5000 London takeaways to get free app

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Preoday has has begun building free mobile apps for every one of London’s 5,000 independent takeaway restaurants.

The apps let consumers place orders directly with their favourite takeaways via their smartphones. Unlike the big portals, Preoday takes no commission on orders, meaning restaurants cut out middleman fees and keep costs down for consumers. Once their app is built, all a takeaway owner needs to do is register their bank account to receive customer payments and press the “go live” button – meaning they can ‘go mobile’ in just 60 seconds.

Averaging 20 a day, Preoday will complete all 5,000 apps by the end of 2015, but consumers can help their favourite restaurant leapfrog the queue by nominating them at www.preoday/nominate. Restaurant owners can also ask to be prioritised at the same link. Preoday will build free apps for those restaurants with the most requests first.

Andrew White, CEO of Preoday, says, “This is our gift to the people of London and the owners of the takeaways they love. We’re doing this because it is easy and inexpensive to do. The technology we’ve built automates the process, and we can complete branded apps in under 60 minutes. Those restaurants with the most loyal and passionate customers have most to gain by cutting out the middleman and taking mobile orders direct – that’s why we’re inviting consumers to tell us which of their favourite takeaways should be prioritised.”

Smartphone penetration in the UK is now at 71%1 and they are fast becoming the most popular way for Brits to order the £30bn of takeaways they consume every year2 and 73% of takeaways owners say mobile apps are imperative to their growth3.

But because most takeaways are independently owned and run, without the know-how or IT budget to build their own-brand app3, they are forced to use aggregators like JUST EAT that charge commissions of up to 13%. This hurts the takeaway’s bottom line and independent research shows they are often forced to pass on the cost to end consumers, resulting in higher prices. In a recent study, a third of takeaways bought from JUST EAT were more expensive than if the customer had bought them directly4. With the average Brit spending £1,320 on takeaways each year5 this can add up.

White continues, “It’s wrong that hardworking takeaway owners lose up to 13% of revenue each time a regular customer orders via an app provided by a portal. We’re offering a simpler, fairer model that keeps cost down for consumers and boost the restaurant’s bottom line.”

Preoday already supports hundreds of UK food-service venues with free apps and plans to extend the free app giveaway to other cities in 2015.

Hopeless cooks wasting billions a year

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New research has found that £3 billion worth of home cooked food is being wasted every year as 75% of Brits admit to ditching inedible dinners.

A third of Brits (35%) say even their own family can barely ‘tolerate’ their cooking, and one in ten (10%) hopeless cooks confess to passing a takeaway or ready meal off as their own.

The research, released today to celebrate the launch of Kenwood’s Disaster Chef campaign, also found that, rather than motivate their audience, cookery shows such as Great British Bake Off made one in ten (10%) people feel inferior and intimidated and 63% of Brits uninspired.

Fronted by self-proclaimed kitchen rookie and actress, Hermione Norris, Kenwood’s Disaster Chef campaign is taking on the challenge of transforming the nation’s cooking skills, starting with identifying the nation’s 15 worst cooks.

Hermione says,“As a kitchen novice myself, I can sympathise with those whose enthusiasm doesn’t quite match up to their skills in the kitchen. The Kenwood Disaster Chef campaign is such a great opportunity for aspiring cooks, like me, to develop their cooking skills with the help of Kenwood’s expertise.”

Mark Swift, Director of UK & Ireland Marketing at Kenwood, says, “While we are a nation that loves cookery shows, our research shows that this certainly isn’t translating into our cooking at home! With three quarters of Brits binning the fruits of their culinary labour, it’s never been more timely to launch our annual Disaster Chef campaign. Watching some of the UK’s worst cooks develop their skills week by week and become masters of their own kitchens makes us incredibly proud and we can’t wait to see the results of this year’s campaign.”

