Living Wage

17th November 2022 Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Chancellor Jeremy Hunt have accepted officials’ recommendations and announced a significant rise in the national living wage from £9.50 an hour to £10.42.

Rosa’s Thai Expansion

15th November Rosa’s Thai Rosa’s Thai is to open in Nottingham before Christmas and Exeter next year.  Rosa’s Thai made its international debut last month in Dubai.

Itsu Milton Keynes

15th November 2022 Itsu Milton Keynes Itsu, the healthy Asian food chain, is set to open a venue in Milton Keynes, serving its Asian-inspired menu where he majority of dishes have fewer than 500 calories – a third plant-based. Any unsold meals will also be sold half-price every evening, to avoid food waste.

Generation Z

14th November 2022 According to research by the customer experience and retention platform SevenRooms, ‘Generation Z’ is spending £857m a week on hospitality, but restaurants must “up their social media game” in order to tap into this market.  While many consumers are tightening their belts, those aged 16-24 spend an average of nearly £70 per …

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Food Inflation

14th November 2022 Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% inSeptember, according to the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.After reaching 15% in August, the Index surged again during September. This means inflation has been in double digits in every month of 2022since January. Dairy and oils and fats prices rose …

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David Yeo Opening

13th November 2022 Hong Kong-based Aqua Restaurant Group, founded by David Yeo, is towill open its fifth London venue. Shiro, in London’s Liverpool Street, willfollow Shard, Hutong, Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva. It will feature asushi counter and robata counter, with an outdoor terrace, serving“intensely flavoured” crystal sushi. In addition to its London sites, Aquaoperates …

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Customers Demand Value

12th November 2022 Half of UK consumers are dining out less than at the start of 2022, whileguests are increasingly looking for value and variety. Findings from aRevenue Management Solutions survey of consumers found 51% ofthose surveyed are eating out less restaurants to save money. Additionally, 70% said they compare prices prior to placing their …

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Egg Shortages

11th November 2022 Fears of egg shortages have arisen in the hospitality sector. TheBritish Free Range Egg Producers Association suggests Britain’s eggproduction could plunge by eight million next year, with analystspredicting empty supermarket shelves at Christmas. Bird flu andfarmers reducing the size of their flocks, are blamed.

Trading Hours Cut

10th November 2022 More than a fifth of UK restaurants and cafes have cut their hours sincethe summer, in a bid to cut energy costs, according to new analysis bythe Office of National Statistics (ONS). The analysis showed food anddrink service firms were more likely than any other sector, in order toto deal with soaring …

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