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St. Austell announce record results
South West independent brewery company St. Austell have reported a 13.2% increase in annual turnover to £153.2 million and a 5.2% increase in operating profit to £14 million last year.
Will Michelmore, non-executive Chairman of St. Austell Brewery, said: “I am very pleased to report another record financial performance for St Austell Brewery in the 52-week period ended 31 December 2016. During the year we invested £25.9 million in capital expenditure, of which £16.7 million was on new acquisitions. These acquisitions included the purchase of Bath Ales. This acquisition supported our strategy to strengthen and extend our presence in this important trading region. The company has also added new sites to its pub portfolio during the year as well as investing in our production and distribution facilities and refurbishing and improving our pubs and hotels.”
James Staughton, Chief Executive of St. Austell Brewery, said: “It has been an excellent and historic year for the company. The acquisition of Bath Ales was a logical step towards our strategic objective of having the best pub estate and premier beer brands in the South West of England. A review of our strategic ambition led to the acquisition of Bath Ales whom we have long admired. Their pubs and beers complement those of St. Austell and our integration plans are on track.”
Plymouth Hoe £50m hotel plans get even bigger
The full planning application for the 1620 development – a luxury hotel and apartment tower on Plymouth’s waterfront – has been submitted by Henley Real Estate and it could be a third bigger than originally planned.
The hotel on the site of the now demolished Quality Hotel has grown from 60 to 80 bedrooms, and the hotel’s facade has been redesigned. The separate apartment tower block has expanded from 80 flats to 88. There will also be an enlarged public open space in front of the 1620 and the development would feature conference space, a restaurant and a heath spa.
Chris Henley, co-founder and director of London-based Henley Real Estate, said: “The new hotel design, we believe, increases the quality of the scheme even more and leaves the hotel looking sleeker and more luxurious than before.”
Ian Bowyer, Tory Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “Our bold and proactive approach of turning a problem site into an incredible opportunity is paying off. If this gets the go-ahead, not only will this development deliver more high-quality hotel rooms in time for Mayflower 400, it will help Plymouth as a year-round destination.”
Cotswold Taste urge more working together at Regional Launch
Local food group Cotswold Taste held its second Regional Launch on Friday 12th May in Cirencester. This event celebrated the member-owned co-operative organisation’s progress and plans for expansion as the “new quality marque for food and drink produced to high standards in the Cotswolds”
In his welcome speech, Executive Chair Nick Waloff told guests: “We’re very pleased with the support and encouragement we’re getting”. He went on to call for various agencies in the Cotswolds to work more closely together to promote – and safeguard – its environment, at the same time as creating more jobs.
“We have a unique food and drink offering”, he added. “We need to use the cards we hold much more effectively. If we don’t, no one else is going to”.
Cotswold Taste’s Regional Launch was sponsored by Handelsbanken Cirencester, Santander Corporate & Commercial, Morris Owen, Arkells Brewery, Flying Monk Brewery, Cotswolds Distillery, Beard & Sabre Cider Company, Godsells Cheeses and Elitonia Ltd.
Spanish TV chef opens Bath restaurant
Spanish TV chef Omar Allibhoy is opening his seventh tapas bar – Tapas Revolution – in Bath’s SouthGate shopping centre on 1st June.
The all-day, contemporary tapas bar will offer freshly prepared dishes made with ingredients from artisan producers in Spain. An accompanying Spanish-inspired cocktail list has been created in collaboration with Cocktail Trading Co.
The food menu will “guide diners on a culinary adventure across Spain, from breakfast in Barcelona to dinner in Seville. The menu is simply divided into fish, meat and vegetable sections, complemented with the best Spain has to offer in terms of charcuterie and their famous Jamon Iberico, hand carved to order by a skilled maestro jamonero. Expect all the classics, such as tortilla, croquetas de jamon, calamares, chorizo cooked in Asturian cider and freshly-made Churros.”
Omar said: “Bath is a beautiful city and we’re really excited to be opening a tapas bar here. Tapas Revolution is based on the lively and bustling tapas bars in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, and I’m looking forward to bringing my version to Bath. Tapas is more than food, it’s part of our everyday culture: food and life are always best shared.”
Taste of The West’s food finder website
Independent regional food group Taste of the West have added a “DIY food finder” tool to their website with the aim of making it a destination online for visitors looking for quality food and drink in the West Country.
