More New Year resolutions for food manufacturers

By Mike Stones

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Have you make a New Year's resolution for the food and drink manufacturing industry?
Have you make a New Year's resolution for the food and drink manufacturing industry?
More help for small- to medium-sized enterprises, greater efforts to cut waste and the need to source local food all feature in our latest crop of New Year’s resolutions made by leading industry figures on behalf of the UK food and drink industry.

Jonathon Bayne​, technical policy manager, Asda

1)“More financial support for small- and medium-sized enterprises to enable them to survive, thrive and grow in this current tough economic climate.

2)“Further reductions in unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy that directly affects all aspects of the food industry.

3)“Recognition that the UK food industry is the best in the world when it comes to product innovation.”

Estelle Herszenhorn​, programme manager, Waste & Resources Action Programme

1)​ “The food and drink industry will recognise the true value and commercial benefits of waste prevention.

2)“The food and drink industry will build on the momentum of the Courtauld Commitment first year results and the Federation House Commitment 2010 progress – preventing waste and reducing water use, respectively.

3)“The food and drink industry will continue to raise the profile and showcase innovation in resource efficiency.”

Tom Beeston​, managing partner at campaign group East England

1)“Push the concept: it's all our responsibility to ensure everyone can eat good food regularly at a table with friends, family and colleagues.

2)“Consider I need to eat 'much' less and to eat better.

3)“Aim to increase the proportion of locally-purchased UK food we consume.”

Mike Wilson​, director Automation Advisory Service

“The food industry should maximise its productivity and efficiency by:

1) “The application of lean engineering.

2) “The greater use of appropriate automation.

3) “Investment in staff training to make best use of advanced manufacturing equipment.”

4) “Find out more about the benefits of automation and take advantage of the government funded Automating Manufacturing Programme.​” Click here​.

Jim Trower​, director of food, FareShare

1) “Work with double the number of food and drink manufacturers to access their surplus in-date food for the FareShare network.

2)Convince retailers and manufacturers that feeding people is preferable to feeding pigs or machinery, and more ethical than the easy option of landfill.

3)To increase the number of daily meals we provide from 35,500 to 50,000 over the next two years.

Paul Segnynowycz​, technical manager at Joseph Heler Cheese

1)“Don’t allow retailers to bully.”

Read more resolutions made by leading industry figures on behalf of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry by clicking here.

Meanwhile, campaign group WWF Northern Ireland has identified 10 resolutions for a healthier planet. These were:

1) Eat a healthy, sustainable diet that cuts carbon emissions.
2) Set yourself an annual target to reduce your carbon emissions and monitor your progress.
3) Help safeguard our rainforests. 
4) Support sustainable fisheries and fish consumption.
5) Campaign against climate change.
6) Install loft insulation.
7) Reduce your car use.
8) Fly less​!
9) Use your community recycling collection.
10) Purchase energy efficient appliances.

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