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April 29, 2019

Foodservice industry urged to cut meat, plastics and waste

The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has published a report about the sustainability of the foodservice sector in the UK.

By Rosie Lintott

The UK foodservice industry needs to do more to support the environment, according to a report issued by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

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In the report the SRA urges businesses to join what it calls “the tastiest challenge on the planet” to tackle three major issues: the amount of meat is on menus, food waste and single-use plastic and packaging.

Since 2010 the SRA has been working with the foodservice industry to make it more environmentally sustainable. Currently there are 7,500 businesses in the UK working with the SRA taking steps towards sustainability.

SRA chief executive Andrew Stephen said: “The message is clear. Unless we fix food, we can’t fix climate change.”

The report found that UK businesses need to cut down on the amount of meat that is produced and consumed as meat and dairy production accounts for 60% of farming’s greenhouse gas emissions and 16.5% of total global emissions.

The report states that a third of food produced globally is wasted and it states that one million tonnes of food a year is wasted across the UK foodservice sector, with only 50% of SRA members having plans in place to tackle food waste within their business.

The report states that consumers in the UK use 4.7bn plastic straws, 316m plastic stirrers, 7.7bn plastic bottles and 2.5bn coffee cups a year. It states that only half of plastic bottles and less than 1% of coffee cups are recycled. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicted by 2050 there will be more plastic than marine life in the ocean.

Leon founder and DEFRA non-executive board member Henry Dimbleby said: “UK restaurants alone use a tiny amount of global resources, but their ability to make the weather and influence how people feel about sustainability and food is massive. And what we do, others in the world will follow.”

 

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The critical role of sustainability for Foodservice success in the 2020s

Consumers have radically re-thought their priorities in recent years and changed their habits for the good of the planet, starting to hold companies accountable for their ESG activities. These changes are set to be significant hallmarks of the Consumer Landscape in the 2020s. In order to appease consumers’ new concerns, meeting these new sustainability imperatives will be crucial for the recovery of the Foodservice industry. Consumers are expected to use ESG criteria much more actively in their selection of Foodservice brands to engage with. Download GlobalData’s free report to:
  • Understand the range of ESG challenges currently facing the Foodservice sector
  • Gain insight into consumers’ expectations via consumer survey deep dives
  • Learn from foodservice operators and brands who are already successfully embracing ESG strategies
Stay ahead of consumer concerns and rise to meet them. Download the report now.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

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