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​Finalists Announced for the NFFF Marketing & Innovation Award 2024

​Finalists Announced for the NFFF Marketing & Innovation Award 2024

Posted by Emily on 16th Jan 2024

The National Fish and Chip Awards have officially named three outstanding fish and chips shops as finalists for the esteemed Marketing & Innovation Award. These businesses have notably distinguish … read more
​Pret A Manger Unveils Kids' Menu

​Pret A Manger Unveils Kids' Menu

Posted by Emily on 16th Jan 2024

Pret A Manger introduces its inaugural children's menu, catering to kids aged 4 to 10. This move represents the latest stride in the company's strategy to broaden its presence across the UK, extend … read more
​UK Supermarkets Adjust Standards to Support Local Farmers Amid Weather Challenges

​UK Supermarkets Adjust Standards to Support Local Farmers Amid Weather Challenges

Posted by Emma on 16th Jan 2024

Due to challenging weather conditions, UK supermarkets now accept smaller vegetables from local farms. This strategic shift aims to sustain the availability of fresh British produce, which has face … read more
​Understanding Rent Reviews in UK Commercial Leases

​Understanding Rent Reviews in UK Commercial Leases

Posted by Emma on 16th Jan 2024

As a business owner, managing financial commitments is vital for sustainability. Rent for your business premises is a key expense, typically consistent in amount and frequency as outlined in your c … read more
​Understanding the new GB-NI Meat Movement Restrictions

​Understanding the new GB-NI Meat Movement Restrictions

Posted by Emma on 16th Jan 2024

From 15 January 2024, the trade of meat products between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) faces new challenges due to the implementation of stricter movement restrictions. Industry prof … read more
​Prezzo Pronto: Fresh Take on Fast Food in Commuter Hotspots

​Prezzo Pronto: Fresh Take on Fast Food in Commuter Hotspots

Posted by News on 16th Jan 2024

In a bold move to revitalise its business model, Prezzo, a well-known Italian restaurant chain, is gearing up to enter the fast-food sector, particularly targeting train stations. This initiative p … read more
​The German Farmer Blockades and Their Strategic Impact on the German National Economy

​The German Farmer Blockades and Their Strategic Impact on the German National Economy

Posted by Emily on 15th Jan 2024

Nationwide protests by German farmers involving road blockades with tractors have escalated tensions for Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government. The farmers are protesting against planned subsidy cuts … read more
​Thomas Kelly Takes the Helm at Honest Burgers as New CEO

​Thomas Kelly Takes the Helm at Honest Burgers as New CEO

Posted by Emily on 14th Jan 2024

Honest Burgers has announced the appointment of Thomas Kelly, a seasoned executive with experience at McDonald's and Costa Coffee, as its new CEO. Kelly is set to steer Honest Burgers into an ambit … read more
​TDR Capital Secures Major Stake in Popeyes UK for Strategic Expansion

​TDR Capital Secures Major Stake in Popeyes UK for Strategic Expansion

Posted by Emma on 14th Jan 2024

TDR Capital, a notable private equity firm, has recently acquired a majority stake in Popeyes UK, positioning the fast-growing fried chicken brand for a significant expansion phase. Popeyes, a chai … read more
​Mixed Conditions Impact Agriculture in Australia and Europe

​Mixed Conditions Impact Agriculture in Australia and Europe

Posted by Emma on 13th Jan 2024

In December, Australia experienced divergent weather patterns, with southern and eastern regions witnessing above-average rainfall leading to flooding, while western areas remained parched. 2023 wa … read more
​Global Food Commodity Prices Set for Downturn in 2024 After Prolonged Instability

​Global Food Commodity Prices Set for Downturn in 2024 After Prolonged Instability

Posted by Emma on 13th Jan 2024

Following a period marked by significant upheaval, global food commodity prices are anticipated to decline in 2024. This shift, ending three years of market volatility fueled by conflict, adverse w … read more
​Understanding Food Label Dates: Ensuring Safety and Reducing Waste

​Understanding Food Label Dates: Ensuring Safety and Reducing Waste

Posted by Emily on 13th Jan 2024

In food safety and waste reduction, decoding the labels of "best before" and "use-by" dates is crucial for businesses. These dates are essential in preventing bacterial contamination and preserving pr … read more
​This Week in Hospitality: Key Media Stories on the UK Hospitality Industry - Week 2

​This Week in Hospitality: Key Media Stories on the UK Hospitality Industry - Week 2

