Retail & Food Service

Kingsmill scoops top prize at Retail Industry Awards

Allied Bakeries' Kingsmill Great White, the first soft white loaf with as much fibre as wholemeal, has won Grocery Product Launch of the Year 2014 at the Retail Industry Awards.

Already named the most successful new product launch in food FMCG so far in 2014, Kingsmill Great White scooped the prize with 29% of the votes over the other shortlisted iconic brands.

The innovative new product was the favourite for giving consumers a reason to love white bread again and the win affirms Allied Bakeries’ position as a leading supplier of UK bakery products.

In a programme of ongoing support, Kingsmill Great White will reappear on our TV screens this October, following a £6.7m two year marketing investment into the Kingsmill Great White campaign.

The TV ad features comedian and ‘Cold Feet’ star John Thomson and the 'Kingsmill Family'. The 40-second advert targets the hearts and minds of viewers as Thomson, the father of the Kingsmill family, prepares breakfast to console his daughter following a break-up.

Martin Garlick, Category Director, Allied Bakeries, adds: “The launch of Kingsmill Great White has attracted new consumers to the sector and helped to stem the decline in white bread sales.

"This latest award shows Allied Bakeries understands consumer needs and category challenges across the bakery sector. Being back on TV in October will be a great way to continue to drive awareness of Kingsmill Great White.”

Joosed! an award winner

Joosed! Junior is the latest product from Bensons Totally Fruity and is already clocking up awards.

It has achieved two stars in the Great Taste Awards 2014 and has just picked up a Highly Commended in The Grocer New Product Awards in the Ambient Family Drinks category.

Bensons is a family run business based in the heart of the Cotswolds. They are the only juice manufacturer in the UK to be Red Tractor accredited, sourcing only from British farmers and never adding artificial colours or preservatives. They strongly believe in producing healthy quality products that taste delicious and their latest children’s drink is an extension of this philosophy.

Joosed! Junior is the healthy option with parents increasingly concerned about winning the war on sugar and childhood obesity. It is available in two delicious flavours appealing directly to parents and children. Coming in a 250ml, guzzle and go bottle, it is one of your five a day and compliant with the new school food standards.

The Great Taste Award judges loved Joosed! Junior says: "Great Colour, lovely natural flavour, good levels of natural sweetness. Easy to identify the fruit ingredients. Refreshing and an excellent aftertaste. Great way for children to get one of their five a day. Child friendly appearance with a lovely colour and fruity nose."

Jeremy Bensons says: “We are ecstatic that our newest product Joosed! Junior has been so well received winning these two prestigious awards with great comments from the judging panel.

"Joosed! Junior was a natural progression for us; we wanted to create a healthy product that both parents and children would love. We really believe in the quality of our products, so it’s really fantastic others agree too!”

lunch! reports record turnout for 2014

Renowned for attracting a who’s who of buyers from across the food-to-go sector, lunch! welcomed a record 6215 attendees through its doors.

Now in its seventh year, the sold out show featured almost three hundred exhibiting companies and enjoyed a 5% increase in total unique attendees, compared to 5924 in 2013. That’s a 44% increase since 2012. As in previous years, the surge in footfall was backed by glowing testimonials from across the show floor.

Many of the country’s biggest high street operators, food retailers, and contract caterers were in attendance including AMT Coffee, Boots, Caffѐ Nero, Debenhams, EAT., John Lewis, M&S, Pret A Manger, Rail Gourmet, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, and Morrisons. More than two thousand independent outlets were also represented.

Chris Brazier, group event manager for lunch!, says, “We are delighted that our seventh year of lunch! was our best show yet, with a record number of visitors and exhibitors for 2014. It really does cap a brilliant year for lunch!, after winning Best Trade Show at the Exhibition News Awards. Thanks must go to all our visitors, exhibitors, media and association partners for helping us put on the best lunch! we’ve ever had.”

