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​Profit Margin vs. Markup: A Clear Distinction

​Profit Margin vs. Markup: A Clear Distinction

Posted by Emma on 16th Apr 2024

Profit margin and markup, though often confused, are distinct financial metrics crucial for effective pricing strategies. While both rely on revenue and costs, they serve different purposes in anal … read more
​Understanding Gross Profit and Net Profit

​Understanding Gross Profit and Net Profit

Posted by Emily on 16th Apr 2024

Gross profit and net profit may seem like technical terms, but they are crucial in assessing your business's financial performance. Let's explore what each means and why it matters. What is Gr … read more
Opinion - Boosting Business Reputation with Words

Opinion - Boosting Business Reputation with Words

Posted by Stelios on 15th Apr 2024

During a recent conversation with a friend who owns several retail food outlets, she shared a nugget of wisdom about customer service that stuck with me. Instead of " sorry for the  … read more
​Why Food Photography Is Crucial for Your Business

​Why Food Photography Is Crucial for Your Business

Posted by Stelios on 15th Apr 2024

As a small business owner in the food sector, I understand the undeniable importance of first impressions. " Don't judge a book by its cover," they say, yet visuals speak volumes in the world of … read more
​Domino's Completes £62m Acquisition of Irish Franchise

​Domino's Completes £62m Acquisition of Irish Franchise

Posted by Emma on 14th Apr 2024

Domino's Pizza Group (DPG) has strategically expanded its operations by acquiring Shorecal Limited, the principal Domino's franchise in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, for £62 mill … read more
​A Sticky Situation: Morrisons vs. HMRC in VAT Debate

​A Sticky Situation: Morrisons vs. HMRC in VAT Debate

Posted by Emily on 14th Apr 2024

The ongoing debate over VAT on snack bars has taken a new twist as the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) revisits the case between Morrisons and HMRC. This legal battle focuses on whether certain snack bar … read more
​Legal Tensions at Gordon Ramsay's York & Albany as Squatters Move In

​Legal Tensions at Gordon Ramsay's York & Albany as Squatters Move In

Posted by Emily on 14th Apr 2024

Gordon Ramsay's York & Albany pub and boutique hotel near Regent's Park in London has been occupied by squatters. The group has fortified their position, using kitchen appliances to barricade e … read more
​Rising with Tradition: The Birds Bakery Story on Episode 150 of the Ceres Podcast

​Rising with Tradition: The Birds Bakery Story on Episode 150 of the Ceres Podcast

Posted by Emma on 14th Apr 2024

In the 150th episode of the Ceres Podcast, Jamie Bird of Birds Bakery steps into the spotlight for his first appearance, bringing stories from a bakery that's touched the hearts of many in Der … read more
​The Rise and Fall of Little Chef

​The Rise and Fall of Little Chef

Posted by Emma on 14th Apr 2024

In 1958, the British roadside witnessed the birth of a beloved institution: Little Chef. The brainchild of catering mogul Peter Merchant and caravan manufacturer Sam Alper, this chain was inspired … read more
​A Wet Warning: The Urgent Call from UK Farmers

​A Wet Warning: The Urgent Call from UK Farmers

Posted by Emma on 10th Apr 2024

According to farming organisations, the UK's food production sector is under significant stress following a period of record-breaking rainfall. This unprecedented weather has severely impacted crop … read more
​Frying with Heritage: Marcus French on Sustaining a Century-Old Business

​Frying with Heritage: Marcus French on Sustaining a Century-Old Business

Posted by Emma on 10th Apr 2024

In episode 149 of the Ceres Podcast, we had the pleasure of hosting Marcus French, the heart and soul behind the renowned French Fish Shop in Wells-next-the-Sea. A third-generation frier, Marcus br … read more
Opinion - ​The Fight Against Shop Worker Assaults, is Britain angry?

Opinion - ​The Fight Against Shop Worker Assaults, is Britain angry?

