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Nescafé® Milano Offers Simply Better Beverages With New Generation Machine

NESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL® has launched a revolutionary new version of its successful NESCAFÉ® Milano machine to the hotel market, featuring the very latest in telemetry technology. Thanks to its customisation assets, it brings the art of coffee through an automatic machine to the next level. The launch of NESCAFÉ® Milano New Generation means that hotels can

Distorted Costs Threatening High Street Progress, Warns ALMR

Responding to the reports from Fleurets that property rental markets are seeing continued distortion, the ALMR has warned against rising costs for businesses and repeated its call for a reform of business rates and commercial leases. Statistics released this week by property agent Fleurets show a potential distortion in the rate of new lettings due

Foodservice Operators Enjoy Confident Outlook With Less Cost Cutting As Food Sales Rise

Business confidence continues to grow in the UK’s foodservice sector as over two-thirds of operator’s report an increase in food sales year-on-year, with 26% reporting a large increase and around half saying they are serving more meals at the weekend than they did this time last year. According to the latest Eating Out-Look*, undertaken by

Industry Leading Conference To Explore Opportunities For Hospitality In Economic Recovery

The Master Innholders’ 22nd Annual Hotel General Managers’ Conference is expected to be another sell-out success as details of this year’s theme are announced. Taking place at London Hilton on Park Lane on 19th and 20th January 2015, a theme of ‘People & Places’ underpins a programme designed to provide hotel general managers with insight

Nescafé® Milano Offers Simply Better Beverages With New Generation Machine

Nescafe-Milano-New-GenerationNESTLÉ PROFESSIONAL® has launched a revolutionary new version of its successful NESCAFÉ® Milano machine to the hotel market, featuring the very latest in telemetry technology. Thanks to its customisation assets, it brings the art of coffee through an automatic machine to the next level.

The launch of NESCAFÉ® Milano New Generation means that hotels can now provide customers with an even wider selection of high quality coffees to satisfy all international tastes, without the need of a barista. The state of the art machine is even easier to operate and offers hotels greater flexibility and customisation than ever before. Ideal for use in hotel restaurants and cafés, as well as bar and lobby areas, the high standard of coffee produced also makes it suitable for service in VIP lounges and high end conferences.

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Distorted Costs Threatening High Street Progress, Warns ALMR

Responding to the reports from Fleurets that property rental markets are seeing continued distortion, the ALMR has warned against rising costs for businesses and repeated its call for a reform of business rates and commercial leases.

Statistics released this week by property agent Fleurets show a potential distortion in the rate of new lettings due to a lack of transparency regarding new rents.

ALMR Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said: “The costs of property occupation are the second biggest headache for casual dining and food led operators and our Benchmarking Report shows that they are acting as a brake on investment and growth. The distortions in comparables cited by Fleurets are at the root of why business rates and commercial rents are spiralling out of control and this is why the ALMR has made this a top priority in its discussions with Government.

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Foodservice Operators Enjoy Confident Outlook With Less Cost Cutting As Food Sales Rise

dinner-tableBusiness confidence continues to grow in the UK’s foodservice sector as over two-thirds of operator’s report an increase in food sales year-on-year, with 26% reporting a large increase and around half saying they are serving more meals at the weekend than they did this time last year.

According to the latest Eating Out-Look*, undertaken by Horizons and JRA, fewer operators are taking cost cutting actions in 2014 compared with 2013, and a significant proportion of businesses have increased staff numbers (28%), with fewer having to cut staff hours or freeze wages.

“This is a really encouraging result and one that reassures us that recovery in the hospitality sector is well under way,” said Emma Read, Horizons’ director of marketing & business development.

“Our last operator survey [May 2014] showed that businesses were much more optimistic about future trading, with a third expecting increases in food sales. Six months on their optimism has been proved correct, with the majority of respondents reporting an actual rise in food and drink sales and confidence in the sector even higher.”

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Industry Leading Conference To Explore Opportunities For Hospitality In Economic Recovery

The Master Innholders’ 22nd Annual Hotel General Managers’ Conference is expected to be another sell-out success as details of this year’s theme are announced. Taking place at London Hilton on Park Lane on 19th and 20th January 2015, a theme of ‘People & Places’ underpins a programme designed to provide hotel general managers with insight into what motivates customers in a globalised marketplace where increasing numbers of people are choosing to travel.

The conference will explore the increasing impact of technology on every aspect of our lives and look to discuss and advise on the opportunities and methods for motivating hotel teams to excel.

Amongst the impressive line-up of speakers at this year’s conference is Arthur de Haast, chairman Hotels & Hospitality Group at Jones Lang LaSalle, Mario Jobbe, COO of Circos Brand Karma, Rebecca Stephens, founder of Seven Summits Performance Ltd and Gavin Esler, chancellor of University of Kent.

