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Challenging Times Ahead For UK Food-to-go Market

    Challenging Times Ahead For UK Food-to-go Market

The UK food-to-go market has experienced significant challenges in 2020 and will continue to be impacted by COVID-19 over the next three years, according to the latest forecast from IGD. The

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Kara Completes £1 Million Investment in New Doughball Production Plant

    Kara Completes £1 Million Investment in New Doughball Production Plant

Kara, the food service arm of Finsbury Food Group, has invested over £1 million in new production plant at its Manchester site. The major investment will directly enhance production efficiency

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New Report Highlights Key Opportunities and Challenges For Hospitality Sector

    New Report Highlights Key Opportunities and Challenges For Hospitality Sector

Two thirds of consumers (63%) remain nervous about the idea of eating out, despite restrictions easing, according to the latest shopper insight from IGD. The newest report from the ‘Shoppers of Our

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Kerry Group Shows Resilience

    Kerry Group Shows Resilience

Kerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods business, has reported a 4.3% decrease in revenue to €3.4 billion for the first half ended 30 June 2020, versus

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World’s Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands Could Lose up to US$33 Billion of Brand Value From COVID-19

    World’s Top 25 Most Valuable Restaurant Brands Could Lose up to US$33 Billion of Brand Value From COVID-19

The world’s top 25 most valuable restaurant brands could lose up to US$33 billion worth of brand value as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Brand Finance Restaurants

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Tyson Foods Launches Tyson Brand in European Food Service

    Tyson Foods Launches Tyson Brand in European Food Service

US-based Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognised leader in protein, has introduced a range of chicken products under its Tyson® flagship brand in the European

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The Great Reset – IGD Maps Out Four Post-lockdown Scanarios For Retail and Foodservice

    The Great Reset – IGD Maps Out Four Post-lockdown Scanarios For Retail and Foodservice

COVID-19 has caused a monumental shift in consumers’ food and drink habits. The boundaries between eating at home and out-of-home, once blurred, have now broken down, resulting in unprecedented changes

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Carlsberg UK Launches New Digital Platform to Help Pubs and Restaurants

    Carlsberg UK Launches New Digital Platform to Help Pubs and Restaurants

Brewer Carlsberg UK has launched a new digital platform called ‘Love My Local’ to support food and drink operators who are either closed or facing restrictions, due to COVID-19. The

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Britain’s Eating and Drinking-out Industry Stepping Up Plans For a Depleted Market Post-lockdown

    Britain’s Eating and Drinking-out Industry Stepping Up Plans For a Depleted Market Post-lockdown

The latest CGA Business Confidence Survey reveals that UK operators remain deeply pessimistic about both market prospects and the future of their own businesses, with a third (32%) of senior

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British Out-of-home Food and Drink Sales Fall Nearly 60% in March

    British Out-of-home Food and Drink Sales Fall Nearly 60% in March

Britain’s managed pub, restaurant and bar sector saw collective like-for-like sales drop 57.6% in March as the country moved into lockdown, latest data from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker show.

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Britain Sees the Opportunity For More Delivered Food and Drink

    Britain Sees the Opportunity For More Delivered Food and Drink

With Britain in lock-down, hot food delivery services from restaurants and takeaways are set to have an increasingly important role in keeping the nation fed. The public’s appetite for delivered

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Starbucks to Expand Further in China With $130 Million Investment

    Starbucks to Expand Further in China With $130 Million Investment

Starbucks will invest approximately US$130 million in China to open a state-of-the-art roasting facility in 2022 as part of its new Coffee Innovation Park (CIP). As Starbucks largest manufacturing investment

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UK Out-of-home Food and Drink Sales Down 3.3% in February

    UK Out-of-home Food and Drink Sales Down 3.3% in February

The scale of the impact of the developing coronavirus crisis plus the effect of floods earlier in the month on Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant sector in February is

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British Restaurant, Pub and Bar Leaders More Positive About Future, Despite Pressures

    British Restaurant, Pub and Bar Leaders More Positive About Future, Despite Pressures

CGA’s latest Business Leaders’ Survey reveals that optimism among business leaders in the UK out-of-home eating and drinking sector was at its highest level for nearly four years when the survey

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First Industry-wide Conference Looked at How Nutrition is Changing the Game in Foodservice and Inspiring Innovation on Menus

