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The buzz on breakfasts

 

Food on the go is on the rise. Sales figures released by Greencore – the world’s largest sandwich maker – show a 33% jump in pre-tax profits despite a slow growth in sales in food overall, according to the Financial Times.
Retailers and suppliers are reacting to this jump in out of home sales with Costa Coffee launching its Costa Fresco concept store in Tottenham Court Road to ramp up its food offer.
Healthy cafe chain Abokado reports that more than 10% of total sales are now represented by breakfast spurring the business on to build on the trend.
Leon is credited for bringing porridge to the fast casual offer and already provides a good range of breakfasts as it rolls out its ambitious expansion plans into 2016.
McDonalds has been toying too with the idea of expanding its breakfast menu for a while and it has gone live in the US with no current plans to introduce it here.
Meanwhile at home 2016 set off to a brilliant start when Olympic diver Tom Daley took to Instagram to show off his breakfast fry up skills using the Master Pan Predictably the pan has become a sell out at Lakeland thanks to all the free publicity.
Since this is National Breakfast Week, organised by the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, use this time to ensure you’re capitalising on breakfast in your business.
If you’re a food producer are you offering your customers items they could use on their menus? Grab and go concepts? New flavours and ingredients?
And if you’re a restaurant, café, or garden centre, what are you offering your visitors?
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Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
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Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait


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