Healthy options

Should calorie labelling apply to pubs?

Calorie labelling an unnecessary disaster for pubs

By Ed Bedington

Once again the fun police have been let loose on the hospitality sector, and while the sector is used to handling and weathering well-intentioned, but ill-thought out legislation, the timing of the introduction of calorie labelling on menus couldn’t be...

Counting calories: alcohol drink producers explain why consumers aren’t seeing more low-calorie products in pubs

Don’t miss out on the low-cal alcohol revolution

By Alice Leader

With abstinence to alcohol becoming more ‘mainstream’ among young adults and fuelling the growth of low-and-no alcohol products, some operators may be missing out on an opportunity in the low-calorie sector.

Variety of options: operators can benefit from stocking multiple milk alternatives

Which milk alternatives should pubs stock?

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs should increase their range of milk alternatives so they can cater to people looking for indulgent options as well as functional, a new report recommends.

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Chop and change: how to make pub classics healthy

By Nikkie Sutton

Health and traditional are two big trends in food that aren’t showing any signs of going away. Operators need to find a way to pair the two factors together perfectly to keep diners returning.

Calorie intake: the report revealed the average customer consumed an additional 330 calories a week due to upselling

Upselling in pubs is fuelling obesity crisis

By Nikkie Sutton

Upselling techniques used in pubs are helping to fuel the obesity epidemic by leading customers to consume thousands of additional and unnecessary calories, a new report is claiming.

Calorie laden: pub food not healthy enough say critics

Critics shame pub food as unhealthy

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs have been criticised for supplying unhealthy food to children that falls “far behind” the standards of the retail sector.

Social stopper: almost half of consumers think a healthy eating plan gets in the way of their social life

Nutritional information on menus demanded by consumers

By Nikkie Sutton

More than two-thirds (67%) of consumers want to know the nutritional information of every dish on a menu when they eat out, according to Fourth, software partner to the hospitality industry.

FSA warning: don't over cook the chips

Cancer warning over chips and roast potatoes

By Michelle Perrett

Pub chips and roast potatoes are under the spotlight after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued a warning about the possibility of cancer-causing acrylamides. 

Warning: more diabetics than vegetarians but menus lack low-sugar options

HEALTHY OPTIONS

Eating out in UK is 'absolute nightmare' for diabetics

By Daniel Woolfson

Pubs and restaurants are missing out on millions of potential customers by not providing or flagging low-sugar options suitable for diabetics, a leading campaigner has warned. 

Gastrosprogs: 'they want tasty food that doesn't look healthy'

Create a healthy food menu for kids

By Andrew Don

Creating a children’s menu that satisfies young appetites, while keeping mum and dad happy that their cherubs are eating a balanced diet, can be tough. But the experts have a few ideas. Andrew Don reports

Healthy portions for children are key to keeping parents happy

Top Tips

5 tips to make your pub more family friendly

By Sara Hussein

Pubs are popular go-to venues for families to socialise and spend quality time with one another as well as meet up with other families. Yet there are many that are not making the most of their facilities to create a child-friendly atmosphere, which could...

Gluten-free food can bring a whole new stream of revenue

Gluten-free Report

10 things you need to know about serving gluten-free food in pubs

By Daniel Woolfson and Nicholas Robinson

Gluten-free food is one of the most enduring food trends to hit the UK's eating-out sector this century, but what do you need to know to implement it in your pub? Here are the Publican's Morning Advertiser's top 10 things you need to know.

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Opinion

Guv'nor: Pubs really can be good for your health

By Peter Tiley

The trade has taken a bit of a battering recently. The Chief Medical Officer recently cut recommended drinking limits and declared there is “no such thing as a safe level of drinking”, talk continues of a lower drink-drive limit and this year’s Dry January...

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Healthy eating

Calorie counting "not important" for consumers

By Nicholas Robinson

Calorie labelling on pub food menus could be irrelevant, as new research from Mintel shows the information far from tops consumers' priorities when looking for nutritional guidance.

FSA chief scientific adviser Guy Poppy

Consumers demand more food information

By Nicholas Robinson

Your customers want to know more about their food than ever before, leading consumer research released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed.

Call for exercise-equivalent calorie labelling

Healthy options

Call for exercise-equivalent calorie labelling

By Oli Gross

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called for 'activity-equivalent' calorie labelling, which would show how much exercise would be required to burn off calories contained in food and drink.

Grains, such as quinoa, will remain popular in 2016, according to Vegetarian Express

#TryJanuary

Vegetarian food draws customers to pubs in January

By Nicholas Robinson

Heavily-promoting healthy food options in January can tempt fat-fighting consumers through pub doors during the period of self-restraint, a vegetarian and vegan food distributor has claimed.

Key healthy food trends for foodservice sector in 2016

Trends

Healthy food options: what's coming in 2016?

By Nicholas Robinson

As more people decide they know what’s best for their own health, Alison Baker looks at how pubs can offer food and drink to meet requirements

67% of men and 57% of women respectively in the UK are overweight or obese

Sugar Tax

Sugar tax and nutritional labelling enforced under lobby group’s plans

By Nicholas Robinson

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing increased pressure from the sugar lobby group Action on Sugar (AoS) to implement a heavy tax on sugary food and drink and to enforce nutritional labelling on menus to help tackle the UK’s growing obesity epidemic.

Soil Association calls for traffic light labelling on menus

Obesity debate

Mandatory nutrition labelling on pub menus

By Nicholas Robinson

Government should make nutritional information on pub menus mandatory to help combat the UK’s growing obesity crisis, a senior Soil Association policy advisor has urged.

'Make child-sized versions of adult dishes,' says Harvester

Children’s menus

Big pub chains reveal top menu tips for kids

By Nicholas Robinson

Senior head office staff from Wetherspoons, Harvester and the Soil Association (SA) have revealed their top tips for creating a nutritious and cost-effective pub food menu for children.

Dreaming of a gluten-free Christmas?

Dreaming of a gluten-free Christmas?

By Daniel Woolfson

Christmas represents a prime opportunity to capitalise on the exploding market for gluten-free food. Daniel Woolfson looks at the benefits of catering to specialist diets during the festive season

No food for a year could win you £35k

£35k challenge to replace food with powder

By Nicholas Robinson

A meal-replacement firm has challenged consumers to replace their traditional diets for a year with its powdered food range for £35,000 to discover its impact lifestyles.

'There is a growing trend towards meat reduction around the world,' Quorn chief executive

Vegetarian food in pubs set to rise

By Nicholas Robinson

Vegetarian and vegan food will become more mainstream, a new report has claimed, following statistics showing meat-free food accounted for 31% of new dishes on UK menus.

Only about a third of pubs and restaurants provide calorie information on menus

Food trends

Healthy eating in pubs not yet mainstream

By Mark Wingett, M&C Allegra Foodservice

Analysis of menus across leading pub and restaurant operators by M&C Allegra Foodservice has shown that healthier eating has yet to become mainstream with only 36% of brands providing full calorie information on menus.

Putting on a solid gluten-free food offer can be potentially lucrative

Want to know how to make the most out of a gluten-free food offer?

By Daniel Woolfson

National Coeliac Awareness Week is in full swing. And, whilst gluten free dishes are often a contentious topic for many chefs, one in every 100 people is reported to suffer from the coeliac disease and a growing number of consumers are adopting the gluten-free...

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