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Future of BHA boss unclear if trade association merger goes ahead

Future of BHA boss unclear if trade association merger goes ahead

The British Hospitality Association has said that its chief executive Ufi Ibrahim will continue in her current post until members vote on whether it should merge with the ALMR on February 21. Yesterday the association confirmed that existing ALMR boss Kate Nicholls would take over as chief executive of the joint company – which will

Industry trade associations reveal surprise plans to merge

Two of the industry’s most high-profile and largest trade bodies are planning to merge their businesses in a bid to get the sector’s voice “better heard by government”. The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) intend to put their proposed merger to a vote next month, according to today’s

Largest part of the contract catering market by value revealed

The outsourced business and industry (B&I) catering market will be worth £2.13 billion over the next three years, making it the largest part of the contract catering sector by some distance, it has been predicted. The value of the B&I market, which represents foodservice sales to offices and workplace environments, reached £1.96 billion in 2016

UK’s 15 biggest caterers rack up sales of £5.08 billion

The top 15 contract caterers in the UK market are collectively generating more than £5 billion a year in sales, new figures revealed. Compass Group remains far and away the largest player in the sector with UK revenues of £1.98 billion last year. Sodexo takes the number two position, with sales of £1.19 billion, although

Kitchen crisis looms as leaked Brexit plans threaten chef movement

A quarter of chefs working in the UK are EU nationals – leaving restaurants facing a kitchen skills crisis if leaked immigration proposals are implemented, the British Hospitality Association has warned. Leaked document from the Home Office last week exposed draft plans to end freedom of movement immediately after Brexit and offer low-skilled EU migrants

Booming wage costs ‘risk future investment in foodservice employment’

The ALMR, BBPA and BHA have warned that increasing wage costs could threaten to undermine further investment in staff and employment opportunities in the foodservice industry. The National Living Wage cost the industry around £34 million per year in 2016 with the increase to £7.50 this year adding a further £52 million, an average of around £1,600

Kitchens cooking ‘pink’ burgers must get approval from today

New regulations that govern the sale of ‘pink’ burgers by foodservice establishments were ushered into force across the UK today. The new laws, which follow a recent Food Standards Agency consultation last year, require specific approval for establishments producing minced meat preparations for foods intended to be eaten “less than thoroughly cooked”. This applies to

Catering hygiene guide gets first update in 20 years

Food and hygiene safety experts are set to launch the long-awaited new guide to good hygiene practice in the catering industry next Monday. The Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016, which is recognised by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland, is designed ti help businesses serve food that’s safe to eat.

Hospitality chiefs set for Brexit showdown talks

Top dogs from the wider British hospitality industry will have their first chance to collectively discuss the repercussions of Britain’s exit from the EU today when they gather for the BHA’s annual summit in London. Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the BHA, which represents more than 40,000 businesses, including restaurants, hotels and foodservice operators, confirmed that

First update to catering industry hygiene guide for 20 years

The British Hospitality Association has launched the ‘Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016’. Produced by food safety and hygiene experts, the new handbook for caterers will help businesses serve food that’s safe to eat. Keeping up with the latest regulations on food safety can be an unwelcome extra burden for those working in