Posted by Emily on 13th Jan 2024

Michel Roux Jr to close doors of Le Gavroche for final time after 56 year The Guardian, by Rupert Neale, 13 January 2024 Title Photo Source: https://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/ Michel Roux Jr. is … read more
​UK's Record £4.8 Billion Grocery Spend Pre-Christmas

​UK's Record £4.8 Billion Grocery Spend Pre-Christmas

Posted by Emma on 11th Jan 2024

In an unprecedented holiday season, British consumers reached a new milestone by spending a staggering £4.8 billion on groceries during the Christmas lead-up, marking the busiest festive season … read more
​Greggs to Open 160 New Stores as Sales Surge Continues

​Greggs to Open 160 New Stores as Sales Surge Continues

Posted by Emma on 11th Jan 2024

Roisin Currie, the CEO of Greggs, has declared that Britain is far from reaching "peak Greggs" as the popular bakery chain unveils plans to open 160 additional stores, driven by robust Chri … read more
Sainsbury's Christmas Performance: A Mixed Bag of Festive Feasts and Retail Challenges

Sainsbury's Christmas Performance: A Mixed Bag of Festive Feasts and Retail Challenges

Posted by Emily on 11th Jan 2024

During the festive period, Sainsbury's, Britain's second-largest supermarket chain, experienced a surge in grocery sales while facing downturns in its general merchandise and clothing sectors. … read more
​J D Wetherspoon's Fresh Pour: Pubs to Open at Haven Holiday Parks

​J D Wetherspoon's Fresh Pour: Pubs to Open at Haven Holiday Parks

Posted by Emma on 11th Jan 2024

In a striking move, J D Wetherspoon, a well-established pub chain, has entered into an "exclusive agreement" to set up pubs within Haven Holiday parks. This partnership marks a significant exp … read more
Episode 139 - Reading The News with David Nicolaou

Episode 139 - Reading The News with David Nicolaou

Posted by Emily on 10th Jan 2024

In this episode of the Ceres Podcast, Stelios discusses the hospitality news with David Nicolaou from Auckley Friary. They discuss the following topics: Significant Fine for London Bar After Ha … read more
​BrewDog Retracts Commitment to Living Wage

​BrewDog Retracts Commitment to Living Wage

Posted by Emily on 10th Jan 2024

BrewDog, the UK's leading craft beer producer, has recently announced a significant change in its wage policy, moving away from its previous commitment to pay all employees a voluntary living wa … read more
​Inquest Hears of Newcastle Man's Death Due to Peanut Allergy After Pizza Meal

​Inquest Hears of Newcastle Man's Death Due to Peanut Allergy After Pizza Meal

Posted by Emily on 9th Jan 2024

A Newcastle inquest hears of a young man's tragic death due to a peanut allergy after consuming a chicken tikka masala pizza. James Atkinson, a 23-year-old computer programmer and Newcastle Univers … read more
​Enhancing Customer Experience in Fast-Food: The Rise of Self-Service Kiosks

​Enhancing Customer Experience in Fast-Food: The Rise of Self-Service Kiosks

Posted by Emma on 5th Jan 2024

In the fast-paced world of fish and chips, quick service and fast-casual dining, the significance of customer experience cannot be overstated. While the quality of food and service remains paramoun … read more
​Deliveroo's Value Programme

​Deliveroo's Value Programme

Posted by Emma on 5th Jan 2024

Deliveroo is taking steps to enhance the experience for its app users by introducing a new initiative that focuses on fair pricing. The company aims to make it easier for customers to identify merc … read more
​Vegan Fast Food: No Healthier Than Meat Fast Food

​Vegan Fast Food: No Healthier Than Meat Fast Food

Posted by Emily on 5th Jan 2024

Recent research challenges the perceived health benefits of vegan fast food alternatives. This study, spanning fast food chains in Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and the US, reveals that plant- … read more
​2024 Employment Law Update: What UK Businesses Need to Know

​2024 Employment Law Update: What UK Businesses Need to Know

Posted by News on 5th Jan 2024

As we progress through 2024, the UK's employment law landscape is experiencing significant transformations. This enhanced briefing aims to thoroughly understand these changes, which are crucial for … read more
​Sainsbury's Leads in 2024 with £200M Investment in Colleague Pay Increase

​Sainsbury's Leads in 2024 with £200M Investment in Colleague Pay Increase

Posted by Emily on 4th Jan 2024

Sainsbury's, a prominent UK supermarket chain, has launched 2024 with a landmark investment of £200 million to enhance pay for its 120,000 colleagues significantly. This initiative marks the hig … read more
​Festive Feast: UK Grocery Stores Hit Highs Not Seen Since 2019