Posted by Stelios on 10th Apr 2024

Recently, I was waiting in a Greggs. I noticed a sign declaring a "zero tolerance" policy on the wall. It made me think that abuse towards staff must be becoming standard in local shops and emergen … read more
​Resilience of Meat Consumption in the UK

​Resilience of Meat Consumption in the UK

Posted by Emma on 9th Apr 2024

Despite evolving dietary preferences over the past five years, influenced by Covid lockdowns and escalating food prices, meat continues to be a central component of meals for many in the UK. Recent … read more
​Wendy's to Boost UK Presence with New Restaurant Openings

​Wendy's to Boost UK Presence with New Restaurant Openings

Posted by Emma on 9th Apr 2024

Wendy's is set to significantly expand its presence in the UK, announcing a series of new restaurant openings throughout the year. This ambitious expansion strategy targets northern and southern En … read more
Opinion - ​McDonald's Decisions: More Than Meets the Eye?

Opinion - ​McDonald's Decisions: More Than Meets the Eye?

Posted by Stelios on 8th Apr 2024

I've been diving deep into McDonald's recent move to buy back its 225 restaurants in Israel. Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I see it as an intelligent business strategy rather tha … read more
​Prime's Fall from Grace: The Bubble Bursts on Viral Success

​Prime's Fall from Grace: The Bubble Bursts on Viral Success

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

In a startling turn of events, Prime, once heralded as the pinnacle of viral soft drink brands, has seen its sales plummet in the first quarter of 2024. Data from NIQ reveals a significant drop, wi … read more
​Nestlé at the Crossroads: Health Activism and Corporate Responsibility

​Nestlé at the Crossroads: Health Activism and Corporate Responsibility

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

Nestlé is facing scrutiny from a coalition of shareholders led by ShareAction. The shareholders accuse the company of overly depending on products high in salt, sugar, and fats - collectively known … read more
​The B Corp Blueprint: Elevating Business Standards in the UK

​The B Corp Blueprint: Elevating Business Standards in the UK

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

In the UK, B Corporations (B Corps) are at the forefront of a transformative business movement, blending profit with purpose to address societal and environmental challenges. Verified by B Lab, B C … read more
​British Consumers Tighten Belts, Impacting Retail Sales

​British Consumers Tighten Belts, Impacting Retail Sales

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

British consumers reduced their spending on food last month, leading to stagnant retail sales following an impressive start to the year. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), retai … read more
​JD Wetherspoon's Impressive Half-Year Performance

​JD Wetherspoon's Impressive Half-Year Performance

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

JD Wetherspoon's first-half sales have surged by 10%, outpacing the broader pub industry, leveraging its pricing advantage to maintain a leading position. During the period up to January 28, lik … read more
​Nestlé Water Springs Contamination: What You Need to Know

​Nestlé Water Springs Contamination: What You Need to Know

Posted by Emily on 7th Apr 2024

Recent findings reveal faecal contamination at the French springs from which Nestlé sources water for its mineral brands. The National Agency for Food Safety (Anses) uncovered "transient microbiolo … read more
​UK's Surge in Wheat Imports Amid Crop Challenges, Reports AHDB

​UK's Surge in Wheat Imports Amid Crop Challenges, Reports AHDB

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) has highlighted significant concerns regarding the UK's winter crops for the 2024 harvest, indicating a considerable impact on this seaso … read more
​Krispy Kreme & McDonald's: A Sweet Expansion Across the U.S. by 2026

​Krispy Kreme & McDonald's: A Sweet Expansion Across the U.S. by 2026

Posted by Emma on 7th Apr 2024

The recent announcement from Krispy Kreme about their nationwide expansion of doughnuts in all McDonald's restaurants across the U.S. by the end of 2026 has sent its shares soaring by 23%. This exp … read more
Frying with Ambition: How Prices Fish & Chips Reeled in Success

Frying with Ambition: How Prices Fish & Chips Reeled in Success

Posted by Emily on 7th Apr 2024

James Price is a driven, forward-thinking operator who is constantly looking at how he can get more customers through the door of his takeaway, Prices Fish & Chips in Ringwood. He’s had to beca … read more
​The Last Squirt: How McDonald's and Heinz's Partnership Came to a Sticky End

​The Last Squirt: How McDonald's and Heinz's Partnership Came to a Sticky End

Posted by Emma on 6th Apr 2024

In 2013, the fast-food industry witnessed a significant corporate strategy shift when McDonald's announced the end of its long-standing partnership with Heinz. This decision, marking the ending of … read more
​Ofgem's Crackdown on Hidden Energy Fees

