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Precision trims down running costs of its fridges to £50 a year

Precision trims down running costs of its fridges to £50 a year

Precision Refrigeration says that improvements made to its products following the introduction of energy labelling legislation means its fridges now cost as little as £50 a year to run. The company has redesigned its cabinets to conform with the European EcoDesign Energy Labelling Standard, which came into force in July. And it says the impact

ALMR urges Brexit negotiators to clarify status of migrant workers

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, whose members run 23,000 outlets and employ over 650,000 people in British pubs, bars and restaurants, says the vote to the EU has severely dented confidence in the industry. Despite positive economic news over the summer, Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, said operators are still concerned. “The slight

Three weeks for industry to get to grips with energy labelling regs

There are just three weeks to go until new EU Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives are due to be implemented – and industry trade body CESA has stepped in to help those in need of a reminder of what it all means by publishing a special regulatory guide.   Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives for

Southern Water cranks up £1.4m FOG-free programme for South East foodservice operations

Southern Water has recently celebrated the first anniversary of its £1.4 million investment in a five-year programme to keep the South East’s sewers running clear of fat, oil and grease (FOG). As part of this initiative, Southern Water is rolling out a programme to visit many of the 28,000 food outlets and restaurants across Kent,

Calorie labelling delays expose the pain felt by chains

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) claims that calorie labelling delays in the US demonstrate the difficulties of implementation such an initiative in the industry. Chief executive, Kate Nicholls, insists the hold-up in enforcing menu labelling across the Atlantic are a reflection of the many pitfalls involved in introducing a “well-intentioned but ultimately flawed

KITCHEN DESIGN NEED TO KNOW: Solid fuel appliances in commercial kitchens

Solid fuel appliances such as tandoori ovens, charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens are becoming more widespread in commercial kitchens these days, but until now there has been no official guidance on the safe usage of these items, other than that communicated by individual manufacturers. With concerns over carbon monoxide exposure capturing the attention of

Chancellor’s Budget doesn’t go far enough, warns hospitality body

More “decisive and meaningful action” is needed to reduce burdens for licensed hospitality operators despite positive news for the industry in yesterday’s Budget Statement, a leading trade body has warned. The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) said it “welcomed” steps to reduce business rates burdens for businesses, but said the government still need to

Restaurant sector warned over kitchen slip-ups

Bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels are being urged not to take the ‘glass half-full’ approach to health and safety or they could find themselves staring at a hefty fine or prosecution. The Gauntlet Group, which provides consultancy services to food and drink outlets nationwide, says many businesses believe they will be among the 50% of

Regulatory updates change the kitchen ventilation game

Air management expert Mansfield Pollard has confirmed that its tailor-made range of air handling units are compliant with the new eco-design requirements recently introduced by the European Union. In July 2014 the European Union ratified a new Commission Regulation (EU) No 1253/2014 designed to deliver energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions across the whole of

Government launches inquiry into hospitality apprenticeships

Operators have their chance to put their views on hospitality industry apprenticeships and skills development before the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy (APPG). The APPG has launched an inquiry, co-chaired by Nigel Huddleston MP for Mid Worcestershire and Margaret Ritchie MP for South Down which met for the first time this week, has