For this year’s Disaster Chef campaign, the contestants will be using the next generation Kenwood Chef – CHEF Sense. The new features, such as load sensing technology and unique fold function, are all key to ensure the machine is intuitive to use, for both professionals and novices alike.”

Kenwood Disaster Chef will be open for entries from Monday 1 September via the Kenwood Disaster Chef Facebook App – www.kenwooddisaster-chef.com.

Corrugated packaging helps discounters secure larger market share

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Supermarket discounters are the fastest growing European retail sector, thanks in part to corrugated Shelf Ready Packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.

German discount pioneers Aldi and Lidl are the two front runners across the continent, enjoying growth and increasing market share. The Schwarz Group, owner of Lidl, and the Aldi group are forecast to grow by 5% and 3.5% respectively per annum for the next five years, compared with mainstream retailers at less than 2%.

The success of the discounters is being aided by corrugated packaging’s eye-catching designs and its efficiency within the shelf replenishment process. Over 90% of the discounters’ products use SRP, compared with only about 40% of non-discounters.

At Lidl stores a whole cross-section of food and household items are attractively displayed in corrugated SRP. Lidl also uses corrugated as part of its merchandising strategy, which involves printing a flag of country of origin on boxes and cartons in the fresh produce section. SRP provides significant cost savings – with canned foods, for example, shelf-refill costs are a third lower for products displayed in SRP than those displayed individually.

Angelika Christ, FEFCO’s Secretary General, says, “Corrugated has become an integral part of the discounter retail business model, because it’s great for display and great for reducing cost. That’s why corrugated is, and will remain, the number one choice for discounters.”

Young’s throws support behind World Seafood Congress

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Seafish has confirmed Young’s Seafood will be the platinum sponsor of World Seafood Congress 2015. The event is set to attract hundreds delegates from around the world to Grimsby for a packed programme of speakers, debate, networking, training and activities from 5th to 9th September.

World Seafood Congress, supported by Food & Drink International, was officially launched at the Humber Seafood Summit. The call for papers is now open and a range of sponsorship packages are still available.

Paul Williams, Chief Executive at Seafish, says, “We are delighted to announce that Young’s have joined this exciting project as our platinum sponsor. They are a long-standing, highly respected and prominent voice of the industry here, both in terms of its long heritage and its exciting future.

“The Young’s brand, with its iconic headquarters at Ross House, is synonymous with Grimsby. This Congress will place this region in the spotlight as a centre of innovation and commercial importance in the seafood industry, so it’s absolutely right that Young’s play a central role in supporting the Congress and showcasing the town.”

Pete Ward, Deputy Chief Executive of Young’s Seafood, says, “The World Seafood Congress is an incredibly important institution, bringing together stakeholders from all over the world. We’re proud to be supporting the event, welcoming the congress to Grimsby, and playing our part in promoting innovation and sustainable best practice through the supply chain.”

World Seafood Congress brings together a global audience of seafood processors and Importers, academia, public and private organizations, fish inspectors and government. Each day will see discussions in Trading initiatives and developments in the Seafood sector. Different countries outlooks on key issues issues will be explored as we enter an era which is forever changing, bringing new opportunities and challenges in sourcing and trading seafood.

Discussions in innovation insight will be linked to training and skills requirements for the sector and where further opportunities lie. New product development in seafood and technology, as well innovation and quality management in the industry will also feature throughout the event programme.

Watch out for more information during the build-up in Food & Drink International and via www.wsc2015.com.

Goplasticboxes.com releases new super strength dolly

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Goplasticboxes.com has introduced a new colourful transport dolly to its expanding range of box accessories.

Designed to facilitate the safe and easy movement of stacked crates, our new colourful transport dollies are lightweight, hygienic and suitable for use in cold stores, clean rooms and all types of retail spaces.

Superior in strength to other versions available on the market, this new transport dolly is manufactured from virgin, fully recyclable ABS – recognised for its toughness and impact-resistance.

