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The Food Systems Network
A creative commons for food system innovators
Innovation

Innovation

Innovation through technology, policy change, and public awareness is critical to reshaping our food systems for the good of all. Read about the radical and disruptive innovation now changing the nature of food production and food service to help meet the challenges ahead.

Food Delivery Orders (Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Just Eat) are said to be increasing 30 times faster than for the overall foodservice industry. Meal kits (HelloFresh, Gousto and Mindful Chef) now account for more than 5 million meals a month in the UK. In the US in 2018, Delivery orders in accounted for more than 9% of all restaurant sales. In London, the current figure is 12%.

Amazon, without doubt, has been broadening the reach of the world's most advanced logistics platform and is now sharpening its focus on food. Food management (production, packaging, service, delivery, etc) is however a very complex business and Amazon's recent closure of its restaurant delivery service in the UK is very likely to be a full acknowledgement of this. 

The arrival of online food delivery platforms, bringing greater choice and convenience, has revolutionized the way we purchase and consume food. The capability of ordering food for delivery with a single tap of your mobile phone, whether it be your weekly supply, a meal box or a hot and ready to eat meal is the result of a series of technological and digital innovations that have as yet to run their full course.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Working with technologists, researchers, developers, business leaders, indviduals and NGOs, we explore, test and develop new and innovative food service and food production solutions to meet the environmental challenges of our rapidly changing world. 

Chris West, University of York; Bob Doherty, University of York, and Tony Heron, University of York

If you’re one of the millions of people concerned about the growing pressures that our food habits are placing on the environment, then you’ve probably felt confused, conflicted or downright overwhelmed by your own food choices on more than a few occasions. Is quinoa good, evil, or somewhere in between? Were the coconuts in my coconut milk picked by a monkey? Am I a bad person if I eat an avocado?

Standards and Regulation

Standards and Regulation

Standards and regulation are vital to ensure that public health and the environment are protected. They are also key to the reputation of businesses and organisations that follow their guidance.

Erik P Millstone, University of Sussex and Tim Lang, City, University of London

The UK’s food safety regime is not working properly. It is failing to ensure an acceptably safe food supply. Food poisoning rates are too high; confirmed cases of the Campylobacter bacteria, for example, increased by about 46% from 2008 to 2012.

The Foodservice Network is working with the British Standards Institution (or BSI), the national standards body of the United Kingdom, to develop a new publicly available specification BSI (PAS) related to hot food/ambient food delivery services.

The Foodservice Network is pleased to announce the first full day Workshop for the creation of a new performance standard for Hot Food Display Cabinets (BSI – PAS). The workshop is being held at The British Standards Institution (BSI), 389 Chiswick High Road London, W4 4AL on the 21st of July from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Networking

Networking

The health and future of our food systems requires cooperation and co-innovation across the full food supply chain.  Innovation is now driven through open systems that readily challenge and overturn conventional thinking.

In exploring new paths to market, Food Service Companies are increasingly looking to external providers to acquire the scientific and technological expertise that will help them improve their growth strategy and advance the capabilities of their own innovation teams.

Technology

Technology

New technologies and innovations in food systems are helping us to improve food security and human nutrition whilst addressing the widespread damage to our environment. Read about the innovation that will transform our global food systems and help us achieve food and environmental security. 

Soon, it will be possible, to know a great deal about the food product that was just delivered to your door. Systems designers and developers from across the foodservice sector are working together to join up the links that will make this possible. At the moment, you would be lucky if the product you ordered online had arrived safe and sound to your home or office. It might, for instance, not be the product you ordered but the product that someone else ordered.