​Ofgem's Crackdown on Hidden Energy Fees

Posted by Emma on 6th Apr 2024

In a significant move towards enhancing transparency within the energy sector, Ofgem has announced the introduction of new measures to regulate energy brokers more effectively. This decision comes … read more
​Wetherspoon Unveils New £2.5m Pub at London's Waterloo Station

​Wetherspoon Unveils New £2.5m Pub at London's Waterloo Station

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

In an exciting development for London's hospitality scene, JD Wetherspoon has announced the opening of a new pub at London Waterloo station, following a substantial £2.5 million investment. Named t … read more
​The Breakfast Club trims costs in a bid to boost performance

​The Breakfast Club trims costs in a bid to boost performance

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

The Breakfast Club's strategic approach to cost management has significantly enhanced its financial outcomes, as evidenced by the recent fiscal report for the year ending 31 March 2023. Catsteps Ca … read more
​A Closer Look at Food Price Inflation: Hospitality Versus Retail

​A Closer Look at Food Price Inflation: Hospitality Versus Retail

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

The latest report from the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index highlights a persistent gap in food price inflation between the hospitality sector and retail. As of March 2023, both sectors experie … read more
​McDonald's Regains Control: A Strategic Acquisition in Israel

​McDonald's Regains Control: A Strategic Acquisition in Israel

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

In a significant move underscoring its commitment to the Israeli market, McDonald's Corporation has announced the acquisition of its Israeli franchise from Alonyal Ltd. This pivotal deal encompasse … read more
​Unilever's Strategic Overhaul: Spinning Off Ice Cream

​Unilever's Strategic Overhaul: Spinning Off Ice Cream

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

Unilever, the conglomerate behind beloved brands like Marmite and Magnum, is taking decisive action to rejuvenate its business. The company announced it will separate its €8 billion ice cream divis … read more
​Scotland Paves the Way: A Future Free from Hen Cages

​Scotland Paves the Way: A Future Free from Hen Cages

Posted by Emily on 4th Apr 2024

Scotland is on the brink of a pioneering shift in animal welfare, with a proposed ban on caging laying hens, setting a precedent within the UK. The Scottish government has launched a consultation a … read more
The Impact of New Import Common User Charge

The Impact of New Import Common User Charge

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

As the UK adjusts to its post-Brexit reality, the government's introduction of common user charges (CUC) for importing food from the EU has sparked widespread concern across the food industry. … read more
​Calorie Count Concerns: A Scottish Report's Warning

​Calorie Count Concerns: A Scottish Report's Warning

Posted by Emma on 4th Apr 2024

Public Health Scotland has cautioned Scottish hospitality businesses about displaying calorie counts on their menus. This warning stems from a report titled "Exploring the Perspectives of People wi … read more
Opinion - ​Unpacking France's American Fast Food Obsession

Opinion - ​Unpacking France's American Fast Food Obsession

Posted by Stelios on 4th Apr 2024

I've discovered something fascinating: despite France's rich culinary heritage, its people have a growing appetite for American fast food. In 2023, France emerged as Europe's third-largest market f … read more
​Building Success in Fish & Chips: Jamie Russo's Story on Ceres Podcast #148

​Building Success in Fish & Chips: Jamie Russo's Story on Ceres Podcast #148

Posted by Emma on 2nd Apr 2024

In episode 148 of the Ceres Podcast, Jamie Russo, the young and dynamic owner of the Redcloak Fish Bar in Stonehaven, makes his debut appearance, sharing an insightful journey from worker to a … read more
​Revolution Bars Group Faces Uncertain Future with Share Suspension

​Revolution Bars Group Faces Uncertain Future with Share Suspension

Posted by Emma on 2nd Apr 2024

Revolution Bars Group has temporarily suspended its shares on the AIM market due to a delay in publishing its semi-annual financial results. The company missed the 30 March deadline to file its fin … read more
Opinion - ​Who Pays for Thames Water Crisis?

Opinion - ​Who Pays for Thames Water Crisis?