​Festive Feast: UK Grocery Stores Hit Highs Not Seen Since 2019

Posted by Emily on 3rd Jan 2024

British supermarkets experienced their most bustling Christmas season since 2019, as reported by Kantar. In the four weeks leading to December 24th, there were 488 million grocery store visits, wit … read more
​Shaping Policy: UKHospitality's Blueprint for the 2024 General Election

​Shaping Policy: UKHospitality's Blueprint for the 2024 General Election

Posted by Emily on 2nd Jan 2024

As the UK gears up for the 2024 general election, UKHospitality, a leading trade organisation, has outlined its key priorities. The election, necessitated by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, must occur … read more
​McDonald's Malaysia Files Lawsuit Against Israel Boycott Group, Seeks $1.31 Million in Damages

​McDonald's Malaysia Files Lawsuit Against Israel Boycott Group, Seeks $1.31 Million in Damages

Posted by Emily on 2nd Jan 2024

McDonald's Malaysia, operated by Gerbang Alaf Restaurants Sdn Bhd (GAR), has initiated legal action against Malaysia's Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The lawsuit, seeking 6 mi … read more
​HMRC Sets Sights on Online Sellers: What You Need to Know

​HMRC Sets Sights on Online Sellers: What You Need to Know

Posted by Emma on 2nd Jan 2024

The digital marketplace is facing a new era of tax scrutiny. Starting 1 January, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will intensify its watch over earnings from online platforms like Amazon, Vinted, Ai … read more
Knight of the Pubs: Wetherspoon's Founder Tim Martin Knighted

Knight of the Pubs: Wetherspoon's Founder Tim Martin Knighted

Posted by Emily on 30th Dec 2023

Sir Tim Martin, the founder of the JD Wetherspoon pub chain, has been honoured with a knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2024, a testament to his significant contributions to the hospitalit … read more
Barclays Consumer Report: Understanding the UK's Shift to Experience-Based Spending

Barclays Consumer Report: Understanding the UK's Shift to Experience-Based Spending

Posted by Emily on 30th Dec 2023

In the face of escalating living expenses, Britons are recalibrating their spending patterns, emphasising value and experiences over material purchases. Platdujour, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Com … read more
​Navigating the Ripple Effects: Panama Canal's Impact on the UK's Economy

​Navigating the Ripple Effects: Panama Canal's Impact on the UK's Economy

Posted by Emma on 30th Dec 2023

The Panama Canal, an essential maritime route linking the Atlantic and Pacific, is experiencing its most severe drought in half a century. This natural calamity has dramatically reduced the canal's … read more
​Adapting to a New Era: Russian Copycats Emerge as Western Brands Exit

​Adapting to a New Era: Russian Copycats Emerge as Western Brands Exit

Posted by Emily on 30th Dec 2023

The recent geopolitical upheaval following Russia's invasion of Ukraine has precipitated a significant shift in the country's commercial landscape. This shift is characterised by the withdrawal of … read more
​UK Economy Poised for Remarkable Growth: Outpacing France, Closing in on Germany

​UK Economy Poised for Remarkable Growth: Outpacing France, Closing in on Germany

Posted by Emma on 30th Dec 2023

The UK's economic landscape is undergoing a significant transformation. Forecasts indicate that by 2038, the UK economy will surpass France's by nearly 20% and close in on Germany's economic size. … read more
​Norovirus Outbreak Leads to Oyster Sale Ban in France

​Norovirus Outbreak Leads to Oyster Sale Ban in France

Posted by News on 30th Dec 2023

This festive season, a staple of French tradition is under threat. Oysters, long celebrated as a New Year's Eve delicacy, face a ban in southwest France due to a norovirus outbreak causing acute fo … read more
​E. coli Outbreak Tied to Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese

​E. coli Outbreak Tied to Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese

Posted by Emily on 30th Dec 2023

A recent E. coli outbreak associated with artisanal cheeses has resulted in one fatality and 11 hospitalisations. The public is advised to verify if their cheeses, particularly those acquired durin … read more
​Spring Budget 2024: Key Announcements Expected on 6th March

​Spring Budget 2024: Key Announcements Expected on 6th March

Posted by Emily on 29th Dec 2023

The Treasury has confirmed that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will present the Spring Budget on 6th March 2024. This crucial fiscal event will outline the government's plans for taxation, spending, and … read more
​Hapag-Lloyd: Red Sea Route Remains High-Risk

