Maintaining stability and confidence in supply chains could become increasingly complex in the face of an uncertain Brexit with potential changes in the way we trade with other nations. For an expanding organic market, a failure to understand and face these challenges could have consequences for future growth. Soil Association are aware that not all organics businesses are fully up-to-speed on the issues affecting organic supply chains and are looking for more insight and support. With this in mind, Soil Association Certification has taken a closer look at organic supply chains in a new report that identifies key recommendations for building resilience and sustainability to meet future demand.
‘Organic Supply Chain 2017: Challenges and Opportunities’ has been developed with contributions from more than 100 organic businesses, gathering a consensus on the obstacles and prospects within the sector and noting key recommendations for building strength and integrity. The findings are supported by a range of case studies, showcasing brands and businesses who are already delivering inspiring solutions.
Lee Holdstock, Trade Relations Manager at the Soil Association, said: “Sustainable food and farming needs stable, sustainable supply chains and, although the organic market is flourishing now, future growth depends on resilience and an ability to plan and react to new tensions and challenges. Improving efficiency, cooperation and transparency in supply chains now is imperative if organic businesses are to become more resilient, inspire confidence and take advantage of growth in a broader range of channels. The report is a reflection of broader industry insight, which is intended to inspire and assist businesses with planning for a successful future as well as direct our own support for organic businesses.”
The report makes key recommendations for strengthening supply chains, including: making effective use of tech solutions that improve efficiency and confidence; increasing transparency and better collaboration along the supply chain to affirm trust and build market stability; reducing UK reliance on organic imports to support domestic production; and developing understanding of growth markets such as export and foodservice to maximise success.
The full report can be downloaded at www.soilassociation.org/supplychain
September saw the launch of the Waste2Zero Awards. This is a hugely exciting initiative and the first of its kind in the industry. A much needed initiative to tackle what remains one of the biggest challenges facing the sector. For all our members out there who are passionate about waste make sure you get your submissions in before the deadline of 12th October.
Key points you need to know:
- Waste2Zero has a very tight window for entries – deadline 12th of October
- The entry process is free, simple and designed with minimal impact on your time in mind
- The Awards Party – 6th December at the uber glamorous Ham Yard Hotel in Soho
- Best Recycling Project Award (Public Sector)
- Best Recycling Project Award (Private Sector)
- Best Waste Management Project Award (Non-Food)
- Best Waste Management Project Award (Food)
- Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Food)
- Best Waste Prevention Project Award (Non-Food)
- Best Waste Project Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Award
- Best Practice in Logistics
- Food Redistribution Award
- Best Closed Loop Project Award
- Best Product, Technology & Innovation Award
- Best Recycled or Up-cycled Product of the Year Award
- Best Resource Management Business of the Year Award
- Special Achievement Award
Cardiff Met is the first university in Wales and the fifth in the UK to receive a three star rating by the UK’s leading sustainability accreditation and membership body for the hospitality and food service sector.
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has awarded Cardiff Met’s catering team a three star ‘Food Made Good’ rating – the maximum rating in this category.
The three stars rating, regarded as the Michelin stars of sustainability, is achieved by completing a rigorous and wide-ranging assessment that covers the three pillars of sustainability: sourcing, society and environment.
Cardiff Met’s Catering and Hospitality Service Manager, Andrew Phelps, commented: “We are delighted to be awarded the three star rating by the SRA.
“This accolade is a great credit to the catering team, recognising their hard work in the last year, and showing their commitment to the University's wider strategic plan.”
Cardiff Met’s catering team has also been shortlisted in the forthcoming SRA awards in the ‘Feed People Well’ category. The award is one of 17 that will be presented by SRA President Raymond Blanc and Vice President Prue Leith at a special ceremony on 5 October at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Hall.
Food waste, food poverty and sustainable menus are all on the agenda for this year’s plate2planet Live! summit, which will take place on Thursday, 2nd November.
Under the theme of Responsible Production and Consumption, one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, the summit will once again bring to life the online platform plate2planet.co.uk and share best practice in the industry through lively debates, break-out discussion groups and a line-up of influential speakers – including WRAP, BaxterStorey and Unilever.
Hosted for the second year by Steve Malkin, CEO of The Planet Mark tm, the day-long event will focus on collaboration and bring together influencers from across the foodservice sector to address some of the most pressing sustainability issues facing the industry.
Head of Sustainability at Bidfood, Shirley Duncalf, said: “The success and feedback from last year’s plate2planet Live! summit was overwhelming and we’re so pleased to be hosting this event again in November.
“We want to take this summit to the next level by carving out clear objectives for us to tackle together as an industry. By providing a more interactive experience, we hope to capture the views of the sector and collaboratively work together to create solutions to the challenges we all face.
“We’re embarking on an exciting journey with plate2planet and it made sense to bring back the summit for a second year to continue working with the industry on making positive change.”
For more information on plate2planet, please visit: www.plate2planet.co.uk.
The TUCO team is proud to announce its shortlisting as finalist for Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017!
Edie Sustainability Award focuses on celebrating real sustainability excellence, from the largest multi-national businesses to the smallest micro-organisations, whether operating across the public or private sector.The TUCO Team has been working extremely hard and is committed to driving the health and well-being agenda on behalf of its members and is at the fore of sustainability best practice.
In 2014 TUCO partnered up with Sustainability Restaurants (SRA) to launch a new programme to enable UK Universities and colleges to feed sustainability into their catering services.TUCO will be competing within the Sustainable Supply Chains category against BT, Coca-Cola European Partners,Encirc, ITRI, McDonald's Restaurants and Resolute Forest Products.
Find out more about EdieSustainability Leaders Awards here