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Sustainability

Sustainability

Working with technologists, researchers, developers, business leaders, indviduals and NGOs, we explore, test and develop new and innovative food service and food production solutions to meet the environmental challenges of our rapidly changing world. 

Chris West, University of York; Bob Doherty, University of York, and Tony Heron, University of York

If you’re one of the millions of people concerned about the growing pressures that our food habits are placing on the environment, then you’ve probably felt confused, conflicted or downright overwhelmed by your own food choices on more than a few occasions. Is quinoa good, evil, or somewhere in between? Were the coconuts in my coconut milk picked by a monkey? Am I a bad person if I eat an avocado?

Innovation

Innovation

Innovation in the Foodservice Sector has never been so active or widespread. Across the industry, radical and disruptive innovation is changing the nature of foodservice and food retail.

The arrival of online food delivery platforms, bringing greater choice and convenience, has revolutionized the way we purchase and consume food. The capability of ordering food for delivery with a single tap of your mobile phone, whether it be your weekly supply, a meal box or a hot and ready to eat meal is the result of a series of technological and digital innovations that have as yet to run their full course.

Blockchain technology could solve food safety and fraud by enabling immediate traceability to the point of origin. (Shutterstock)
 

Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

There has been a lot of noise on cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin of late. While some suggest cryptocurrencies are a fraud, others believe them to be the next biggest economic revolution the world has seen since the internet. Bitcoin has brought to light blockchain technology, which offers great potential for food safety and verification in the agrifood sector. Yet it is far from being the panacea for a range of issues affecting the industry — at least for now.

The exponential growth in home food delivery is changing not only the way we purchase and consume food, it is also changing the way Restaurants and Food Retailers design and build their restaurants and shops.

Foodservice Standards

Foodservice Standards

Foodservice Standards can greatly improve not only the quality of food product and food services, they also can significantly improve the reputation of organisations that follow their guidance.

The Foodservice Network is working with the British Standards Institution (or BSI), the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to develop a new publicly available specification BSI (PAS) related to hot food/ambient food delivery services.

The Foodservice Network is pleased to announce the first full day Workshop for the creation of a new performance standard for Hot Food Display Cabinets (BSI – PAS). The workshop is being held at The British Standards Institution (BSI), 389 Chiswick High Road London, W4 4AL on the 21st of July from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The Foodservice Network is working with the British Standards Institution (or BSI), the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to develop a new publicly available specification BSI (PAS) for Hot Food Display Cabinets to secure peace of mind for consumers when purchasing packaged hot food products.

Networking

Networking

The future of any foodservice operation will be determined by the strength of the innovator's networking ability. Innovation is now driven through open systems that readily challenge and overturn conventional thinking.

In exploring new paths to market, Food Service Companies are increasingly looking to external providers to acquire the scientific and technological expertise that will help them improve their growth strategy and advance the capabilities of their own innovation teams.

Technology

Technology

A variety of new technologies are being introduced to Foodservice Operations that bring new capabilities, improving product quality and providing consumers with relevant information that transforms their dining experience.

Soon, it will be possible, to know a great deal about the food product that was just delivered to your door. Systems designers and developers from across the foodservice sector are working together to join up the links that will make this possible. At the moment, you would be lucky if the product you ordered online had arrived safe and sound to your home or office. It might, for instance, not be the product you ordered but the product that someone else ordered.

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