​Hapag-Lloyd: Red Sea Route Remains High-Risk

Posted by Emma on 28th Dec 2023

Despite international efforts to secure the Suez Canal, Hapag-Lloyd, a global shipping leader, persists in avoiding this critical trade route. Citing safety concerns amidst the ongoing conflict, th … read more
​Global 2024 Staple Food Supplies to Face Challenges Due to Dry Weather and Export Curbs

​Global 2024 Staple Food Supplies to Face Challenges Due to Dry Weather and Export Curbs

Posted by Emily on 26th Dec 2023

Despite an increase in cereal and oilseed planting driven by high food prices, consumers worldwide are anticipated to encounter limited supplies in 2024. This situation arises from the impact of El … read more
​  Episode 138 - Reading The News with Zohaib Hussain

​ Episode 138 - Reading The News with Zohaib Hussain

Posted by Emily on 24th Dec 2023

In this episode of the Ceres Podcast, Stelios discusses the hospitality news with previous Young Fish Frier Winner Zohaib Hussain from Zero Plus Fish Bar in Cardiff. They discuss the followi … read more
​A Fascinating Glimpse into the World of Stelios – A Candid Chat with Thomas Doran

​A Fascinating Glimpse into the World of Stelios – A Candid Chat with Thomas Doran

Posted by Emma on 24th Dec 2023

Episode 137 stands out as a particularly engaging session in the latest episode of the much-loved podcast series. Guest host Thomas Doran, known for his insightful questioning and deep dives into h … read more
​Episode 136 - Reading The News with Mark Petrou

​Episode 136 - Reading The News with Mark Petrou

Posted by Emily on 24th Dec 2023

In this episode of the Ceres Podcast, Stelios discusses the hospitality news with previous Seafish Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Winner Mark Petrou from Petrou Brothers in Chatteris.They d … read more
​Roadchef Workers' Long-Awaited Victory: Compensation After 40 Years

​Roadchef Workers' Long-Awaited Victory: Compensation After 40 Years

Posted by Emily on 24th Dec 2023

After a 40-year saga, one of Britain's most prolonged corporate scandals is nearing its resolution. Approximately 2,000 Roadchef employees and their kin are set to receive up to £13,000 each as … read more
​Chick-fil-A's Sunday Closure Policy: A Crossroad of Faith, Business Ethics, and Government Intervention

​Chick-fil-A's Sunday Closure Policy: A Crossroad of Faith, Business Ethics, and Government Intervention

Posted by Emma on 24th Dec 2023

Chick-fil-A, the prominent Atlanta-based fast-food chain known for its chicken sandwiches and Christian values, stands at a crossroads due to proposed legislation in New York. This bill, currently … read more
​Episode 135 - Reading The News with Charlie Collins

​Episode 135 - Reading The News with Charlie Collins

Posted by Emily on 23rd Dec 2023

In this episode of the Ceres Podcast, Stelios discusses the hospitality news with previous Young Fish Frier Winner Charlie Collins from Frydales in Leicester. They discuss the following topi … read more
​McDonald's UK and FareShare Spotlight 'Making It Out' Charity

​McDonald's UK and FareShare Spotlight 'Making It Out' Charity

Posted by Emma on 23rd Dec 2023

In an inspiring demonstration of corporate responsibility and community support, McDonald's UK has partnered with FareShare, a leading food waste and hunger charity, to significantly impact local c … read more
​Restaurateur Caring Mulls Over Selling Iconic Ivy Collection

​Restaurateur Caring Mulls Over Selling Iconic Ivy Collection

Posted by Emma on 23rd Dec 2023

Richard Caring, acclaimed as Britain's foremost restaurateur, is reportedly considering a significant sale of his stake in The Ivy Collection, a globally acclaimed deluxe dining concept. This poten … read more
​Harris + Hoole Shutting Down Tesco Locations

​Harris + Hoole Shutting Down Tesco Locations

Posted by Emma on 21st Dec 2023

Harris + Hoole is set to close several branches within Tesco stores. This significant change will occur over the coming weeks and months, affecting more than 25 locations. Philafrenzy, CC BY-S … read more
​Tortilla Mexican Grill's Sales Struggles

​Tortilla Mexican Grill's Sales Struggles

Posted by Emily on 21st Dec 2023

Tortilla Mexican Grill, the UK's largest Mexican restaurant chain, has reported a slowdown in sales growth, citing weak consumer confidence as the primary cause. Despite nearly 70 stores across the … read more
​The Irresistible Appeal of Melted Cheese

