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Fast food group has its eyes on $1bn Pret takeover, report says

Fast food group has its eyes on $1bn Pret takeover, report says

A Filipino fast food group is reportedly plotting a takeover bid worth around £740m for 444-strong upmarket sandwich chain Pret A Manger. Jollibee, a popular fast food chain with a network of 2,700 outlets, has held talks with an advisor regarding an offer for Pret, according to a Reuters report which cited unidentified sources. The

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Hobart alumni joins Serviceline as service director

Professional kitchen and refrigeration maintenance provider Serviceline has announced the appointment of a new service director following Duncan Grocott’s promotion to managing director. Andy Clarke has joined the company as service director with extensive experience within the foodservice industry having previously held various operational roles at Hobart, most recently as operations director. The appointment comes during

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:  Pakistani cooks prepare dishes in the kitchen of Cafe Lazeez restaurant, a British curry chain, in Islamabad, 02 March 2005.  Cafe Lazeez owner Zahid Kasim, who launched the first of his Cafe Lazeez eateries in London 13 years ago and helped to update the country's ubiquitous "Indian" restaurants from relics of the 1970s to trendy culinary experiences, has gambled that he can successfully export his fusion of South Asian and European cuisine the 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) back to Islamabad, the capital of his food-crazy native country.   AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM  (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Foodservice market slips to five-year low as growth slows

Stunted growth within the foodservice industry has seen the sector report its weakest six months in five years, new figures suggest. While average spend and visit rates grew by 2% and 1% percent respectively during the second quarter, it was less than the previous three months, leading to lowest rate of half-year growth since 2012,

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New industry training programme teaches foodservice essentials as Brexit pressure intensifies

A dedicated training programme that gives newcomers to the industry a guide to the fundamental aspects of foodservice has been launched in the wake of Brexit. The launch of the Principles of Food Service (PFS) training initiative by CESA, which is motivated by the skills crisis facing the sector, aims to give newcomers the knowledge they need

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Accurate reporting in kitchens no longer has to be a chore for chains

Monika has developed what it calls a ‘total food safety system’ to help operators keep abreast of food safety measures and ongoing hygiene standards without drowning in paperwork.   The system contains a range of advanced features designed to simplify a company’s compliance with regulation and legislation, as well as provide ongoing efficiencies by freeing


Top chains sign up to Lunch! as it prepares to make ExCel debut

A collection of the UK’s biggest food-to-go specialists are among those set to visit London’s Lunch! show later this month. Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S Food, Pret A Manger, Greggs, Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, Co-op, WH Smith, Waitrose, Starbucks, EAT., LEON, McDonald’s, and Compass Group will all be sending representatives as the show celebrates its tenth anniversary. Lunch!, which

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Aldershot restaurant owner vows no repeat of kitchen pest shutdown

A restaurant in Aldershot is among two food businesses in Aldershot that were cautioned this week after pest infestations forced their closure. Momo Station closed voluntarily for immediate improvement work after an inspection by Rushmoor Borough Council Environmental Health Officers on 3 July found a storage building at the back of the premises was infested

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Montague ovens to help Scottish steak concept venture south

A Glasgow-based steak restaurant is opening its second UK site this year in Manchester and its kitchen operations will be spearheaded by a high-spec Montague oven which it will use to bring its unique food offering to English customers. Alston Bar & Beef will be the first venue in Manchester to offer Tweed Valley steak

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Cost pressures put a dent in Pizza Express’ profitability

Pizza Express today revealed that its first-half earnings had taken a hit on the back of what it termed “sector-wide cost pressures” affecting the UK restaurant industry. EBITDA for the 26 weeks to July 2 decreased by 14% to £40.6m, with the chain citing business rates, pay rates and food inflation among the challenges threatening

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Domino’s and Ford begin testing self-driving delivery vehicles with special heated pizza compartments

Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Co. have launched an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery, it has been revealed. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting with a self-driving vehicle as a part of their delivery experience.  Trials will