Food & Drink Industry News
To each their own: Elior and Vita Mojo offer mass catering for individual tastes
For many, contract catering means cooking up huge batches of the same thing for all diners. But companies like Elior are looking to the future and calling in brands such as Vita Mojo to provide each customer with a personalised touch to their lunch. Vincent Wood reports
Hilton Belfast Templepatrick on the market for £7m
The Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club has been brought to market with a price tag of at least £7m.
Insight 2019 – book your place today
What's on the table for CGA's 2019 Insight conference and how can you secure your place? Pictured: Peter Martin talks drinks with Simon Potts of Alchemist and North Brewing Co.'s John Gyngell.
If Amazon ran a restaurant group, how would it use data?
The issue of the role data plays in the running of a restaurant business is debated by Jamie Oliver Group’s Jon Knight, Gavin Adair of Rosa’s Thai Café and Gary Goodman of Yumpingo with Peter Martin.
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Hrishikesh Desai steps up as ambassador for young national chef of the year
Michelin-starred chef Hrishikesh Desai will serve as ambassador for this year’s Young National Chef of the Year award, taking over the role from Mark Sergeant.
Deadline extended for Cateys 2019 nominations
The deadline for entries to the 2019 Cateys has been extended to 27 February.
Viewpoint: Hotels should be a haven when it comes to privacy
Hoteliers may focus on the tiny details, but guests won’t consider a stay without the assurance of security and discretion, says Peter Hancock
Jonathan Slater to retire from Oddfellows
Jonathan Slater, owner of Oddfellows Management Company which operates the Oddfellows Hotel Collection, has announced his decision to retire.
Man jailed following violent armed robbery in Aberdeen store
A man has been jailed for six years following a violent armed robbery at a Nisa Local store in Aberdeen.
Dick Whittington pantomime raises £20,000 for Springboard charity
This year’s Springboard charity hospitality industry pantomime raised at least £20,000 towards funding a new Hospitality Futures programme.
Hard Rock Hotel London to launch in April
The Hard Rock Hotel London has confirmed it will open on 30 April following the transformation of the former Cumberland hotel.
Spar retailer first to stock Ridiculously Rich cake unit
Conrad Davies’ Spar Market store in Pwllheli, Wales, has become the first retail outlet in the country to launch the new Ridiculously Rich self serve units from The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer.
M Restaurants introduces £10 starting wage
M Restaurants has announced the introduction of a £10 starting wage for all employees, as it works to change hospitality’s reputation as a low pay industry.
In this week’s issue: 22 – 28 February 2019
JJ Goodman on shaking up the industry with London Cocktail Club: 11 bars with a reputation for creating chaos
MPs call on government to urgently assess high street taxes
A group of MPs has called on the government to “level the playing field” for high street retailers by cutting business rates and raising taxes on online retailers.
Bob van den Oord named Langham Group regional VP
Bob van den Oord has been named regional vice president, operations, for Europe, Middle East and US for Langham Hospitality Group.
Retail bodies warn of 'no deal' price hikes and shortages
Leaving the EU without a deal could see the price of some of the most commonly bought fruit, vegetables, meat and fish rise by up to 45%, leading retail bodies in the UK, Northern Ireland and Ireland have warned.
Laura Ashley committed to hospitality growth despite retail sales hit
Laura Ashley has said it is committed to the development of its hospitality arm despite warning that full-year performance is likely to fall short of market expectation
Latest openings: Vintry & Mercer, Bingham Riverhouse, Ooty and more
A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Major retailers back new food waste innovation
Five of the UK’s largest grocery retailers have given the green light to a new ‘chill to freeze’ innovation designed to reduce food waste and get quality surplus produce into the hands of low-income shoppers who need it most.
Garry Baldwin promoted to managing director at New Forest Hotels
Following six months as head of group operations at New Forest Hotels, Garry Baldwin has been promoted to managing director.
AccorHotels’ acquisitions spree drives revenue growth
AccorHotels has reported a 16.9% increase in revenue to €3.6b (£3.1b) following a buying spree of companies over the last few years.
Hackney brewery to bring Silo to London
Crate Brewery will be launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise £500,000 to bring Douglas McMaster’s zero-waste restaurant concept Silo to London.
Parliamentary committee offers ‘radical’ reassessment of business rates to support high streets
A Parliamentary committee has recommended a reduction in business rates and increased taxation on online businesses like Amazon in a report described as “the most radical assessment of the state of the rates regime”.
