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Government urges restaurants to increase country of origin labelling

19-Jul-2012 - The Government is urging restaurants to more widely adopt country of origin labelling and has said many caterers are still not providing enough information on the provenance of their food.

Alan Yau to launch Naamyaa, all-day Thai café concept, in London

18-Jul-2012 - Wagamama and Hakkasan founder Alan Yau is set to launch Naamyaa, a sister restaurant brand to Busaba Eathai with a more approachable, all-day focused Thai dining style, this autumn in London.

San Carlo on the lookout for further London locations as Cicchetti comes to the capital

18-Jul-2012 - San Carlo is preparing to open its second restaurant in London, the first outside Manchester for the tapas-style concept Cicchetti, and has said it is hoping to open more sites in the capital under the brand.

Carluccio’s to reach 100 UK sites and double overseas expansion by 2015

18-Jul-2012 - Carluccio’s is on-track to reach its target of 100 UK sites by 2015 and plans to double the number of restaurants it operates overseas in the same period, its chief executive Simon Kossoff has said.

Teknomat launches compact version of Synchro espresso machine

18-Jul-2012 - UK-based coffee machine and equipment supplier Teknomat has introduced a compact two group espresso coffee machine to its Synchro range.

New restaurant, bar & Ping-Pong concept launches in London’s West End

18-Jul-2012 - PING, a new kitchen, bar and Ping-Pong venue, is set to open in Earls Court Road next month.

Heavy rain, Diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012 bring ‘mixed fortunes’ for eating out sector

18-Jul-2012 - UK restaurants and pubs saw like-for-like sales edge up 1.3 per cent last month, but a combination of the unusually cold and wet weather, Euro 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought contrasting prosperities for the sector.

How to develop closer links and relationships with food suppliers

18-Jul-2012 - With the popularity for local produce and diner demand for provenance information showing no sign of slowing down, Renaissance Pubs has solved the problem of developing closer links and relationships with suppliers by investing in their own farm.

Bleep launches eMenu, touch screen alternative to paper menus

17-Jul-2012 - EPoS designer and manufacturer Bleep UK has teamed up with hospitality touch screen manufacturer Conceptic Touch UK to launch eMenu, an interactive touch screen menu and ordering app designed to replace traditional paper menus in restaurants.

Beer Tax Fraud Inquiry: MPs tell Government the case for beer tax stamps is 'extremely problematic' and 'premature'

17-Jul-2012 - Tax stamps on every bottle or can of beer would be 'extremely problematic' and the case for it is 'premature' when tax fraud enforcement options remain open to HMRC, according to a panel of MPs who reported to the Government yesterday.

Pizza Express, Wagamama and La Tasca among restaurants voted best for healthy eaters

16-Jul-2012 - Pizza Express, Wagamama and La Tasca are among the high street restaurant chains who have been voted best choices for healthy eaters by health food magazine Healthy Food Guide. 

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Riverside Vegetaria tops Ethical Eats London vegetarian restaurant poll

16-Jul-2012 - Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston upon Thames has been named as the best vegetarian restaurant in the capital after topping a vote organised by Ethical Eats, the London Food Link network of restaurants which is part of Sustain.


The Reward Club at Beefeater: The effectiveness of a loyalty scheme vs. discounting

16-Jul-2012 - In our new look Ideas from your Peers column, we evaluate the effectiveness of one of Whitbread’s marketing campaigns, The Reward Club, which it has been using to promote its Beefeater brand for the last four months and question if it is a worthwhile alternative to discounting in terms of bringing in more trade.

Multi-cuisine buffets: No sign of slowdown as Tops opens in Manchester, reveals target cities

16-Jul-2012 - The continued growth and success of multi-cuisine buffet restaurants shows no sign of abating as another operator, Tops, enters the fray with a new restaurant in Manchester and two more sites planned.

Pepijn van den Abeele: Career Profile

13-Jul-2012 - Belgian national Pepijn van den Abeele has been manager of London burlesque club and cocktail bar, Volupté since November 2011. He worked in a variety of jobs in hospitality in Belgium before moving to London in 2006 to take up the role of manager at Caribbean restaurant Cottons.

Changing glassware can attract more female beer drinkers, says first woman accredited as a beer sommelier

13-Jul-2012 - Annabel Smith, one of the first two women to receive official beer sommelier accreditation from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) Beer Academy, has told BigHospitality changing glassware can significantly change the attitudes of women to beer.

Wabi sets out to rival London's established Japanese restaurants as it launches in the capital

13-Jul-2012 - The man behind Horsham restaurant Wabi says he believes he has created a brand that can rival established Japanese restaurant operators such as Nobu and Roka as he unveils plans to open a restaurant in London's Lincoln's Inn Fields this autumn.

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T.G.I. Friday's joins calls for hospitality VAT cut

13-Jul-2012 - American restaurant chain T.G.I. Friday's has joined businesses in the hospitality industry calling for a reduction in VAT by signing up to membership of Jacques Borel's VAT Club.

An end to restaurant no-shows? New marketing platform reveals potential solution

13-Jul-2012 - The issue of customer’s booking tables and not showing up has plagued the restaurant industry for years, but now, a new marketing platform for restaurants which uses a demand-led pricing model, believes it has finally found a solution.

Imperial introduces Cambro Camcart food transporter to UK

13-Jul-2012 - The Cambro Camcart, a heated, portable food transporter first launched in the US by food tray, shelving and storage manufacturer Cambro, has now been launched in the UK by Imperial Catering Equipment.

Italian restaurant chain Francesca opens first UK restaurant ahead of expansion and franchise plans

11-Jul-2012 - The UK franchisee of the Italian restaurant chain Francesca has revealed there are plans to open one or two more restaurants in London this year ahead of further expansion and franchise plans for the business.

Nicolas Bouhelier: Pastry World Cup can help UK pastry chefs become more respected

11-Jul-2012 - Nicolas Bouhelier, one of the team of pastry chefs representing the UK in the prestigious Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie, has said the competition can help pastry chefs in the UK become as respected as their European counterparts.

Third of London's restaurants, hotels and pubs stockpiling goods to reduce deliveries during London 2012 Olympics

11-Jul-2012 - More than a third (37 per cent) of London-based businesses, including restaurants, hotels, and pubs, have said they will stockpile non-perishable goods in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics to help reduce deliveries made during the Games. 

The Big Conversation: Industry event highlights importance of young people in hospitality

11-Jul-2012 - A joint initiative between Business in the Community (BitC), the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Springboard today brought together an array of hospitality industry leaders with young people to stimulate a dialogue on employability skills, work experience and apprenticeships.

Raymond Blanc named first president of the Sustainable Restaurant Association

11-Jul-2012 - Raymond Blanc has called for the industry to 'embrace good strong ethics' as he takes up the post of president of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).