• Coffee vs Tea: ‘What is the nation’s favourite drink?’

    April 18, 2018 Drink Trends; Events; General; Latest News; Trends

    When we think of the UK’s signature drink, we all picture a classic English breakfast tea. But as times change so do our tastes. With UK Coffee Week running from the 16th – 22nd April and National Tea Day on the 21st we’ve been debating ‘which one is really the nation’s favourite drink?’  With two of our favourite beverages competing for your vote, this may just be the decider for the Nation’s favourite cuppa. If you’re a coffee lover you’re in luck. 2017 research... Read More

  • How does Instagram effect food trends?

    February 27, 2018 Drink Trends; Food Trends; General; Latest News; Trends

    In the age of social media, we are all guilty of falling for a well snapped meal. Whether it’s a burger oozing with cheese or a brightly layered rainbow cake, some Instagram snaps are just too tempting to resist. As a result, when we see a good-looking meal, full of colour and vibrancy we can almost taste it through the screen. One minute you’ll be looking at a mouth-watering picture of pizza then the next thing you know, the cravings have kicked in and... Read More

  • What’s in your cup? Coffee and tea remains a growing segment within the food service industry in 2017

    April 24, 2017 Drink Trends; Events; General; Latest News; Trends

    A cuppa tea, brew; whatever you might call it, tea has always been synonymous with the British stereotype. However, over recent decades, the nation has sought something with a bit more kick. Coffee’s popularity has grown from an occasional break from the norm, to an everyday essential for most. Interestingly, the digital era has contributed to this rise in popularity, with laptops becoming an essential piece of kit for busy students and professionals on the go and mobile phones with their endless updates, applications... Read More

  • RISING FOOD WASTE IN THE UK | 2017

    February 06, 2017 Drink Trends; Food Trends; General; Latest Features; Latest News; Trends

    Food waste in the UK is a rotten topic at the moment. Three major WRAP studies published in 2013 and 2016 estimated annual food waste arisings within UK households, hospitality and food service, food manufacture, retail and wholesale sectors at around 10 million tonnes, 60% of which could have been avoided. This has a value of over £17 billion a year, and is associated with around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Around 85% (by weight) of the avoidable food waste arises... Read More

  • AVOID THE NEW YEAR FAD DIETS AND LEARN ABOUT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH NATIONAL OBESITY AWARENESS WEEK

    January 13, 2017 Drink Trends; Food Trends; Latest Features; Latest News; Trends

    1 in 4 adults in the UK are considered to be obese, and figures indicate that almost 20% of children leaving primary school are obese according to the national JanUary organisation. This January 11th through to the 17th, National Obesity Awareness organisers are asking the UK to join in with a national New Year’s resolution to help improve the nation’s health. Whether it’s cooking more healthily, avoiding snacks, or being a little more physically active, the aim is to give those who need it... Read More

  • ANYONE FOR A CUPPA TEA?

    January 09, 2017 Drink Trends; Latest Features; Latest News; Trends

    We all love a cup of tea, whether it’s first thing in the morning, a pick-me-up throughout the day or and comforting evening beverage. Tea in its many flavours, styles and cultured differences is the most widely consumed drink in the world. The largest producers of tea are the People’s Republic of China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Although tea originated in China as a medicinal beverage, us Brits have truly adopted tea as our own. It’s become perceived as quintessentially British to combine... Read More

  • FOOD AND DRINK TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2017

    December 26, 2016 Drink Trends; Food Trends; Latest Features; Latest News; Trends

    Over the last year, we’ve seen the rise of various food and drink trends hit the market such as the resurrection of gin cocktails, the ever-popular micro-breweries, and different types of food presentation such as sharing food platters and table top cooking. Drawing upon recent food and drink analytics carried out by Mintel Global, we’ve identified various upcoming trends for 2017, which may inspire your food service offerings in the coming months. Traditional Roots One of the main trends to come out of 2016... Read More

  • WAYS TO SAY “HAPPY NEW YEAR” WITH FOOD AND DRINK – TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

    December 12, 2016 Drink Trends; Events; Food Trends; General; Latest Features; Latest News; Trends

    The annual celebration of another year passing by is rejoiced in different ways all over the globe. From England to France and Mexico to Japan, there is a number of traditions carried out all in the name of good luck and health for the forthcoming New Year. Below are some of the weird and wonderful ways people celebrate the New Year in various countries. Argentina On New Year’s Day, Argentineans eat beans, following the belief that eating beans will help them keep their current job... Read More

  • GIN’S THE WORD: INTRODUCING HOUSE OF COMMONS GIN

    November 07, 2016 Drink Recipes; Drink Trends; General; Latest Features; Latest News; Recipes; Trends

    The resurrection of gin in the last few years has excited all beverage lovers and experts from home connoisseurs to professional mixologists, and the introduction of Sipsmiths House of Commons Gin is giving us a chance to try something truly historic. Sipsmith has stepped into its distillery to create a bespoke House of Commons gin, bombarded with deep juniper notes, floral tones, sandalwood and sweet clementine scents. The taste includes elderflower, lychee and walnut with a hint of black pepper spice and soft pine... Read More