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Food Foundation report claims supermarkets falling short on sustainability

According to a recent report, less than half of UK supermarkets issue targets for the sale of healthy food and plant-based protein alternatives. This has prompted the Food Foundation to call for action.

Plating Up Progress, a new report issued by the Food Foundation, has exposed shortcomings within the food industry on matters such as healthy eating and sustainability – particularly in supermarkets. The new report finds that only four of the 11 supermarkets have public targets on either the percentage of food sales that are healthy, or for increases in sale of fruit, veg or plant-based protein products.

The report does, however, praise the leadership of some in the field, including Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer’s for their commitment to reporting the percentage of sales that comes from healthy products. Tesco’s leadership also aims to halve the environmental impact of the average shopping basket, and Lidl reports a 20 percent increase in sales of veg between 2017 and 2019.

The story was worryingly similar when it came to restaurants. Only three out of 15 major restaurants and caterers that were surveyed by the report had public targets or data available on either the percentage of food sales that are healthy, or report on fruit and veg sales.

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