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Waitrose ditches all takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops

Waitrose ditches all takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops

Waitrose this morning pledged its commitment to removing all takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops by autumn 2018, saving more than 52 million cups a year. Members of the supermarket’s loyalty scheme, myWaitrose, will continue to have the option to enjoy a free tea or coffee from their shop’s self-serve machine as a thank

Sainsbury’s trials coffee bar concept as it ramps up foodservice push

Sainsbury’s is branching into the coffee-to-go market by trialling a new coffee bar at the front of six of its supermarkets.  The bars, called ‘1869 Coffee’ in reference to the year that Sainsbury’s opened its first shop, enable customers to order Sainsbury’s Own Brand coffees and teas, as well as pastries and cakes. Hot paninis will

Oven brand favoured by Aldi and Lidl starts UK supply

A commercial oven brand specified by both Aldi and Lidl’s bakery divisions across Europe is coming to the UK market. Germany-based Debag, which manufactures bakery deck and electric convection ovens, has struck a local distribution deal with Euro Catering to make its products available in the UK. Debag equipment is widely used by supermarket giants

Sainsbury’s trials takeaway pizza service in British supermarket ‘first’

Sainsbury’s is trialling a hot pizza pre-ordering service in three of its stores in what it claims is a ‘first’ for British supermarkets. During the trial, customers will be able to order a personalised takeaway pizza by telephone and pick it up in-store just 30 minutes later. Customers can order a 10- or 14-inch pizza

Pub giant drops menu prices 7.5% in protest over VAT disparity

JD Wetherspoon is slashing prices of food and drink by 7.5% in all 900 of its pubs for today only in protest over what it calls VAT “disparity” in the UK. The chain is urging legislators to change regulations that it believes give pubs a significant tax disadvantage against supermarkets. In its latest financial report,

BREAKING NEWS: Waitrose hires first foodservice director ahead of casual dining push

Waitrose has appointed its first ever director of foodservice in a move that indicates its intention to enhance its restaurant offering. Simon Burdess is the man selected for the role and will join the business in September from the InterContinental Hotels Group where he is currently vice president, restaurants and bars. As the supermarket develops its

EVERY LITTLE HELPS: Where Tesco is spending its catering equipment budget

With nearly 500 cafes to its name, supermarket giant Tesco owns one of the biggest kitchen estates in the UK. FEJ finds out where it’s putting its catering equipment budget. When Tesco shelled out £49m for restaurant chain Giraffe four years ago, it represented a dynamic vision of how the supermarket giant thought consumers would

Fri-Jado inks exclusive partnership agreement with Houno

Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado, has signed a partnership deal with Danish combi oven manufacturer, Houno. Under the agreement, Fri-Jado has exclusive UK distribution rights for Houno products in the UK food retailing sector, including supermarkets, convenience stores, forecourt outlets and food-to-go operations. Houno claims to offer the world’s broadest choice of

Waitrose ‘Kitchen’ concept propels it into restaurant-style dining

Waitrose customers will soon be able to enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience in the evenings. The retailer is launching its first official ‘Supper Club’ at its new store in Haywards Heath where customers will be able to have a restaurant-quality meal created by chefs from its three Cookery Schools. Customers will be able to choose

Supermarket food waste diverted to good causes

Thousands of tonnes of food that might otherwise have gone to waste could now become available for feeding the homeless, vulnerable and needy in society following an agreement between the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association (BSA) and government agencies. Until now, the law was interpreted to mean that at midnight on the stated