August 2018

Coca-Cola to buy Costa Coffee in £3.9billion deal

31/08/2018 09:08
Whitbread, who own Costa, have announced its sale of the coffee chain for £3.9billion to Coca-Cola.

Alison Brittain, Whitbread chief executive, recognised the coffee shop’s brand strength and international growth potential, and said that with the sale, Whitbread would be able to focus on growth for its hotel chain, Premier Inn.

She said: “The sale of Costa to Coca-Cola is another...

Oxfordshire County Council re-brands 54 school dining rooms after Carillion collapse

Oxfordshire County Council re-brand 54 school dining rooms after Carillion collapse
31/08/2018 09:08
Oxfordshire County Council has completed a major re-branding of its 54 Primary School dining rooms across the county, following the collapse of Carillion.

The service has been taken in-house, and Elygra Marketing Services were appointed. Designs were produced for the branding scheme including menu boards, inserts, header and footer panels for the servery areas as well as some bespoke items. In addition to the generic items, a number of schools...

Fun Friday Food Facts 2018 Vol.33

31/08/2018 08:08
After a few weeks without any sort of theme, this week all the facts revolve around non-alcoholic drinks. If you have any interesting facts, share them with us on social media!
  • Astronauts do not consume sodas or carbonated drinks in space because the lack of gravity to separate the liquid and gas in the stomach leads to a kind of vomiting called “wet burping.”
  • Germany’s beer drinking culture is such that its top sports stars would rather drink non-
  • ...

European packaging organisation complains to EU Ombudsman over plastics strategy

European packaging organisation complains to EU Ombudsman over plastics strategy
31/08/2018 07:08
Foodservice packaging organisation Pack2Go Europe has complained to the European Ombudsman about the way the European Commission (EC) prepared the EU Plastic Strategy.

It is also not happy about the way it handled the drafting of a directive in May on single use plastic.

It claims the consultancy the EC used in the process had a conflict of interest and that the commission then rushed through an inadequate impact assessment of the measures it proposed...

UKHospitality responds to Liberal Democrats business rates plans

UKHospitality responds to Liberal Democrats business rates plans
31/08/2018 07:08
UKHospitality commended the Liberal Democrats’ plans to abolish business rates, but stressed that action must be taken immediately to support hospitality businesses crippled by the system.

The report, ‘Taxing Land, Not Investment’, calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL).

The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites,...

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