New functions allow users to search for pubs, restaurants, cafés, farm shops, markets and events on an interactive map. The redesigned Taste of the West website has a new look with enhanced content and mobile optimisation.
John Sheaves, CEO of Taste of the West said: “Food & drink is now one of the top three reasons why visitors flock to our region each year. We also know anecdotally, that visitors are constantly striving for top quality experiences, but finding that little gem of a pub or cafe can be a bit of a hit and miss activity. Our awards scheme, as well as those run by the main regional tourist offices, use independent assessments to drive excellence throughout the industry – so we can be doubly sure that those we highlight on the new DIY FoodFinder site really are the best. Our new website aims to be the ‘go to’ website for visitors to the region when thinking about food and drink.”
Try it out at www.tasteofthewest.co.uk
Dorset Food and Drink announce new ambassador
Chef Lesley Waters will join the non-profit group to help promote the region’s food and drink. Well known for her TV appearances on Ready Steady Cook and This Morning, the former Leith’s School instructor runs The Lesley Waters Cookery School in West Dorset. An event was held at the school to mark the occasion with Lesley, the Dorset Food & Drink team and corporate partners Porter Dodson.
Masterchef winner for Taste of the South festival
MasterChef 2016 winner, Jane Devonshire, has been confirmed to appear at the first Taste of the South Festival which takes place from 19th-21st May 2017 in Poole Park, Dorset.
Jane Devonshire says, “I am absolutely delighted to be at the first ever Taste of the South festival which is running in association with the European Maritime Conference and Poole Maritime Festival. I will be on hand to answer questions from Alex Aitken, present my recipes and chat about food!
I’m also very much looking forward to checking out the show and browsing the various products from the South’s finest producers and artisans, as well as working alongside local chefs and other businesses.”
Jane Devonshire will be cooking alongside some of the South’s most acclaimed chefs including; Alex Aitken of The Jetty, Christchurch; Pete Murt, Head Chef at Rick Stein in Sandbanks; Barbara Cox author of Rainbow Recipes; award-winning Mark Hartstone and national Indian food expert Sarah Ali Choudhury.
FOOD & DRINK NEWS
New beer for Devon Air Ambulance
Black Tor Brewery, based in Dartmoor National Park, have brewed a beer to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Devon Air Ambulance. Each pint and bottle of Down Draught sold will raise 10p for the service.
The 4% ABV amber butter will be available until November in pubs, farm shops and off-licences across Devon.
Jonathon Crump, award-winning brewer and Director of Black Tor Brewery said, “I am very excited and proud to be involved with the 25th anniversary celebrations of Devon Air Ambulance, and hope that Down Draught is well supported by local pubs and enjoyed by real ale drinkers to raise funds for such an important and essential local charity.”
The family-run Black Tor Brewery produce circa 10,000 pints a week and plan to build a larger brew plant having acquired premises next door.
Go to http://blacktorbrewery.co.uk/ for more details.
Luscombe lift spirits with new tonics
The Devon-based drinks company are launching three new premium natural tonic waters. Devon Tonic Water, Elderflower Tonic Water and Grapefruit Tonic Water will be available in 20cl bottles and have a recommended retail price of £1.20 per bottle.
Gabriel David, chairman and founder of Luscombe Drinks, said: “Given the phenomenal rise in craft spirits, we have had a number of requests from our trade customers for a range of super-premium tonics that will enhance – rather than compete with – the complex flavours of these artisan spirits.”
Gabriel went on to say: “We are also seeing an increase in the number of consumers ordering tonic water instead of the usual draught soft drinks. Tonics deliver a dryer, more complex flavour – and this range has been created to so that each flavour is delicious served on its own over crushed ice.”
For further information visit www.luscombe.co.uk
FEM’s new frying pans
European manufacturer Pujadas’s Hercules and Ergos frying pan ranges are coming to the UK, courtesy of FEM.
The Hercules frying pan is 4mm thick and constructed from durable aluminium, with handles constructed from flat iron. Its multi-layer, non-stick coating is long-lasting and offers a high resistance to abrasion, while the handles have a heat resistant epoxy coating.
The Ergos frying pans are made of 18/10 stainless steel with a heat-resistant tube handle. They feature the ‘latest generation’ Excalibur non-stick technology, which forms an integral part of the base due to an additional coating of powdered stainless steel, which makes the pan resistant to kitchen utensils.
