Foodservice

Glasgow food businesses to be inspected

Full traceability inspections are to be carried out at all halal butchers in Glasgow during 2016, following concerns over meat transparency. 

Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs recalled from Iceland

Iceland Foods is pulling its Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs from shelves, due to incorrect storage instructions. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen pulls ‘offensive’ advertisements

Restaurant chain Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has withdrawn three advertisements shown across London after just two days, due to offending the vegan community. 

Educational health food concept to open in London

A healthy food and juice eatery is set to open in the UK capital this spring.

Environment Secretary commits to exploring new markets for British meat

Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, has today welcomed the increasing global appetite for British meat as we enter the ‘Year of Great British Food’.

Fast food workers protest for higher pay

Workers in the fast food industry are expected to be joined this afternoon by members of union GMB in a protest over wages. 

New tapas range available to the foodservice market

The Snack Ham Company has started the year by launching a range of chilled tapas aimed at the foodservice industry. 

Top foodservice trends for 2016 predicted

New flavours and adaptability are among the top five foodservice trends predicted for 2016. 

Welsh Lamb hopeful of export boost in Dubai

Key exporters in the Welsh red meat industry met with over 50 of Dubai’s high-end purchasers in a networking event hosted by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), with the purpose of boosting Welsh Lamb exports.

Christmas turkey falling out of favour, says study

Research from online restaurant booking platform Bookatable.co.uk has revealed that the traditional Christmas dinner is becoming less popular with Millennials. 

2 Sisters optimistic despite sales drop

Boparan Holdings, parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, is remaining optimistic despite seeing a total sales drop for the first quarter of 2015/2016. 

Food companies encouraged to make the most of pest control services

The food industry is expected to benefit from a move to promote professional standards in pest control. 

Chinese takeaway develops Christmas wontons

Fully embracing the Christmas spirit, experimental Chinese takeaway Zing Zing has created novel Christmas Dinner wontons. 

Burger bar reacts to fine

Southsea burger bar, 6oz Burgers, has expressed disappointment over the outcome of a court battle, which saw the company fined £125,000. 

Diners concerned over meat provenance

Diners are showing an increased interest in where their meat is sourced from in restaurants, according to the National Pig Association (NPA).

West Country Lamb available in Italy

West Country Lamb bearing the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) banner has hit the Italian market. 

British meat hits French menus

Quality Standard Mark (QSM) beef and lamb will soon be found in bistros and restaurants in two of Europe’s key cities. 

Mexican sauces spice up meat favourites

Three new ambient sauces, designed to accompany meat and fish dishes, are set to hit the market. 

Christmas Day bookings on the increase

A record number of Brits are choosing to dine out this Christmas, according to Bookatable. The restaurant booking site reported a 63% year-on-year spike for Christmas Day bookings. 

Burgers reign supreme

New data from Bookatable, the restaurant booking platform, has revealed a boost in popularity for burgers.

BVA react to Defra cuts

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has expressed relief at the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review, which was announced on Wednesday 26 November. 

Meat snack claims to defeat hangovers

A Peckham-based charcuterie specialist has claimed to have created a snack that prevents hangovers.

Belgian dry-aged beef heads to UK

Award-winning dry-aged Secreto 07 is heading to the UK marketplace, thanks to the efforts of F&B Premium Brands and De Laet & Van Haver. Secreto 07 recently rose to prominence having been distributed by chefs, the Adrià brothers. 

Premium pork crackling finds new market

The Snaffling Pig Co, a creator of premium pork crackling, is now supplying products to pub group Brewhouse and Kitchen across the country.

We Hae Meat celebrates partnership with The Co-operative

Ayrshire-based family butcher business We Hae Meat has forged a supply deal worth £600,000 with 50 Co-operative stores throughout Scotland.

Chicken restaurant seeks crowdfunding investment

H.en, the chicken shop concept, is looking to raise £100,000 by crowdfunding with Crowdcube.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

A new premium meat snack brand, Flodins, is to launch in the UK market.

Guidance on free-from launched by BRC and FDF

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) have launched a guide, which provides food manufacturers, retailers and enforcement authorities with essential advice on making ‘free-from’ claims.

Shoreditch restaurant talks turkey

A restaurant is to open in London’s Shoreditch in spring 2016 that will be devoted to serving turkey. 

Fast food chains targeted for Living Wage protests

Fast food chains including McDonald’s and Burger King will face protests from members of the GMB union about the Living Wage today.  


McDonald’s launches premium burgers

Major fast food chain McDonald’s has revealed a pilot range of premium burgers which it launched in 28 restaurants last week.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sees sales success due to premium demand

Premium burger chain, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, has cooked up £1 million of retail sales already this year. 

Brioche Burger adds halal Aberdeen Angus to menu

London’s Brioche Burger has expanded its menu by adding 100% halal certified Aberdeen Angus beef to its offerings. 

International markets grow for Welsh lamb

Austria has announced it will become the latest country to supply PGI Welsh Lamb.

Moy Park adds to trophy cabinet

Moy Park, the self-proclaimed largest poultry processor in Northern Ireland, was crowned the overall company at the UK Food Manufacture Excellence Awards on Tuesday (3 November).

William Reed Business Media announces new business partnership

William Reed Business Media (WRBM) is delighted to announce an exciting new business partnership with Virtual College.

Acoura Board welcomes new special advisors

David Gregory is set to join Acoura, a provider of risk services for the food and drink sector, as an advisor when he steps down from his position as chairman of Red Tractor at the end of the month. 

AHDB urges foodservice to try the lamb

Foodservice operators are being encouraged to embrace lamb through a new AHDB Beef & Lamb digital campaign. 

Serious Pig calls for ‘craft, not crap’

Salami brand Serious Pig is calling for food companies to open up about their ingredients.

Canada opens borders for UK beef

The UK and Ireland are among countries that are now able to send beef to Canada, after it opened its borders to EU beef products for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Samworth Brothers hopes to continue growth

Following the release of a financial report for the year ended 27 December 2014, Samworth Brothers (Holding) Limited claimed it will continue to seek new opportunities. 

China’s appetite for UK pork continues to grow

China is now the biggest market for UK pork exports outside of Europe, according to AHDB Pork, with strong demand for offal likely to continue to grow. 

The Black Farmer sees continued success

Gluten-free meat producer The Black Farmer has experienced a week of triumph.

New range of premium cooked meats launched

Foodservice supplier Portal Foods has introduced a new range of premium cooked innovative meat toppings, developed in conjunction with its long-term cooked meats partner Dawn Farms.

Brady Family ham hits Budgens

Following a successful initial trial in three London stores, Irish pre-packed ham brand Brady Family has secured a listing across the full estate of Budgens UK stores, for its two best-selling products – Glazed By Hand and Traditional ham.

AHDB Beef & Lamb appoints new strategy director

Laura Ryan has been appointed as AHDB Beef & Lamb’s new sector strategy director. After successfully launching premium beef and lamb brands in the North East of England, she joined AHDB in 2007. Prior to her new appointment, she held the position of head of strategic marketing.

New trend creeps into London

For diners seeking something a little different, an experimental kitchen in London is catering to those bored of the everyday cuisine. 

First ever roast in the bag pork launched by The Black Farmer

The Black Farmer is to launch a new Roast in the Bag Sage & Onion Pork Loin Joint as part of the brand’s move into the convenience sector. 

Cranswick exceeds expectations in first half of 2015

Meat and poultry supplier Cranswick’s revenues for the first half of the year have exceeded board expectations.

Douglas Bell appointed head of industry development

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has appointed Douglas Bell as its new head of industry development. 

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