The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 14/12 - 18/12

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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 14/12 - 18/12

Related tags: Caffeine, Restaurant, Uk

What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.
  • One year on from the introduction of the EU allergen laws restaurants are still struggling to make diners with allergies feel safe.​ A new study revealed that poor staff training and 'confusing' menu information was proving a barrier to people with allergies eating out. 
  • Heston Blumenthal has created a series of dishes​ for UK astronaut Tim Peake which will be blasted into space during his stint on the International Space Station. Gravity-defying food including a bacon sandwich and the first cup of tea to be 'sipped' in space have made the menu.
  • The UK's ongoing caffeine addiction could see the UK coffee shop market worth over £15bn by 2020 with over 30,000 outlets nationwide​. Starbuck, Costa and Cafe Nero are set to continue their domination of the high street, with the branded coffee sector expanding to over 8,500 outlets nationwide over the next five years.
  • Travelodge is preparing to combat shopper fatigue by signing a £22m deal to expand its series of shopping centre hotels.​ The sites in London, Sussex and Essex are set to open in 2017 as part of the budget chain's plan to open a further 150 UK hotels by 2022.

For a full run-down of this week's news see here.

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