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Red Tractor urges government to make food production a priority

government, food, production
14/05/2018 07:05
Red Tractor Assurance is urging the government to ensure that food production is at the forefront of its future agricultural policy.

Jim Moseley, chief executive of Red Tractor Assurance, says: “It is the demand for food, both in the UK and around the globe, that should shape and drive this industry and future policy needs to reflect that.

“Government should be putting more resource and focus behind British agriculture...


UKHospitality and BII commit to reducing waste

hospitality, businesses, waste
14/05/2018 07:05
UK hospitality businesses have reiterated their commitment to tackling packaging waste by committing to a sector-wide pledge.

Delegates at 'Unpack the Future of Hospitality,' spearheaded by the British Institute for Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality, were urged to commit to a pledge unveiled by UKHospitality’s chief executive, Kate Nicholls, including: 

- Collaborating to eliminate unnecessary plastic in the...


Mayor of London publishes consultation on draft London Food Strategy

14/05/2018 07:05
The Mayor of London and London Food Board have published a consultation on the draft London Food Strategy, which aims to tackle obesity and dietary ill-health in the capital and provide more support to British farmers.

It also sets an ambition that public institutions achieve the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here award.

Rob Percival, policy and campaigns manager for Soil Association Food for Life, said: “We are pleased to see the mayor calling for better public procurement of food. Food for...


Fun Friday Food Facts 2018 Vol.19

11/05/2018 10:05
We know everyone keeps harping on about the weather but when it's this nice, it's hard not to... So here's our favourite BBQ-themed Fun Friday Food Facts!
  • To give your food that smokey, barbecue flavour even if it’s cooked indoors under an electric grill, then marinate it in lapsang souchong, a black Chinese tea
  • In 2009, researchers found mammoth ribs in a BBQ-style 4ft cooking pit that appeared to date back to 29,000 B.C.
  • ...

London mayor to ban junk food ads on capital's transport network

junk, food, adverts
11/05/2018 09:05
Junk food adverts are to be banned from London’s Transport for London network by the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Khan says he wants to tackle the 'ticking time bomb' of child obesity in the capital.

If the proposal is approved, adverts for 'unhealthy food and drink' will be banned on the London underground, overground, buses and bus shelters.

The junk food advertising ban forms part of Khan's...


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’

consumer, spending, March
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

Brexit, food, imports
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...


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