CAMRA calls for reformation of cider duty
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and Gabe Cook, author of Modern British Cider, are working together to champion reform of cider duty during CAMRA’s October Cider Month celebrations.

The consumer organisation, and its nearly 170,000 members, celebrate Cider Month twice a year in May and October to reflect key times in the seasonal production of real cider and perry. As well as celebrating harvests, orchards and the cider community this October, CAMRA is also urging consumers to lobby their MPs and call for three key changes to be made by Government.

With author Gabe Cook.

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22/Oct/2021 17:10
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Brakes’ Meals & More charity supports 750,000 meals in 2021
Meals & More, the charity set up by Brakes, the UK’s leading foodservice wholesaler, to tackle holiday hunger, has seen an explosion in demand as families across the UK have been impacted by the effects of the COVID pandemic.

In 2021, the charity provided its highest-ever number of meals to vulnerable children and their families, with around 750,000 meals provided.

Normally, Meals & More supports holiday clubs across the UK where vulnerable children can enjoy a nutritious meal and enriching activities.

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22/Oct/2021 17:00
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Asda opens UK’s largest refill store
Asda has raised the bar for sustainable shopping after opening the largest refill store in the country at Monk’s Cross in York.

The Superstore will stock over 100 branded and own-brand products sold in loose and unpackaged format in a huge 18-bay refill zone, as it continues its drive to reduce plastic and help customers shop more sustainability.

The loose and unpackaged range includes branded favourites including Yorkshire Tea, Kellogg’s cereals, Napolina Pasta as well as an extensive range of Asda-brand cereals rise and pasta.

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22/Oct/2021 16:51
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Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels CEO honoured with top Scottish industry award
Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels Chairman and CEO, Stephen Leckie, has been awarded the prestigious Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland (HIT Scotland) Industry Award 2021.

Awarded to an individual within the Scottish hospitality industry who is recognised as being head and shoulders above their peer group for championing the interests of the sector in Scotland, it is the only award bestowed by HIT.

Leckie has had a long career in hospitality and is the fifth generation of his family to run the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels.

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22/Oct/2021 15:51
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Asda calls off forecourts sale to EG Group for £750m
Asda and EG Group have decided they will no longer proceed with the £750m transaction of Asda Forecourt Business due to several changes to the financial evaluation of the proposed deal.

Asda remains confident that it will continue to derive synergy benefits from its strategic alliance with EG through key initiatives already underway.

These include the development of plans to introduce foodservice at Asda locations, and the expansion of Asda’s convenience offering, where both companies have confirmed their intention to roll-out the Asda On the Move proposition across EG’s UK forecourts.

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22/Oct/2021 15:26
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Oakman Group reopens Berkshire pub after £2.1m restoration
The Oakman Group has reopened one of Wokingham’s notable Grade II-listed pubs, The Rose Inn, this week.

The group, which acquired the empty site in 2019, has reopened the 19th Century venue following a painstaking £2.1m restoration and redesign, sympathetic to the building’s history and character.

With some parts of the original site dating back to the 16th century, the building and courtyard were once part of Wokingham’s historic Burgage Plot and now provide 30 new jobs in the market town.

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22/Oct/2021 15:15
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Landsec welcomes two F&B brands debut at Westgate
Landsec has announced the opening of Plants & Grills at Westgate for its first ever restaurant, alongside the signing of Joe & The Juice for a regional debut.

Plants & Grills, Oxford’s latest independent restaurant, will debut at Westgate Social Street Food, the destination’s dedicated social dining concept. In addition to its 500 sq ft kitchen and counter space, Plants & Grills will be able to accommodate up to 100 guests within the Westgate social dining area.

The new addition has something for everyone.

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22/Oct/2021 14:37
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First ever School of Sustainable Food & Farming to launch
The first School of Sustainable Food and Farming will officially launch today in the UK, aiming to encourage new sustainable farming methods to help British agriculture achieve its net zero goal.

The School of Sustainable Food and Farming is the first of its type in the UK. Its courses will seek to introduce regenerative methods of farming - for livestock, soil health and biodiversity - to help produce the nation’s food in an even more sustainable and climate-friendly way.

In the UK, agricultural production is currently responsible for 10 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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22/Oct/2021 12:37
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Pret A Manger enters self-serve coffee market with Pret Express
Pret A Manger, in partnership with JDE Peet’s - the world’s leading pure- play coffee and tea company, have today announced plans to trial ‘Pret Express’ a smart, self-service coffee-to-go solution featuring Pret’s 100% organic coffee and tea.

Pret Express offers the same favourite organic coffees and teas customers enjoy in Pret shops in places where Pret Baristas aren’t able to operate.

As a new contender to the growing self-serve coffee-to-go market, Pret Express will be introduced in convenience stores.

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22/Oct/2021 11:14
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Greene King promotes inclusion through reverse mentoring
Greene King, the UK’s leading pub company and brewer, is championing diversity and inclusion through various programmes including the novel Reverse Mentoring approach, where team members from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds mentor the executive leaders.

This action follows on from Greene King’s 2020 pledge to become a truly anti-racist and inclusive company with equal opportunities for all.