The dolly’s wide-set base measures 607mm x 407mm and lips around the perimeter ensure easy, secure stacking for boxes of various sizes from shallow trays to taller-sided crates. A twist and turn feature means the dolly can be turned and stacked at 90 degrees in stacks up to 25 dolly’s high when empty, taking up minimal storage space.

Weighing just over 3kg, the dolly can tolerate loads of up to 300kg – 50kg more than other dollies of a similar size – and is fully tested to ensure both reliability and operational safety.

The dolly is supported by four revolving run-silent castors which glide with ease over flat surfaces and up and down ramps.

Keeping the dolly clean is easy, as it can be washed in temperatures of up to 100 degrees Celsius – making it a desirable choice for food and pharmaceutical industries.

Red and yellow dollies are currently in stock for next day delivery and other colours and branding options are available upon request.

Grocer gets Dragon’s Den business revamp

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In April, grocer, Daniel Ox, won a month of priceless mentoring from former Dragon and YO! Sushi founder, Simon Woodroffe.

Within three months of his first mentoring session, Daniel, from Romford in Essex, had secured half a million pounds of new investment.

Ox founded his business, Fruit for the Office, in 2002, and the company marries his family’s 100-year-old costermonger business, which is now run by his stepfather Tommy Miles and mother Lesley, with his own background in digital marketing.

Using software written by Daniel himself, Fruit for the Office runs a very 21st century online delivery service, allowing offices in London and the south east to order and take delivery of his family’s fresh produce.

But Daniel felt he had come to a crossroads, with his parents looking to retire and Fruit for the Office ready to expand.

The businessman’s big moment came when he met Woodroffe for his first mentoring session, which was organised thanks to a scheme set up by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in partnership with The Times.

The former Dragon was immediately impressed by Daniel’s drive and introduced him to Hazel Hutchinson, a seasoned expert in investment and director of Aegis Corporate Strategy.

With the help of Hutchinson, Daniel was put in contact with a business man that runs an equivalent dairy business. He convinced Daniel that he was “100% in the right place”, giving him the confidence to pitch to more of Hutchinson’s network.

Since Daniel’s month of mentoring, the positive feedback that Ox has received about Fruit for the Office has helped encourage his parents to stay on for three more years in order to focus on building up the business with a view to a potential sale or partner takeover.

But Daniel has also secured his much needed investment from a surprising source: Hutchinson herself, who was so impressed with the businessman that she decided to offer him the £500,000 necessary to take his business on to the next stage, which will include hiring a dedicated sales manager to follow up all potential new leads.

Hutchinson says: “I thought Daniel was quite an exceptional individual.

“I think he has got a very good future.”

On his mentoring, Daniel says: “I always remember Simon saying to me that when he was starting out he knocked on hundreds of doors and every time he got a no he celebrated, as it just meant he was closer to a yes.

“Advice like that has really helped me through this process. I’ve picked up some amazing tips and knowing that Simon and Hazel believed in me has given me the confidence to trust my judgement.”

On the mentoring, Simon Woodroffe says: “When I first met Daniel, I thought he was good, but perhaps a bit slick. The more I know him I’ve realised how capable, clever, intelligent and bold he is.

“He’s a real hustler – a nice, decent and honest person, who’s learned from the university of life, from seeing his father build up a business.

“My role for Daniel has been introducing him to Hazel – to a world where you can build up a business to have a value that you can access when it’s a bit older.”

Nicola Burnside, Marketing Communications Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles adds: “This partnership demonstrates our ongoing commitment to working in partnership with Britain’s business owners.”

Newton House short-listed for ‘Best Yorkshire Breakfast’ award

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Newton House Knaresborough has reached the finals for the 2014 Yorkshire Post and Deliciously Yorkshire Taste Awards for the ‘Best Yorkshire Breakfast’.

The 12 bedroom, AA four gold star guest house, which caters for leisure and business visitors to the area, is owned and managed by Denise Carter and her ‘Newton House Ladies’.