Both are suitable for induction, gas, vitro or electric cooking and are available in a range of sizes.
Visit www.fem.co.uk for more details.
Four Seasons Hampshire appoint executive chef
The five-red-AA-star Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire have announced that Dirk Gieselmann is their new executive chef.
He will manage a team of 35 and oversee the launch of a new restaurant and bar, replacing James Dugan who moves to the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane.
Originally from Germany, Gieselmann joins the hotel after three years at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also worked at Le Negresco in Nice, France; InterContinental’s Tahiti Resort and Le Cirque in New York.
Professional Development Courses for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector
9th – 18th May 2017
“The Department of Tourism and Hospitality at BU has developed a suite of professional development courses for the tourism and hospitality industry to support managers, supervisors and their teams in their operational and strategic thinking. They will bring you the tools and techniques to help grow your business.”
A half day course costs £70 and a full day costs £130. To book for three days (9-11 May or 16-18 May) the price is £300, or you can book all 12 courses for only £500.
The Devon County Show
18th – 20th May
“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
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
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.”
Online booking is available at https://www.tmi.org.uk/page/117/pricing.htm
The London Wine Fair
22nd – 24th May
“The London Wine Fair is the largest event of its kind in the UK drinks industry, and one of the world’s leading wine trade events. 15,000 wine professionals will journey to London to be immersed in the world of wine, to sample across the continents and take part in the many tastings and masterclasses.”
Caffé Culture Show 2017
23rd – 24th May
“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.”
IN4Hospitality Bristol: Networking for Hospitality Professionals
24th May, 17:00-20.00
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, BS1 1HT
“The evening is based around the concept of providing local hoteliers with informal networking opportunities but also incorporates presentations about local market performance, dynamics and insights from an array of innovative industry suppliers. The event aims to be informative, interactive and engaging – igniting debate and thought.”
IN4Hospitality Bath: Networking for Hospitality Professionals
25th May, 07:30-10:00
Abbey Hotel, Bath. BA1 1LF
“The event is based around the concept of providing local hoteliers with informal networking opportunities but also incorporates presentations about local market performance, dynamics and insights from an array of innovative industry suppliers. The event aims to be informative, interactive and engaging – igniting debate and thought.”
River Cottage Spring Food Fair
27th – 29th May
River Cottage HQ
“The Fair is a real family occasion packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music, to garden and foraging tours from River Cottage foraging guru John Wright.”
Dartington Food Fair
28th – 29th May
Dartington, Totnes, Devon
“Working alongside Food and Drink Devon, the Food Fair celebrates the very best of Devon’s thriving food and drink community, with emphasis on local, sustainable produce. Two fantastic days filled with foodie fun for all the family. All proceeds generated by the event go towards supporting The Dartington Hall Trust (a registered charity).”
2nd – 4th June
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
“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
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.”
The Great Hall, The Castle Winchester
“Celebrate all that is great about the region’s food and drink scene – naturally with a focus on all things gin! A host of exciting, local gins from across the region will also be at the event including Bombay Sapphire, Conker, Pothecary Gin, Gorilla Spirits, Hiltingbury Still and Isle of Wight Distillery. Visitors will be able to sample new favourites, meet some of the geniuses behind the drinks themselves and perhaps buy a bottle or two to take home with them.”
Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival
9th – 11th June, 2017
Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham
“See your favourite celebrity chefs live on stage, joined by local chefs from leading hotels and restaurants showcasing local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations. Enjoy International wine tastings, food talks and entertainment for the whole family.”
Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival 2017
16th – 25th June
The Square, Bournemouth
“The Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival is 10 whole days of delight for foodies. Enjoy good food, amazing cooking skills and fabulous entertainment!” Includes: Street Food Festival, Farmers & Producers Market and Demo Kitchens.
Bournemouth Vegan Fair
17th – 18th June
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, 10am-4pm
Bournemouth International Centre
“Bournemouth’s largest business show for all businesses who are looking to grow and prosper. Keynote speakers, seminars, speed networking and over 70 exhibitors.”
Hampshire Food Festival 2017
1st – 31st July, 2017
Various locations in Hampshire
“The 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.”
Imbibe Live 2017
3rd – 4th July
“Join 12,000 drinks professionals at the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. Be part of Europe’s largest on-trade drinks exhibition: listen to ground-breaking seminars, experience rare and unique tastings, source new products and discover new trends defining the future of the industry.”