In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Cafe Rouge's website, www.caferouge.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, prawns, fish, bacon, beef, duck and eggs. With the exception of eggs (some egg products were labelled free range), no other animal products were labelled as organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be the produce of factory farmed animals.

In March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this. No information about GM could be found on the Cafe Rouge website when viewed in January 2019.

Reference:

www.caferouge.com (15 January 2019)

In June 2018 Ethical Consumer recieved a questionnaire response from Las Iguanas. It stated that "Compassion in World Farming is a strategic partner to us and we have developed species specific welfare policies as well as an overarching animal welfare policy. CDG was the first hospitality company to announcement a commitment to source 100% free range eggs across all brands by 2022 and were awarded a Good Egg Award for this position."

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Las Iguanas website and saw that it was selling meat and other dairy products that were not labelled organic or free range and therefore assumed that these were sourced from factory farming.

In March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by the company were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed. The Las Ignuanas website stated that it tried to be GM-free. However, it did not make any committment, and did not mention GM animal feed.

As a result Las Iguanas was marked down under Animal Rights and Factory Farming and lost a whole mark under each category. It also lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

Ethical COnsumer Questionnaire (28 June 2018)

In January 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Bella Italia's website, www.bellaitalia.co.uk. The company's menu listed a number of dishes containing cheese, chicken, pork, beef, squid, duck, lamb, prawns and free range eggs. With the exception of eggs, no animal products were labelled organic or free range. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed them to be factory farmed animals and as a result Bella Italia lost a whole mark under Animal Rights and under Factory Farming.

In addition, in March 2015 the British government website www.food.gov.uk stated that the EU animal feed industry imported 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements; that "almost all" of the soya from the major producers Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and the USA was genetically modified and that "much of" the maize imported from the USA was genetically modified. Therefore, due to the prevalence of genetically modified animal feed on the market in non-organic certified dairy and meat it was probable that ingredients used by Bella Italia were derived from animals fed genetically modified feed.

In an email response in March 2017 the company stated, "CDG understands the prevalence of GM soya and maize in animal feed and requires all suppliers to ensure that wherever possible this is not used in our supply chain." However there was no evidence of whether suppliers complied with this and the use of 'wherever possible' implied that it was not strictly enforced. The FAQ section of the website, viewed in January 2019, stated 'None of our menus contain genetically modified ingredients.' However, no mention of GM animal feed was made. The company therefore lost half a mark under Controversial Technologies.

Reference:

www.bellaitalia.co.uk (15 January 2019)

In January 2019, Ethical Consumer viewed the 2017 accounts for Casual Dining Group Limited, which stated that the UHC for the group was Casual Dining Group GP S.A., a company incorporated in Luxembourg, despite the fact that the group's website described it as 'the UK's leading independent restaurant group'. Luxembourg was considered to be a tax haven at the time of writing. As the group's UHC was registered in a tax haven, despite its primary business being conducted elsewhere, it received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for likely use of tax avoidance strategies and lost a full mark under Anti-Social Finance.

Reference:

Casual Dining Group Limited Annual Report 2017 (2017)