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Our People: The Tamworth charity team – helping local people in need

In 2016, a group of 6 employees based at our National Distribution Centre in Tamworth, formed a charity team, to brainstorm and implement fundraising activities to support a variety of local charities. In 2017, the group continued to be very active providing local charities with a mix of ex-stock donations and financial contributions.

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PURELL Surface Sanitising Spray & Wipes launched to address a specialised need within the food environment

Many people spend a lot of their time at work, school, hospital, shopping, and other commercial and leisure facilities. These areas with high traffic of people have higher chances of playing host to a variety of germs. There is also a threat of sickness and infections in places where people are in contact with each other every day, if proper hygiene and sanitation measures are not followed.

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Celebrate the season with Sweetbird Sugar-free Gingerbread syrup

This winter season, the drink of choice on coffee shop menus is the gingerbread latte. The drink has become so popular with consumers that a recent Starbucks Twitter poll revealed that the gingerbread latte was the consumers favourite winter hot drink in 2016 (up 34 per cent on the second favourite, toffee nut latte).

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PRISTINE hand soaps with new spa-inspired formulations

Consumers continue to be concerned about potential side-effects of artificial substances sometimes used in skincare products, such as parabens, petrochemicals and toxins. Euromonitor predicts that consumers are increasingly seek out a ‘greener approach’ looking for products that do not harm their skin, and are kinder to the environment.

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Street food – an affordable way to try different cuisines

According to the Santa Maria Foodservice ‘What’s next in street food?’ report, the street food trend has seen a growth of 86 per cent since 2014, and shows no signs of slowing.

The street food phenomena can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece – where small fried fish were sold in the streets. Evidence of a large number of street food vendors was also discovered during the excavation of Pompeii.

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Diversey launch the new TASKI AERO vacuum cleaner range

From the 1st of September 2017 vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are required to be more cost- and energy-efficient. The European Commission is making use of the latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that European consumers have the most energy efficient products available. The updated eco-design requirements will lower appliances’ maximum power, annual energy consumption and noise levels.

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Benders introduce new Venezia design vending cup range with innovative 12oz Max cup

According to the Automatic Vending Association (AVA) the UK vending industry turnover has increased by 2 per cent to £1.53 billion, with more operators expecting growth this year than delivered growth in 2016.

The average hot beverage vending machine dispenses 282 units per week and consumers are expecting a larger variety of high quality premium coffee options.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – The crispy, crunchy appeal of the fried chicken sandwich

Fried chicken sandwiches have become a must-have dish for foodservice operators, bringing consumer’s love of burgers and fried chicken together in a single delicious package. Restaurant chains that aren’t even known for chicken are looking at adding it to their menus to appeal to more consumers and boost sales. In 2016, of the 100 biggest restaurant chains in the US, three of the five fastest-growing were chicken concepts.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – Bento beautiful…

Japanese cooking styles continue to grow in popularity – the UK Sushi industry is now worth £56 million annually – but is it possible that Bento might give Sushi a run for its money?

We predict that Bento – Japan’s famously beautiful, compartmental lunch box meal, is poised to take centre-stage in the UK casual dining industry in 2017.

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Spice up your hot drink offer – with Zuma Organic Turmeric Chai

The trend for turmeric infused hot drinks has been brewing for a while. The market research firm Mintel named turmeric as one of its ‘foods to watch’ in 2016. Google singled-out turmeric’s ascent to stardom after searches for the spice increased by 56 per cent from November 2016 to January 2017.

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The responsible disposal of single-use drinking straws

Ask the Expert: Jo Gilroy (Head of Sustainability).

Drinking straws are the latest disposable (single-use) foodservice product to hit the headlines, we asked our Sustainability expert ‘If we want to reduce their negative impact on the environment should we stop using them, switch to another material type – or something else?’

And here’s what she told us…

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