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Bennett Hay Appoints Culinary Director

Candice Webber has joined Bennett Hay to lead the boutique UK hospitality operator’s focus on food and drink and to head its culinary team. As Culinary Director, Candice will take on a senior role in the operator’s leadership team which already has a notable female headcount. Candice will be responsible for developing Bennett Hay’s company-wide…

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COP27: How Traditional Egyptian Food Can Make the UN Summit More Climate Friendly

Egypt’s traditional vegetarian cuisine is ideal for delivering healthy and sustainable catering at the UN’s biggest climate event Over 160 NGOs, led by global food awareness groups, 50by40 and Proveg International, are encouraging Egypt to provide sustainable, plant-rich food to delegates attending the UN climate summit – COP27 – hosted in Sharm El Sheikh in…

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Compass Pays Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen

Compass Group (UK & Ireland) has paid tribute following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. In a statement, Robin Mills, managing director, writes: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and send our sympathies and condolences to the Royal Family. “The Queen was a shining example of public…

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Aramark Treats College Sports Fans to Not-So-New Food Concepts

College sports fans will be cheering on Aramark Sports + Entertainment this season following the introduction of a range of new menu concepts modelled on established favorites including burgers, pizza, chicken, nachos, and tacos. “As a first step in the development process, we identified the categories fans are looking for and explored how to best…

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Acquisition Bolsters Compass Procurement Capabilities

Compass Group UK & Ireland has expanded the range of services offered by its procurement business Foodbuy folowing the acquisition of Essex-based procurement and supply chain systems management company, Equinoxe Solutions. Both businesses strive to offer bespoke solutions by understanding individual customer needs and Equinoxe Solutions brings a wealth of sector experience, in particular in…

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Aramark Returns to U.S. Campuses with Renewed Focus

Aramark’s higher education division—now Aramark Collegiate Hospitality—is doubling down on sustainability and global flavors, inspiring excitement about its culinary offerings and expertise, and unveiling a new name and look that reflects what it does best. “These past few years have been nothing short of incredible, with both amazing successes and significant challenges,” says Jack Donovan,…

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Biovate Hygienics Launches Catering Ranges with Bidfood

Next-gen biological and ecological cleaning products manufacturer Biovate Hygienics has launched new product ranges targeted at caterers with Bidfood, one of the UK’s largest foodservice wholesalers. Under the partnership, Bidfood will serve as the manufacturer’s national catering distribution partner. Two ranges are now available, with the first offers what the Biovate Hygienics describes as a…

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Tennent Caledonian Breweries Awards Scottish Catering Contract

Elior UK have been awarded a staff catering contract at Tennent Caledonian Breweries’ Wellpark brewery in Glasgow. The three-year contract will see Elior provide an all-day service in the brewery’s canteen, for up to 375 staff, comprising breakfast and a lunch offer which includes a deli bar and grab and go service. The offer will…

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Charlton Athletic Extends Gather & Gather Catering Contract

CH&CO business Gather & Gather has won a five-year contract extension from Charlton Athletic Football Club as the exclusive caterer for The Valley stadium and Sparrows Lane training ground. Gather & Gather’s specialist stadia team will continue to provide all hospitality and retail concourse catering at The Valley on matchdays, as well as selling conferences…

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Comment on Suspension of French Decree Banning “Meaty” Plant-based Food Names

ProVeg International has welcomed the suspension by France’s highest court of a Decree banning “meaty” names for plant-based products, which was scheduled to take effect in October 2022. The Conseil d’Etat expressed doubts over the legality of the Decree after ruling that providing consumers with information was insufficient justification for its introduction. Jasmijn de Boo,…

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Tamoil-Autogrill Collaboration Wins 30-year Zürich Motorway Services Concession

Swiss Oil Company Tamoil SA, in close collaboration with Autogrill, has secured a new concession for the operation of the Herrlisberg Nord motorway service area in the canton of Zürich, Switzerland. The 30-year concession (with an option for a further 10 years) is expected to generate sales of around 400 million euros1 (over the 30…

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ISS Guckenheimer Ranks Top for Protein Sustainability

ISS Guckenheimer has achieved the top rank in The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) annual protein sustainability scorecard assessment of initiatives by food services companies to offer climate-friendly plant-based diets. The top ranking highlights the actions the catering business of ISS is taking on climate-friendly foods and its commitment to making 55 per…

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Aramark Nutritionists Recognised as Campus Food Allergy Champions

Gillian Kelly, a Nutrition Associate Manager on Aramark’s catering team at James Madison University (JMU), has been announced by MenuTrinfo® as one of 10 recipients of its annual National Allergy Awards, with Aramark colleague Brandon Mathias as well as their employer also receiving awards. The awards, now in their sixth year, recognize entities which operate…

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Compass Apprentice Chef of the Year Dinner

Compass Group UK & Ireland hosted 60 people at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at its annual Apprentice Chef of the Year dinner on 5th July. The event was catered for by Compass apprentices, with the menu being created and the brigade led by Lorcán Leavy, Apprentice Commis Chef for Restaurant Associates – Compass’ Apprentice Chef of…

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Blended Food Concept Wins Casual Dining Competition

Rama Social, a new food concept that blends Japanese flavours with Latin soul, has been named the winner of an annual casual dining competition organised by Elior UK brand, Lexington Catering. The winning team’s concept will be introduced across Lexington’s business, with members also enjoying a dinner at a top London restaurant, and a masterclass…