Looking ahead to 2015, lunch!’s organiser Diversified Communications UK has already announced a 25% increase in stands to accommodate growing demand from food, drink, packaging, technology, and equipment suppliers. An expansion which will take the exhibitor total to 350 companies for the first time.

The high turnout at the show reflects the ever growing popularity of food-to-go in the lunch time market. Emma Read, director of marketing and business development at the insights firm Horizons and host of the show’s opening Working lunch! Theatre session, said, “The lunch market is a good place to be – vibrant and growing, with consumers eating out more.”

“The lunch market has seen many changes over the last few years and remains a key eating out occasion. More people are eating out and more often but their expectations are higher than before – they want good quality at a good price and often something they can eat on the move. Successful operators are responding by offering a good price point, speedy and efficient service to compete with fast food outlets, and lighter, healthier options.”

Other Working lunch! Theatre highlights, sponsored by Magrini, included popular sessions by Sarah Doyle, brand director, EAT., Henry Dimbleby, co-founder, Leon & The Sustainable Restaurant Association and Cyril Lavenant, NPD Group director of foodservice UK, revealing that Londoners visit fast food outlets and other chains to buy a take-out lunch more frequently than people in the rest of Britain. Steve Flanagan, director, marketing and category at Starbucks UK, and Tim Hall, creator of Pod, shared their big news on the second day of lunch!, announcing plans to offer selected food from Pod’s breakfast and lunch ranges at three Starbucks stores in central London for a trial period.

lunch! will return to Business Design Centre in London, on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September 2015. For further information, visit

Pork Heaven from Devon wins big at awards

The passion and success of the South West food and drink industry was clear for all to see at the recent Taste of the West Awards’ Ceremony.

The ceremony took place at one of the UK's biggest and most exciting interactive science centres At-Bristol, and saw family run company Pork Heaven from Devon winning the coveted Champion Product title for their Butcher’s Classic Pork Sausages.

One thousand products were entered into the awards; 199 won a Gold Award, 252 were awarded a Silver Award and 203 were given a Bronze Award. The Gold Award winning products then went forward to compete in the 25 Best in Class where Pork Heaven from Devon’s Butcher’s Classic Pork Sausages took the ultimate prize. Lesley Waters, chef and cookery teacher, together with wine journalist and television presenter Susy Atkins, sampled these top 26 products to find this year’s Champion Product.

Pork Heaven from Devon, run by Jeannie Morrissey and Will Knowles from Stoodleigh near Tiverton, entered 10 products and won an award for every single one; the most successful competitor in 2014. They already have a history of success in the Taste of the West Awards as this is the third year they have won Best Sausage in this competition.

Another Devon winner was Sharpham Partnership Ltd who was named The Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year. This award, which recognises an entrepreneurial and successful food and drink producer, was given to Sharpham Partnership for their successful cheese and wine producing business which has been established for over twenty years. Their entry gave a great synopsis of their business demonstrating the link with the landscape and tourism, as well as the local artisan food sector.

Taste of the West Chief Executive John Sheaves said “The standard of entries from all the producers and hospitality and retail outlets from across the region has been exceptional and certainly much higher than in previous years. For example the number of restaurant entries which received the coveted Gold award rose from 50% to 64% when comparing 2013 entries to 2014 entries. This demonstrates a huge uplift in quality across the range. This is good news for the South West economy as a whole as our ‘offer’ in terms of food and drink is now more diverse and of a higher quality than any other region in the UK let alone Europe.”

A Devon school also triumphed in the Local Food in Schools and Colleges Award. Collaton St Mary’s Primary School were given this award for their high level of commitment to sourcing and educating pupils about healthy, locally-sourced food while Devon company Boom Kitchen won the Most Innovative Product Award with their curry making kits for home cooks.

The Hospitality and Retail Awards had a record breaking 310 entries. In the Hospitality awards Best B&B went to The Pilgrims’ Restaurant in Somerset. In Cornwall Oliver’s Eatery in Falmouth won Best Restaurant with the Falmouth Packet Inn, Penzance winning Best Dining Pub. The Aroma Coffee House & Kitchen in Lyme Regis won Best Café/Tea Room with Gloucester Services winning Local Food to Go. The new category of Casual Dining went to Wild Café at Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Cornwall.