Posted by Stelios on 1st Apr 2024

In the unfolding drama of Thames Water, a crisis threatens not just the future of Britain's largest water company but the very principles of utility regulation and consumer protection. As a consume … read more
​UK National Living Wage Increase 2024

​UK National Living Wage Increase 2024

Posted by Emily on 31st Mar 2024

In April 2024, the UK will witness a noteworthy rise in the national living wage, elevating it from £10.42 to £11.44 per hour. This adjustment extends eligibility to individuals aged 21 and 22, mar … read more
​Richard Caring Tests New Waters with Bill's Café & Bar Initiative

​Richard Caring Tests New Waters with Bill's Café & Bar Initiative

Posted by Emma on 31st Mar 2024

Richard Caring is embarking on an exciting venture to gauge interest in a new café bar concept derived from his successful casual dining chain, Bill's. This innovative pilot aims to establish a nat … read more
​Sodexo to Introduce Carbon Labels on Menus Across Over 300 UK Locations

​Sodexo to Introduce Carbon Labels on Menus Across Over 300 UK Locations

Posted by Emma on 31st Mar 2024

Sodexo is set to introduce carbon labelling on menus at over 300 of its UK and Ireland sites by the end of 2024. The company is responding to the increasing customer demand for dishes with a minima … read more
​Travelodge's Revenue Breaks Through £1 Billion Mark

​Travelodge's Revenue Breaks Through £1 Billion Mark

Posted by Emma on 31st Mar 2024

Travelodge has surpassed £1 billion in revenue, marking a significant milestone fuelled by robust demand from business travellers and tourists. The budget hotel chain unveiled its annu … read more
​Baking Success: Greggs Claims 2% of Hospitality Market

​Baking Success: Greggs Claims 2% of Hospitality Market

Posted by Emma on 31st Mar 2024

Greggs now garners £2 from every £100 spent in the UK's hospitality sector. This revelation comes from the company's latest trading update, highlighting a substantial 27% increase in annual prof … read more
​St Pancras International Welcomes New Restaurant Shake Shack

​St Pancras International Welcomes New Restaurant Shake Shack

Posted by Emma on 28th Mar 2024

Shake Shack is set to launch its inaugural train station outlet in the UK at the bustling St Pancras International, marking a significant expansion of the American burger franchise. Slated for an e … read more
​£63 rise in statutory sick pay is overdue, MPs say

​£63 rise in statutory sick pay is overdue, MPs say

Posted by Emma on 28th Mar 2024

Members of Parliament (MPs) have deemed an increase in statutory sick pay (SSP) both necessary and overdue, emphasising the importance of finding a middle ground that supports employees without ove … read more
​Proposal to Extend National Living Wage to 18+

​Proposal to Extend National Living Wage to 18+

Posted by Emma on 28th Mar 2024

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) proposes a significant shift towards economic fairness by recommending that the government extend the National Living Wage eligibility to individuals aged 18, down from … read more
​When Food Delivery Goes Wrong: A Grievous Assault Case

​When Food Delivery Goes Wrong: A Grievous Assault Case

Posted by Emma on 27th Mar 2024

In a startling event, a delivery rider, Jenniffer Rocha, 35, has admitted to grievously injuring a customer by biting off his thumb. The incident, which unfolded near the victim's home in Aldershot … read more
​Restaurant Owner Jailed Over £30K Covid Loan Fraud

​Restaurant Owner Jailed Over £30K Covid Loan Fraud

Posted by Emily on 27th Mar 2024

A Turkish restaurant owner was imprisoned after being convicted of fraudulently acquiring a £30,000 Covid Bounce Back Loan and attempting to dissolve his company without alerting his creditors. Ilh … read more
​Kate Nicholls OBE Appointed as National Chair of the Institute of Licensing

​Kate Nicholls OBE Appointed as National Chair of the Institute of Licensing

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) is proud to announce the election of Kate Nicholls OBE as its new National Chair, starting 1st April 2024 along side her role as chair of UKHospitality. Alongs … read more
​Settlement Awarded in Uber Eats Facial Recognition Bias Case

​Settlement Awarded in Uber Eats Facial Recognition Bias Case

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

An Uber Eats driver, subjected to racially biased facial-recognition technology, has secured a settlement. Pa Edrissa Manjang's experience with the app's Microsoft-powered verification system led t … read more
​Gail's Bakery CEO Refutes Sale Speculation

​Gail's Bakery CEO Refutes Sale Speculation

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

Tom Molnar, CEO and co-founder of Gail's Bakery, has clarified recent speculations about the company being put up for sale, labelling such rumours as 'inaccurate'. Despite a report from Sky News … read more
​Little Caesars Pizza Marks Its London Entry

