The Rocco Forte Collection has appointed Karim Naffah as its new managing director on a permanent basis after he impressed during a year-long consultancy. Naffah, who has 18 years' experience in the hospitality industry, has acted as a consultant to the Rocco Forte Collection since July last year.
(30 July 2010 18:57:00)
Our weekly round of of the week's hospitality news includes: catering bosses question Olympic contract profits; Nando's in bid for Clapham House?; eating-out report warns of long-term effect of recession; Merchant Inns report found 'simplistic' forecasts and 'weak' control and more...
(30 July 2010 18:08:00)
Gordon Ramsay's Maze restaurant in Cape Town has closed after the One & Only resort terminated the chef's consultancy contract. Maze Cape Town opened at the hotel in April last year, with Gordon Ramsay Holdings' (GRH) Jason Atherton at the helm as executive chef and Phil Carmichael as head chef.
(30 July 2010 16:42:00)
London gastropub owners Tom and Ed Martin have launched a wine training scheme for their pub managers in a bid to improve staff knowledge and to help boost sales. The duo's ETM Group, a former Catey winner, runs eight pubs across the capital including the Botanist on Sloane Square, the Empress of India in Victoria Park and the Gun in Docklands.
(30 July 2010 16:05:00)
It's 20 years since Paul Heathcote first surprised Lancashire palates with the cooking at Longridge. Since then the local hero has won - and lost - two Michelin stars. He tells Rosalind Mullen how he plans to reignite the spark while maintaining the direction of his diverse 11-strong group.
(30 July 2010 16:01:00)
The administrators of Regent Inns have placed one of the failed pub company's Walkabout sites on the market for £175,000. BDO Stoy Hayward has instructed property agent Christie & Co to sell the Walkabout Bar in Portsmouth, which has capacity for over 730 people.
(30 July 2010 15:45:00)
Soho maitre d' Elena Salvoni, who is 90 years old, has claimed she has been forced to retire after more than seven decades of hospitality service. Salvoni, who has worked at Elena's L'Etoile restaurant on Charlotte Street, Soho, for 20 years, said she was encouraged out of work by Corus Hotels.
(30 July 2010 15:23:00)
Côte, the French brasserie concept backed by Richard Caring, has secured a new site in the City of London as its plans to grow to 20 sites by the end of the year continue apace. The restaurant group was launched by the former management team of Strada, Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians, in August 2007.
(30 July 2010 15:06:00)
Iain Donald is the commercial director of the Individual Restaurant Company. Many people fall into the catering industry because they learnt to cook at their mother's or grandmother's apron strings. Iain Donald claims he joined the hospitality industry because his father was - how shall we put this - financially prudent.
(30 July 2010 14:57:00)
A new company has been set up as a visual media provider specifically for the hospitality industry. Hospitality Media provides stills photography and video in areas such as food, interiors, people, events and products for clients to use as part of a marketing strategy and in social media functions.
(30 July 2010 14:50:00)
Cash-and-carry wholesaler Makro has announced the next four locations in its store investment programme, which will see 24 of its UK stores revamped by the end of 2010.Stores in Poole, Dorset; Nottingham; Fareham, Hampshire; and Teesside will be refurbished over the summer.
(30 July 2010 14:22:00)
The World Cup effect saw beer sales enjoying the first like-for-like quarterly increase for four years in the three months to June - but supermarkets were the major benefactor. The latest UK Quarterly Beer Barometer, from the British Beer & Pub Association, shows that beer sales in the second quarter were up by 2.9% on last year.
(30 July 2010 12:56:00)
A spreadable version of the UK's second-favourite Cheddar brand, Seriously Strong, has been extended into the food service sector following a successful retail launch in 2006 which has seen sales soar by 216% in the past year.
(30 July 2010 12:22:00)
The Whoopie Pie - a lunchbox favourite among the Pennsylvanian Amish community during the 19th century - is tipped to overtake the cupcake as a key driver of the UK cake and dessert market. Delice de France has launched six flavours for food service operators...
(30 July 2010 12:20:00)
The strawberry and kiwi-flavoured i-focus is the eighth addition to Coca-Cola's glacéau vitaminwater line-up of flavoured, vitamin-enriched still waters. The vibrant pink hydration drink packs in a healthy serving of vitamins A, B and C.