The Retail awards included awards for Hartley Farm Shop in Wiltshire, Croscombe Village Stores in Somerset and Gribbles Butchers in Plympton. Town Mill Cheesemonger in Lyme Regis won Best Specialist Retailer for a second time and Best South West Online Retailer was won by new company Devon Hampers. Best Farmers’ Market in the South West was awarded to Wells Market which is held every Wednesday During the last few months a panel of anonymous, independent expert judges visited all the registered establishments. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were awarded on merit, based on a scoring system. The judges’ criteria included looking at the extent of local sourcing, communication of local sourcing in the establishment, quality and speed of service, quality of meal, atmosphere and ambience of the place and value for money. The judges were delighted to note that the standard of South West Restaurants has risen dramatically in the last year with 64% of Restaurants entering reaching the Gold standard!

The ceremony lunch was enjoyed by 300 movers and shakers in the food and drink industry, which included producers, top retailers, hospitality establishments, food writers, buyers and leading chefs. Those attending enjoyed a drinks reception, sponsored by Quayside Technical Services, followed by an outstanding three course lunch which showcased a fantastic selection of winning products.

The awards were presented by Glenn Cosby, baker and presenter, from the last series of the Great British Bake Off.

BrewDog pioneers living wage policy for the drinks trade

Scotland’s largest independent brewery, BrewDog has introduced a pioneering living wage policy for its UK staff, making an unprecedented commitment to the wellbeing of its employees.

Effective immediately, BrewDog has introduced a written company policy ensuring all its UK employees – currently 314– receive at least the recognised living wage calculated for their location. Rather than following legal minimum wage limits, the new policy will instead focus on what supports a suitable standard of living for staff.

The minimum wage in the UK is currently £6.31 per hour for workers aged 21 years or more, and just £5.03 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20 inclusive. The living wage is £1.34 per hour higher than this, at £7.65 per hour (£8.80 an hour in London). Over a 40-hour working week, employees earning a living wage in the UK are paid £53.60 more than those paid the national minimum wage.

With its brewing operation in Aberdeenshire, Scotland BrewDog currently operates 17 bars in the UK, including four in London. The brewery has also opened five international bars in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Florence, Stockholm and Gothenburg. The brewer has plans to launch bars in Liverpool, Brighton, Rome, Bologna, Helsinki and Berlin in the coming months.

In April, BrewDog also opened its first off-licence, BottleDog in Kings Cross, London and the brewery plans to open a series of additional locations this year. In addition, ‘Dog eat Dog’ will become BrewDog’s first craft beer restaurant in Islington, London later this year. Over the last five years, BrewDog has experienced an average annual growth of 285%, making it the fastest growing food and drinks company in the UK.**

James Watt, cofounder at BrewDog says: “BrewDog is an eclectic collective of passionate people committed to great craft beer. All of them, from our talented brewers to our awesome bar staff, are integral to our success and growth so we wanted to reward their passion and dedication by guaranteeing a fair wage for all. All of our staff will receive a wage that will afford them a good standard of living wherever they might be located.”

“We want this to be a wakeup call for employers, especially in the hospitality industry. What should be a respected profession is often still regarded as a university stop gap. No other bar division has ever looked beyond legal minimum wages or legislative parameters in committing to salary levels for staff. But we want this to provide a call to arms for the industry to pick up its feet and set new standards.”

“In addition to a fair payment structure, we pay for all our bar staff to take the Cicerone Certified Beer Server exam, and we give our most knowledgeable beer geeks the opportunity to take the Certified Cicerone exam. We want to nurture their love of craft beer so they can enjoy a long and illustrious career in the industry.”

“We have always done things differently at BrewDog, and our living wage pledge is just one part of a commitment to rewarding our amazing teams, from the brewery to bars, and from bottle shops to restaurants.”

