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One of a team of professional neapolitan pizza makers kneads dough to give away free pizza margheritas in Dante square in downtown Naples, on August 27, 2008.  Pizza chefs in Naples gave away more than 5,000 free pizzas to protest against restaurants that have "unfairly" hiked up the cost of a pizza amid rising global food prices. Sergio Miccu, president of the association of Neapolitan pizza chefs (ANP), accused restaurants and pizza chefs of increasing pizza prices to a level that is not justified by the cost of the basic ingredients.  AFP PHOTO / Roberto Salomone (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SALOMONE/AFP/Getty Images)

Foodservice operators need to be ready for ‘surprise’ inspections from HSE

Foodservice operators need to be ready for ‘surprise’ inspections from HSE

A global testing, inspection and certification firm has responded to Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) plans to bolster health and safety within the foodservice sector. Earlier this month HSE issued a statement to the food manufacturing sector, which includes restaurants and bakeries, explaining that it will be conducting surprise inspections over the coming weeks in a

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Raymond Blanc’s White Brasserie Company ramps up business with upcoming opening

The White Brasserie Company, part of Brasserie Bar Co, is set to open its 17th site, the Boot in Histon in Cambridgeshire in February 2018. The opening is part of The White Brasserie Company’s plan to roll out 20 pubs over the next three years. The business is the sister brand to Raymond Blanc’s well-known

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Itsu suffers 70% blow to EBITDA amid store expansion strategy

Itsu, a British chain of Asian-inspired fast food shops and restaurants, has made a notable drop in EBITDA and overall losses, despite securing high revenues. In the company’s annual report for the period 29 Dec 2016, it is reported revenues saw a healthy boost of +17% to £95.9m, while the sushi chain’s EBITDA was down

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Fuller’s chief exec confident pub sector can prevail in turbulent times ahead

As 2017 comes to a close, chief executive of independent brewery company Fuller’s has shared his optimistic outlook for the coming months. Chief executive of Fuller’s, Simon Emeny, told the Morning Advertiser that despite the tough times that lie ahead for the pub sector, he expects that “the great British pub will outlive us all.”

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RDA takes centre stage in burger operator’s UK launch

Following the success of The Counter, design and installation company Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has been appointed to design and fit-out the first ever UK site for BUILT Custom Burgers. BUILT Custom Burgers is the fast casual version of The Counter, which opened in Glasgow in June, serving popular ‘build your own’ burgers, fries and shakes,


Pub18 unveils starstudded speaker line up

Pub18, a show entirely dedicated to the UK pub industry, has announced its list of celebrity chefs and industry experts heading up the presentations at the upcoming show. Pub18 is designed to provide pub owners and managers with support, ideas and inspiration to drive their businesses forward in a challenging business landscape. While the full

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Linda Lewis Kitchens tees up inaugural pizza masterclass launch

In a bid to support its customer base, pizza equipment specialist Linda Lewis Kitchens has announced it will be launching a catalogue of cooking masterclasses in 2018. The classes, which will be led by LLK’s development chef Fabio Aurelio, who joined the pizza professionals in September, will be hosted at the company’s headquarters in Oldham.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  A Deliveroo rider cycles through central London on July 11, 2017 in London, England. A recent government review looking at the 'Gig Economy', the 'Taylor Review' has suggested that all work in U.K. should be fair. Deliveroo's co-founder and CEO, Will Shu has said that his company will pay additional benefits to its 15,000 UK riders if the laws change.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Deliveroo reveals the restaurants driving the delivery company

As the end of 2017 approaches, online-based food delivery service Deliveroo has revealed which restaurants have been leading the way for orders over the last 12 months. Despite having a turbulent financial year, American fast casual dining restaurant Five Guys secured the most orders of any restaurant in the UK, with its cheeseburger. Deliveroo noted

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Jamie Oliver cites ‘unethical competition’ as key factor in branch closures earlier this year

Celebrity chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver has spoken out again on the factors that led to the closure of a handful of Jamie’s Italian branches earlier this year, citing unethical competition as the real reason behind the restructuring.  The TV chef hit the headlines back in January when he closed half a dozen restaurants from his

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SPECIAL REPORT: Central London kitchen rental firm lifts the lid on commercial operation

While the foodservice industry is feeling the financial squeeze, Foodstars is looking to cash in by slashing caterers’ running costs with its rentable commercial kitchen facilities. Emma Calder went along to the launch of its new site in Shoreditch and spoke to the man behind the concept to find out why he’s convinced it’s a