​The Irresistible Appeal of Melted Cheese

Posted by Emma on 21st Dec 2023

Melted cheese captivates the palate with a rich tapestry of flavours and textures, a phenomenon deeply rooted in both science and sensory experience. This exploration, enriched with personal testim … read more
​Navigating the Crisis: Global Trade's Response to Red Sea Attacks

​Navigating the Crisis: Global Trade's Response to Red Sea Attacks

Posted by Emma on 21st Dec 2023

In the face of escalating tensions in the Red Sea, triggered by Iran-backed Houthi militants in Yemen targeting vessels since November 19, businesses are urgently exploring alternative transport … read more
​UK Government Revises Income Requirements for Spouse Visas

​UK Government Revises Income Requirements for Spouse Visas

Posted by Emma on 21st Dec 2023

In a notable shift, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has withdrawn from his initial plan to significantly increase the income requirement for UK residents wishing to sponsor a foreign spouse or partner. This … read more
​Frozen Out: The Inside Scoop on McDonald's Ice Cream Machine Controversy

​Frozen Out: The Inside Scoop on McDonald's Ice Cream Machine Controversy

Posted by Emily on 20th Dec 2023

The saga of McDonald's ice cream machines, notorious for their frequent breakdowns, took a dramatic turn with the entry of Kytch, a small startup that aimed to revolutionise the way these machin … read more
​Starbucks in the Spotlight: Addressing the Israel-Hamas War Fallout

​Starbucks in the Spotlight: Addressing the Israel-Hamas War Fallout

Posted by Emma on 20th Dec 2023

Amidst the complex and emotionally charged backdrop of the Israel-Hamas conflict, Starbucks CEO Laxman Narasimhan has spoken out to address the controversy surrounding the company. Narasimhan clari … read more
​The Greggs Phenomenon: Dominating UK's Hospitality Spending

​The Greggs Phenomenon: Dominating UK's Hospitality Spending

Posted by Emma on 20th Dec 2023

In a detailed analysis by Hospitality Data Insights (HDI), Greggs has been identified as a leading force in the UK hospitality sector. HDI's research, which delves into various sector areas such as … read more
​Supporting British Farmers: A Legislative Push to Amend Public Food Procurement

​Supporting British Farmers: A Legislative Push to Amend Public Food Procurement

Posted by Emma on 20th Dec 2023

In a recent parliamentary address, MP Dr Neil Hudson urged local authorities and councils to bolster support for British farmers. This initiative targets a notable loophole in public food procureme … read more
​Significant Fine for London Bar After Hazardous Incident

​Significant Fine for London Bar After Hazardous Incident

Posted by Emma on 20th Dec 2023

In a severe breach of health and safety regulations, Tiger Tiger, a well-known bar and nightclub in London's West End, has received a £120,000 fine. This penalty comes after the establishment inadv … read more
​Can you help St. Mickalos director hit his £5,000 fundraising target?

​Can you help St. Mickalos director hit his £5,000 fundraising target?

Posted by Emma on 19th Dec 2023

Michael Timinis (Pictured, Right), director at London-based food wholesaler St. Mickalos, is swapping his office seat for a bike saddle as he takes part in next year’s Ride London in aid of King’s … read more
​Excellence in Training: Top 3 Finalists for the National Fish and Chip Awards

​Excellence in Training: Top 3 Finalists for the National Fish and Chip Awards

Posted by Emma on 19th Dec 2023

The National Fish and Chip Awards has shortlisted three exceptional fish and chip shops from across the UK for its prestigious Staff and Training Development Award in a remarkable showcase of skill … read more
​Tapped Out: The Impact of Wales' Budget on Pubs and the Hospitality Industry

​Tapped Out: The Impact of Wales' Budget on Pubs and the Hospitality Industry

Posted by Emma on 19th Dec 2023

In Wales, the latest budget spells a challenging time for pubs, shops, and restaurants as business rates rise, a decision made to bolster the strained health services. This adjustment forms part of … read more
​Urgent Alert for UK Employers: Verify Work Authorisation

​Urgent Alert for UK Employers: Verify Work Authorisation

Posted by Emma on 18th Dec 2023

The Home Office is intensifying its efforts against unauthorised employment, particularly in the hospitality sector. The government's focus on curbing illegal employment will see enforcement action … read more
​Government Releases Preliminary Tipping Legislation Guide