Intrepid Fox causes a stir at festivals

Intrepid Fox ‘wine in a glass’ has enabled independent festival vendor, The Portable Pub Company, to maximise revenues from wine sales at festivals and other events.

This has happened particularly during ‘crunch moments’, such as intermissions in a performance or a half-time break, when there are sudden surges at the bar.

The Intrepid Fox pre-packaged, single serve ‘glass’ is made from shatterproof PET, and is sealed with a foil lid. Designed to be quick and easy to serve, the product allows vendors to achieve a maximum rate of sale during times of very high demand.

The Portable Pub Company typically caters at music festivals and trade events, with attendances ranging from 7,000 to 250,000 people. Commenting on the success of Intrepid Fox at these events, Paul Askew, MD of the Portable Pub Company, says: “Intrepid Fox fits in with what we do. Our events almost always have a big market for wine, and we need to be able to serve a lot of customers, in a short space of time, with good quality wine.”

“At festivals and concerts, there are short breaks in the music, during which the bar becomes very busy. Intrepid Fox is perfect for this environment; I can serve ten units in a few seconds, and the customer can easily carry the wine away, without worrying about spilling.”

Because it is manufactured from fully recyclable, shatterproof PET, Intrepid Fox is ideal for events where the use of actual glass is not permitted. The design of the Intrepid Fox ‘glass’ closely resembles a traditional wine glass, providing a more authentic, aesthetically pleasing experience for the customer, compared with drinking from a plastic tumbler.

The patented packaging process, which seals each single-serve unit with a foil top, provides the product with a shelf life of a year, meaning vendors don’t need to worry about over-stocking for a specific event.

As well as outdoor festivals, Intrepid Fox is also sold at a number of Premier League football grounds across the county, as well as at rugby stadiums, convenience retail outlets, cinemas and racecourses.

Cafeology launches bird-friendly coffee

Independent UK coffee company Cafeology has joined forces with the RSPB to launch a ‘bird friendly’ brand designed to reduce destruction of the world’s rainforests.

Research has revealed that more than 104 million hectares of the world’s remaining Intact Forest Landscapes - an area three times the size of Germany - were degraded from 2000 to 2013.

Some coffee farmers have contributed to this deforestation by cutting down shade-grown plantations to cultivate in the open, increasing yields by maturing plants more quickly in the sun at the expense of habitat and biodiversity. Most coffee available in the UK today is sun-grown with limited shade.

Now Cafeology has launched a high-quality shade-grown coffee, which takes longer to produce but has a superior flavour. The 100% premium Arabica gold standard coffee is being released to the retail and catering markets in both roast & ground and whole bean forms under the Love Coffee, Love Nature strap line.

The coffee for the out of home market will be available in 1kg bags and a range of menu boards, table displays and point of sale tools will also be available to businesses interested in using the coffee.

The coffee is certified by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), which will received a donation from every sale. It is also endorsed by the Smithsonian Institution in the United States and the Fairtrade Foundation.

The single origin coffee is sourced from Guatemalan producer group Asociación Civil Guaya'b - a cooperative of approximately 300 farmers in Huehuetenango near the Mexican border - and is grown in the shade at an altitude of 1600-1800 metres. This allows the cherries containing the beans longer to mature, making for a unique taste and an excellent quality coffee.

Guaya’b’s organic farming conditions are certified by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, which has strict requirements about tree height and diversity, foliage cover and canopy heights, helping to protect the rainforest habitats of native birds. Their Bird Friendly certification guarantees that the coffee is grown under sufficient shade to replicate as near as possible rainforest biodiversity, therefore protecting natural habitats.

Bryan Unkles, Cafeology founder and director, says: “Guatemala is renowned for producing fantastic quality coffee, and this product being shade-grown enhances that further. Protecting and developing natural habitats is vital - the UK consumes a huge amount of coffee and it’s important we think about the planet and rainforests when we choose what to buy."

