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Era of ‘fully automated dining experiences’ getting closer

Era of ‘fully automated dining experiences’ getting closer

Nearly one in five diners plans to use mobile ordering for food more often in the coming year, while one in seven want to see more kiosk ordering options in 2018, a Mintel study in the US has revealed. A number of US operators are blazing a trail with “fully automated dining experiences” designed to provide

SSP rolls out Ritazza coffee unit concept to Scotland after success at Euston

SSP, the operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, will be opening its first Ritazza coffee unit in Scotland at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The coffee shop serves a range of hot and cold beverages from freshly brewed barista coffees and a range of English breakfast and herbal teas to refreshing iced lemonade. The

Mount Charles rakes in £37m worth of contracts and expands footprint of catering business

Mount Charles, a Northern Ireland-based catering and outsourcing company, has successfully bagged a raft of new accounts totalling £37m for the last year following its entry to the Republic of Ireland. The firm announced that it has won new contracts over its collective duration in the past 12 months, boosting this year’s turnover by 18%

DEFRA blasted for wasteful catering purchases

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has come under fire after it was revealed today that it has purchased more than 2.5 million disposable coffee cups in the past five years. 516,000 disposable coffee cups were bought by DEFRA’s catering and facilities providers in the last year alone, for use in restaurants

UK contract catering market contains 66 ‘high-class’ acquisition targets, study reveals

A study of over 600 contract caterers has identified a group of 66 firms that present the most appealing acquisition prospects for those looking to expand in the sector. Plimsoll’s latest report into the largest 620 contract catering companies operating in the UK identified a total of 66 “high-class” acquisition targets which would enable prospective

Blanco Professional rolls out ‘turnkey’ cooking and serving systems

Blanco Professional has rolled out a series of new cooking and serving systems designed to provide operators with an instant catering solution. Under the banner of the Blanco Cook Front Cooking System, the firm has introduced three ready-to-use cooking concepts in three variants: ‘Italian’, ‘Asian’ and ‘Burger’. The Italian ‘turnkey’ offering is a colourful pasta

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US catering equipment brand doubles UK distribution facility

A US-based designer and manufacturer of melamine and polycarbonate catering equipment and dinnerware has doubled the size of its UK distribution centre to support the expansion of its growing business across the UK and Europe. Dinnerware brand Thunder Group worked with regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, which owns and manages Claywheels Lane Business Park in Sheffield,

Hobart describes new Ecomax budget line as offering ‘best ever value’

Hobart has launched a new line of Ecomax undercounter warewashers that it describes as representing the “best ever value additions” to the range. Available now, the entry-level range consists of a compact glasswasher (G404), glasswasher (G504) and undercounter dishwasher (F504). Each has a counterpart model with added softener, bringing the number of new machines to

Boss of world’s biggest caterer shocks market with resignation

The CEO of the world’s largest caterer is to step down from his position next year, it has been announced.   Richard Cousins, the boss of Compass Group (pictured), will exit his role on 31 March 2018 and retire from the company on 30 September 2018 in a move that has taken the market by