​Little Caesars Pizza Marks Its London Entry

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

The American pizza chain Little Caesars has inaugurated its inaugural London branch in Greenford. Franchisee Rajan Sandhu leads this venture and follows closely after the brand's new outlet in Top … read more
​43 Papa Johns Locations to Close in UK Business Revamp

​43 Papa Johns Locations to Close in UK Business Revamp

Posted by Emily on 26th Mar 2024

In a bold move towards optimising its business for future growth, Papa Johns has announced the closure of 43 of its restaurants across the UK. This decision is part of a comprehensive business revi … read more
​Whitbread Refocuses: Pubs Out, Premier Inns Up

​Whitbread Refocuses: Pubs Out, Premier Inns Up

Posted by Emma on 26th Mar 2024

Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn hotels, actively seeks to sell or repurpose approximately a third of its Beefeater and Brewers Fayre pubs. This decision emerged after evaluating the company's 400-s … read more
​JD Wetherspoon Achieves Record Sales Despite Reduced Pub Count

​JD Wetherspoon Achieves Record Sales Despite Reduced Pub Count

Posted by Emma on 22nd Mar 2024

JD Wetherspoon has unveiled impressive half-year results, showcasing a significant sales increase, nearly reaching the £1bn mark. Over the 26 weeks leading up to January 28, 2024, the company witne … read more
​Our Conversation with Paul Goodgame on TCG's Acquisition of Toffs of Muswell Hill

​Our Conversation with Paul Goodgame on TCG's Acquisition of Toffs of Muswell Hill

Posted by Emma on 21st Mar 2024

The Chesterford Group (TCG) is thrilled to announce its acquisition of the esteemed Toffs fish and chip restaurant in Muswell Hill, marking a significant expansion. This strategic move took place o … read more
​Greggs Successfully Overcomes Technical Glitch, Resuming Normal Operations

​Greggs Successfully Overcomes Technical Glitch, Resuming Normal Operations

Posted by Emily on 21st Mar 2024

In a swift response to this morning's technical difficulties, Greggs has effectively rectified the issue that necessitated the temporary closure of several of its UK outlets. The disruption, primar … read more
​McDonald's Exits Sri Lanka

​McDonald's Exits Sri Lanka

Posted by Emma on 20th Mar 2024

In a decisive move, McDonald's has ended its partnership in Sri Lanka, leading to the closure of all 12 outlets within the country, as confirmed by the company's legal representative, Sanath Wijewa … read more
​Boosting UK Tourism: The Urgent Need for Increased Funding

​Boosting UK Tourism: The Urgent Need for Increased Funding

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

The Tourism Alliance, representing 70 industry bodies, has spotlighted a critical underinvestment in the UK's tourism sector. With only 81p allocated per capita for international marketing, the … read more
​Coca-Cola Bottler Demands Action on Recycling Before Election

​Coca-Cola Bottler Demands Action on Recycling Before Election

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, the sole licensed bottler for Coca-Cola in Europe, is pressing the UK government to enact a deposit return scheme (DRS) law for single-use drink containers before th … read more
​Knoops: Crafting the Future of Hot Chocolate, One Shop at a Time

​Knoops: Crafting the Future of Hot Chocolate, One Shop at a Time

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

William Gordon-Harris, the driving force behind Knoops, a burgeoning hot chocolate brand, harbours grand ambitions. What began as a serendipitous encounter with a small artisan shop in Rye has f … read more
​Nespresso Dives Into the UK Coffee Scene with Its Premier Café

​Nespresso Dives Into the UK Coffee Scene with Its Premier Café

Posted by Emma on 18th Mar 2024

In the bustling coffee market of the UK, dominated by giants like Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Pret a Manger, Nespresso is making a bold move. The brand, famously endorsed by George Clooney and Dav … read more
​New Apprenticeship Funding Boost for Small Businesses

​New Apprenticeship Funding Boost for Small Businesses

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

The UK Government has announced significant reforms to the apprenticeship system to support small businesses and enhance workforce development. As of 1 April, small businesses will benefit from ful … read more
​Hospital-Linked Listeria Outbreak Claims Lives, Inquest Finds

​Hospital-Linked Listeria Outbreak Claims Lives, Inquest Finds

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

An inquest into the tragic deaths of two patients at Manchester Royal Infirmary reveals a concerning link to chicken mayonnaise sandwiches tainted with listeria. Beverley Sowah, a 57-year-old retir … read more
​Record Surge in Pub Insolvencies Marks a Decade-High