The coffee will help to protect native birds like the Resplendent Quetzal, which is at risk due to habitat loss, as well as a multitude of migrant birds which spend their winters in Central and South America.

Derek Thomas, UK representative for the Smithsonian Institution, says: “Our BF ‘gold standard’ for coffee provides us and consumers with assurance that the coffee in the tin comes from growers devoted to good land stewardship. If you love nature you’ll love this coffee.”

Geoff Brown, at the RSPB, added: “It is good to have great tasting coffee which helps wildlife. Every time you make a cup you will be encouraging rainforest conservation and helping the RSPB give nature a home.”

Kate Lewis, Coffee Product Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, says: “We’re proud to have been certifying Cafeology’s coffees as Fairtrade for the last 10 years, and delighted that their new coffee will continue to deliver the benefits of Fairtrade to coffee farmers, including fair prices and a premium they can invest in product quality and community projects.”

The retail market coffee will cost £5.89 for 250g of roast and ground coffee, or roast beans, and be available to buy from and a range of shops and garden centres across the country, with a donation from every tin going to the RSPB. International buyers are able to purchase the coffee through the online store.

Sappi highlights the future of coffee and tea packaging at Coteca

Sappi Fine Paper Europe and Innovia Films will be jointly exhibiting at Coteca 2014, located on stand 107 in Hall A4.

It is the global expo for the coffee, tea and cocoa industry and takes place from the 24-26 September at the Hamburg Messe in Germany. During the event, the companies will be showcasing renewable and compostable films and other innovative developments that represent the future of coffee, tea and cocoa packaging.

“We are especially pleased to be bringing Sappi Algro Nature papers laminated with Innovia Films’ NatureFlex™ to this audience,” says Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager Speciality Papers of Sappi Fine Paper Europe.

“This unique laminated solution, developed collaboratively by Sappi and Innovia, is home compostable and designed for environmentally friendly packaging applications. At Sappi, the environment is everything, and Algro Nature with NatureFlex laminate is a great example of our dedication to sustainability making its way into the marketplace.”

Neil Banerjee, Market Manager for Innovia Films, adds, “Over the past few years, Sappi and Innovia have collaborated on a number of projects to leverage each other’s expertise in order to deliver a complete solution. Coteca presents a great opportunity to showcase some of the work we have completed together and raise awareness in the marketplace. We look forward to talking with attendees about this highly effective and environmentally sustainable alternative for coffee and tea packaging.”

Kerstin Dietze states that converters who have tested this laminated home-compostable solution have been enthusiastic, finding that it functions well and is easy to print on with compostable inks as well as easy to heat-seal and form into pouches, bags and flow wrap packs. “The ability to be composted in a home compost bin is the icing on the cake, so to speak,” she adds.

In addition to Algro Nature with NatureFlex laminate, Sappi Fine Paper Europe will be showcasing a broad array of packaging grades, both papers and SBB boards, that are uniquely suited to coffee and tea packaging, including:

• Algro Vitess for flexible packaging, coated on one side and offering high whiteness, brightness and dimensional stability. Designed for both flexographic and gravure printing, it is available in weights of 50 g/m² to 120 g/m².

• Algro Finess, a universal one-side-coated glossy paper for high-quality packaging applications including cold sealed tea envelopes and coffee wrappers that demand high whiteness, available from 40 to 140 gsm.

• Algro Nature, A one side coated glossy Kraft paper without mineral oil-based binders. The home compostable grade is designed for environmentally friendly packaging applications (e.g. pouches, sachets and sticks) available from 40 to 80 g/m².

• Algro Teepack, a one-side-coated paper with excellent printability and crimping properties designed for tea crimped envelopes, available in 70 and 80 gsm.

• Leine Teepack, an MGBK uncoated paper with excellent crimping properties designed for tea crimped envelopes, available in 62 and 70 gsm.

• Leine Nature, an uncoated MGBK paper. This home compostable grade is designed for environmentally friendly packaging applications and is available in weights from 25 to 60 gsm.

