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Special one-off allergen seminar will give crucial advice for commercial kitchens

Special one-off allergen seminar will give crucial advice for commercial kitchens

CESA will host an Allergen Awareness Seminar in the build-up to Hotelympia, it confirmed this morning. The seminar will be run by Julian Edwards, director of foodservice consultancy GY5 and chair of the FCSI, who specialises in allergen awareness and compliance for food and drink businesses. It will bring attendees up to speed with the

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

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

Mark Sullivan, chairman

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Mark Sullivan, chairman of Warrens Bakery

Warrens Bakery, the ‘world’s oldest pasty maker’, has opened its inaugural store in London in what is the first step in a strategy to reach 1,000 branches nationwide over the next few years. With the company set to be immersed in dozens of build projects in the months to come, chairman Mark Sullivan outlines what


D&D thrilled with staying power of its established restaurant sites

D&D has become the latest restaurant group to release details of its December trading performance, revealing that overall revenues for the four weeks to 31 December rose 11% year-on-year. The company was buoyed by strong results from its established restaurants, claiming that it proved that it’s “not all about the latest restaurant fads anymore”. Sites

TOKYO, JAPAN - JANUARY 25:  A basket of french fries which will be used for McChoco Potato is seen in the kitchen at a McDonald's Japan branch on January 25, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The McChoco Potato, McDonald's Japan's special winter menu, french fries covered in chocolate and white chocolate sauces will be available in McDonald's restaurants on January 26, 2016 until around mid February.  (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)

Are you ready for new kitchen regulations coming into force this April?

Food businesses in the UK will be required to put in place practical steps to manage acrylamide within their food safety management systems under new EU legislation, which will apply from April 2018. FEJ reports. The health dangers associated with acrylamide and furan, which are produced during high temperature cooking processes, have made national newspaper

The Alchemist, MediaCityUK, Manchester

The Alchemist eyes expansion and refurbs after securing £16m funding package

Premium cocktail and restaurant chain, The Alchemist, has secured an additional £16m finance package from existing debt funders Santander. The funds will support the operator’s continued growth plans across the UK. The new capital from Santander will be invested into the continued innovation of the brand, rejuvenating existing sites and the acquisition of new locations.

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Bailiff revelation exposes true extent of rates burden on restaurants

The ALMR has warned that government action on wholesale business rates reform is required at the earliest opportunity to support high street businesses, including restaurants, struggling against rising costs. The warning follows a report that UK councils have enlisted the services of bailiffs to take action against 41,000 businesses for unpaid business rates bills. ALMR

Andy Gentle, works director, Hobart, and chair of CESA BSI/MCE 3/5 committee

Hobart man given task of vital catering equipment standards work

Hobart’s works director, Andy Gentle, has been appointed as the chair of CESA’s BSI/MCE 3/5 committee, which, despite its cryptic name, carries out vital work in food machinery safety.  The UK has been helping to write the European safety standards for food processing machines, such BS EN 453 on dough mixers, since 1989. The work is

A flattened disposable coffee cup sits on a road in central London on January 5, 2018. 
British lawmakers called on the government today to impose a charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle all of them by 2023 -- or ban them altogether. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Catering disposables firm weighs in on ‘latte levy’ and calls for alternative solution

Biopac, the UK developer and supplier of environmentally-friendly packaging and catering disposables, has blasted proposals for a ‘latte levy’, insisting it is “not an effective way forward”. Earlier this week industry body ALMR warned that a ‘latte levy’ would increase costs for operators and undermine investment without a guarantee of successfully addressing waste. It has