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Category: Catering News

Sugar Tax backed by the Commons’ Health Committee

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 30th November 2015


A report has suggested that a tax on sugary drinks should be introduced.

It was written by the Commons’ Health Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, who have been looking into the viability of such a move.

In their findings, the committee has said that there is ‘compelling evidence’ that a tax would help reduce consumption and combat childhood obesity.

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Two sides of the coin – The debate about tipping legislation

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 19th November 2015


The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has recently urged the Government to ‘proceed cautiously’ with any legislative changes regarding tipping. Chief Executive Kate Nicholls last week stated that a refresh to the code of practice would be welcome, but warned against an overreaction to reports of bad tipping.

The ALMR’s words directly oppose those of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), who, last month, called for a new law to be drafted.

The BHA, which represents around 40,000 UK-based businesses, have stated that the government should seek to improve clarity around the practice of tipping and force companies to reveal what happens to tips, and where the gratuity payments end up. [ Read More ]

4 Food Trends for 2016

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 11th November 2015


It is officially the Christmas season. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rather large rock recently, you’ll know that coffee shop chains have started adding seasonal syrups to their drinks and one well-known British retailer has launched their annual festive advert to (as usual) widespread acclaim.

But before you know it, Christmas is out of the way and the New Year is upon us. The past twelve months has seen the avocado rise to prominence, the continued growth of pop-up stalls and street food vendors, and it has been the year when plates (literally) went out of the window in favour of shovels, sinks and terracotta plant pots.

So what’s going to be big in 2016? What trends are going to take the industry by storm and, importantly, what will consumers want? [ Read More ]

The Great Sultana and Raisin Outrage of 2015

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 4th November 2015


After ninety years, Cadbury’s have decided to radically adapt the composition of their Fruit & Nut bar.

Being British, the natural reaction was to jump immediately towards a default outrage setting and the topic quickly became a focal point of radio shows this morning and has received a fair amount of coverage in the mainstream press.

Launched in 1926 the bar’s recipe hasn’t changed much. But far from being bored with the same old combination of fruit, nut and chocolate, the British public at large has been content with that classic mix. Yet Cadbury’s have opted to add ‘variety’ to the bar.

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