Food & Drink Industry News
October brings zero-growth chill to like-for-like sales across pub, bar and restaurants
Like for like sales across Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups were up by just 0.2% on last year as the colder weather brought a harsher climate for trade.
Panache restaurant bosses handed a total of ten years for £800,000 fraud
Four of the operators of upmarket Indian restaurant brand Panache in the West Midlands have been handed prison sentences after being charged with fraud.
Three properties returned to Richardson Hotels by administrators
Administrators have returned three properties to the Richardson hotel group, but the Abbey Sands hotel – formerly John Burton Race Restaurant with Rooms – remains under their control.
Promoted: A plan for better biscuit sales
See how Mondelez International worked in store to update a retailer’s biscuit fixture in line with the latest trends and opportunities.
SACO opens 160-studio Locke aparthotel in Manchester
Locke Hotels has launched a new 160-studio aparthotel in Manchester which it hopes can pick up on emerging trends in hospitality to drive business.
Pub company the Liberation Group appoints Jonathan Lawson as its new CEO
Pub company the Liberation Group has appointed of Jonathan Lawson as its new CEO.
Adam Harper joins Baslow’s Cavendish hotel as head chef
The Cavendish hotel on the Chatsworth Estate has appointed Adam Harper as head chef.
Liverpool’s Lock & Key bar to open hotel
Liverpool’s Lock & Key bar is to open a 14-bedroom boutique hotel under the same brand after transforming an adjoining row of Georgian townhouses.
Principals by CH&CO strengthens team with key appointments
Strong growth at school caterer Principals by CH&CO has prompted the business to expand its operations team with two new appointments.
Adam Stokes to open second Birmingham restaurant the Oyster Club
Chef Adam Stokes is to open a second Birmingham restaurant called the Oyster Club specialising in “good quality fish and seafood”.
Consumer spending, food inflation and recruitment among caterers’ Brexit fears
Tighter consumer spending, rising food inflation and staff recruitment difficulties are the biggest factors expected to constrain growth for foodservice companies post-Brexit.
Paul May resigns as CEO of Patisserie Valerie as turnaround specialist is drafted in
Paul May has resigned as chief executive of troubled bakery group Patisserie Valerie, with turnaround specialist Stephen Francis drafted in to take up the position.
Eric Snaith to open second Norfolk fish restaurant
Chef Eric Snaith is to open a second fish and chip restaurant and takeaway in Holt, Norfolk, in spring 2019.
In this week’s issue: 16 – 22 November 2018
After starting his hotel career 26 years ago, aged 15, David Taylor has been named Hotelier of the Year 2018
Latest openings: Roe at Pop Brixton, Lodore Falls spa, Pachamama East and more
A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Hot summer helps Young’s secure 19.5% jump in pre-tax profits
The hottest summer on record helped Young’s pub group secure a 19.5% boost in pre-tax profits in the 26 weeks to 1 October 2018.
Wrap paves the way for assault on plastic waste
The UK’s leading supermarkets, discounters and producers now have a clear framework for reducing the scourge of plastic waste, following the launch of Wrap’s UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025.
Recipe of the week: Winter Lake District lamb with lamb hotpot and beetroot and blackcurrant purée
Lamb loin and fillet
Help find Ace: Soho’s Karma Sanctum hotel seeks return of stolen 6ft gorilla
The Karma Sanctum hotel in Soho has launched an appeal seeking the return of a 6ft-tall fibreglass gorilla known as Ace which was stolen from its rooftop on Monday morning.
Theresa May’s draft EU deal faces uphill struggle after Brexit minister resigns
Theresa May has gained cabinet approval for her draft Brexit deal, but the Prime Minister can expect to face a grilling when she addresses the House of Commons this morning.
Kerb to open new food hall in London’s Seven Dials
A month after leaving its Camden site street food market operator, Kerb has announced it will be opening a new indoor food hall in London’s Seven Dials.
UK shoppers prioritise eco-friendly packaged products
Almost three-quarters (73%) of British shoppers prefer to buy products with environmentally-friendly packaging, according to IRI’s European Shopper Insights Survey.
Denbies Wine Estate to open UK’s first vineyard hotel
A £4m project is under way at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey to create the UK’s first vineyard hotel.