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Craft Guild announces 26 Graduate Awards semi-finalists

11/05/2018 09:05
The Craft Guild of Chefs has today (11 May) announced the 26 young chefs going through to its 2018 Graduate Awards semi-finals.

Open to chefs aged 23 and under, the Kitchen and Pastry Graduate examinations were founded by Craft Guild Vice-President, Steve Munkley, in 2002, to test and improve the skills young chefs learn at college and in their early careers, and take them to the next level.

This year’s kitchen...

CH&Co wins £12m catering contract with the University of Northampton

11/05/2018 08:05
Catering company CH&Co has added the University of Northampton to its portfolio – having won a brand new, three-year catering and hospitality contract worth £12 million in turnover.

Providing catering and hospitality services for the university’s 13,000 students, the contract spans nine outlets including restaurants, cafés, vending and all soft services at a 32-bed hotel, and will also se CH&Co refurbish its Newton Café to “bring it up to the high standards of the new...

Consumer spending grows 3.4% as UK recovers from ‘Beast from the East’

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11/05/2018 08:05
Barclays has reported that consumer spending increased 3.4% year-on-year in April, recovering slightly from a slowdown in March (2%).

Despite a mini-heat wave towards the end of the month, mixed weather throughout April kept pub (7.6%) and restaurant (7.2%) growth fairly subdued.

Brits shifted their priorities from the previous month to help give spending on ‘nice-to-haves’ a boost.

Data from Barclaycard, which...

Welbilt and University Hospitality Seminars study tour success

11/05/2018 07:05
Last month saw catering equipment manufacturer Welbilt embark on a study tour in partnership with University Hospitality Seminars, which gave 13 delegates from UK universities, as well as suppliers and chefs, an insight into upcoming food and beverage trends, from locations such as the University of South Florida in Tampa, a back of house tour of a Royal Caribbean cruise liner and a vegan food trek in Miami.

A behind-the-scenes tour of the University of South Florida provided an opportunity for delegates to understand the catalyst for current US trends, some of which could potentially find their way to the UK in the coming months. Not only does the university have 25 food outlets across the campus...

Brexit may lead to rising food bills

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11/05/2018 07:05
If a trade agreement is not reached between the UK and the EU, Brexit is likely to result in an average tariff on food imports of 22%, according to a parliamentary report.

Peers warned that while this would not equate to a 22% increase in food costs for consumers, prices paid at the checkout would certainly rise.

The UK Trade Policy Observatory’s modelling predicts price increases of 5.8% for meat, 8.1% for dairy products, 4% for vegetables, 3.1% for fruit...

Catering services provider ISS reports 0.4% revenue decline in Q1 2018

11/05/2018 07:05
Catering services company ISS has reported a 0.4% decline in total revenue during the first quarter this year, compared to 1.4% in the fourth quarter last year.

The decrease in revenue has been attributed to the negative currency effects partly offset by organic growth as well as a positive net impact from acquisitions and divestments.

Organic revenue of the company grew by 3.1% in the first quarter this year due to a positive impact from non-...

British parents ‘given up’ trying to feed kids five-a-day, research finds

10/05/2018 08:05
New research has found that half of British parents have ‘given up’ trying to feed their kids five portions of fruit and veg a day, claiming that they are “more concerned about ensuring they eat full stop.”

Of the 2,000 parents of children aged up to 10 surveyed, three quarters said they “struggle” to feed their offspring fruit and vegetables - with one in 10 admitting that fresh food goes off before they have a chance to eat it.

Worryingly however, 5% “don’t think it’s important” that their...


Childhood obesity fuelled by junk food ads on Google, Facebook and YouTube

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10/05/2018 07:05
MPs were told the UK’s strict advertising rules are a “shocking sham” that fail to prevent junk food advertising on Google, YouTube and social networks.

MPs took evidence from advertising executives, scientists and paediatricians in an inquiry on childhood obesity.

Items deemed high in fat, salt or sugar cannot be promoted on any media popular with children under advertising rules.

Former advertising executive and health campaigner...

KUDOS bans plastic drink bottles from Penshurst Place & Gardens

10/05/2018 07:05
Building on its fight against single-use plastic, event caterer KUDOS has removed all plastic drink bottles from Penshurst Place & Gardens (Penshurst).

The move, which took effect from 1 May, means that drinks are now only available in fully-recyclable glass bottles or cans, in both the Porcupine pantry café and garden restaurant.

It follows a company-wide decision to replace plastic straws with a biodegradable paper version at all KUDOS...

Peyton Events extends catering services at Imperial War Museum

10/05/2018 07:05
As the Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) catering partner, Peyton Events – part of Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events - has extended its services to serve ‘nibbles’ at the venue’s newly opened outdoor terrace.

Open to corporate clients who have hosted a meeting, conference or event there, the terrace is ideal for an ‘end of the day’ reception, with Oliver Peyton, Peyton Events creative director, commenting: “Thankfully, summer seems to be on the way and I can’t think of anything more relaxing than...


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