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.
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.
Street food is enjoying its time in the limelight thanks to growing demand from the consumer for innovative, globally-influenced lunch and snack options.
According to global food trend website ‘The Food People’ street food has become so popular that it is now consumed by an estimated 3.5bn people worldwide, everyday!
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.
Ask the Expert: Jo Gilroy (Head of Sustainability).
We asked our Sustainability expert ‘How does plastic waste end up in our oceans, and how can we help to reduce it?’
And here’s what she told us…
According to Asian grocer Win Yip, Japanese food is the nation’s third most popular oriental cuisine, following closely behind Thai and Chinese food. Win Yip also go on to say that the number of Japanese eateries in the UK increased by 67 per cent between 2012 and 2017, making it the fastest growing form of Asian cuisine in the UK market.
Clean and simple: a series of blogs from Cleanline expert Rod Hale.
We asked our Cleanline expert ‘What is a cleaning audit and why is it important?’
And here’s what he told us…
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.
Bunzl Catering Supplies, leading distributor in the foodservice industry, has collaborated with 13 other fully funding signatories from across the supply chain for disposable paper cups, to sign an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) to increase PE lined paper cup recycling. Over two stages, this initiative will offer consumers access to a network of Bring Banks to recycle their used paper cups, and crucially provide the right incentives and access for all waste contractors to deliver paper cups to the ACE facility.
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.