​Government Releases Preliminary Tipping Legislation Guide

Posted by Emma on 18th Dec 2023

The government has recently unveiled a preliminary guide about the forthcoming tipping legislation, which is set to be effective from July 1 2024. This directive, known as the Employment (Allocatio … read more
​Scottish Hospitality Urgent Call for Rate Relief Support

​Scottish Hospitality Urgent Call for Rate Relief Support

Posted by Emily on 18th Dec 2023

In a vital plea ahead of the Scottish Budget on 19 December, the Scottish hospitality sector faces a crucial juncture. Recent analysis, including insights from the Fraser of Allander Institute … read more
Legal Showdown Over Broiler Chicken Welfare

Legal Showdown Over Broiler Chicken Welfare

Posted by Emma on 15th Dec 2023

In a move for animal welfare, activists are reigniting their legal battle against the use of fast-growing broiler chickens. This latest court challenge, spearheaded by Humane League UK, is schedule … read more
​Meatless Mandates: How UK Councils Are Steering Away from Animal Products and Consumer Rights.

​Meatless Mandates: How UK Councils Are Steering Away from Animal Products and Consumer Rights.

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

Councils in the UK are at a pivotal point, deciding between exclusive plant-based menus and a more inclusive approach that embraces all food sources. This debate goes beyond personal dietary choice … read more
​HMRC Sharpens Focus on the Hot Food Sector

​HMRC Sharpens Focus on the Hot Food Sector

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

The HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a targeted VAT compliance campaign focusing on the hot food and catering industry. This move aligns with HMRC's strategy of periodically concentrati … read more
​Scottish MP Advocates for Ban on Unpaid Trial Shifts in Hospitality Sector

​Scottish MP Advocates for Ban on Unpaid Trial Shifts in Hospitality Sector

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

In a significant move towards fair labour practices, Scottish MP Stewart McDonald, in collaboration with Unite Hospitality, advocates for a ban on unpaid trial shifts, an approach notably widesprea … read more
​Global Wheat Market in 2024: Challenges and Dynamics

​Global Wheat Market in 2024: Challenges and Dynamics

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

Ukraine's Wheat Production Decline In 2024, Ukraine is set to see its lowest wheat production in 12 years, as reported by Argus Media. The 20.2 million metric tons projection is a significant dro … read more
​Top 5 Contenders: 2024's Field to Frier Award Finalists

​Top 5 Contenders: 2024's Field to Frier Award Finalists

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

The National Fish and Chip Awards has announced the top five contenders for the prestigious 2024 Field to Frier Award. This recognition celebrates excellence in potato selection, preparation, and c … read more
​The Food Standards Agency's Push for Allergen Transparency in Restaurant Menus

​The Food Standards Agency's Push for Allergen Transparency in Restaurant Menus

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently advocated for compulsory inclusion of allergen information on restaurant menus. This initiative was set in motion during a board meeting, where the FSA … read more
​Sisters signals the start of a new family business

​Sisters signals the start of a new family business

Posted by Emma on 14th Dec 2023

Like a lot of people following the Covid pandemic in 2020, Lauren Walker reassessed her situation and made a life-changing decision. She left the Elite Fish & Chip Company, the family business … read more
​Millers moves into street food

​Millers moves into street food

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

In the space of just two months, Nick Miller has launched two successful street food concepts, spin-offs of his third-generation, family-run, award-winning fish and chip shop Millers in Haxby. Of … read more
​Defra Employees Advocate for a Four-Day Work Week with Unchanged Pay

​Defra Employees Advocate for a Four-Day Work Week with Unchanged Pay

Posted by Emily on 14th Dec 2023

Employees at the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are leading a groundbreaking campaign. They aim to make Defra the first central UK government department to experime … read more
​Supermarkets Lead the Push for Apprenticeship Levy Reform

​Supermarkets Lead the Push for Apprenticeship Levy Reform

Posted by Emma on 14th Dec 2023

Leading British supermarkets, including giants like Tesco, Asda, and Morrisons, are at the forefront of a movement urging the government to reform the apprenticeship levy. This call for change is i … read more
​HMRC's Intensified Focus on Electronic Till Fraud

​HMRC's Intensified Focus on Electronic Till Fraud

Posted by Emma on 14th Dec 2023

UK businesses are under intense scrutiny by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), primarily targeting a sophisticated form of tax evasion: Electronic Sales Suppression (ESS). Over 20 restaurants and takea … read more
Unilever's Environmental Claims in the Spotlight

