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M&B nets £46m from sale of 79 sites that don’t fit with strategy

M&B nets £46m from sale of 79 sites that don’t fit with strategy

Mitchells & Butlers has raised £46m from offloading 79 sites in the last few months, it revealed this morning. The pub and restaurant chain sold 73 of the properties to property investment company Aprirose in a package deal and it will now run them under the Milton Pubs and Taverns brand. A further six sites

Gas hob burner

Mechline warns of ‘silent hazards’ lurking in the kitchen

Mechline Developments has pledged its support to Gas Safety Week in a bid to remind the foodservice industry of their responsibility to keep staff and customers safe from the dangers posed by gas appliances. The initiative, which runs until the end of the week, provides a platform for multiple organisations across the UK to work

Andrew Nisbet

Andrew Nisbet declares NCEC an ‘industry resource’ as three-year project comes to fruition

Andrew Nisbet yesterday paid tribute to the “biggest building project” the Nisbets Group has ever been involved in as the National Catering Equipment Centre officially opened its doors in Avonmouth, Bristol. Glenn Roberts, chair of trade association CESA, had the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the launch of the facility, with representatives from more than

Klaus Goeldenbot, CEO

New Nisbets chief spent first week picking and packing in warehouse

New Nisbets chief executive, Klaus Goeldenbot, has revealed he spent his first week in the job picking and packing orders in the company’s warehouse as he seeks to quickly get to grips with every aspect of its business. As part of an induction programme to understand the £320m-a-year catering equipment giant’s operations, Mr Goeldenbot is

JD Wetherspoon pub

Pub giant drops menu prices 7.5% in protest over VAT disparity

JD Wetherspoon is slashing prices of food and drink by 7.5% in all 900 of its pubs for today only in protest over what it calls VAT “disparity” in the UK. The chain is urging legislators to change regulations that it believes give pubs a significant tax disadvantage against supermarkets. In its latest financial report,


Takeaway kitchen so ‘deplorable’ that magistrate sends case to crown court

The “deplorable” state of a Lancashire takeaway’s kitchen has been deemed so severe that magistrates have sent the case to the crown court. Harvey’s in Kirkham, near Blackpool, was prosecuted by Fylde Council after health inspectors found food covered in weeks of mould and unfit for human consumption. The site’s owner Kasim Ali Ahmed was


Rosinox to supply cooking suites through new UK importer

Rosinox cooking suites will be supplied into the UK market through Jestic from now on following the break-up of Dawson Foodservice Equipment. Jestic has secured exclusive UK and Ireland distribution for the Ali Group brand, which manufactures modular and suited cooking ranges from its state-of-the-art factory in France. Giuseppe Politi, export manager for Rosinox (pictured),


EXCLUSIVE: Catering sales contribute £71m to the National Trust’s income

The National Trust made sales of almost £71m from catering and foodservice last year, FEJ can reveal. Catering is now the third largest generator of revenue for the National Trust, behind enterprise and renewables and membership. Food is on course to become the second biggest contributor to the organisation next year if it maintains its current

QX-TPA induction unit

Induced Energy blasts induction cooking market wide open with ‘economy’ offering

British catering equipment manufacturer, Induced Energy, has unveiled a new range of ‘economy’ induction, which is available at a price that it claims will save end-users money. Pricing starts at £950 for the QX-TP flat single zone induction cooker, going up to £1750 for the QX-TPA wok and hob twin induction cooker. The company insists

Pub carvery

Moody’s paints dour picture of pub sector prospects

Moody’s has warned that “operating and trading headwinds” are likely to lead to further struggles for the UK pub sector in the coming 18 months. The analyst firm told investors that economic challenges would challenge pub securitisation transactions, with key credit metrics showing early stages of a potential deterioration. “Pub operators’ earnings are being curtailed