Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream PieOnce again Super Bowl Sunday is on the horizon and a number of restaurants and caterers will be taking advantage of this increasingly prevalent slice of Americana on these shores.

With an ever-expanding fan-base in Britain, growing television revenues and a forward-thinking marketing strategy, more and more people are becoming NFL converts.

And, of course, this means many establishments are cashing in on this by offering tailored menus during the showpiece event.

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Guesthouse heads to court to battle anonymous reviewers

keyboardFrom websites like TripAdvisor through the social-media entities such as Facebook and Twitter, customers can leave feedback about a particular dining experience be it good or bad. With the move towards these digital reviews becoming more and more prominent, people have to curate this type of particular content.

For better or for worse, sometimes, stories crop up that highlight the negative aspects of this trend.

According to reports emanating from the newspapers over the weekend the owners of the Tigh na Cheo guesthouse are expected to lodge papers this week in a bid to stop a flurry of adverse reviews about their lodgings that they claim are false and malicious.

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Special offer: Lec Bottle Cooler

Lec Bottle CoolerIf the rigorous festive trading period has left a few noticeable signs of wear and tear on your catering equipment, then, maybe, now is the time to invest in their replacements.

With more and more party goers and families heading out for meals and nights out, it tends to be refrigeration units such as bottle coolers that take a hammering in December. The constant routine of opening and closing doors takes its toll, as does the knocks and scraps that rack up during the course of a busy evening.

At the moment we are pleased to offer the very popular Lec BC6097K Bottle Cooler for the amazing price of £242.00 (ex-vat).

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Foodservice sector set for growth

Dining outThe number of people opting to dine out has increased over the course of the last calendar year and – in great news for all involved in the foodservice industry – that trend is expected to continue over the next twelve months.

“It won’t be a meteoric rise this year, but sales are likely to see steady growth if consumer confidence continues to improve, prompting a rise in average spend,” commented Peter Backman, the managing director of the consultancy agency Horizons.

However despite this optimistic outlook, the figures remain someway short of 2008’s peak and expectations have been tempered somewhat by current global uncertainties, such as the forthcoming general election.

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Milk cheaper than water

MilkOver a thousand farmers will see payments for their milk withheld next week as one of Great Britain’s biggest dairy companies announced that they would be delaying payments for a fortnight because of a substantial drop in prices.

The crash in value has, bizarrely, seen milk become cheaper than water.

The co-operative First Milk has said the last twelve months was a “year of volatility that [we have] never seen before.”

The group, owned by British farmers, also announced that they would be increasing levies on its members, which they believe will put the business on a strong platform ahead of the spring.

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Crisp service at new Belfast cafe

CrispsThe craze for unearthing new gastronomic trends and bringing them to the commercial market isn’t exactly new, but at the moment we’ve noticed that there’s a desire to be uniquely singular; to foster and idea based around one product and then unleash it on the world.

Recently we’ve seen a cereal cafe and an egg restaurant open up in London, but we think those concepts are so 2014 – so last year.

This is 2015, the year where the potato chips rule the roost.

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Some trends for 2015

thaiWe’re still gently lowering ourselves into 2015, but what can those in the foodservice and catering industries expect over the course of the next twelve months?

Last year was certainly dominated by the rise of craft ales, locally sourced produce become exceptionally premiumised foodstuffs and the continued ascension of gluten free products, to name but a few. We fully expect these items to be hot tickets as the days, weeks and months pass by.

But – as we hear your calls – what could be on the horizon?

Here we round some of the predictions we’ve seen been put forward, and add a few of our own. Of course if you have a hot new trend then we’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Adande Refrigeration Units

adandelogoIt’s a simple question that required a very complex but forward thinking answer.

Just how do you keep food constantly cold in the most demanding of environments?

That was the question posed to Adande, a Lowestoft-based company that specialises in refrigeration and ventilation systems in offshore locations.

The company’s founders, Ian Wood and George Young, had been asked by people within the foodservice industry that worked primarily on North Sea oil and gas rigs, if it was possible to create a refrigerator or freezer that would constantly holds its temperature.

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Many chickens sold contain campylobacter

ChickenIt’s the bug that just refuses to go away and once again the potentially nasty campylobacter bacterium has been back in the headlines once again.

Health officials have said that many chickens sold within the United Kingdom are being sold with the bug present due to poor practices within the poultry industry.

People at Public Health England claim that without sufficient legislation in place then the entire industry will be slow to bring in improvements and changes to could reduce the threat of contamination because they fear it will drive up costs.

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Bring in the New Year with Try January

drjanuaryOnce the festive celebrations have died down and those credit card bills come through the letterbox after the New Year has been ushered in with a cavalcade of frivolity, many people embark on a month long process of reflection and detox known as Dry January.

Well this time – January is only twelve days away! – many within the pub and restaurant trade are hoping that a new campaign will take over from Dry January and gently guide people into trying new dishes.

Instead of abstinence, the industry wants people to get experimental in what they are calling Try January.

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