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BRITA predicts industry trends for the future

Artificial Intelligence (AI), zero waste and food implanted with nutrients are all front of mind for hospitality professionals when predicting the top industry trends in 2044 – just 25 years from now, reports BRITA Professional.

According to new research of 750 hospitality professionals from BRITA Professional, operating sustainably will be the norm for establishments, with 81% believing that achieving zero waste will be the top sustainability initiative in 2044. This is closely followed by kitchen technology that delivers smart cleaning and less water waste (72%) and product innovation that sees a total ban on single-use plastics (53%).

In 2044, food and drink will be served 24/7 and the majority of hospitality professionals either agree (52%) or strongly agree (29%) that technology will develop to help businesses deliver this continual service. However, for hospitality professionals, the barriers to providing a 24/7, personalised service include:

  • Team members not having the skills to deliver personalised dining experiences (58%)
  • Not having enough team members (52%)
  • Not having capable equipment (49%)
  • Unreliable equipment (42%)

To overcome these barriers, 45% of hospitality professionals believe investment in machine protection, such as water filters to ensure equipment stands the test of time and is running sustainably, is key. Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales (versus 2018) up 1.6% in August, with drink-led bars and pubs up 4.1% on the back of the heatwave at the end of the month.


Pubs perform well thanks to late August heatwave

Pub and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales (versus 2018) up 1.6% in August, with drink-led bars and pubs up 4.1% on the back of heatwave at the end of the month.

The latest figures come from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, which collects and monitors sales figures from 55 leading companies.

“These are solid numbers generally with pub sales again outperforming restaurants, partly helped by the weather,” said Mark Sheehan, managing director at Coffer Corporate Leisure.

“Consumer habits are changing fast especially in the restaurant sector, evidenced by The Restaurant Group announcing it is to close up to half of its mainstream restaurants over time. Until recently, these were seen as the best portfolio sites in the market and demonstrates the difficulties being experienced by many restaurant chains.”


Best Loved bought by HotelREZ

HotelREZ, one of the world’s leading hotel representation companies, has acquired Best Loved Hotels from the Great British Hotel Company for an undisclosed sum.

This strategic move is a milestone in HotelREZ’s continued global expansion and move into the luxury soft brand sector. Best Loved Hotels was founded by Jeffrey Epstein in 1993.

Best Loved Hotels will benefit from the services offered by HotelREZ whilst remaining a brand in its own right, said HotelREZ.

HotelREZ Group CEO, Mark Lewis stated Nicolas’ role is also to develop and enhance Best Loved as both a Global Alliance of ‘luxuriously independent’ partner hotels, driving online business to them via the Best Loved web site and HotelREZ global relationships. 


Afternoon Tea winners announced

The winners of the fourth annual Afternoon Tea Awards were revealed this week, writes British Baker., which hosts the awards, said this year’s competition had attracted entries from more than 60 UK hotels and restaurants. The winners were:

Best Traditional Afternoon Tea: The Savoy; Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea, Cadogan’s by Adam Handling; Best Themed Afternoon Tea – The Berkeley ‘Pret-a-Portea’; Best Tea Service – Madarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.


Evoca warehouse move boosts capacity

Global coffee machine manufacturer Evoca is moving into a newly completed warehouse on Black Country industrial estate, its first move in the UK operation’s 85-year history, writes The Business Desk (September 5).

Taking a 15-year lease on a 40,000sq ft unit at Prime Point, a £1.5m speculative development by property and investment company LCP at its flagship Pensnett Estate in Kingswinford, Evoca is looking to increase productivity in its ‘product customisation, warehousing and logistics operations’.

The company has been based at its Bilston factory since 1934 and manufacturing ceased on the site a number of years ago.

Hervé Donneaud, UK managing director of Evoca, said its existing site was no longer suitable for its current operations, which serves the vending, office coffee and HORECA markets with coffee machines and vending equipment.

“Re-locating from a traditional factory environment will allow the company to offer an enhanced service to our customers as well as improving efficiency by streamlining the internal work processes and improving access for inbound and outbound transport logistics,” he said.


Gather & Gather crown Barista of the Year

Barista Varun Udhin from Dublin was crowned Gather & Gather’s Barista of the Year 2019 in the annual coffee competition, reports Hospitality & Catering News (September 5).

Having battled dozens of other professional baristas across the UK, the hotly contested finals saw the winners of eight regional heats compete at the Shard in London.

Held to showcase the talent and expertise that fuels Gather & Gather’s cafes, the company’s top baristas from around the country fought it out in three roasting rounds. The specialist judging panel included Head Judge, Ashley Dawes, Sensory Judge, Cameron Lewis, and Technical Judge, Suzan Huijgen, all from artisanal coffee roasters Union Coffee. Dan Harvey completed the panel as Sensory Judge from La Marzocco.

The eight finalists were Marzina Glinieka (Scotland), Varun Udhin (Ireland), Charlie Needler (North-East England), Gavin Scouse (North-West England), Zak Osman (London), Matt Coddington (South-England), Noemi La Barbera (London) and Sarah Bunn (London).

The second round saw each finalist create their own signature alcoholic coffee drink to demonstrate their creativity alongside technical skills.


Bellwether makes greener coffee

Bellwether Coffee hopes to make ‘coffee roasting emissions-free and easily accessbile to cafes and grocery stores’, after raising US$40m in a fund round led by DBL Partners and brothers Lyndon and Peter Rive, writes Global Coffee Report (September 4).

Its electric commercial roaster won the Specialty Coffee Expo’s Best New Product Award for 2019 and significant demand from coffee retailers, cafes, local grocers and national chains has resulted in Bellwether installing one roaster per day across the US.

“Bellwether completely changes how coffee is roasted and distributed,” said Lyndon Rive. “We are thrilled to co-lead this round to help Bellwether’s outstanding team meet its rapid growth in global demand.”


Costa launches autumn menu

Costa Coffee has launched its autumn menu, available in store from September 5, and includes a new partnership with Lotus to create a limited-edition Lotus Biscoff Muffin.

It is also bringing back its Bonfire spiced drinks range, following feedback from customers last year.


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