Did you know?... European measures taken to protect bees and butterflies and prevent their decline across the bloc have been largely ineffective, auditors have said. The European Court of Auditors looked at the effectiveness of the European Commission's framework of measures aimed at protecting species also including wasps and beetles - such as its 2018 pollinators and biodiversity to 2020 initiatives, reports Reuters. Such policies do not really help with the protection of pollinators, auditors said. Beekeepers in western Europe have reported a fall in the number of bees and colony losses over the last 15 years, the European Food Safety Authority said.
Did you know?... With over 150 new independent Irish restaurants signing up to the platform during the COVID-19 crisis, Deliveroo is now introducing new measures to support local restaurants as they reopen for business as part of a new Love Your Local campaign. The first measure Deliveroo is putting in place is a new restaurant tipping feature that enables customers to tip restaurants on the app when they place an order. When customers are paying at ‘checkout’ they will be able to round-up their bill or tip the restaurant from a selection of predetermined amounts. The increase in Deliveroo new restaurant partners came as many restaurants turned to a delivery-only model in line with government guidelines during the COVID-19 restrictions. Since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions, more than 220 new Irish restaurants have signed-up to the platform, with over 150 (68%) of them being independent restaurants.
Did you know?... China's dwindling pace of meat imports, thanks to its tough measures against coronavirus contamination, will provide further support for prices already buoyed by a severe shortage of pork, analysts said. Purchases of pork and other meats have soared this year after domestic production shrank 30% following an outbreak of African swine fever that devastated China's hog herd, but the recent anti-contamination measures threaten to reduce imports. Beijing has suspended imports from more than 20 overseas plants processing pork, beef and poultry since mid-June, after workers were infected with the virus.
Did you know?... Britain's Co-operative Group has announced that it will source bread for its private-label range from Jacksons, a Yorkshire-based baker. Jacksons, a sixth-generation family baking business from Hull in Yorkshire, will start supplying bread to the retailer from the spring of next year. MD of Jacksons, Dorian Hiles, described the collaboration as a “brilliant opportunity” and added, “The William Jackson Food Group, which owns Jacksons, has a long history with Co-op and is closely aligned in terms of quality and values, and it’s great to be able to build on this relationship even further.”
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