Unilever's Environmental Claims in the Spotlight

Posted by Emily on 13th Dec 2023

Unilever, the household name behind Marmite and Hellmann's mayonnaise, is currently under the lens of the U.K.'s Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA). The investigation is focused on assessing … read more
​2024's Rising Stars: Best Newcomer Finalists in National Fish and Chip Awards

​2024's Rising Stars: Best Newcomer Finalists in National Fish and Chip Awards

Posted by Emma on 12th Dec 2023

Yorkshire and Scotland are proudly represented in the final round of the 'Newcomer of the Year' category at the 2024 National Fish and Chip Awards. Sponsored by ADM/Frymax, the award highlights bus … read more
​Rishi Sunak Stands by Job-Protection Measures during Pandemic

​Rishi Sunak Stands by Job-Protection Measures during Pandemic

Posted by Emily on 12th Dec 2023

Former Chancellor and current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have robustly defended the 2020 Eat Out to Help Out initiative. Speaking at the Covid inquiry on December 11, he emphasised the scheme's rol … read more
​Whisky Leads UK Drinks Exports to Remarkable 13% Gain

​Whisky Leads UK Drinks Exports to Remarkable 13% Gain

Posted by News on 12th Dec 2023

The UK's drinks exports have experienced a robust 13% increase, reaching £9.4 billion, primarily driven by the whisky sector. This growth has been notably influenced by the rising preference for … read more
​The Collapse of VBites: Challenges in the Vegan Sector

​The Collapse of VBites: Challenges in the Vegan Sector

Posted by Emily on 12th Dec 2023

VBites, a trailblazing vegan food company established by Heather Mills, has entered administration, provoked by escalating raw materials costs and surging energy prices. Founded in 1993 and expande … read more
​American Candy in UK Markets: A Sweet Risk to Public Health

​American Candy in UK Markets: A Sweet Risk to Public Health

Posted by Emily on 12th Dec 2023

Recent investigations reveal a concerning trend in the UK: the sale of American sweets containing additives banned due to their links to hyperactivity and potential cancer risks in children. As the … read more
​Combatting Illegal Deforestation: UK's New Supermarket Regulations

​Combatting Illegal Deforestation: UK's New Supermarket Regulations

Posted by Emma on 12th Dec 2023

The UK Government is taking a firm stance against illegal deforestation by prohibiting supermarkets from selling products containing palm oil, cocoa, beef, leather, and soy sourced from illegally d … read more
​The Dark Side of Liquid Gold: The Rise of Fake Olive Oil

​The Dark Side of Liquid Gold: The Rise of Fake Olive Oil

Posted by Emily on 12th Dec 2023

Olive oil, integral to Mediterranean culture and diet for thousands of years, is facing a crisis. Esteemed for its medicinal and religious uses, as famously dubbed "liquid gold" in Homer's "Iliad", … read more
​Election Spotlight: The Rising Importance of Food and Farming

​Election Spotlight: The Rising Importance of Food and Farming

Posted by Emily on 12th Dec 2023

According to recent NFU research, food and farming emerge as critical concerns for the electorate as the following general election approaches. The NFU has released a manifesto calling for enhanced … read more
​Ofgem's Bold Move to Shield Businesses from Unscrupulous Energy Suppliers

​Ofgem's Bold Move to Shield Businesses from Unscrupulous Energy Suppliers

Posted by Emma on 8th Dec 2023

In a decisive move, Ofgem has unveiled a set of proposals to safeguard businesses from unethical practices by energy suppliers. Recognising the need for enhanced customer service and transparency, … read more
​Who Will Take the Title? Announcing the Finalists for Fish and Chip Industry's Employee of the Year

​Who Will Take the Title? Announcing the Finalists for Fish and Chip Industry's Employee of the Year

Posted by Emily on 8th Dec 2023

The National Fish and Chip Awards is proud to announce the top four finalists for its first-ever Employee of the Year award. This new category has seen an influx of nominations, leading to an excep … read more
From Pandemic Losses to Profitable Growth: Nando's Unveils 14 New UK Restaurants

From Pandemic Losses to Profitable Growth: Nando's Unveils 14 New UK Restaurants

Posted by Emily on 8th Dec 2023

Nando's has embarked on an ambitious expansion in the UK, marking a significant turnaround with 14 new restaurant openings. This expansion comes on the heels of the brand's return to profitability … read more
Scottish ​Pubs Shutting Down Twice as Fast as in England