​Record Surge in Pub Insolvencies Marks a Decade-High

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

The UK pub industry faced a severe challenge in 2023, witnessing nearly 800 insolvencies, the highest figure in over ten years. Data from Price Bailey, a leading accountancy firm, reveals that 769 … read more
​From Sprite to Evian: The Label-Less Revolution in Beverage Packaging

​From Sprite to Evian: The Label-Less Revolution in Beverage Packaging

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

In a pioneering move towards sustainability, Coca-Cola has embarked on an experiment in the UK by removing labels from Sprite bottles. This trial is not just about reducing packaging waste; it's a … read more
​Brighter Days Ahead for Prezzo

​Brighter Days Ahead for Prezzo

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2024

Prezzo's financial landscape is looking up after a pivotal year. In 2023, the restaurant chain achieved profitability, a testament to its extensive restructuring efforts. This turnaround followed a … read more
​McDonald's Responds to Consumers Eating at Home

​McDonald's Responds to Consumers Eating at Home

Posted by Emily on 17th Mar 2024

In the face of economic constraints, McDonald's has observed a trend where more consumers, particularly those with limited income, are opting to dine at home instead of eating out. According to McD … read more
​McDonald's Focus Shifts: Size Over Premium

​McDonald's Focus Shifts: Size Over Premium

Posted by Emily on 17th Mar 2024

McDonald's has determined that its customers prefer larger, more fulfilling burgers over premium options. CFO Ian Borden revealed at the UBS Global Consumer and Retail Conference that this approach … read more
​McDonald's Points to Third-Party Provider for Global Service Interruption

​McDonald's Points to Third-Party Provider for Global Service Interruption

Posted by Emma on 17th Mar 2024

McDonald's attributed the  technical issues that halted its operations last Friday to a third-party service provider. The worldwide disruption affected order-taking in critical markets, incl … read more
​Greggs Announces Generous Staff Bonuses Following a Record-Breaking Profit Year

​Greggs Announces Generous Staff Bonuses Following a Record-Breaking Profit Year

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

In a display of exceptional financial performance, Greggs will distribute £17.6 million in bonuses among its employees, celebrating a remarkable 27% increase in annual profits. This announcement co … read more
​Greggs to Boost UK Presence with New Distribution Centre in Northamptonshire

​Greggs to Boost UK Presence with New Distribution Centre in Northamptonshire

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

Greggs has announced its strategy to strengthen its retail network by constructing a new distribution centre in the Kettering/Corby area of Northamptonshire. This initiative is part of a strategic … read more
​Turning the Tables: Honest Burgers' Path to Expansion and Profit

​Turning the Tables: Honest Burgers' Path to Expansion and Profit

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

Honest Burgers is set on expanding its footprint following a significant loss reduction for the fiscal year ending 29 January 2023. The brand witnessed a turnover surge of 26% to £48.3 million, … read more
​Domino's UK Growth Strategy Amidst First Quarter Challenges

​Domino's UK Growth Strategy Amidst First Quarter Challenges

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

Domino's Pizza Group, the UK franchisee of the globally recognised pizza chain, has navigated the first quarter of 2024 with strategic foresight despite facing a slower growth pace. The company sig … read more
​McDonald's Encounters Global System Disruptions, Affecting Operations in Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong

​McDonald's Encounters Global System Disruptions, Affecting Operations in Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

McDonald's has experienced significant operational setbacks due to system disruptions that have led to the halting of operations at numerous outlets across Japan. Reports of similar technical chall … read more
​Card Surcharge Leads to Fine for Anglesey Chip Shop Owner

​Card Surcharge Leads to Fine for Anglesey Chip Shop Owner

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

An Anglesey-based chip shop owner has faced legal consequences for imposing an additional fee on customers who pay via bank card. Duran Sasmaz, who runs Aran Fish and Chip Shop in Llangefni, incurr … read more
​Deliveroo Achieves £20M Reduction in Compensation Costs

​Deliveroo Achieves £20M Reduction in Compensation Costs

Posted by Emily on 15th Mar 2024

In a strategic push to enhance service quality, Deliveroo has announced a significant decrease in compensation expenses, amounting to a savings of more than £20 million in the past year. The compan … read more
​Sweet Heat: Crafting Your Own Thai Chilli Sauce

