Blog & Insights

Food insights play a key role in our approach to proactive procurement and effective supply chain management – and we like to share! From food trends and innovation, to marketplace updates, industry news, food price index reports and expert insights, our blog provides thought-provoking analysis on a range of interesting topics…

Foodsteps
Food Trends & Innovation

allmanhall partner with Foodsteps

allmanhall and Foodsteps are delighted to be able to announce their exclusive partnership; the award-winning food procurement experts team up with the ground-breaking carbon impact assessment technology business. Read on to learn more…

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Young children holding peppers
Nutrition & Dietetics

An overview: the Department for Education’s sustainability policy

At the very end of April 2022, the Department for Education published its much-anticipated policy paper. It is titled ‘Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services system’. As food procurement experts, specialising in food supply for education, allmanhall have been quick to thoroughly review the policy and summarise what it means, for schools…

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Mill Hill Set up
Food & Catering Procurement

Reflecting on the Independent Education Caterers’ Forum

It has been a while since there’s been a chance for independent education caterers to meet and network. allmanhall partnered with Mill Hill and the ISBA to facilitate just that, at the end of April. Read on for a synopsis of a truly insightful day, filled with excellent food and fascinating discussion.

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Food system strategy image
Food & Drink Industry

Digesting the 4 main ingredients of the National Food Strategy

The National Food Strategy was created with the following aim surrounding the food supply chain and our relationship with food.
“…we have examined at length the things that have gone wrong with the food system. Now we must address an even more urgent question: how do we put them right?”
Read on to understand the key parts making up the National Food Strategy and the recommendations made.

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14 major food allergens
Nutrition & Dietetics

What are the 14 major food allergens?

In the UK, there are 14 major food allergens which food providers are legally required to provide warnings for when they are used as ingredients in any food and drink that they provide. The following article details what these allergies are and provides examples of foods they may be found in.

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Consumer inflation shopping trolley
Food & Catering Procurement

Far-ranging and far-reaching factors forcing food inflation

Oliver Hall, MD at allmanhall, explains “there are a wide-ranging number of reasons why we are currently experiencing such significant food inflation. Our global food supply chain comes with input cost factors that originate far beyond these shores.” Read on to learn more and to understand what this means for food procurement and food supply chain management…

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The Last Supper
Food for Thought

Easter done sustainably

We examine the ingrained cultural traditions surrounding food at Easter. Why is it we eat lamb to celebrate this time of year? Is there a more sustainable but equally tasty alternative to eating meat at our Christian celebrations? Read on to find out!

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Stormy wheatfield
Food & Drink Industry

Feeding the Nation: Once more the job of a British farmer?

Volatility of price and availability are going to be concerns for everyone through the food supply chain for many months to come. In this piece, Joe Evans, non-executive director at allmanhall, shares insight into how government and industry are tackling the tensions of feeding the world, restoring the peace and reversing climate change. He tells us how it is from a farmer’s perspective. We hope you’ll find it thought-provoking…

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Microplastics on fingers
Food for Thought

Microplastics in your food

It has been reported that microplastics have been found in humans for the first time. These microplastics can cause damage to human cells and therefore pose a risk to our health. We look at how our relationship with plastic impacts the presence of microplastics in our ecosystems.

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Water glass - hydration
Nutrition & Dietetics

How important is hydration?

Did you know we can live for up to 2 months without food but only 3 days without water? Read on to find out how important staying hydrated is for our health.

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Russia-Ukraine war impact on food industry
Food & Drink Industry

Russian and Ukraine: a crisis on many fronts

Food cost savings, supply chain and delivery challenges, and sustainability goals are being usurped. Food security is now a real concern, globally. The Ukraine crisis comes at a time when the input cost factors for the food supply chain and food production were already very high. Our thoughts are with those suffering, as we also look at the bigger picture of some of the wider ramifications around the world…

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One third of all food produced is wasted
Food & Drink Industry

Reducing food waste in catering environments

According to WRAP, worldwide we waste a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food globally each year, this equates to one third of all food produced for human consumption. So how can caterers take action to help reduce this wastage?