    First Industry-wide Conference Looked at How Nutrition is Changing the Game in Foodservice and Inspiring Innovation on Menus

Kerry Taste & Nutrition recently hosted a first of its kind conference exclusive to the UK foodservice sector, sharing knowledge and insights on an area that is key to future

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Manor Farm Wins IFSA Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020

    Manor Farm Wins IFSA Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020

Irish chicken producer Manor Farm has won the IFSA (Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance) Best Sustainable Food Product Award 2020. Manor Farm, received the award for the company’s ‘Farmers to Market’

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Positive Festive Trading Cheers Britain’s Eating and Drinking-out Market

    Positive Festive Trading Cheers Britain’s Eating and Drinking-out Market

Britain may have fallen out of love with shopping on the High Street over the festive period, but consumers continued to go out to eat and drink over Christmas and

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Business Optimism Improving Across UK Eating and Drinking-out Market

    Business Optimism Improving Across UK Eating and Drinking-out Market

Optimism in the eating and drinking-out market has risen to its highest point for 18 months, the latest Business Confidence Survey reveals – but senior executives remain wary of squeezed consumer spending

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JD Wetherspoon to Invest More than £200 Million on Expansion

    JD Wetherspoon to Invest More than £200 Million on Expansion

UK-based pubs group JD Wetherspoon is to invest more than £200 million on its estate over the next four years. It will invest the money developing new pubs and hotels

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British Food Price Inflation to Make 2019’s Christmas Dinner the Costliest Yet

    British Food Price Inflation to Make 2019’s Christmas Dinner the Costliest Yet

Supply issues are driving up the wholesale prices of Christmas dinner essentials, leaving UK operators and consumers facing higher costs over the festive period. The exclusive monthly Foodservice Price Index

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The Vegetarian Butcher to Supply Plant-based Rebel Whopper® to Burger King® Across Europe

    The Vegetarian Butcher to Supply Plant-based Rebel Whopper® to Burger King® Across Europe

Unilever’s The Vegetarian Butcher has partnered with the Burger King brand to launch the plant-based Rebel Whopper. In the initial phase, the Rebel Whopper powered by The Vegetarian Butcher, is

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Foodhub Snaps Up Big Foodie

    Foodhub Snaps Up Big Foodie

Software business, Touch2Success, has announced a multi-million pound acquisition of Big Foodie. Touch2Success is the parent company of popular UK online food portal, Foodhub. Big Foodie’s staff, infrastructure, website and

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Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

    Kepak Becomes First European Meat Processor to Access $122 Billion US Burger Market

Kepak Group, a  family owned Irish company and one of Europe’s leading food innovators, has become the first ever European

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Britain’s Pub and Restaurant Sector Confidence Dips to Two-year Low as No-deal Brexit Fears Mount

    Britain’s Pub and Restaurant Sector Confidence Dips to Two-year Low as No-deal Brexit Fears Mount

Business confidence among the leaders of Britain’s pub and restaurant groups has taken a hit amid fears about the long-term

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British Pub and Restaurant Groups Maintain Summer Momentum

    British Pub and Restaurant Groups Maintain Summer Momentum

Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 1.6% in August against the same time last year,

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UK Restaurant Numbers Drop Again as Consumer Tastes Shift

    UK Restaurant Numbers Drop Again as Consumer Tastes Shift

Britain’s restaurant numbers have fallen for the sixth quarter in a row, the new edition of the Market Growth Monitor

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Bidfood Expands its Network

    Bidfood Expands its Network

Bidfood, the UK foodservice wholesaler supplying fresh, frozen, ambient and non-food related products to customers in a wide range of

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UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

    UK Restaurant Closures Accelerating as High Street Pressures Mount

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2.8% in the year to March 2019, the latest edition of the

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Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

    Guardians of Grub Crusade to Beat Food Waste

A bold new industry campaign has been launched to tackle nearly £3 billion worth of food that is wasted every

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Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

    Easter Heatwave is Good For British Drink Sales, Bad For Eating Out

The hot Easter weekend delivered starkly different outcomes for Britain’s managed pub and restaurant groups, latest figures from the Coffer

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McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

    McDonald’s to Use Decision Technology to Increase Personalisation and Improve Customer Experience

McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s leading global food service retailer with nearly 38,000 locations in over 100 countries around the world,

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National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

    National Board Established to Unlock Scotland’s £1 Billion Food Tourism Potential

A national board has been brought together to oversee the delivery of an ambitious plan to boost food tourism in

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UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

    UK Managed Restaurant Numbers Drop For First Time in Nine Years

Britain’s supply of casual dining restaurants dipped for the first time in nine years in 2018 as a sustained decline

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UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

    UK Restaurant Numbers Fall 2% in a Year

The number of restaurants in Britain slipped by 2.0% over the year to September 2018, the new edition of the

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Irish Foodservice Market Set to Grow by 6.1% to Reach Value of €8.2 Billion in 2018

    Irish Foodservice Market Set to Grow by 6.1% to Reach Value of €8.2 Billion in 2018

Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) has released the findings of its 2018 Irish Foodservice Market Insights Report which shows that Ireland’s foodservice

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Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

    Software Expert Leading Health Matters Research in UK Food Manufacturing

Research by a leading software company has been shared with UK food manufacturers in a bid to improve the UK’s

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UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

    UK Restaurants Toil in Summer Heat, While Pubs Make Hay

July’s heatwave was good news for Britain’s pubs but heaped more pressure on the country’s restaurant chains, latest figures from

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Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

    Center Parcs Serves Up €5.2 Million in Contracts to Irish Food Companies

Four of Ireland’s top food companies will benefit from a significant boost to their businesses as Center Parcs announces the

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England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

    England’s Poorest Areas are Fast Food Hotspots

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal England’s poorest areas are fast food hotspots, with 5 times more outlets

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JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

    JAB to Acquire Majority Stake in Pret A Manger

JAB, a global investment firm with a proven track record of investing in premium brands, is acquiring Pret A Manger,

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Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

    Dawn Meats Recieves Global “Scale for Good” Award From McDonald’s

Irish and international food group Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Global “Scale for Good” Award. This Global award

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Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

    Taco Bell to Expand in the UK With £29.4 Million Funding

South and East England-based franchise business, Caskade Caterers, has secured a £29.4 million funding package from HSBC to support its

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Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

    Restaurants Hold Up on British High Streets

Many casual dining brands continued to expand on British high streets over the last year, despite the host of challenges

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Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

    Müller to Review UK Food Service Delivery Operation

A food service delivery operation supplying fresh milk and other products to 3,000 non-residential customers in England and Wales which

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Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

    Easy Handling Bottle Combines Safety and Protection

The 900g Euro Squeeze multilayer polypropylene bottle from RPC Corby has been selected by leading Greek food manufacturer Provil for

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UK Casual Dining Contraction is Independents’ Opportunity

    UK Casual Dining Contraction is Independents’ Opportunity

With casual dining brands closing sites and scaling back expansion in the UK, well-run independent operators have an opportunity to

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1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

    1 in 5 Meals Eaten Out of Home as European Consumers Favour Service Over Home Cooking

More flexible menus and an increase of meal occasions from breakfast and all day brunch through to dinner has led

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Lamb Weston Launches New Solution For Home to Door Delivery

    Lamb Weston Launches New Solution For Home to Door Delivery

Lamb Weston, a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the

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Sysco Grows European Business

    Sysco Grows European Business

Sysco Corporation is to acquire Kent Frozen Foods, a successful UK-based food service distributor with revenue in the year ended

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Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

    Value of Irish Foodservice Market Rises to Reach Record €7.8 Billion in 2017

Bord Bia released the findings of its 2017 Irish Foodservice Channel Insights Report in advance of its annual foodservice seminar

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UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

    UK Food Service Price Inflation Falls to 7% But Prices Still Rising in Key Categories

The latest edition of the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reveals that in some categories actual prices are starting to

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McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

    McDonald’s Plans Rapid Expansion in China

McDonald’s Corporation has announced a major acceleration of its expansion plans in China following the successful completion of a strategic

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Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

    Subway Opens 2,500th UK Outlet

The Subway® brand has opened its 2,500th store in the UK at Keynsham, Banes. The new outlet features the new Subway®

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TripAdvisor and Deliveroo Announce Agreement

    TripAdvisor and Deliveroo Announce Agreement

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, and Deliveroo, the on-demand food-delivery service, have announced the integration of Deliveroo’s restaurant network into

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