Foodservice

Sales of organic food on the rise

The UK organic food market grew 4.9% in sales in 2015, according to The Soil Association’s 2016 Organic Market Report. 

Defra says no to EU exit, NFU reticent

The government says an EU exit would create uncertainty for UK farmers and their ability to trade internationally, but the National Farmers’ Union is still undecided on what outcome would be best for the industry. 

Revenue for Associated British Foods’ agricultural division expected to drop

Associated British Foods has predicted that its agriculture division revenue for the first half of the year will drop. This comes in its trading update, before entering the close period for its interim results to 27 February 2016, scheduled for announcement on 19 April 2016. 

Catering Butcher to move to new site

The Catering Butcher is to move to a new 17,000sq ft licensed cutting plant that is 10 times the size of its current site. 

Pig industry urges support from retailers

Leading figures from the British pig industry have banded together to seek support from independent butchers, supermarkets and shoppers to help it survive what it calls “the worst period of low prices for over half a decade”. 

Sous vide explained to consumers

Website Sousvidetools.com has put together an infographic clearing up some myths about the cooking process

Meat business named and shamed

London-based P&S Foods, which trades as Sam’s Chicken, has been named among the latest list of employers who have failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage. 

New Trailblazer apprenticeship unveiled

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink (NSAFD) has revealed its new engineering apprenticeship for the food and drink industry, as part of the government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme.

Winning starter Ching Shih Thai Salad of Turkey Leg in Coconut - close up
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British Turkey calls for student creativity

British Turkey is calling on student chefs to show their creativity by entering its annual catering competition. 

Poachers arrested in Devon

Five people have been arrested as part of a two-and-a-half year wildlife crime operation in North Devon. 

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. 

The Jim Beam ribs have incorrect storage instructions, according to the FSA
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Jim Beam Bourbon Ribs recalled from Iceland

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

The Vegan Society's Jasmijn de Boo slammed GBK for being 'out of touch'
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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. 

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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 racks were among the dishes served at the event in Dubai
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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. 

Chris Cunningham, managing director of Premier Pest Control (right), at the first UK CEPA Certified audit meeting carried out by Bureau Veritas
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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. 

The Christmas Dinner wontons are made from turkey breast, bacon and stuffing
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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. 

More and more diners want to know where their meat comes from when eating out
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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. 

The Lebey Guide lists the best bistros in London and Paris, with a focus on meat
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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. 

The new sauce pots from Cool Chile Co are designed to make cooking Mexican food easier
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Mexican sauces spice up meat favourites

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

Christmas dinner bookings on Bookatable have increased 63% year-on-year
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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.

Gary Leslie and Mike Mullan accepted the overall company award on behalf of Moy Park
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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).

Charles Reed of William Reed Business Media, with Virtual College's chairman, Bob Gomersall
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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's new special pictured with chairman Paul Egan (second right)
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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.

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