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Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani has set the date for its first ever gelato course for chefs in the foodservice industry after completing the set-up of a state-of-the-art development kitchen in London that will form a key part of its ‘Gelato University’ offering.  Bookings are now being taken for the inaugural event, covering module one of the Foodservice Professionals

Bourgee launches fourth location at London Southend Airport

Affordable steak and lobster chain, Bourgee, is unveiling its fourth site, the Bourgee Bites – Bar – Luxe Lounge, at London Southend Airport. Bourgee claims to offer a premium dining experience that is accessible to all. The premium experience includes produce that is sourced from prestigious suppliers, British Master Chef and director of Bourgee, Mark

Foodservice equipment supplier optimistic despite imminent Brexit

The group behind Williams Refrigeration, Millers Vanguard and Mono Equipment is maintaining a positive outlook in spite of uncertainties arising from Brexit. AFE Group in King’s Lynn reported a small drop in turnover from £119m in 2015 to £118 in 2016, but saw a modest gain in pre-tax profits from £18.8m to £19m, according to

SPECIAL REPORT: How MOD plans to disrupt pizza market with its superfast kitchen model

You only have to look at the number of pizza concepts springing up in high streets and suburbs around the country to know that it’s one of the most dynamic sectors of the market right now. On the one hand that means both incumbents and new entrants are facing fierce competition, but on the other

Admiral Taverns shakes off eight-year hangover to turn business around

Pub group Admiral Taverns has hailed the “turnaround” of its business after recording absolute growth in turnover, operating profit and EBITDA for the first time in eight years. The company revealed annual figures that showed a 2% rise in turnover to £78m and operating profits up 82% to £25m. EBITDA per pub increased 9% on

Business rates warning for high street restaurant operators

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned high street restaurants that the Government’s proposed devolution of business rates powers could be unhelpful unless there are careful checks and balances in place. ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls, pictured, said: “The Government’s decision to devolve power over business rates to local authorities is designed to

Lockhart owner expands global catering equipment business

UK distribution and outsourcing giant Bunzl has expanded its global catering equipment business with the acquisition of two dealers in Australia. The company, which owns Lockhart Catering Equipment in the UK, has purchased the business and assets of Cater Plus, trading as Bidvest Hospitality Supplies, based in Adelaide, and of Delta Hospitality, based in Brisbane.

Casual dining manifesto blasts market red tape

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers today launched its first ever ‘Casual Dining Manifesto’, aimed at lobbying the government to cut the bureaucracy that it believes is holding the market back. The manifesto highlights the dynamism and diversity of casual dining in the UK and calls upon the government to address issues surrounding property and