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Ingredients in place for new food and drink centre
A flagship food and drink innovation centre near Weston-super-Mare has secured funding. FoodWorksSW is a step nearer being created after North Somerset Council successfully bid for £9.36m funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.
Situated in the Food Enterprise Zone, FoodWorksSW is to play a “pivotal role in the drive to support the food and drink sector in North Somerset and the wider region.” It will provide a regional centre of excellence for food and drink manufacturers to help new business get started and established producers to innovate and grow.
Phase one of the project will include a business engagement hub, four producer development units and 12 food-grade businesses units of between 1,000 and 1,500 sq. ft., targeted at new and growing businesses across the South West. Phase two will provide larger units of between 3,000 and 5,000 sq. ft.
The council have set up a private sector-led advisory group to offer insight on the specific needs and requirements of the food and drink industry.
Chris Smith, managing director of Marshfield Bakery and chair of the FoodWorksSW project advisory group, said: “I am absolutely delighted by the news that North Somerset Council has successfully secured funding for FoodWorksSW which will provide vital facilities, training and support for SME businesses such as ours. This is an exciting step forward for the food and drink industry in the South West and will not only raise awareness of this important sector, but will also help to secure future growth and investment.”
The council are now seeking an operator for the centre who will develop the facilities further and deliver a business support programme for the business using the centre and across the region.
“The new centre will boost the profile of North Somerset’s thriving food and drink industry both regionally and nationally,” said the council’s leader Nigel Ashton.
Building work is due to start in the autumn with an anticipated opening at the end of 2018/early 2019, subject to planning approval. The centre will be built near the new North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College and The Hive managed work space and will create around 250 jobs.
Cornish resort gets £1m expansion
Retallack Resort and Spa near St Columb is investing £1m to extend facilities at the site and create 53 new jobs.
The investment will expand the spa facilities, see improvements to the pool and health club, introduce a new reception area and refurbish the restaurant and lounge. They will join an enlarged Aqua Park, now four times its previous size since opening in 2016.
Warren Goodridge, operations director for Retallack Resort, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Retallack and we are absolutely committed to creating jobs for people in Cornwall, offering them training and opportunities within a variety of roles within the hospitality sector.”
South West top region in national tourism awards
Tourism businesses from the South West have taken fifteen of the finalist places at this year’s national VisitEngland awards. This is the fifth year running the South West has been the top English region, reinforcing its position as the country’s top quality tourism destination.
A rigorous selection process, including judging of a record 560 entries from across the South West, resulted in 135 finalist being announced with the awards being handed out in London on 24th April.
Devon has four finalists, Glazebrook House Hotel, Longlands, The Coach House by Michael Caines and the National Marine Aquarium.
Cornwall boasts five finalists with Trethem Mill Touring Park, Bosinver Farm Cottages, Eden Project, The Old House and The Scarlet Restaurant.
Dorset has its most finalists ever with three national finalists: Dorset House (B&B), Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, and The Anchor Inn.
Wiltshire, Bath and Gloucestershire have one finalist each, the Manor House Hotel & Golf Club, Gloucester Tourist Information Centre and the Roman Baths & Pump Room.
Robin Barker from Services for Tourism, who organise the awards, comments: “It’s great to see the continued success of tourism businesses from the South West and to see this region ‘heading the charts’ once again. The 2017/18 awards will be launched in April and we look forward to building on this.”
Get involved in this year’s Hampshire Food Festival
If you grow, make, sell or serve Hampshire food and drink you could be part of the 17th Hampshire Food Festival, taking place this July. Local non-profit group Hampshire Fare is on the look-out for businesses eager to be involved in the festival which takes place from 1st–31st July and involves over 70 food and farming events.
Last year’s event attracted an estimated 145,400 visitors and generated £4.36 million in visitor spending.
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, commented: “Hampshire is bursting with delicious local food and drink. The month-long Hampshire Food Festival is an opportunity to show people what is grown and made in the county and offer unique experiences. From walking with buffalo to distillery tours or watching demos from top local chefs the festival offers something for all tastes! We’d love to hear from local food and farming businesses keen to run an event and benefit from the promotion it offers.”
To find out more about how to get involved visit www.hampshirefare.co.uk
Hattingley Valley wines in the US and Australia
English sparkling wine producer Hattingley Valley has secured key international listings in Australia and the U.S.
Distribution in the US will be Valkyrie Selections: “a young, dynamic company” with a nationwide network of distributors. Hattingley Valley is the first English sparkling wine in its portfolio.
Emily Peterson, Chief Strategy Officer at Valkyrie said: “Right now, the category is a novelty and an attractive scoop for journalists and a discovery for sommeliers. English wines offer great quality that stand up to benchmark sparkling wines from other regions, invariably offering relative good value.”
