Knowledge for better food systems

Investor briefing: Plating Up Progress Part 1

Investor briefing on sustainability risks and opportunities for food retailers, caterers and restaurant chains.

Plating Up Progress (a Food Foundation and Food Climate Research Network project) has released a new investor briefing, Plating Up Progress Part 1, which looks at the sustainability risks and opportunities that exist for food retailers, caterers and restaurants.

Plating Up Progress Part 1 addresses key areas of interest for food industry investors.

- Critical food-related challenges include climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, obesity and hunger, human rights, animal welfare and antimicrobial resistance.

- To “fix” food we need sustainable food production, food waste reductions and, crucially, dietary shifts.

- Food retailers, caterers and restaurant chains are uniquely placed to influence all three changes we need to see.

- System-wide risks exist if we fail to act urgently.

- Transitional risks and opportunities that concern these food sectors are:

- Shifts in consumer demand

- Increasing regulation around healthy and sustainable food

- Reputation Food supply and price volatility.

- Food businesses that are heavily dependent on revenue from unhealthy and environmentally damaging foods are most at risk.

Plating Up Progress Part 2 will follow this September to assess risks and opportunities in the UK food retail and restaurant sectors, and how critical disclosure gaps can be filled. 

Download the investor briefing here. Webinars to explore the first paper will take place on the 10, 11 and 17 July 2019. You can register for one of the webinars using the following links:

Wednesday 10th July 2pm (BST) 

Thursday 11th July 2pm (BST) 

Wednesday 17th July 2pm (BST) 

On 5 September 2019, Plating Up Progress will hold a multi-stakeholder conference for investors, businesses and policy makers on accelerating change in the food industry. Keynote speakers include Henry Dimbleby, who is leading the UK government's National Food Strategy, with input from both food business trailblazers and those providing industry benchmarks. Email Will Nicholson to register your interest for the event.