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Juggling plates: Operators try to attract more customers while increasing prices (Getty/ LauriPatterson)

Menus grow and prices climb by 3.1%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Menus at pubs and bars have grown in size with prices rising by 3.1% as operators try to entice customers while balancing rising inflation rates, revealed data from Lumina Intelligence’s Menu Tracker.

Fish sales killing pubs: food inflation shows no signs of relenting (Credit: Getty/ Stela Vulpe)

Rising cost of fish shows 'no signs of relenting'

By Rebecca Weller

The cost of fish could continue to increase as post-pandemic inflation has continuously pushed price increases, the National Federation of fish friers (NFFF) has warned.

Plummeting figures: Challenges ahead for food and beverage M&A (Getty/ TomL)

UK food & bev M&A deal value plummets by 85%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The UK food and beverage sector’s mergers and acquisition deal value dropped by 85% in January to April, as Oghma Partners forecasts challenges ahead.

UK GDP increased by 0.8% during the first quarter of 2022: ONS figures showed a 0.1% contraction in March 2022 (Credit: Getty/atiatiati)

GDP increases by 0.8% in first quarter of 2022

By Rebecca Weller

UK gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.8% during the first quarter of 2022 according to figures released by Office For National Statistics (ONS) today (Thursday 12 May).

Cost increase: chicken prices are continuing to rise (image: Getty/happyfoto)

Chicken could match beef on price

By MCA

Chicken could become as expansive than beef in the near future as the cost of chicken feed has risen by 50%, pushing up the cost of production, it has been reported.

High inflation: Fruit and veg prices skyrocket (Getty/ Gary Yeowell)

Seasonal fruit and veg prices soar by 37%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Soaring inflation rates have seen seasonal fruit and veg prices increase on average by 37% versus the same period in 2020, revealed data from the Government’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Reducing waste, sustainable packaging and transparency: How you can make your takeaway offer more sustainable (Getty/ kyotokushige)

Customers care about sustainability when ordering takeaway

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Stocking sustainable food options, avoiding waste and being conscious about packaging are key to attracting customers to pubs when serving takeaways, a survey commissioned by Deliverect has revealed ahead of World Earth Day (22 April).

Gastropub galore: Three pubs amongst London's top restaurants

Three pubs crowned in London’s top 100 restaurants

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Three gastropubs have been credited in SquareMeal’s list of London’s best 100 restaurants, after they were acknowledged by the Top 50 Gastropub awards at the start of the year.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 41

Tackling the crippling cost increases

By Ed Bedington

With sky-rocketing costs across all aspects of the trade, the Lock In team take a look at what's driving those, and any steps operators can take to mitigate and make savings.

Calorie control: Businesses with more than 250 employees must display calorie info from today (Getty/andresr)

Calorie labelling rules come into force

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

New calorie regulations, which will bring cost pressures and an increased workload to the sector, come into force today (Wednesday 6 April), fuelling criticism from trade bodies.

Expanding palette: JDW revamps menu with new dishes

JDW adds 14 new dishes to menu

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has launched a range of new meals across pubs in England Scotland and Wales, including chicken dishes, curries and healthier options.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 39

The Lock In Podcast

Upping your game on food

By Ed Bedington

This week’s episode is brought to you from the number one Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk and includes licensee Brendan Padfield alongside rising chef star Ruth Hansom of the Princess of Shoreditch and Big Smoke co-founder...

Charity champs: Tom Kerridge and star chefs put on a five-course meal to boost funds

Kerridge joins forces for Ukraine fundraiser

By Gary Lloyd

Gastropub chef Tom Kerridge along with an elite set of celebrity cooks have joined forces to raise more than £70,000 to help people in war-torn Ukraine through a charity dinner and auction.

What's in the news 11 March?

The MA's Review of the Week

Menu engineering is key in the face of rising prices

By Ed Bedington

The MA's Ed Bedington caught up with the Parkers Arms Stosie Madi to get her take on the week's news, from rocketing commodity costs and soaring fuel prices through to the need for Government support on VAT.

Flippin' amazing: Pubs celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Getty/ hsyncoban)

Pubs make the most of Pancake Day

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs across the country are celebrating Shrove Tuesday today (Tuesday 1 March) through special pancake-orientated menus, fundraising events and build-your-own sessions.

CGA and Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker: delivery and takeaway sales up 138% up in January 2022: (Credit: Getty/ 10'000 Hours)

Delivery and takeaway sales increase by 422%

By Rebecca Weller

Britain’s managed restaurant and pub groups saw delivery sales reach five times pre-pandemic levels in January, the CGA & Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker has revealed.

Michelin Guide: Two pubs bag Bib Gourmands

New Bib Gourmands awarded this year

By Amelie Maurice-Jones


Two pubs have scored Bib Gourmand awards, which are dished out by the Michelin Guide to recognise restaurants that “will leave you with a sense of satisfaction, at having eaten so well at a reasonable price”.

Award-winning: Two pubs bag Michelin stars

Two pubs awarded Michelin stars

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Bridge Arms in Canterbury, Kent and the Cumbria-based the Dog & Gunn Inn have scooped their first Michelin stars today (Wednesday 16 February) in the 2022 Michelin Guide.

Popular dish: just over half of pubgoers ate chips when visiting the on-trade, research reveals (image:Getty/ Knaupe)

Half of pub visits include chips

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Some 50.7% of times people ate out at pubs from November 2020 to January 2022 included chips, data from Lumina Intelligence Eating and Drinking Out Panel has revealed.

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