Hattingley Valley’s wines are distributed by CellarHand in Australia. Their Director Patrick Walsh comments “We’re thrilled to be working with Hattingley Valley. It’s exciting to introduce our customers to wines of provenance and pedigree. English wines are something of a rarity in Australia, but there is a growing recognition of the quality coming from top estates like Hattingley Valley.”
Hattingley Valley, located in east Hampshire was established by Simon Robinson in 2008 and now exports to 14 countries
Beverley refurb comes to Fruition
Beverley Holidays are opening the doors on a newly refurbished reception, lounge, bar and terrace at Beverley Park in Paignton, Devon on Thursday 23rd March.
The work by design agency Fruition sees the “tired” reception “completely transformed” to create “a new friendly welcome for the first point of contact at the holiday parks.” The Jetty Lounge, Bar and Terrace area now incorporates a costal theme with distressed wood-effect tiles and a seamless transition to the outside area through electric sliding doors. Fruition say the client are “looking forward to this being a real hub of activity over the summer.”
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
Go the whole hog with Westaway
The west country sausage producer are now producing their Hogs Pudding packaged in a plastic casing that means it is available with an extended shelf life of an extra seven days. The casing also prevents loss of juices in the cooking process, giving the finished pudding ”a more intense, peppery flavour.” according to Westaway.
The new Hogs Pudding launched in Morrison’s South West stores last week and is soon to launch in 200 more supermarkets in the Spring. Different formats and flavours are also planned for Westaway’s puddings.
More details from www.westawaysausages.com
Organic gin from Gloucestershire
British Polo Gin was founded by entrepreneur Richard Hine in 2016, inspired by both his love of gin and the sport of polo.
After working in a gin business in Western Australia, he was inspired to launch the organic gin which is quadruple distilled in small batches in west Wales. His ties to polo and the fact that the first British polo players enjoyed gin with their daily tonic ration gave him the brand identity.
Richard aims to “challenge conventional gin distilleries and to become established as The Polo Player’s choice” and points to “strong growth since we started production in July 2016.”
For more details go to www.britishpologin.co.uk
Wells’ restaurant’s new head chef
Sadler’s Brasserie in Wells have appointed Jason Porter as head chef. He joins them from the New Inn, in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.
Originally from Wells, he was a head chef boy the age of 18 at Richter’s Restaurant in Wells before spells at The Connaught in Mayfair and Jamie Oliver’s ‘Fifteen’ under Shane Osborn.
Jason said: “I’ve come full circle and it’s great to be back. I can’t wait to make Sadler’s Brasserie one of the best places to eat in the region. Working in the capital was a fantastic experience and I want to bring a little bit of the London scene here to Wells. My vision is to serve seasonal, honest dishes, food that isn’t over engineered but will give customers a great experience.”
Coupes outsell flutes for champagne sipping
Leading glassware distributor Artis are reporting the sales of its coupe glasses are up 30% as they challenge the traditional flute design.
Artis has introduced five new coupe styles in its latest catalogue, making fifteen in total.
Gill Head Marketing Manager says: “Artis believe that the growth is partly because of the versatility of the coupe in a growing cocktail culture. As with many other areas of the restaurant and bar market, customers are looking for a point of difference and elegant coupes offer something beyond the norm.”
Licensed to grill with Electrolux
R H Hall are describing the new Electrolux SpeeDelight as “the next revelation in High Speed Cooking.“ It uses three cooking technologies – contact plates, infrared and microwave – to cook food at record speeds, including toasted sandwiches in less than a minute.
Featuring eight programmes with an easy to use LED display, a USB port and wifi for quick menu uploads, R H Hall say it’s perfect for all sectors: “from pub & bar, to QSR, coffee shops and retail”.
Go to www.rhhall.com for more details.
The International Food & Drink Event (IFE)
(including – Pro2Pac & Waste-Works)
19th – 22nd March 2017
“Together the three events cover the entire supply chain; from farm to fork to fertiliser to fuel.” IFE is “the UK’s biggest and most important food and drink trade event. The 2017 show will be bursting with food and drink inspiration.”
Pro2Pac is “the UK’s only packaging event designed exclusively for the food & drink sector.”
“Waste-Works, the only waste & sustainability event for the food & drink industry.”
Northern Restaurant & Bar 2017
21st – 22nd March 2017
Manchester Central Convention Complex
“The largest hospitality exhibition for the North of England; NRB will host 300 exhibitors, 65 live demos and over 7,500 trade-only visitors. The show also includes the NRB Debate, NRB Top Fifty Awards, and NRB Fringe. Every year NRB brings together the entire Northern hospitality industry to discover new ideas, identify opportunities and source new products.”
British Tourism & Travel Show
22nd – 23rd March 2017
“With the UK domestic tourism sector valued at £127 billion, this lucrative industry deserves a dedicated and focused exhibition. Bringing together over 3,000 top level travel buyers.”
Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe
30th March 2017
The Waldorf Hilton, London
“The 2017 Whiskies & Spirits Conference Europe brings together the industry’s international leaders in a unique open forum to talk about the commercial opportunities and challenges that confront the global spirits industry.” Including, the ‘World Drink Awards 2017’ presentation and drinks reception.
Natural & Organic Products Europe
2nd – 3rd April 2017
“Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products – making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of everything from natural healthcare products, to natural and organic foods.”
The Farm Shop & Deli Show
24-26th April 2017
“Experience the best quality local and regional produce from more than 450 outstanding suppliers over three days. Farm Shop & Deli Show will be packed with new launches, fresh industry insights and trend-setting food and drink.”
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink
29th April – 1st May 2017
Exeter Castle Courtyard & Northernhay Gardens
“An established favourite for all foodies, the festival attracts an international audience with visitors attending from far and wide to buy delicious goodies, watch top chefs in the live Festival Cookery Theatre and get involved in workshops and demonstrations.”
2017 Dorset Food & Venison Festival
29th April 2017
Post Green, Lytchett Minster, Poole BH16 6AP
“Celebrating the best of Dorset’s produce!”
Coeliac UK: Bournemouth & Poole Group – Food Fair 2017
29th April 2017
Parkstone Grammar School, Poole, Dorset
“A great opportunity to try and buy a wide range of ‘Free From’ foods. Talk to local dieticians and representatives from Coeliac UK.”
For further details, please contact David Dorrell on Bournemouth@coeliac.org.uk
The Food & Drink Trade Show
3rd – 4th May 2017
Three Counties Showground, Malvern
“A unique blend of inspirational speciality food & drink products, from a wide range of exhibitors; from the small and regional, to those who trade throughout the UK and internationally.”
The Devon County Show
18th – 20th May, 2017
“The best of food, farming and entertainment. The Food & Drink Pavilion will be even bigger – and top chef Michael Caines will be cooking up some incredible dishes in our cookery demonstration theatre.”
Taste of the South
19th – 21st May, 2017
Poole Park, Dorset
“Taste of the South is a brand new festival in association with Poole Maritime Festival. A celebration of all things local from the South of England, it will include food, drink, produce, art, culture and entertainment. There will be exhibitions, tastings, samplings and demonstrations, to give visitors a taste of the South.”
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities.
Tourism Management Institute Hot Topic
2017 19th May, 2017
Sheffield Hallam University
“The focus this year will be on Innovation in Rural Tourism – local food and drink, specialist events and characterful stays, with experts from the public and private sector sharing best practice.”
Caffé Culture Show 2017
23rd – 24th May, 2017
“The nation’s leading gathering place for the café and coffee community, continuing to bring together all those who have a passion for pushing the industry forward.”
2nd – 4th June, 2017
City Centre Piazza, Plymouth
“The South West’s largest food and drink festival will see the Piazza transformed, with stalls brimming with local delicacies, live music and a marquee bar. With more than 100 traders showcasing the best regional produce – as well as cookery demonstrations from talented local and celebrity chefs – organisers are hoping to yet again attract more than 100,000 food lovers.”
6th – 7th June, 2017
“Commercial Kitchen is the definitive event for equipment buyers, specifiers and decision makers from across all sectors of the foodservice industry who are looking for the best equipment, services and accessories for their kitchen.”
Royal Cornwall Show
8th – 10th June, 2017
Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
“The county’s biggest annual event and is brim-full of exhibits and activities which offer so much in the way of entertainment, competition, information, shopping and all that’s best in food and farming.”
Bournemouth Vegan Fair
17th – 18th June, 2017
Bournemouth International Centre
“A weekend of indulgence, inspiration and information – with over 90 diverse stalls full of tempting treats, a wide range of talks, and plenty of delicious food.”
Bournemouth Business Expo 2017
22nd June, 2017
Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
“Bournemouth’s largest business show for all businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Keynote speakers, seminars, speed networking and over 70 exhibitors!”
Research to takeaway
It won’t come as any surprise but Brits love their food. According to recent research, the average person in the UK spends £9.75 a month or £117 a year on eating out and takeaways.
The UK-wide survey of 2000 people by PaymentSense also identified the UK’s favourite cuisines. When it comes to restaurants, Italian was the top choice of 19% of respondents, beating Indian (16%), Traditional Pub food (12%), English food (10%) and Chinese (10%). Results were partially reversed for favourite takeaways with Chinese at the top (35%), followed by Indian (24%), Pizza (13%) and Fish and chips (7%).
The research, which also used the company’s card machine data, found that throughout the country, 21% of us order one takeaway per week, mostly to share with our partners. Spending an average of £9.75 per person, 30% of people ordered, paid, and collected in store, 37% ordered and paid online, while 56% ordered over the phone.
There were gender differences. The majority of men preferred to go for an Indian when eating out while most women would rather visit an Italian restaurant. Men tend to order more takeaways than women whereas women spend more on what they order to eat at home than men.