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Food Waste Action Week
Food & Drink Industry

Food Waste Action Week – why reducing food waste matters

Food Waste Action Week, heavily promoted by WRAP and very much supported by allmanhall, is something we can all get involved in, at home or in foodservice operations. Reducing food waste is an essential and key part of achieving sustainability goals. Read on to learn more…

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Fairtrade fortnight
Food & Drink Industry

Fairtrade fortnight

21 February – 6 March 2022 is Fairtrade Fortnight. Read on to find out more about the work being carried out by the Fairtrade Foundation when it comes to the creation of transparent food supply chains…

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Food Inflation
Food & Drink Industry

Food inflation – what to expect and why

allmanhall’s Procurement Director, Mike Meek, is an expert in managing the complexities of food supply chains. Here he explains the factors at play when it comes to our future food prices. Read on to understand what to expect in 2022…

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Food trends for 2022
Food Trends & Innovation

Food trends for 2022

Keen to understand the latest food trends? Want to get your head around terms such as ‘flexitarian’, climatarian and reducetarian? Intrigued about ‘blended meat’ options and potato milk? Here we share some insight and look at ‘awareness’ as one of the key themes for 2022. Read on to learn more about things to consider when planning your catering procurement…

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Food outlook
Food & Drink Industry

Food outlook for 2022

As January rolls on, it would appear that we have not left the uncertainty of 2021 behind. Already a number of key themes are emerging as being likely to impact foodservice and the food supply chain through 2022. As food procurement experts, we are staying close to these complex matters. We are using insight, making proactive forecast, strategies and plans. All to help our clients manage and mitigate the risks. Our managing director, Oliver Hall, takes a closer look at what we can expect to see in 2022…

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Supply Chain Disruption
Food & Catering Procurement

Unprecedented support in unprecedentedly challenging times

2021 saw the food and catering industry experience extraordinary challenges, both through the disruption of the supply chain, staff shortages and inexorably increasing food prices. This ‘perfect storm’ has been generated by a combination of factors; supply chain disruption caused by chronic shortages of drivers as well as depot and factory workers, exacerbated by the ongoing effects of Brexit and Covid-19, this has essentially meant that stock availability has been extremely volatile and delivery fulfilment sporadic. Suppliers have found themselves forced to propose price increases across the board, as staff wages have had to be increased to attract and retain drivers, commodities and utility prices have soared and inflation is at a 3 year high.

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Reducing the carbon footprint in food supply chain management
Food & Catering Procurement

Reducing the carbon footprint in food supply chain management

allmanhall are currently helping clients with the challenge of tackling complex supply chain emissions. They are partnering to offer a carbon impact assessment tool that measures carbon intensity in recipes. The ultimate goal is to support sustainable choices by the end consumer, via visibility of data. Read on to find out more…

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DFE Sustainability & Climate Change
Food for Thought

Sustainability and Climate Change: Reviewing the Department for Education’s draft strategy

In November 2021, the Department for Education released a draft strategy focusing on environmental sustainability. Its vision? For the UK to be the “the world-leading education sector in sustainability and climate change by 2030.” It has been created for engagement purposes, to be reviewed between November 2021 and March 2022. The final strategy is then to be published April 2022. Here we share some key points from the draft strategy with you. Read on for your overview…

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Plastic pollution earth
Food & Drink Industry

Plastic not so fantastic

As an increased awareness on health emerges as a predominant trend for 2021, we cannot ignore the importance of both our own well-being and also the health of our planet. Here, one of our expert buyers, Laura Taylor, takes a look at what’s on the horizon when it comes to plastic…

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Inflation & Food Price Outlook
Food & Drink Industry

Inflation and Food Price Outlook 2021

Mike Meek, Procurement Director at allmanhall, examines how foodservice supply chains may cope with the full opening of the hospitality sector this summer and goes on to explore the prospects for future food prices. From the way food inflation is predicted, to the impact of UK labour shortages with regards to drivers and pickers, Meek takes a detailed look…

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Covid safe catering operation
Food for Thought

How Covid-19 has changed catering operations

Whilst the Covid pandemic is still causing some disruption to catering operations across the UK, catering operators rose to the challenge and implemented several changes to their operations to ensure they produced exceptional food whilst maintaining a Covid safe working environment.