Arnaud Stevens acquires the George and Dragon restaurant and hotel
Chef Arnaud Stevens has acquired the George and Dragon in Buckinghamshire and announced plans to refurbish the restaurant and hotel for a March opening.
New 52-bedroom hotel the Haslem in Lisburn gets go-ahead
Irish-based operator Beannchor has been given the green light to launch their new 52-bedroom hotel in Lisburn, near Belfast, after planning permission was approved for the site.
Brett Barnes to take on Barley’s Fox and Hounds after £1m refurbishment
Brett Barnes will take control of the kitchen at the newly refurbished Fox and Hounds pub in Barley, Hertfordshire.
Average back of house wages rise as front of house pay slumps
Average kitchen salaries rose by 14.8% in 2018, while front of house wages decreased for the second year running, according to industry analysis
Business Leaders’ Survey findings to be unveiled at Casual Dining 2019
CGA's Business Leaders’ Survey provides the most comprehensive picture yet of the state of play in restaurants, pubs and bars in 2019.
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Brian Hughson appointed head chef of D&D London’s 20 Stories
Brian Hughson has been appointed head chef of D&D London’s 20 Stories in Manchester, following the departure of Aiden Byrne last year.
Cateys nominations close on Friday
There are just two days left to make your nominations to recognise biggest talents and greatest brands in the hospitality industry at the 2019 Cateys
Gourmet sausage restaurant planned for Islington’s Upper Street
A restaurant serving carefully selected gourmet European sausages is set to open on Islington’s Upper Street.
Just Eat announces crackdown on poor hygiene
Just Eat has announced a crackdown on restaurants with poor hygiene ratings, introducing a minimum rating of three for all new sign-ups.
Sainsbury's and Asda merger thrown into doubt
The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda is in jeopardy after phase two of the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation provisionally found “extensive competition concerns.”
Police investigate 90-second ATM ram raid in open store
West Midlands Police are investigating an armed ATM ram raid at a convenience store in Birmingham.
Dominic Taylor steps down as PayPoint chief executive
Dominic Taylor is stepping down from his role as chief executive of PayPoint and director of the board.
Hackney’s Fayre Share closes down
Sharing concept restaurant Fayre Share in London’s Victoria Park Village has shut its doors after less than a year.
One of Brighton’s oldest restaurants moves to zero-waste model
One of the oldest restaurants in Brighton, English’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar, has achieved zero waste status.
Galgorm Collection to buy Templeton hotel for £7m
The Galgorm Collection is set to acquire the Templeton hotel in County Antrim for £7m from the McCombe family.
Noma regains two-Michelin star status in 2019 Nordic guide
Noma has regained its two Michelin star status a year after Rene Redzepi relaunched the world-famous restaurant
OpenTable launches campaign as a third of diners admit no-showing
A third of diners have admitted failing to show up for a restaurant reservation with London, Manchester and Leeds topping a list of no-show cities.
Vegan sausage roll serves up sales boost for Greggs
The launch of Gregg’s much-publicised vegan sausage roll helped to serve up a significant sales boost in the seven weeks to 16 February 2019.
Hospitality at the core of high street growth as retail shifts online, report shows
A thriving hospitality and leisure sector is key a key part of strong high streets as retail continues to struggle to operate, a report from thinktank Centre for Cities has revealed.
Stafford owner Britannia Hospitality acquires Northcote
Britannia Hospitality, which owns the Stafford London hotel, has acquired Northcote, the luxury Lancashire hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Michael Gove hits brakes on reform plans following industry letter
Michael Gove has agreed to hit the brakes on his reform agenda after 30 food industry trade bodies said preparations for a no-deal Brexit would not leave them too busy to cooperate.
Remaining Zinc Hotels portfolio sold for £246m
The nine remaining properties of the Zinc Hotels portfolio have been sold out of administration to Vivion Investments for £246m.
Hotel staff come to aid of fatal stabbing victim
Hotel staff came to the aid of the victim of a fatal stabbing in central London last night after he entered the property’s lobby before collapsing.
Best Western acquires WorldHotels
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired the upper upscale and luxury hotel marketing consortium WorldHotels.
Around 200 guests evacuated after blaze at Heathrow hotel
Around 200 guests and 120 members of staff were evacuated when a fire broke out in a sauna at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow hotel yesterday.
IHG to launch new all-suites upper midscale brand
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced plans to launch a new all-suites upper midscale brand in its preliminary 2018 financial results.