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Hospitality businesses sceptical about local sourcing

Three quarters of respondents believe that true local sourcing means within a 20-mile radius. In contrast, many suppliers refer to

Three quarters of respondents believe that true local sourcing means within a 20-mile radius. In contrast, many suppliers refer to regional or even national products as `local`.

Chris Durant, director of beacon, explained: "This raises a challenge for suppliers: how to meet a practical demand for local products at competitive prices, and within a framework of what `local` means.

"The reality is that businesses are not going to get everything they need from a 20-mile radius or at a price they want to pay."


The survey, of 2,000 hospitality businesses, also found that while almost all respondents (99%) have introduced one or more energy saving or recycling initiatives, fewer than a third are currently recycling.

A lack of outside storage facilities and the limit of local recycling services were seen as their biggest challenges.

In addition, 88% of respondents also disagreed to the imposition of a Government `traffic light` coding system on menus.