I have just returned from a regional show in the West Country, one we have been supporting for many years, and once again I have to say how delighted I am to see the innovative products and services on display. The majority are small businesses who are finding that little niche in the market, but what I found more delightful was the local support these businesses get. “Localism” really was thriving! Locally made ales, gin, vodka, liqueurs, soft drinks, ice creams, cured meats, home-made/Handmade makes cakes, and of course many other local companies distributing nationally made products. The show was vibrant and have that friendly, personal feeling about it.
We are, at the end of the month exhibiting at two more tradeshows, one at Wadebridge in Cornwall, which will be very similar to the one I described above, and Hotelympia, the “Premier league” exhibition. Hotelympia, of course, has products and services from all over the world, and a parade of some of the best chefs in the world, providing wonderful culinary entertainment, we very much hope to see you at either of the shows, always good to get your feedback, so please pay us a visit.
Would draw your attention to an article on where the Local Government Association is calling for calorific content to be displayed on menus. Is it a good idea? Personally, I could take it or leave it, however I do remember a survey a couple of years ago in which almost 60% of those surveyed said they would like to see better nutritional information on menus, however, and rather ironically the same survey revealed that the public is tiring of the government “nanny state”! I suspect an inevitability. Whilst the call the moment is for outlets of 20 or more, it will be more than likely that everybody will have to include it on the menus. I thought I would do a little research as to see how introducing calorific content in America worked, and it appears to have failed miserably. Reports that I have read reveals that obesity is on the increase in America, and from what I read in one report, the assumption that once people know what they are eating will motivate them to eat less, or eat healthier is an incorrect assumption. So I would be very disappointed if we simply copy and initiative that has yet to be proved successful. There appears to be many other factors to take into consideration, so I very much hope that the problem is not expected to be solved with one gesture, one that creates a further burden in the hospitality industry, in particular when it is not working in the country with one of the highest levels of obesity.