• Algro Guard M, an innovative MGBK paper with a coating on the top side for gravure printability with an integrated mineral oil barrier on the reverse side to protect food contained in sachets and pouches. Jointly developed with BASF, Algro Guard M is available in weights from 90 to 140 gsm.

• Leine Guard M, an MGBK paper with an integrated mineral oil barrier (MOB) on the reverse side to protect food, also developed jointly with BASF. Designed for various food packaging applications, including wrappers and inner bags, it is available in weights from 80 to 120 gsm.

• Algro Design, a one-side-double-coated SBB board for premium packaging such as tea and coffee cartons and tags that demand high whiteness and brilliant colour reproduction, available from 160 to 400 gsm.

Innovia Films will also be displaying a host of innovative and complete solutions for tea and coffee packs that are designed to replace traditional laminate packaging with more sustainable materials.

Banerjee says, “Our NatureFlex films are increasingly being used in bio-laminate packaging constructions to provide necessary barriers. In addition to its environmental benefits, NatureFlex films also offer a host of advantages for packing and converting such as inherent dead fold and anti-static properties; high gloss and resistance to grease and oil; good barrier to gases, aromas and mineral oils; a wide heat-seal range; and easy opening. If the ethos of the brand is sustainability, NatureFlex and Algro Nature are an obvious choice.”

Innovia Films range of products on display at the show include:

Bean and roast coffee pack solutions:

• Paper/19 NK/50 PE – coffee pack with non-compostable valve

• Goglio SpA – coffee bio laminate with NatureFlex™ (complete pack with valve is industrially compostable)

• Bird & Wild NatureFlex™ bio laminate.

Bean and Roast coffee pack solutions with Matte film:

• Econic – bio laminate with a matte outer layer providing a natural appearance

Tea pack solutions:

• Carrington Organic Tea pouches using NatureFlex™ from the USA

• Variety of NatureFlex™ sachet and pouch solutions from GEPA, Le Jardin de Gaia, Arbor Tea and others.

Mother bag coffee capsules and pod solutions:

• Beanarella, Switzerland – joint solution with partners Sappi and BASF

• Rogers Family Company, USA – compostable mother bag (Ultra Flex Packaging Corp, USA

The issue of contaminant migration resulting from the use of recycled content in paper board packaging has been tackled by both Sappi and Innovia Films. Sappi’s recyclable Mineral Oil Barrier coated papers, including Algro Guard M and Leine Guard M, both of which offer a minimum 15-month mineral oil barrier functionality. The highly efficient and integrated barrier solution is offering also excellent heat sealing properties. Innovia’s NatureFlex has been tested and proven to offer up to five years mineral oil barrier protection. Also available is Propafilm RCU, a BOPP film that provides an 18-month barrier to mineral oil.

Traditional cardboard packaging materials typically contain recycled fibres for which one of the primary raw materials is newspapers. Newspaper printing inks, as well as many commercial printing inks, contain mineral oil as solvents. Because the printing ink components are not completely removed during paper and cardboard recycling, mineral oil components can remain in the fibres. If the recycled board is used for packaging of food or transport boxes of the food packages, the mineral oil residues can migrate into the foodstuff contents, even when the contents are protected by an inner bag. Printing inks used for printing packaging materials can also be a source of mineral oil contamination. Using NatureFlex, Algro Guard M and Algro Leine M or Propafilm RCU eliminates this risk to food safety and means that there is a product to meet a wide range of shelf life requirements.

“As always, we are working closely in partnership with our customers in the packaging sector to help them identify the best means of differentiating their offerings while also expending significant resources in the development of new and innovative solutions that will help them reach that goal,” concludes Kerstin Dietze.

“We are extremely excited to be bringing the results of this work to Coteca to spread the word in that the future of coffee and tea packaging is here.”

Banerjee adds: “We have advised companies around the world on the options available to them to replace existing non-renewable packaging formats with more sustainable options. Many of the samples we have on show on the stand are good examples. There is certainly a move in the tea and coffee industry towards sustainable packaging.”

