make out-of-home food healthier, whatever the policy/voluntary framework. These are some of the top trends identified in the Footprint Health & Vitality Foodservice Trend Report 2016 supported by Bidvest.

As many of you who have seen me recently will know, writing and researching this report – the first component in the Footprint Sustainability Index – has been keeping me pretty busy of late, and I’m thrilled to announce that the report has now been published.

Download your copy here.

And do get in touch if you’d like to speak to me regarding my research for the rest of the index. This will focus on issues such as waste, energy, emissions, supply chain, employees and community.

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Here are some of the sustainability-related news stories I’ve written this week:

  • Foodservice does its bit for organic milk, soil association expands it’s portfolio, end of “unintentional product residue”, ale from surplus bread. Read more
  • A food waste bill that could require large supermarkets, manufacturers and distributors to reduce their food waste by no less than 30% by 2025 will get its second reading in parliament this Friday (5th Feb 2016)… Read more
  • Children’s taste buds are becoming so used to “engineered” foods, such as chicken nuggets, fish fingers and ketchup, that they prefer them to “real” foods, such as chicken breast, fish and tomatoes, a new study has concluded. Read more
  • Scotland has launched a new campaign to get consumers doing their bit for climate change by tackling issues such as food waste and washing temperatures. Read more
  • A 25-year study has found that eating fruit and vegetables can help with weight management. Read more

You can find more of my news, stories, reports and features on Footprint – the leading source of information on responsible business and sustainability for the foodservice, hospitality and grocery retail supply chains.

And something to do:

  • Sign the NSPCC’s #FlawedLaw petition. It should always be illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child http://bit.ly/1pDoeKX

Some fun stuff to give you inspiration:

  • Want some inspiration? Listen to Ray Anderson . It might be a few years old, but I’ve just listened again – and the late, great man is as inspiring as ever!
  • Another oldie but a goodie with some fun stuff in it – William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design:
  • Love this quote: ‘Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

And some good news from the news!

Some stories that caught my eye in the last month. Enjoy!

Some fun stories to provide inspiration:
  • Tackling food waste through social enterprise: Rubies in the Rubble turns food that would be chucked into chutneys, and is proof you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart http://gu.com/p/39qne/tw 
  • 5 perennial veggies to plant once and enjoy forever http://huff.to/Q4AGQX 
  • How do you save a child’s life? A step by step video of how Save the Children does it in West Africa. http://bit.ly/QzGlF3 
  • Interesting article on how Pret fuels passion and positivity in its employees: http://bit.ly/MTqjSV 
  • Empty, run-down homes in Bristol to be renovated by unemployed & ex-offenders creating 200 jobs & 40 new homes – result! http://bit.ly/OEstaq 
  • Still loving Futerra’s The Greenwash Guide http://bit.ly/LQVmPx  – def worth a read if you haven’t seen it before, or a re-read if you have!
  • Don’t work more than 40 hours a week – interesting (though anecdotal) article on the benefits of working less: http://bit.ly/IVtVAg 
  • Are straw bales the building material of the future? Mark Briggs reports http://bit.ly/JcsCyj