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Boparan Restaurant Group serves up discounts for Britain’s frontline heroes

Boparan Restaurant Group is introducing a raft of new offers especially for Britain’s frontline services. With another testing winter in store for Britain’s frontline service personnel, the casual dining group said it would help to reduce the pressure on the pockets of the tens of thousands emergency sector workers across its Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner

Prince Castle modular holding bins ready for distribution to UK fast food chains

FEM is launching a new modular holding bin in the UK, designed to hold hot food in prime condition over extended periods. Manufactured by Prince Castle in the USA, the bins aim to provide operators maximum flexibility in terms of both menu choice and configuration. Prince Castle is the manufacturer of choice for McDonald’s, Burger

Ex-McDonald’s exec John Upton takes ‘Ronseal’ approach to unlocking sustainable growth

Industry veteran John Upton says it is vital for operators to be able to build a brand with sustainable growth potential – and that means being candid about the strengths and weaknesses associated with their business.   Upton, now the chairman of food-to-go brands Mother Clucker and The Naked Deli, said how experience working as managing

New app launches to boost foodservice sector sales and reduce queues

Systopia, an order and payments solutions provider, has launched a new app which aims to benefit foodservice providers and their clients. ‘My Systopia’ is a web-based application focused on the end-user that encourages repeat business, aims to increase sales and reduce queue times. Optimised to work on mobile, tablet or desktop, the apps works alongside

£10m investment sees re-opening of Oakman Inns’ latest pub

The Royal Foresters in Ascot has been officially re-opened following a £10m investment from independent pub group, Oakman Inns. The fully-restored restaurant has an open theatre-style kitchen where guests can watch head chef, Lee McMullen, create both traditional British and Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients. The re-opening of the 140-year

Levy Leisure appoints team of design experts to create new café

Levy Leisure has announced Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) as the team to create a new café kiosk in Bristol. Within the Wild Place Project, the new café will aim to bring a taste of Africa to the city. RDA’s team of design experts worked in partnership with the official catering partner at many cultural, historical

Mitchells & Butlers regulates kitchen extract systems to curtail energy usage

Pub giant Mitchells & Butlers has adopted technology that regulates extract systems in many of its kitchens as part of its mission to bring down energy costs. Catering areas across its estate, which spans 1,700 sites, are increasingly using equipment that controls its extract and air supply fans to ensure they always run at the

Stonegate goes big on smart meters and recycles 900,000 litres of cooking oil from kitchens

Stonegate Pubs now has smart meters in most of its outlets and has increased the volume of waste cooking oil that is collected from its kitchens and recycled as part of its pledge to make a contribution to the environment. The company runs 670 pubs across the UK but is keen to limit the environmental

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