​Sweet Heat: Crafting Your Own Thai Chilli Sauce

Posted by Emma on 13th Mar 2024

Treat your customers with this homemade Thai sweet chilli sauce or nam chim kai. A single batch, and you'll wonder why you ever opted for store-bought. This sauce isn't just a favourite of mine for … read more
​Fry Magazine Announces the Best UK Fish & Chips of 2024: See the Winners

​Fry Magazine Announces the Best UK Fish & Chips of 2024: See the Winners

Posted by Emily on 13th Mar 2024

Fry Magazine's annual recognition of the UK's premier fish & chip takeaways and restaurants has just announced its 2024 winners. These awards highlight the industry's gold standards in food qua … read more
​The Ultimate Japanese Curry with Ceres Sauce

​The Ultimate Japanese Curry with Ceres Sauce

Posted by Stelios on 13th Mar 2024

Japanese Curry is the ultimate comfort food, known for its unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours in a thick, delicious sauce. With Ceres Curry Sauce as your starting point, creating this … read more
​McDonald's Temporarily Closes for Deep Cleaning Following Unusual Pet Feeding Incident

​McDonald's Temporarily Closes for Deep Cleaning Following Unusual Pet Feeding Incident

Posted by Emily on 13th Mar 2024

In an unexpected turn of events, a McDonald's outlet in East Sussex temporarily shut down after a patron brought live insects into the establishment to feed them to a pet snake. The incident, which … read more
​Budget Breakdown: Jeremy Hunt's Latest Financial Blueprint

​Budget Breakdown: Jeremy Hunt's Latest Financial Blueprint

Posted by Emily on 9th Mar 2024

Jeremy Hunt announced several measures in his latest Budget in a significant speech that will influence the UK's economic direction. These measures are crucial for individuals and businesses as the … read more
​Trade Associations Lobby for Fair Business Rates Adjustment

​Trade Associations Lobby for Fair Business Rates Adjustment

Posted by Emily on 7th Mar 2024

Leading trade associations, including UKHospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association, have urgently appealed to the Chancellor to adjust the forthcoming April business rates to reflect curr … read more
​2024 Budget Overview: Key Takeaways for the Hospitality Sector

​2024 Budget Overview: Key Takeaways for the Hospitality Sector

Posted by Emma on 7th Mar 2024

The hospitality sector expressed disappointment following Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's unveiling of the 2024 Budget. Despite high hopes, the industry's call for a VAT reduction went unheeded. In what i … read more
​Gaucho Launches VAT-Free Lunch to Advocate for Hospitality VAT Reduction

​Gaucho Launches VAT-Free Lunch to Advocate for Hospitality VAT Reduction

Posted by Emily on 6th Mar 2024

In a strategic move, Gaucho has announced it will offer a VAT-free lunch every Friday throughout March, starting on the 8th. This initiative will be available at all 10 of Gaucho's central London l … read more
​Opinion - Surge Pricing Like Your Uber Fare

​Opinion - Surge Pricing Like Your Uber Fare

Posted by Stelios on 5th Mar 2024

Imagine a future where the price of your fish and chips fluctuates based on the time of day. This future is closer than it might seem. The concept, known as "dynamic pricing," has made headlines wi … read more
​The Business Guide to Dynamic and Surge Pricing Models

​The Business Guide to Dynamic and Surge Pricing Models

Posted by Emma on 2nd Mar 2024

Dynamic pricing and surge pricing are pivotal strategies in the modern business landscape, offering flexibility and responsiveness to market demands. Understanding the nuances between these models … read more
​Battered but Unbeaten: Charlie Collins on Winning Customers and Cutting Costs

​Battered but Unbeaten: Charlie Collins on Winning Customers and Cutting Costs

Posted by Emma on 2nd Mar 2024

In episode 147 of the Ceres Podcast, the return of Charlie Collins, who previously appeared in episode 62, brings an insightful exploration of the resilience and strategic adaptation required in th … read more
​Hyatt and IHG Triumph in 2023: Record Profits and Expansion Amid Surging Travel Demand

​Hyatt and IHG Triumph in 2023: Record Profits and Expansion Amid Surging Travel Demand

