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How food-led pubs are fighting rising energy costs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators have been taking a number of steps to reduce energy consumption around their food offer including changing kitchen equipment, menu adaptions and a focus on sustainability.

Different world: Warwickshire pub forced to change opening hours and concept amid soaring costs  (Credit: Getty/mauro_grigollo)

'Different world' forces pub to axe hours

By Rebecca Weller

Rocketing food and energy costs on top of staff shortages have forced a Warwickshire based pub to reduce its trading hours and food service.

Salary change: the overall average hourly wage for chefs has increased by 11% (image: Getty/ASKA)

Chefs’ pay jumps by 20%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Average hourly pay for temporary chefs has increased by up to 20% in some parts of the country amid staff shortages, data analysis has found.

Price hike: the oils and fats category reported a 47% inflation rise year on year (image: Getty/Yuji Kotani)

Food inflation exceeds 20%

By Nikkie Thatcher

Foodservice price inflation has reached inflation of 21.5% – a record rate and the 10th consecutive month of double-digit inflation.

Star restaurateur: Andrew Pern warns customers not to give out their details

Phishing scam at Andrew Pern’s York site

By Gary Lloyd

Andrew Pern-operated site the Star Inn The City has warned customers not to give their credit and debit card details to anyone after falling victim to a phishing scam.

Online feedback: the pub responded to the one-star review, suggesting the guest should have brought up issues when they were at the site (image: Getty/Marko Geber)

Pub hits back at ‘watery gravy’ review

By Nikkie Thatcher

A London pub has responded to a one-star TripAdvisor review that criticised its ‘watery gravy’ and the fact it served cabbage rather than “a decent green vegetable”.

Very challenging: food inflation making planning and pricing Christmas menus tricky for pubs (Credit: Getty/Ross Woodhall)

Inflation makes pricing xmas menus 'tricky'

By Rebecca Weller

Managing soaring food prices is going to be “tricky” for operators this Christmas as festive menus announced months ago no longer reflect current costs.

Adapt accordingly: NFU president warns UK food supply chain is under threat due to rising energy costs (Credit: Getty/Instants)

'Communication' key as supply chain 'under threat'

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality businesses need “clear lines of communication” from suppliers to remain “prepared” as the National Farmers Union (NFU) warned British food supply was “under threat”.

No signs of slowing down: Avian flu unlike anything seen before (Getty/ E4C)

Bird flu outbreak ‘worst in years’

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The outbreak of avian flu wiping out Christmas turkey stock is the worst seen in recent years, according to the British Poultry Council.

Bleak winter ahead: food inflation continues to rise (Credit: Getty/fcafotodigital)

Winter looks 'bleak' as food prices rise

By Rebecca Weller

Winter looks “increasingly bleak” as food inflation accelerated to 12.4% in November, the highest inflation rate in the food category on record, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) index.

Up-to-date: Revised hygiene guide launched (Getty/ 10'000 Hours)

New catering hygiene guide launched

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

An updated version of the industry guide for catering hygiene standards has been launched by UKHospitality (UKH), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Bird flu: 60k free range turkeys culled in the Christmas runup (Getty/ E4C)

Bird flu: Half of Xmas turkeys culled

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Half of the free range turkeys produced for Christmas in the UK have been culled or have died due to avian flu, an industry official told MPs.

Get guests onside: responding to more reviews can turn neutral or negatives into positives (credit: Getty/Hispanolistic)

Guest satisfaction rises but pubs can do more

By Gary Lloyd

Customer satisfaction is on the rise at hospitality sites but businesses could still do more when it comes to responding to online reviews, according to a Reputation study.

No respite in sight: food and drink inflation has risen by more than 10% for eight months in a row (credit: Getty/Muhammad Farhad)

Food and drink inflation rises to record-high 18.8%

By Gary Lloyd

Inflation in food and drink prices hit a record high of 18.8% in September 2022 – the eighth consecutive month of double-digit rises – according to the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index.

We're stuffed: Avian flue wreaks havoc for turkey farmers (Getty/ Monty Rakusen)

Avian flu means turkey prices could soar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Turkeys are expected to rocket in price as avian flu forcers farmers to cull livestock and freeze birds for the festive season.

Going Green: Consumers want to make sustainable decisions when dining out (Getty/ FG Trade Latin)

Brits want sustainability when dining out

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Brits want to make more sustainable choices when eating or drinking out, but according to new research, two-thirds of UK consumers are not able to.

Food trends: Sustainability, cost-efficiency and social media are key to your winter menu


FEATURE: What’s on the menu for food trends?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Christmas is round the corner. But with a cost-of-living crisis squeezing budgets, there’s little room for festive cheer with 40% of consumers dining out less frequently than usual. Operators can make sure their pub is the place to celebrate this winter...

Enormous cliff edge: food inflation made biggest upward contribution to rising inflation in September (Credit: Getty/	fcafotodigital)

Inflation leaving sector on 'cliff edge'

By Rebecca Weller

Soaring food inflation has left many hospitality businesses facing a “cliffs-edge” as food costs push inflation up 10.1% in the 12 months to September 2022.

