By Lynx on 4th April 2017

Whether it’s pies or parsnips, it’s hard to find a type of food that doesn’t have its own special festival somewhere on the calendar. While not all of them are of huge benefit to hospitality businesses, there are some that are definitely worth getting on board for – and that certainly includes Great British Beef […]

By Lynx on 3rd March 2017

It would have been a definite achievement to have avoided seeing any mention of food & drink inflation in the media during the first couple of months of 2017. Coverage included supermarkets rationing fresh salad and veg due to shortages caused by poor weather in Spain and elsewhere in Europe; the rising cost of wine […]

By Lynx on 24th January 2017

The new year is traditionally quiet in trading terms for restaurants, pubs and cafés, and operators hoping to drum up some much-needed business by appealing to customers looking for a healthier start to 2017 won’t have welcomed recent headlines. Slightly tongue-in-cheek news stories about a courgette shortage quickly morphed into more serious headlines as the […]

By Lynx on 5th December 2016

With the busiest time of year for restaurants, hotels, and pubs about to move into high gear, here’s hoping that Christmas 2016 brings everyone full tables and happy, well-fed customers. Without wanting to be a party pooper, though, this year it’s going to be more important than ever for operators to keep a close watch […]

By Lynx on 9th November 2016

As the peak Christmas trading season gets closer, it should come as no surprise to hospitality and catering businesses that price rises are on the way. The fall in the value of sterling in the wake of the referendum vote in favour of Brexit, against both the dollar and the euro, makes it inevitable that […]

By Lynx on 13th October 2016

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on foodservice operators to make their desserts smaller and/or less sweet, as part of the government’s ongoing anti-obesity drive. One suggestion is that restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes could even be ‘named and shamed’ for their pudding policy on a new website. Understandably, the announcement has attracted plenty of […]