(30 July 2010 12:18:00)
Three of Fox's best-selling biscuits have this month been launched in new portion packs to mark the group's first move into the out-of-home sector. The chocolate biscuit bar Rocky and Viennese Melts are both available as twin packs, while the substantial Chunkie Cookie...
(30 July 2010 12:16:00)
A new range of Danish-sourced chicken wings with North American-inspired flavours has been launched into the UK by Rose Poultry. Oven cooking produces the best results but the wings can also be deep-fried as the coating reduces flavour transfer ...
(30 July 2010 12:13:00)
The catering team at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Locog) today revealed plans to target two major food and drink trade shows as part of its sourcing operation. Locog will bring its sourcing team to the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, held at Olympia in September..
(30 July 2010 12:11:00)
Farmers' co-operative Milk Link has launched its formerly limited-edition Stockport Cheshire Cheese into the food service sector. The speciality cheese is handmade using traditional methods at Reece's Creamery in Cheshire...
(30 July 2010 12:09:00)
Orange is the latest flavour to join the Chilly Billy range of refreshing and healthy juice drinks from Bensons Totally Fruity. Each 250ml bottle will provide children with one of their recommended five-a-day servings of fruit and vegetables.
(30 July 2010 12:05:00)
The Stewed! range of gourmet microwaveable stews - which contain no preservatives, additives or gluten and are endorsed by Providores chef Peter Gordon - have been launched into the food service sector with a trial placement in Esquire's coffee shops.
(30 July 2010 11:54:00)
Recruitment and training specialist Regent will be unveiling a new cookery school early next month. Gordon Cartwright , a former AA inspection manager and chef at Sharrow Bay, who is now working as business director at Regent, has devised a rolling training programme that allows top Michelin-starred chefs to share their skills.
(30 July 2010 11:53:00)
Irish cake makers Barry and Bernard Broderick have made their premium handmade cake and snack range, Broderick's, available to UK caterers for the first time.
(30 July 2010 11:52:00)
The UK hotel sector is driving the recovery of the hotel investment market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), research has revealed. Figures from property agent Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels show that transaction volume rose marginally to €1.6b in the first six months of 2010.
(30 July 2010 11:27:00)
Brambles is a new pear-based cider from Halewood that aims to extend the rather limited on-trade choice of ciders for its target market of 25 to 45-year-old C1 and C2 women. According to Halewood, fruit-based ciders represent 33% of cider sales.
(30 July 2010 10:48:00)
Single-serve wines are growing in popularity and allow hotels, pubs, and restaurants to offer a wider range of top-quality drinks that are completely fresh, with none of the detectable deterioration that occurs after a standard-sized bottle has been opened and re-capped.
(30 July 2010 10:43:00)
A draught version of Chalky's Bark- a beer spiced with ginger that was created by Sharp's Brewery in response to a challenge from celebrity chef Rick Stein - forms part of the company's new Premium Wholesale portfolio.
(30 July 2010 10:40:00)
Just weeks after buying drinks agency Inspirit Brands (a move that more than doubled its drinks portfolio), Global Wines has launched a new premium wines division that kicks off with two sophisticated, niche lines: Adoro hand-crafted wines from South Africa and the Marilyn Merlot collection from Bordeaux.
(30 July 2010 10:35:00)
Wine and beer importer Morgenrot has expanded its world beer portfolio with the Kaiserdom range from Germany's brewing heartland in the Bavarian city of Bamberg. The Kaiserdom brewery, which was founded in 1718 and has been run by the Womer family since 1919...
(30 July 2010 10:30:00)
Jacob's Creek has introduced 50cl versions of its popular Jacob's Creek Three Vines line, which has won 27 international awards and has enjoyed year-on-year sales growth of 44%.
(30 July 2010 10:28:00)
A new company, Lasko Beer UK, has been set up to import beers and lagers from Slovenia's largest brewer. The Lasko Brewery was founded in 1825 and was one of the first in the world to register a beer trademark (Thermal Beer) towards the end of the 19th century.
(30 July 2010 10:23:00)
Tenuta Moraia is a new line of classic Chianti wines from Tuscan producer Piccini that is aimed exclusively at the on-trade market. Named after one of the Piccini family estates, it combines three of the best-known wines from the region...
(30 July 2010 10:20:00)