Strike action: Disputes over pay could cause Christmas chaos for drink firms (Getty/ Luis Alvarez)

BrewDog packaging firm faces strike action

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Some of Britain’s best-known drink brands, including BrewDog, Pepsico and Diageo, face Christmas logistics problems as DS Smith workers vote over industrial action.

Adaptation advantage: the versatility of pizza means the dish can be easily innovated (image: Getty/	Maren Caruso)

2023 food and drink trends revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

A nod to the past, ongoing consideration of sustainability and overseas inspiration are just three of the food and drinks trends operators should consider, research has found.

Rising inflation: Climbing fruit and veg costs put pressure on operators (Getty/ Thomas Barwick)

Fruit & veg prices soar by 35%

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

September seasonal fruit and vegetable prices have climbed by 35% versus the like-for-like period in 2019, adding to the “dangerous cocktail” of soaring costs threatening the sector.

 Low price: the menu is available throughout the week days for four hours a day

NWTC unveils lunch under £10

By Nikkie Thatcher

New World Trading Company (NWTC) has launched a low-cost lunch menu in response to the cost-of-living crisis.

Horrific timing: calorie labelling added extra pressure to the sector (Pictured left to right: Alice Bower, Matt Presinger and Paul Dickinson at MA Leaders event on Thursday 15 September)

Calorie labelling 'horrific timing'

By Rebecca Weller

Calorie labelling had “horrific timing” and added pressure to the sector at a time it was already facing multiple burden’s, according to industry leaders.

Company news: the deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions for McCain Foods (image: Getty/10'000 Hours)

McCain Foods acquires Scelta Products

By The Morning Advertiser

Manufacturing business McCain Foods has bought Netherlands-based frozen foods producers Scelta Products for an undisclosed sum.

Potential to grow: more than a quarter of consumers placed fish and chips in their top three dishes when eating out (Credit: Getty/Stela Vulpe)

Fish and chips nation's favourite pub meal

By Rebecca Weller

Fish and chips has been crowned Britain’s favourite pub and bar meal with more than a quarter of consumers listing it as one of their top three dishes when eating out, new data from CGA by Nielsen IQ has revealed.

Right time: Leeds pub forced to close kitchen amid soaring energy costs (Credit:Getty/Lebazele)

Pub forced to close kitchen due to energy costs

By Rebecca Weller

A Leeds-based pub has been forced into "tough decision" to make chef redundant and close its kitchen in an effort to “save the rest of the pub” due to rocketing energy costs.

'Ludicrous' energy quotes: chef Tom Kerridge (pictured) warns hospitality businesses may be forced to

Kerridge warns sector could "mothball"

By Rebecca Weller

Many hospitality businesses have considered closing during the winter months following “ludicrous” energy quotes, chef and business owner Tom Kerridge has said.

Ongoing shift in buying habits: delivery and takeaway sales double pre-covid levels but down year-on-year (Credit: Getty/Dimensions)

Delivery and takeaway sales double pre-covid levels

By Rebecca Weller

Restaurant and pub groups’ delivery and takeaway sales have doubled compared with pre-covid levels but drop year-on-year, the latest CGA Hospitality at Home Tracker has revealed.

Mounting cost pressures: food inflation hit its highest level in 14 years during August (Credit: Getty/carlosgaw)

Food inflation hits 9.3%

By Rebecca Weller

Food inflation soared to its highest level in 14 years during August as pubs continue to “feel the squeeze from every angle”.

Skyrocketing prices: Energy bills at Kendal inn set to soar (Getty/ image source)

Historic inn’s energy bill set to soar by £80k

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

A South Lakeland inn, whose annual energy bill is set to rise by £80,000, is bracing for “long-term problems” at the operator says he will do all he can to protect staff’s jobs.

Desperate times: Operators share how they are saving energy as electricity bills skyrocket (Getty/ Klaus Vedfelt)

How can pubs save energy?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Training staff, switching off equipment and turning down fridge temperatures are just a few ways operators are slashing energy use as electricity bills soar.

Plant-based goodness: How to elevate your veggie and vegan dishes (Getty/ Yagi Studio)

How to make your plant-based menu stand out

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Award-winning chefs have shared their top tips for creating a vegetarian and vegan menu, after research revealed almost half of UK adults were considering cutting down their intake of animal products.

Work-related stress: Burnt Chef Project announces new guide to help employers tackle stress in the work-place

Burnt Chef Project releases new guide

By Rebecca Weller

The Burnt Chef Project has released a new Work-Related Stress Guide, designed to provide insight to employers and leaders on how they can start to strategically tackle stress within their place of work.

New appointment: Simon Bonwick (pictured) has been confirmed to be taking over the kitchen at the Princess of Shoreditch from the end of August

Simon Bonwick to join Princess of Shoreditch

By Rebecca Weller

Michelin-starred chef Simon Bonwick has been confirmed to be joining Noble Inns site the Princess of Shoreditch in East London as head chef at the end of August.

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