Other familiar hospitality industry stalwarts sharing expertise include Sir David Michels, Ian Millar of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Julia Sibley MBE, chief executive of the Savoy Education Trust and Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association.

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Roaring Success As The Lion Is Named National Community Heroes Winner

Simon Townsend pictured with Adrian Emmett from the LionThe Lion in Treorchy, South Wales has been named national winner in the Enterprise Community Heroes awards following its outstanding contribution to championing local causes over the last 12 months.

A unique schools’ attendance challenge, a Christmas market, an annual summer festival and a variety concert for Help for Heroes are just some of the community minded initiatives organised by Publican Adrian Emmett and staff at The Lion.

Adrian picked up the coveted trophy and a £5,000 community prize fund to add to the £5,000 he won as a regional winner at an awards’ dinner at The Berkeley in Spetchley, Worcester.

He now plans to spend the windfall on buying equipment for after school youth activities, refurbishing a Welsh speaking nursery, supporting fund raising concerts organised by Help for Heroes and the homeless charity Huggard, and upgrading the meeting room at the pub so it can be used on a no charge basis by local groups.

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UK Now Exporting Beer To A Record Number Of Countries

beer2A record number of countries are now pulling more than a billion pints of UK beer in bars and restaurants across the world including Belgium and Australia, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today.

New figures show the world has an ever increasing thirst for UK beer with our breweries exporting 1.1 billion pints to 113 countries in 2013 – more countries than ever before – generating £630 million for the UK economy supporting our long-term economic plan.

Today’s announcement coincides with the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss’ visit to Ilkley Brewery in Yorkshire which reopened five years ago and now produces 50,000 pints a week, exporting to more than 10 countries.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

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FSA Publishes Local Authority Food Law Enforcement Information

FSA-LogoThe Food Standards Agency has published official statistics on food law enforcement by local authorities across the UK for the year 2013/14.

The information is compiled by the FSA from returns by local authorities and it gives the FSA a detailed breakdown of enforcement activity across the country.

The figures show an increase in a number of areas of local authority enforcement activity, and levels of hygiene compliance in food business, in spite of reported staffing reductions.

John Barnes, Head of Local Delivery at the FSA, said: ‘The figures this year show business hygiene compliance levels are continuing to improve with 91.7% of food businesses equivalent to FHRS level 3 or above. There’s also been a notable increase in food sampling by local authorities to check food authenticity and to make sure food is what it says is, is safe and is properly labelled.

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Local Chefs ‘Go Pink’ To Fight Cancer

ChefThe Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch has officially become the first hotel in the UK to show their support for Breast Cancer Arabia™ by signing up to ‘The Pink Brigade’ initiative which takes place during Dubai Goes Pink™ 2014.

Throughout the month of October, the brigade of local chefs, headed up by Head Chef Andrew Gault, who worked for many years at the 7 star Burj al Arab, will be wearing their pink themed, and personalised, Julius chef jackets to show their support for breast cancer awareness and raise funds which will help women access life-saving treatment through the Breast Cancer Arabia™ Foundation.

Andrew Gault, Head Chef at the Captains Club Hotel explains why his team are supporting this incredible cause.

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VAT Club’s Borel To Consider “Next Step”

The Jacques Borel-led campaign to reduce the level of VAT in the hospitality sector from 20% to 5% has launched an industry wide consultation on the next steps in the campaign after the success of Tax Equality Day last month, writing to supporters asking for views and suggestions on how the campaign should progress.

The September “Tax Parity” campaign, which saw vat price cuts by over 50 companies to highlight the benefits of lower VAT to customers, generated more than 360 individual press cuttings, with coverage of the day by many national newspapers.

In a letter to campaign supporters and others, Borel states: “This has helped get the inherent unfairness of the current VAT regime over to the general public. I believe that public and political support will continue to grow and will influence economic policy when the Chancellor is seeking radical policy initiatives to address youth unemployment and stimulate economic growth.  Our aim is that all parties should adopt VAT realignment in their manifestos and perhaps compete with each other as to its extent.”

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Craft Guild Cooks Up A Special Book To Celebrate Golden Anniversary

The Craft Guild of Chefs has produced a special commemorative book in celebration of its 50th anniversary, which details the association’s history from inception to the present day.

The Golden Review and Desk Diary includes everything from a nostalgic look at some of the UK’s culinary greats, to a spotlight on a celebrated chef whose vast collection of menus even includes one from the chef to Queen Victoria and Queen Mary.

Craft Guild chairman Christopher Basten said the book, which is available to buy for £20, was part of a wider line-up of celebrations to mark the landmark anniversary.

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