Scottish ​Pubs Shutting Down Twice as Fast as in England

Posted by Emily on 7th Dec 2023

In Scotland, the pub and bar industry is facing a crisis, with closures happening at a rate significantly higher than in England. The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) and the Scottish Lice … read more
​The KFC Controversy: Navigating Health Policies and Business Interests

​The KFC Controversy: Navigating Health Policies and Business Interests

Posted by Emma on 7th Dec 2023

The recent tussle between KFC and local councils in England and Wales has brought to light a significant debate: should fast-food outlets be restricted near schools to combat obesity, or does this … read more
​Finalists Announced for 2024 Takeaway of the Year in National Fish and Chip Awards

​Finalists Announced for 2024 Takeaway of the Year in National Fish and Chip Awards

Posted by Emily on 7th Dec 2023

The National Fish and Chip Awards have revealed the top ten finalists for the 2024 Takeaway of the Year, showcasing the best in the industry. From an initial pool of 40, these ten outstanding fish … read more
​Morrisons Takes the Lead with 'Buy British' Tab on Website

​Morrisons Takes the Lead with 'Buy British' Tab on Website

Posted by Emily on 6th Dec 2023

In a pioneering move, Morrisons, the UK's fifth-largest retailer, has introduced a 'buy British' feature on its website. This development positions Morrisons as the first major supermarket to respo … read more
​KFC's Strategic Acquisition: 218 EG Group Restaurants

​KFC's Strategic Acquisition: 218 EG Group Restaurants

Posted by Emily on 6th Dec 2023

KFC, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, is set to significantly expand its UK and Ireland operations by acquiring 218 restaurants from its largest franchisee, EG Group. This strategic move is poised to p … read more
​France's Fast-Food Landscape: McDonald's and Burger King Lead the Charge

​France's Fast-Food Landscape: McDonald's and Burger King Lead the Charge

Posted by Emma on 6th Dec 2023

In France, the expansion of McDonald's and Burger King often stirs controversy, as seen in the protests against new outlets in Paris and the Haute-Garonne region. Despite local opposition, these … read more
​UK Supermarkets and the Challenge of Regulating Unhealthy Food Placement

​UK Supermarkets and the Challenge of Regulating Unhealthy Food Placement

Posted by Emily on 6th Dec 2023

A recent investigation has highlighted a significant issue in England's supermarkets – non-compliance with regulations aimed at curbing childhood obesity. These regulations, targeting the strategic … read more
​Canadian Wheat, Canola Harvests Expand, Rebounding from Dry Conditions

​Canadian Wheat, Canola Harvests Expand, Rebounding from Dry Conditions

Posted by Emily on 5th Dec 2023

In a notable turnaround from previous predictions, Canadian farmers are set to harvest significantly more wheat and canola (rapeseed) this year. This development, highlighted in a recent government … read more
​SSP's Strong Recovery Spurs Dividend Return

​SSP's Strong Recovery Spurs Dividend Return

Posted by Emily on 5th Dec 2023

In a remarkable rebound from the pandemic, SSP Group has announced the resumption of dividend payments, signifying a robust recovery in travel-related demand. The catering giant, specialising in ai … read more
​Marston's Finds Success Away from City Centres

​Marston's Finds Success Away from City Centres

Posted by Emily on 5th Dec 2023

Marston's has strategically distanced itself from city centre pubs, acknowledging the unpredictable demand in these areas. The company's preliminary results for the 52 weeks ending 30 September 202 … read more
​UK Government Raises Salary Threshold for Foreign Workers Amid Immigration Control Efforts

​UK Government Raises Salary Threshold for Foreign Workers Amid Immigration Control Efforts

Posted by Emily on 4th Dec 2023

In a significant move to control immigration, the UK government has announced a steep increase in the minimum salary required for foreign workers. The salary threshold for a skilled worker visa wil … read more
​Navigating the Fine Line Between Workplace Banter and Bullying

​Navigating the Fine Line Between Workplace Banter and Bullying

Posted by Emma on 4th Dec 2023

A light-hearted joke with colleagues can often be a part of everyday work life in the professional environment. However, there's a thin line where casual banter can cross over into workplace bullyi … read more
​Understanding Zero-Hours Contracts: A Concise Guide for Businesses

​Understanding Zero-Hours Contracts: A Concise Guide for Businesses

Posted by Emily on 4th Dec 2023

Zero-hours contracts are frequently discussed, blending flexibility with significant challenges. These contracts, without guaranteed hours, fluctuate in workload and are divided into two categories … read more