In August 2020 the government announced that in 2021 the Single-Use Carrier Bag Charge would be increased to 10p and extended to all retailers in England. Since its introduction, use of carrier bags in the main supermarkets has reduced by 95% and the Government is keen to build on this success.
Over the course of the pandemic there has been increased focus on lean manufacturing systems and removing people, paper and even audit visits from the equation. Even training has moved out of the classroom. Has the pandemic led to permanent change and is a more technology enabled and streamlined approach that is here to stay?
The sandwich and FTG market is set to undergo changes as it emerges from lockdown but it is expected to bounce back strongly and grow beyond where it was before COVID arrived, according to researchers at Mealtrak who presented to a BSA members meeting on 15th April 2021.