UKHospitality has welcomed part one of the Government’s National Food Strategy and reiterated the role hospitality has to play in promoting healthier attitudes to food.
The trade body has also warned that any new measures must avoid placing unnecessary burdens on businesses struggling to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “A comprehensive national food strategy will undoubtedly impact on the hospitality sector, particularly if part of its aim is to influence eating habits. Our sector is supportive of efforts to promote healthier attitudes towards eating and we are supportive of plans to promote sustainability.
“We know it is something that many businesses are passionate about. Many have already been hard at work reformulating menus, cutting calories and rolling-out programmes to cut food waste. We are happy to play our part in positively shaping the diets of Britons. Teaching the importance of nutrition in school could go hand-in-hand with promoting careers in hospitality.
“It is important that any new measures avoid additional burdens for businesses or unnecessary costs. With so many businesses’ futures looking uncertain, avoiding extra costs is going to be key for the future of the sector. “