Posted by Emma on 2nd Mar 2024

In the competitive hospitality sector, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reported significant growth and expansion in 2023, reflecting a strong demand for travel and a robust performanc … read more
​Covid Loan Fraud Leads to Suspended Sentence for Takeaway Owner

​Covid Loan Fraud Leads to Suspended Sentence for Takeaway Owner

Posted by Emily on 2nd Mar 2024

Zaman Shaa, the former director of Shaa Ventures Ltd., which operated Chutneys Indian Takeaway in Salisbury, faced legal consequences for misappropriating a Covid relief loan. In August 2020, Shaa … read more
​Beyond the Fryer: John Molnar's Vision for The Cod's Scallops

​Beyond the Fryer: John Molnar's Vision for The Cod's Scallops

Posted by Emma on 2nd Mar 2024

In this engaging episode 146 of the Ceres Podcast, we reconnect with John Molnar, the force behind The Cod's Scallops. With outlets spread across Nottingham and an outpost in Harborne, Birming … read more
​Wendy's Clarifies Pricing Strategy Amid Dynamic Pricing Speculation

​Wendy's Clarifies Pricing Strategy Amid Dynamic Pricing Speculation

Posted by Emily on 1st Mar 2024

Wendy's recently addressed rumours about altering its pricing model to charge more during peak hours. The speculation was sparked by comments from Wendy's CEO, Kirk Tanner, which were widely misint … read more
​Papa John's Announces Closure of 50 UK Outlets to Cut Losses

​Papa John's Announces Closure of 50 UK Outlets to Cut Losses

Posted by Emily on 1st Mar 2024

Papa John's has announced plans to shut down around 50 company-owned restaurants across the UK. This decision is part of a strategic move to address financial losses and enhance operational effi … read more
​Spotlight on Excellence: National Fish and Chip Awards Unveil 2024 Winners Full List

​Spotlight on Excellence: National Fish and Chip Awards Unveil 2024 Winners Full List

Posted by Emma on 1st Mar 2024

The National Fish and Chip Awards is a hallmark event celebrating the pinnacle of the fish and chip industry. Hosted by comedian Rob Beckett, the ceremony highlighted domestic achievements and ackn … read more
​Whiteheads Fish and Chips: Setting the Sustainability Bar High

​Whiteheads Fish and Chips: Setting the Sustainability Bar High

Posted by Emma on 1st Mar 2024

Whiteheads Fish and Chips, located in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, has been awarded the prestigious title of the UK's leading fish and chip shop in environmental stewardship at the National Fish and Ch … read more
​Rising Star: Jamie Russo Clinches Young Fish Frier 2024 Title

​Rising Star: Jamie Russo Clinches Young Fish Frier 2024 Title

Posted by Emma on 1st Mar 2024

Jamie Russo of Redcloak Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Scotland, has been awarded the prestigious Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year 2024. Winning this accolade places him in the esteemed company of pas … read more
​Jojo's Fish and Chips Crowned Mobile Operator of the Year 2024

​Jojo's Fish and Chips Crowned Mobile Operator of the Year 2024

Posted by Emma on 29th Feb 2024

Staffordshire's Jojo's Fish and Chips has been declared the top Mobile Operator of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2024. Jojo's emerged victorious amid stiff competition after a compr … read more
​Redcloak Fish Bar Shines as Newcomer of the Year at National Awards

​Redcloak Fish Bar Shines as Newcomer of the Year at National Awards

Posted by Emma on 29th Feb 2024

In an impressive victory, Redcloak Fish Bar in Stonehaven was awarded the title Newcomer of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards. This recognition marks a significant milestone for the Sco … read more
​Stockport Talent Shines at National Fish and Chip Awards

​Stockport Talent Shines at National Fish and Chip Awards

Posted by Emma on 29th Feb 2024

Stockport's very own Taylors have reason to celebrate as team member Jamie Toland has been honoured with the inaugural Employee of the Year award at the National Fish and Chip Awards. This new awar … read more
​Bells Fish and Chips Crowned Multiple Operator of the Year 2024

​Bells Fish and Chips Crowned Multiple Operator of the Year 2024

Posted by Emma on 29th Feb 2024

Bells Fish and Chips has been honoured as the Multiple Operator of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards 2024, setting a benchmark for excellence in the industry. Competing against notable … read more