The majority of independent hospitality businesses are opposed to a government-enforced traffic light labelling system for menus to show the nutritional content of food. The survey by purchasing consortium Beacon Purchasing found that while 88% didn’t want the government to dictate the system, four in five believed that they needed to give customers a healthy option, with 64% having incorporated lower fat, sugar and salt, as well as vegetarian choices into their offering. The research showed that although 50% of people requested local produce, there was a discrepancy in the understanding of the term local, with three quarters of respondents believing that it meant within a 20-mile radius, while others referred to regional or national products as local. Chris Durant, director of Beacon, said: “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 within a 20-mile radius or at a price they want to pay. “However, our suppliers have taken leaps forward in this area over the past couple of years and I believe we are moving towards a greater consensus on what the standard and definition of ‘local’ should be.” The importance of environmental issues were also highlighted, with 99% of companies having introduced one or more energy saving or recycling initiative, although less than a third recycled due to challenges faced by lack of storage facilities and lack of local recycling services.