Community Shop given huge award by Food and Drink Federation

Community Shop, the UK’s first network of social supermarkets delivered by Company Shop, has won the ‘Community Partner Award’ at the prestigious Food and Drink Federation Awards in London.

Sharing the award with Company Shop were Kettle Foods, who were named joint winners. The accolade recognises a company that is making a real difference within its community. In a highly competitive category, Community Shop was shortlisted alongside Central England Co-operative, General Mills, Mars Foods and Siemens.

Community Shop is a social enterprise that redistributes surplus food from the supply chain and makes it available at heavily discounted prices to those living in areas of deprivation and experiencing in-work poverty.

Its first store was launched in the South Yorkshire town of Goldthorpe in December 2013 - one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. It gained widespread national and international media coverage upon its launch, and was highlighted as a ‘Future Icon’ of sustainable, socially impactful consumer business practice by The Big Issue magazine.

Working with most of the major retailers and many top brands, including ASDA, Morrisons, The Co-operative, M&S, Tesco, Mondelēz, Nestlé, Ocado, Tetley, Young’s and Muller amongst others, industry support has been significant, and continues to grow.

But it is not just access to discounted food that marks Community Shop out as the winner of the FDF Community Partner of the Year. Members of the store also benefit from access to services provided at its ‘Community Hub’; where they can engage with professional mentors and seek support with budgeting and debt advice, skills and employment training and business incubation. The Community Hub Success Plan aims to provide a route back to financial independence, and towards mainstream retail.

Delivering maximum social, environmental and economic impact from surplus product is the driving motivation behind Community Shop. Following the success of the Goldthorpe pilot, preparations are well underway to launch a second pilot store in London, before expanding the network across the UK.

The award was collected by Mark Game, Managing Director of Company Shop, who says: “This is such a proud and humble moment for all of us. We have been bowled over by the support received for Community Shop so far. To be named the Community Partner of the Year is just incredible.

“Company Shop has always viewed surplus food as a valuable resource and our social supermarket model shows just how much of a positive social impact we are able to have - both on people’s lives and on the industry as a whole.

“We are excited about what the next twelve months have in store, and look forward to our continued expansion in the sector and across the UK.”

Carnaby celebrates London Restaurant Festival

Throughout October, Carnaby will be taking part in London Restaurant Festival – a citywide celebration of eating out.

For the first time, festival-goers can buy a ticket to the Carnaby Village Tour, giving them the chance to ‘restaurant-hop’ between six of Carnaby’s hottest dining venues, enjoying a taster dish and drink at each.

Ticket holders can eat around the globe without leaving Carnaby, as the six restaurants taking part represent six diverse global cuisines. Sample specialities from three of Carnaby’s newest restaurants: Peruvian Señor Ceviche, Pizza Pilgrims Neapolitan Pizzeria and Frigittoria and Japanese tonkotsu ramen bar Shoryu Carnaby; as well as renowned Carnaby favourites: modern Indian Cinnamon Soho, Hawaiian burger grill Kua ’Aina and Asian noodle bar Cha Cha Moon.

Indulge in tomato arancini stuffed with buffalo mozzarella at Pizza Pilgrims in Kingly Court and sea bream and king prawn ceviche with red onion and crispy baby squid at Senor Ceviche.

Whilst on the restaurant tour, enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere of the bustling Kingly Court, a unique hub with 19 independent cafes, restaurants and bars around a courtyard which is open air throughout the summer months and covered in winter.

Clare Harris, Head of Marketing at Shaftesbury PLC says: "We can’t wait to take part in London Restaurant Festival, which has established itself as a excellent showcase for the capital’s thriving dining scene.

"The Carnaby Village Tour is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to sample six of the diverse and exciting restaurants that we have in the area, and to take in Kingly Court – which is Carnaby’s new food and dining destination.”

London Restaurant Festival is taking place from 8 – 27 October. The Carnaby Village Tours will take place on Saturday 11, 18 and 25 October, with tickets priced at £55.

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