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Costa Coffee crowns barista of the year

Brian Chibwe has been crowned Costa Coffee’s Barista of the Year 2019 in their annual Champion of Champions competition. 

The 22-year-old, who has been working for Costa Coffee in the UAE for two and a half years took the top spot, closely followed by UK barista, Ruggero Barlaba, from Guildford while third place went to Nestor L. Allado JR., also from the UAE. 

The prestigious competition saw 12 of Costa Coffee’s best baristas battle it out to win first place.

Costa Coffee has over 30,000 baristas working globally for the brand, which is now owned by Coca-Cola.


UKHospitality calls on new PM Boris Johnson to help businesses

Trade association UKHospitality has called on the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to pursue an agenda of positive reform for the hospitality sector.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls has called on him to provide high streets, businesses and communities with a boost. She highlighted the need for business rates reform, a reduction in costs and certainy over Brexit.

“We have long been calling for action to tackle costs that restrict investment, with business rates still the chief culprit. A wholesale review of the system, reducing costs, will give businesses the stability and flexibility they need to invest in their venues and team members and help reinvigorate high streets,” she said.

“We need a sensible Brexit outcome that eliminates the uncertainty that held business back but delivers a stable future to allow them to plan for the future, including tariff-free trade on food and drink with the EU.”


Brits turn to alternative milks

Almost a quarter (23%) of Brits used plant-based milk alternatives in the three months to February 2019, up from just 19% in 2018.

A quarter (26%) of women enjoy plant-based milk alternatives and as many as a third (33%) of 16-24s opt for these varieties.

Mintel said growth of milk alternatives is largely fuelled by more recent category entrants such as oat (volume sales of which grew 71% between 2017), coconut (up 16% between 2017-18) and almond variants (up 10% between 2017-18).

Emma Clifford, associate director of UK Food and Drink, said:“Plant-based milk alternatives continue to make further inroads into the mainstream, with high levels of innovation activity such as the entrance of Innocent Drinks to the market in 2018. Growth in this segment forms part of a much wider plant-based movement, driven by concerns around health, ethics and the environment, as well as by consumers’ love of variety in their diets.”


Millennials and Generation X are 'sober curious'

Millennials and Generation X are 'sober curious', a report in the Mail Online has revealed.

It said that 'mindful drinking' is becoming more popular and acceptable.

Non-drinkers are now demanding better options so they're not excluded when it comes to ordering at the bar, it revealed.   

The “Clean Vic' pop-up by Sainsbury's will be the UK's first ever traditional pub to serve only non-alcoholic and low ABV drinks. 

Millie Gooch, the founder of online community Sober Girl Society, has partnered with the retailer ahead of the launch.

“I think it’s great that [being sober] is becoming popular and that people are picking up on it more and The Clean Vic is a great way to get into that idea, for people to test the water and see if they cut down,' she told FEMAIL.


Franke invests in strategic partnership with Dalla Corte S.R.L.

The Swiss Franke Group is to extend its range of professional coffee machines after acquiring a majority stake in  Italian company Dalla Corte S.R.L. 

This Italian company from Milan (Baranzate) produces traditional portafilter espresso machines in the premium segment for private and professional use. The company was founded by the Dalla Corte family in 2001 and is known for its multi-boiler technology, developed and patented in the same year, which is benchmark for the entire semi-automatic espresso machine sector.

The Franke Group said it is expanding the brand product range of its Franke Coffee Systems division with traditional espresso machines.

Dalla Corte will continue to manage its business from the company’s head office in Italy as an independent brand and company and thereby concentrate on its existing distribution channels.


Hospitality sector launches first Hospitality Apprenticeship Week

The Hospitality Sector, with the support of the National Apprenticeship Service, has launched the first Hospitality Apprenticeship Week. The week, which will run from Monday 5th to Friday 9th August, aims to provide a fresh opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships in the sector.  

Hospitality Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity for employers to come together and engage with school and college leavers to showcase the variety of career opportunities available within the hospitality sector. One of the key focuses of this campaign is to shift the perception among young people and their parents that hospitality roles are limited to low paid, part-time jobs.

“There are increasing challenges in recruiting and an expected shortfall in labour, due to demographic changes, both in an ageing population resulting in fewer young people and migration,” said Kate Nicholls, chief executive officer, UKHospitality.

“The industry recognises its responsibility to help improve the image of careers in hospitality and to invest in training and skills development. Apprenticeships are a key part of promoting hospitality as a career of choice and providing an alternative pathway into senior level roles, as well as entry level.”


Alain Ducasse switches alcohol for coffee

Alain Ducasse, the Michelin-starred chef is reported to be shaking up the world of food and drink,  by switching alcohol for coffee on his new cocktail menu, according to a report in The Standard.  

This summer, Ducasse’s King’s Cross coffee shop has launched a new range of non-alcoholic, coffee-based cocktails, with drinks including virgin twists on a negroni, a gin and tonic and a White Russian. 

“I am very interested in cocktails and the creativity around them,” Ducasse told the Standard. “I like the challenges of thinking about cocktails in a slightly different way – for here, with coffee.” 

The drinks include a negroni, which mixes cascara, with nitro cold brew, a slice of orange and Timut pepper. 

It said a Panama Tonic switches gin for Panama Geisha espresso, and garnishes the tonic-topped drink with lemon and rosemary, while a White Russian mixes hazelnut milk with coffee ice cubes, muscovado sugar and a shot of nitro cold brew. 


Caravan to open new restaurant concept

Caravan Restaurants has revealed it is to open its first West London dining destination, with new nomadic concept VARDO, this autumn.

The restaurant will be housed within a brand new, architecturally designed, three-storey stone and glass pavilion, located in Duke of York Square, Chelsea, alongside the Saatchi Gallery.

The menu will bring ‘back-to-basics’ food to the forefront– showcasing low and slow cooking techniques, with carefully sourced ingredients from across the UK with global influence.




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