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Natasha's Law
Food & Drink Industry

Preparing for Natasha’s Law

Natasha’s Law requires that all prepacked for direct sale (PPDS) foods conform to current prepacked labelling requirements, with a full ingredient declaration, showing allergens highlighted. So how can you prepare?

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Reopening catering operations during Covid-19
Food for Thought

Reopening catering operations during Covid-19

The Covid pandemic has challenged the long-established norm for catering teams. As we prepare for and undertake remobilisation in order to re-open in line with the milestones laid out by the Prime Minister on 22 February 2020, many catering functions and operations teams are seeing this time as an opportunity to innovate. Getting orders in with plenty of notice will be imperative!

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Getting ready for Natasha's Law
Food & Drink Industry

Getting ready for Natasha’s Law

‘Natasha’s Law’ – following the tragic death of the teenager, Natasha Ednan-Laperouse – is the first new legislation around allergen management passed in the House of commons since the introduction of the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation in 2014.

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Sustainability in food supply chains
Food for Thought

Sustainability in Food Supply

The 2020s have been termed the ‘critical decade’ for sustainable development implementation. While the topic can be overwhelming and riddled with confusing information, what is clear is that we need to collectively improve our understanding of sustainable food systems and identify actions that we can all put in place to make a difference…

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Food trends in 2021
Food Trends & Innovation

Seasonality and food trends to kick off 2021

As the indulgence of the festive holiday draws to a close, many will have finished the last of the cheese and mince pies and either despite or because of Lockdown 3.0, look to start 2021 with a focus on health and wellbeing. Here we look at foods that are in season and may support these healthy eating aspirations or trends for early 2021…

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Food that boosts our immune system
Nutrition & Dietetics

Can food boost our immune system?

Since Covid-19 came into our lives, the focus on our immune system and immune boosting foods has been everywhere. The media is full of advice on how to ‘boost’ your immune system, with many claims of certain supplements or foods boosting our immune system to reduce the chance of contracting Covid-19, but what is the truth behind it all? Tess Warnes, BSc RD, allmanhall’s Registered Dietitian explains…

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Crate of apples
Food for Thought

Concerned about quality?

Alastair Cupper, Procurement Manager at allmanhall, looks at quality considerations around fresh produce this autumn and the added complexity brought on by supply chain disruptions as a result of Brexit and potential border delays.

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Allergies - Natasha's Law
Food & Drink Industry

Natasha’s Law: An Update

allmanhall’s Registered Dietitian, Tess Warnes BSc RD, explains the latest regarding the new law around allergen management that will come into force in October 2021. ‘Natasha’s Law’ follows the tragic death of a teenager and Tess looks at what is classed as a Pre-Packed Food for Direct Sale and what caterers need to do in preparation…

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Fresh produce sustainable eating
Food for Thought

Supporting sustainable eating in schools

Tess Warnes BSc RD, Company Dietitian at allmanhall explores the considerations around encouraging and supporting sustainable eating in schools. What roles can caterers and dietitians play and what developments are on the horizon?

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Piggy bank with mask on covid19
Food & Catering Procurement

How is Covid-19 impacting supply chains and prices?

Our Procurement Director, Mike Meek, is a regular contributor to industry think tanks and working groups. In January he was involved in the University of Warwick’s Expert Elicitation day regarding the Food Industry. Here he provides helpful insights around the impact of Covid-19 on supply chains and prices…

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Sugar Cubes in Glass Jar
Food & Drink Industry

Sugar awareness week

During Sugar Awareness Week, allmanhall reviews policies set out to reduce sugar consumption and considers what is needed to stem the rising tide of childhood obesity.

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Dark Chocolate Bar
Food Trends & Innovation

Key chocolate trends

When we think of comfort food, chocolate typically comes to mind. But how has chocolate changed over time? Discover key chocolate trends in 2019.

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