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Help for Households: businesses urged to sign up for new Gov campaign in bid to tackle inflation (Credit: Getty/sturti)

Gov urges pubs to sign up to cheap meals campaign

By Rebecca Weller

The Government has announced the launch of its Help for Households campaign, urging businesses to offer discounts over the summer holidays in a bid to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.

Research revealed: Lumina Intelligence's Menu Tracker looks at the prices of dishes across the hospitality sector (image: Getty/Luke Chan)

Average pub dish price up 2.3%

By Nikkie Thatcher

The average cost of a dish on a pub and bar menu has risen by 2.3%, according to data from Lumina Intelligence.

Price hikes: Sector suffers with soaring food costs due to supply chain disruption (Getty/ Henrik Sorensen)

Operators’ food costs soar by up to 40%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Spiralling costs and supply chain disruption are having a dramatic and unprecedented impact on hospitality operators’ food and drink bills, new research from Fourth has revealed.

Relentless pressure: CGA data shows foodservice sector inflation hit 10% in May (Credit: Getty/Zorica Nastasic)

Inflation in foodservice sector tops 10%

By Rebecca Weller

Inflation in the foodservice sector topped 10% for the fourth successive month in May, the latest edition of the CGA by NielsenIQ and Prestige Foodservice Price Index has revealed.

Ongoing rise: 'All dairy products are seeing high levels of price increase and operators have to expect that to continue,' says Lynx Purchasing boss Rachel Dobson (image: Getty/Adam Gault)

Pubs warned ‘dairy isn’t cheap any more’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Amid reports of a potential dairy shortage, on-trade operators have been urged to shop around when purchasing and make sure they make the most of such goods to ensure their spend is not wasted.

Gen Z driving sector's recovery: 16-24-year-olds spend almost £70 a week in the on trade (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

Gen Z spending the most in the on trade

By Rebecca Weller

Those aged 16-24, commonly referred to as Gen Z, have been driving the recovery of the hospitality sector, new research from guest experience platform SevenRooms has revealed.

Post-lockdown depletion: delivery and takeaway sales in managed pub and restaurant groups 29% below May 2021 levels (Credit: Getty/Luis Alvarez)

Delivery and takeaway sales more than a quarter below 2021

By Rebecca Weller

Combined delivery and takeaway sales at Britain’s leading managed restaurant and pub groups have fallen to 29% below the level of May 2021, the CGA by NielsenIQ and Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker has revealed.

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Gastropub celebs launch employee exchange programme

By James McAllister

Gastropub chefs Paul Ainsworth and Tommy Banks have launched an employee exchange programme, enabling teams to swap companies for a week and experience the workings of another business.

Go after those diners: pubs can offer the same quality, and more, than restaurants (credit: Getty/Xsandra)

Pubs can win custom from restaurants

By Ed Sibley, commercial director, Lumina Intelligence

Consumers are concerned. Whether you are already feeling the pinch or know it’s coming round the corner, the vast majority of the UK are looking to cut back.

Sector suffering: managed pubs lfl sales have dropped while bars remain flat and restaurants show modest growth (credit: Getty/Charday Penn)

Spending stalls as managed pubcos lfl sales fall

By Gary Lloyd

Like-for-like (lfl) sales at Britain’s leading managed pub groups in May fell by 1% versus pre-Covid-19 levels of 2019, the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker has revealed.

Dealing with the bumps in the road: Brendan Padfield of the Unruly Pig

Calm in a cost-of-living crisis?

By Brendan Padfield

Brendan Padfield, owner of the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk, reflects upon the growing storm clouds facing hospitality.

Food Strategy White Paper: UKH hails Government white paper as

Food Strategy White Paper 'timely and welcome'

By Rebecca Weller

The Government’s Food Strategy White Paper, announced yesterday (Monday 13 June), has been hailed as “both timely and welcome” by industry trade body UKHospitality (UKH).

Pub entry: the Angel at Hetton in Skipton, North Yorkshire was the highest placing pub on the list at number 12

7 of top 100 UK restaurants are pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Under a tenth of the UK’s best restaurants are pubs, according to the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2022.

Data insight: the webinar will look at how the sector is responding to rising food and drink costs (image: Getty/cesar fernandez dominguez)

Side dish prices rise by 9.1%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators are having to push prices up in a bid to battle ongoing inflation and the cost-of-living crisis and Lumina Intelligence has broken down how much dishes are now costing.

Health and safety: Average food ratings of popular pub names revealed (Getty/zoranm)

Food hygiene ratings for top 10 pub names revealed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, online-training provider High Speed Training has compiled a list of the ten most popular pub names and has calculated an average food hygiene rating for each based on Food Standards Agency data.

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.

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