Everyone on the Greene King executive board is now assigned a mentor from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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22/Oct/2021 11:07
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Beartown Brewery set for expansion after sales soar
Beartown Brewery, based in Congleton, is looking to 2022 as the year of expansion with the brewery set to undertake an upscale of the site after sales reach higher levels than pre-pandemic.

Sales of the cask beer have skyrocketed with artisan beers being more in demand than ever by consumers.

With no sign of slowing down, the brewery is in talks to expand into the UK’s major retailers, with plans to increase the brewery site to brew a higher volume of liquid, permitting the production of more cans and bottles (small pack) on a daily basis.

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22/Oct/2021 10:30
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Black Sheep Coffee eyes US expansion after securing funding from NBA star
London-based independent café chain, Black Sheep Coffee has set its sights on North America after receiving funding from one of the world’s highest-paid athletes, seven-foot-three Latvian basketball player, Kristaps Porzingis, who plays in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks.

Porzingis’ involvement with the company will support a planned entry into the US market, and comes at a time of rapid domestic growth.

Having taken four years to open its first four sites, on Wednesday last week, Black Sheep Coffee opened four new locations in one day – two on Bishopsgate.

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22/Oct/2021 10:21
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New partnerships put Roadchef in fast lane toward carbon zero
Leading motorway service area operator, Roadchef has announced a new partnership with sustainability certification provider, Planet Mark – a major step in the company’s journey to reducing its carbon footprint.

Demonstrating the business’ commitment to building a more sustainable future, Roadchef and Planet Mark have been working together to measure the company’s carbon footprint and will soon set a target to reduce its carbon emissions, involving a number of pledges to ensure they get there in the near future. Over the course of the partnership, Planet Mark will help Roadchef to both deliver on its sustainability goals and certify its achievements.

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21/Oct/2021 17:51
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Compass Group launches new multi-million pound academy
Compass Group UK & Ireland has announced the launch of the Compass Group Academy, a multi-million pound investment designed to develop much needed skills in the hospitality industry with a focus on supporting young people from disadvantaged areas build careers in the sector.

Combining outreach and learning with Compass’ industry-wide reach, the launch of the Academy highlights Compass’ ambition to do even more to improve social mobility in the UK. The state of the art physical and online hub will be based in the West Midlands and is due to open in 2023.

It will train people in a range of disciplines.

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21/Oct/2021 16:27
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Scottish borders newsagents for sale
Christie & Co has brought to the market Renton’s Newsagents and Post Office in the hillside village of Chirnside, on the Scottish borders.

This is a great opportunity to acquire an established and well-run village post office and newsagents which also offers a wide range of grocery items.

Serving the local and wider community, Renton’s occupies a main street location in Chirnside. The village sits 10 miles west from the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Berwickshire, which is just over an hour’s drive south from Edinburgh.

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21/Oct/2021 16:23
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Brook Leisure Group buys North Yorks inn
Barnsley-based Brook Lesiure Group has acquired Aysgarth Falls Hotel, a picturesque pub-restaurant with letting rooms in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, via Christie & Co.

This impressive 11-bed coaching inn and restaurant is situated on the main road through Aysgarth in Wensleydale, in the northern end of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The famous Aysgarth Falls, which featured in the film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, is located behind the property, making it an excellent base to explore one of the Yorkshire Dales’ main attractions.

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21/Oct/2021 15:36
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Compass Scotland Commits to Young Person’s Guarantee
Compass Scotland, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK's largest food and support services firm, has committed its support to the Young Person’s Guarantee. They are joining employers across Scotland in creating the best opportunities for young people.

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a joint commitment to provide opportunities for all 16-24 year olds in Scotland through jobs, apprenticeships, further and higher education, training programmes and volunteering.

Compass Scotland plans to provide opportunities for young people as part of its apprenticeship programme.

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21/Oct/2021 15:17
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Chartwells announces apprenticeship drive
Chartwells, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has committed to delivering 200 apprenticeships over the coming year in a move that demonstrates its appetite to grow and develop its team.

The announcement comes during National Apprenticeships Week (18-22 October) and aligns with the Compass strategy to drive career progression across its business through a dedicated and structured apprenticeships programme.

This focus has seen the business relaunch its Apprenticeships roadmap with tailored programmes across England.

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21/Oct/2021 15:07
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AiP secures 2nd deal with 16-site Anthem Schools Trust
Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has announced that it has secured a second contract with Anthem Schools Trust.

Anthem Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust with 16 primary and secondary schools located across the East Midlands and London Thames Valley.

The new contract is for the 600-student strong Gladstone Park Primary School in Brent, where AiP plans to introduce its new look ‘Food Smart’ primary school branding. AiP already provides school food at St Mark’s CE Academy, which is also part of the Anthem Schools Trust.

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21/Oct/2021 14:09
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Sainsbury’s reduces plastic over Halloween
Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for the planet this year, as Sainsbury’s is encouraging customers to get the party started with a range of products containing less plastic than ever before.

Sainsbury’s has significantly reduced the amount of plastic used across its range of decorative Halloween items by eliminating plastic lamination from its paper plates and bowls range. The retailer has also redesigned its trick or treat buckets to be made using paper instead of plastic and has swapped plastic packaging out of some popular items including spooky wreaths, signs and lights.

The move means Sainsbury’s is eliminating over 15 tonnes of plastic from circulation.

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21/Oct/2021 13:58
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