Source a quarter of food from UK suppliers, caterers urged

UK food growing - image:HW
UK food growing - image:HW

A new initiative intended to increase the share of homegrown food used in the hospitality industry was launched on Friday 7 February.

Buy British, Boost Britain will advise foodservice companies on how best to source British produce, and will serve as a platform to share best practice.

The organisation behind the intitiative, the Footprint sustainability forum, is now calling on the entire foodservice industry to pledge to source at least a quarter of its food from British producers, and has urged the government to incentivise this.

Footprint's managing director Charles Miers said:  "By sourcing a minimum of 25 per cent of food from UK farmers and growers, businesses will be pumping millions into the local economy, creating new employment opportunities and helping many growers to expand."

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