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Friday Takeaway – 18 December 2015

  * Quality Food Awards asks if we can eat turkey more times than Christmas Day. * Retail Times reports UK third most popular shopping destination for international online shoppers. * Guardian reports on snacking going gourmet at Graze. * Food Manufacture reports on how Scottish food and drink sector is set to replace oil […]

Did someone say Christmas?

  As anyone who works in retail knows, by the time Christmas hits the shops, the buying team will have moved on to summer and may even be planning for Christmas 2016 and beyond. It’s a daunting prospect for many start-up producers when they venture into retail but it’s crucial to consider Christmas buying cycles […]

A taste for tea

  People often ask me why I decided to study to be a tea sommelier. My love of tea stems from my Cake Awards days when I was introduced to the Sri Lankan tea company Dilmah and its quality single estate teas. I attended their School of Tea course in Sri Lanka and everything about […]

Friday Takeaway – 11 December 2015

  * Fast Company reports on how to grow a health brand with integrity – Hint Water. * Daily Telegraph profiles John Joyce who inspires carers elsewhere with his cookery SOS. * Financial Times takes a fond look at our premium seafoods: lobster, oyster and crab. * Plant-based food is booming according to The Vegan […]

Friday Takeaway – 4 December 2015

  * Food Manufacture marvels at Dr Oetker’s edible jumper.   * Pulse reports more than two thirds of GP would support a sugar tax.   * Propel Info News reports on the virtual reality Christmas on offer at TGI Fridays.   * Big Hospitality calls in the experts to advise on dressing your restaurant […]

Business with a heart

  It’s perhaps fitting that I use the month of December to talk about a topic not normally associated with business, one that looks beyond making a profit. Andrew Thornton is a serial entrepreneur who runs, among other interests, a Budgens supermarket in Belsize Park. Nothing special about that except that this shop is run […]

Friday Takeaway – 20 November 2015

  First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain reports the Telegraph.   Daily Mail previews the future food series Tomorrow’s Food which starts next week.   The Drum announces Urban Outfitters move into pizzerias.   Harrods mince pies top Which? own brand report according to BakeryInfo   The scores are in – 2015 Christmas ads leaderboard by Creative Review. […]

How to guide on developing added-value vegetable products

  The sales rise in pre-prepared fresh food continues and suppliers operating in the sector need to be innovative in order to enthuse grocery buyers and consumers. But what consumer trends are buyers looking out for and how do you price your products effectively to make them appeal? You can find these questions answered and […]

Friday Takeaway – 13 November 2015

    Artisan coffee stores head up Horizon’s one to watch list. Single menu restaurants are on the rise in London says Big Hospitality. Eater gives insights into US menu trends for 2016. Trish Deseine, the Northern Irish foodie famous in France, is interviewed by the Belfast Telegraph. Tea-lightful! BBC reports on the lonely couple served a cuppa by coppers after dialling […]

Friday Takeaway – 6 November 2015

  Lower retail prices wipe £397m in value from produce sales this year reports Produce Business. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall tackles the secrets of food waste on TV. Millennials are most likely to chose a chain when dining out says Eat Out magazine. Fantastic Storify tribute to the #Marguerite100 cookalong on Wednesday. Congratulations to all the winners of the Quality Food Awards 2015.

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