By Lynx on 2nd April 2016

As always, the latest edition of our regular Market Forecast throws down a few challenges for chefs, this time when it comes to planning menus for the spring and summer. For example, both sea bass and salmon face pricing challenges – sea bass because its popularity in menus puts pressure on farmed supplies, while salmon […]

By Lynx on 10th March 2016

The need for pub operators to constantly raise their game on food is nothing new, but it’s a topic that received a new airing in February at the PUB16 trade show. Lynx Purchasing spent a busy couple of days at London Olympia, talking to chefs and licensees from single pubs and multiple-site operations about how they can […]

By Lynx on 15th January 2016

New Year’s resolutions aren’t always good news for restaurants and pubs. Customers trying to live more healthily are likely to be less inclined to go out to eat and drink, while the cost of a gym membership can definitely put a dent in their discretionary spend. Factor in consumers’ worries about post-Christmas credit card bills, […]

By Lynx on 11th December 2015

Kitchens across the country are in the midst of the Christmas trading period, which is this year set to be busier than ever. According to a recent survey by Bookatable, more consumers than ever are planning to eat out of the home on Christmas Day, with demand also up for meals on Christmas Eve and […]

By Lynx on 16th November 2015

Gourmet burgers, Thai and Mexican cuisine are among the foods listed on the recent Horizons ‘Ones to Watch’ update, which identifies the fastest-growing new and emerging foodservice brands. It’s a fascinating picture of the dominant trends in our industry, most notably the continuing move towards more specialisation in food and drink offers. Specialists such as […]

By Lynx on 30th September 2015

How vegetarian-friendly is your pub or restaurant? Do you welcome non-carnivores with an imaginative menu of tasty meat-free dishes? Or do you view them as frankly a bit of nuisance and begrudgingly offer a cheese omelette on request?  If you’re not in the ‘pro’ camp, the chances are you’re already missing out on the sizeable […]