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Compass Group moves the dial on sustainable menus at first big conference since lockdown

Dominic Blakemore, CEO, Carolyn Ball, director of net zero delivery and Robin Mills, UK managing director

Compass Group has reiterated its goal of achieving carbon net zero by 2030 as it brought stakeholders from the industry together at its first major event since social distancing restrictions were relaxed this week.  

Experts at the conference, which was held at the QE11 Centre in Westminster and watched by hundreds of people online, debated how to build a sustainable food system.

Speakers included the UK’s net zero business champion Andrew Griffith MP, renowned climate academic Professor Sir Charles Godfray and Anna Taylor, director of the Food Foundation and key adviser for the National Food Strategy.

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Compass Group CEO Dominic Blakemore and UK managing director Robin Mills shared Compass’ vision, while Carolyn Ball, who was appointed director of net zero delivery earlier this year, outlined how it is looking to tackle reducing climate emissions through the creation of a sustainable food system.

Ms Ball is responsible for managing Compass’ climate net zero ambitions, which the company said will see “change at scale” as sustainability becomes a core business objective across all services.

After a series of presentations and panel discussions, which also include business and industry culinary director Ryan Holmes, the caterer held a food tasting session showcasing its low-carbon menus.

Robin Mills, managing director at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: “The world needs to feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries. We can only achieve this by transforming eating habits, improving food production and reducing food waste. The scale of this requires historic levels of transformation representing the biggest challenge our industry has faced.

“As the UK’s largest foodservice business, we take our responsibility to transform the food system seriously and we’re lucky to have great clients, suppliers and partners to help us. This event was a brilliant opportunity to discuss how we can move towards a sustainable food system and how we can achieve that together.”

MAIN IMAGE: Compass Group CEO Dominic Blakemore, director of net zero delivery Carolyn Ball and and UK managing director Robin Mills.

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