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Elior UK Launches Social Value Charter

Contract caterer Elior UK is embracing a new Social Value Charter which builds on activities already embedded in its business modell. The company is also adopting a co-ordinated approach to economic, social and environmental governance to ensure all employees and suppliers make a conscious effort to create a positive impact wherever possible. The Charter summarises…

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How Aramark and Samsung Electronics America Are Achieving Shared Sustainability Goals

Recently recognised for its environmental sustainability efforts in the United States, Samsung has been partnering with Aramark in the areas of energy efficiency and food sustainability as part of its “Partners in Sustainability” initiative – complementing the foodservice and facility services provider’s own Be Well. Do Well.® environmental commitments. With individuals, businesses, organizations, communities, and…

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Jubilee Case Study: Bethan James – Payne & Gunter

Bethan James, managing director of Compass Group business Payne & Gunter, reminisces about The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Having worked for Payne & Gunter for 30 years, I have been involved with many events where Her Majesty has been in attendance, including state banquets which hosted commonwealth dignitaries from all over the world, as…

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Raymond Blanc Partners with British Apples and Pears to Create Cake for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend, British Apples and Pears (BAPL) are partnering with celebrated chef Raymond Blanc to bake a showstopping apple mousse cake that champions the UK’s national fruit, the apple. On the first weekend of June, Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70…

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Crown Estate to Host Hospitality Recruitment Event

The Crown Estate is hosting a first of its kind jobs fair to help support its hospitality customers with staff shortfall. The event will take place on Tuesday 14th June at Park Row on Brewer Street, between 10am and 4pm, offering over 500 applicants the opportunity to gain a hospitality role in London’s vibrant WestEnd.…

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Mother Clucker Opens in London

Lovers of delicious deep fried chicken (or vegan chicken) can now head over to Upper Street in Angel, Islingon for a full menu of tea brined, buttermilk soaked and double dunked crispy chicken burgers, strips, wings, wraps and Mother Clucker’s famed, WOWffles: Chicken & Waffles. Top your meal off with an assortment of cajun, filthy,…

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Supporting the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation

Contract caterer Elior UK has joined other leading brands in supporting a clinical trial of a new food allergy protocol which is being championed by The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. The three-year £2.2 million oral immunotherapy trial will be the first major study funded by the foundation which was set up by Nadim and Tanya…

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Building Compliance in Hospitality Under Fire

The hospitality sector in the United Kingdom is facing fresh warnings following the release of data from Cloudfm suggesting that only 30 per cent of restaurant estates meet the required standards. Building testing and certification is a legal requirement with non-conformity resulting in fines and even the imprisonment and disqualification of company directors. Companies also…

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Elior UK Renews Armed Forces Corporate Covenant Commitment

Elior UK has re-affirmed its support for The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant at a signing ceremony attended by CEO, Cathering Roe and Air Vice Marshal, Ranald Munro. The Armed Forces Covenant is a commitment from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their…

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Noelle Jones – Compass Group Women in Food Lead Ambassador

Noelle Jones was recently appointed Lead Ambassador of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s Women in Food network. With Compass Group UK & Ireland for almost 12 years, Noelle’s appointment as managing director of Chartwells Independent in 2020 followed on from her previous role as Business Director within ESS Government Services. In her current role she…

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Catering Award for Elior Nutritionist

Mandy Davies, Head of Nutrition & Dietetics for contract caterer Elior UK, has been recognised with a Public Sector Catering award for developing ‘grazing boxes’ for care home residents. Davies and a team that included Health, Care & Retirement Living Dietitian Gemma Ewen and Executive Development Chef Darren Neal, created the concept for Caterplus –…

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Quorn and Sodexo Launch Novel Carbon Neutral Contract Catering Solution

Meat free brand Quorn has joined forces with leading food services provider, Sodexo, to begin the global roll out of Carbono Cero, the world’s first carbon neutral solution for food services. The solution could save at least 7,296 tonnes of carbon each year. This month sees the initial roll out of Carbono Cero at a…

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CH&CO Retains Three-star Food Made Good Rating

CH&CO has retained its top, three-star Food Made Good rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The top rating has been secured across the diverse catering and hospitality business which operates at 900 sites across workplaces, education, healthcare, destinations, venues, Livery and events in the UK and Ireland – with the overall score attained increasing…

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UAE Hotels Include Sustainable Straws in Luxury Guest Experience

A partnership between Finnish eco materials company Sulapac and Dubai-based sustainability startup BIRD Collaborative has seen millions of sustainable straws made from a patented wood chip and plant resin delivered to luxury hotels, restaurants, wellness centres and clubs in the United Arab Emirates since 2021. Hotels already offering the sustainable straws as part of the…

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Compass Celebrates Winners of Relaunched ‘Be A Star’ Awards

Compass Group has launched its new look Be A Star recognition programme to celebrate the hard work and outstanding achievements of its people across the UK and Ireland. Be A Star asks teams to nominate colleagues across three categories, who have gone above and beyond in: Helping Colleagues, Delighting Customers and Supporting Communities. These people…

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UK Hospitality Business Recruits Director of Operations

Leo Coates has joined hospitality business Bennett Hay as director of operations in a role that involves overseeing 180 staff and a portfolio of clients including notable corporate workspaces, estates and landmark destinations. Coates brings significant experience in the workplace sector having previously worked for Compass Group subsidiary Restaurant Associates, Vacherin and CH&Co. He joins…

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