“The key to breakfasts at Newton House is quality and flexibility. Quality ingredients, including bacon and sausages from free range, rare breed pigs , are sourced locally, and, as well as granola and fruit compotes baked in the AGA each morning, I make all the preserves and marmalade myself. We also offer flexible breakfast times to allow guests an early start or a lazy lie-in.” says Denise Carter.

The focus on breakfast at Newton House is especially welcomed by business guests who often comment on how much nicer they are than many standard hotel breakfasts.

Lee Naylor, a regular business guest whose company has used Newton House for many years says: “It is an outstanding start to the day. The a la carte breakfast cooked to order to your personal taste and requirements is one of the reasons why I keep coming back to Newton House”.

The Awards ceremony takes place at The Pavilions, Harrogate on 15th October – fingers crossed for Newton House!

Stefan Gates honoured at Omega suite launch party

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Suffolk-based natural flavours and ingredients specialists Omega Ingredients has unveiled a new Creative and Innovation Suite as part of its new premises. The new site, in Great Blakenham, will double the company’s operating space. To celebrate the official opening of the new premises,BBC TV presenter and food writer Stefan Gates attended a launch party, along with 80 other guests from across Suffolk and the food and beverage industries. Stefan Gates joined guests as they were given flavour demonstrations and shown some of the company’s latest products. They were also given a tour of the new facilities and a demonstration of the firm’s innovative equipment. This included a highly specialised machine that separates flavours/mixtures and identifies components. Other equipment included a spray drier, which takes a liquid flavour and turns it into a powder. Guests were also introduced to a new range of flavours from Omega Ingredients called the KiiNotes range. The KiiNotes are a range Provenance Driven Natural Flavours and Extracts with excellent top-notes as well as demonstrating the traceability of the natural ingredients and the named item having complete transparency from Field-to-Fork. Examples include Sicilian lemon, Brazilian lime, Ecuadorian Passionfruit, Scottish Raspberry and English Blackcurrant. The new range will have a distinctive logo so buyers know they are getting the best quality naturally derived flavours available. Stefan Gates, TV Presenter says: “About 4 or 5 years ago, I was making a series all about E Numbers and we were trying to make something which most people find intensely boring, mildly interesting. We worked with Steve and did lots of different things to change peoples perceptions about food. “Steve has got a real sparkle in his eye, he is incredibly creative and when he was talking me through how you build a flavour he kind of sprinkles a bit of star dust on it, he makes it exciting. I’ve met some other flavourists and they’re not trying to create new things, which is why Steve’s work is so innovative. That is why today is really exciting for me, because Steve is absolutely brilliant. Congratulations [for the launch] this is unbelievably exciting, well done!”

Cafepod partners with Warner Brothers for Friends’ 20th anniversary

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British coffee capsules brand CaféPod has partnered with Warner Brothers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic 90s TV show Friends.

CaféPod creates high quality Nespresso-compatible capsules using responsibly sourced coffee which perfectly recreates coffee shop quality coffee at home.

Since Friends first hit TV screens on 22nd September 1994, the six New Yorkers’ lives and their memorable quotes have become intertwined with their favourite haunt, Central Perk and its legendary orange sofa, which truly brought coffee culture over to the UK.

To mark Friends officially hitting the big 2-0, CaféPod are embarking on a UK tour with the iconic Central Perk sofa, so fans of the show will be able to make like their favourite characters, lean back with a steaming cup of CaféPod and snap a selfie of themselves with a piece of televisual history.

Fans can shout about their Friends experience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Friends20th. The sofa is already making waves, having made its way around Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leeds Festival and it will be heading to Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre (22nd – 29th September), Tesco Kensington (11th October) and Waitrose Canary Wharf (23rd October) in the upcoming weeks.

CaféPod’s core range is also getting the Big Apple makeover, with the New York skyline adorning all five varieties, announcing the chance to win a fantastic trip to the home city of Friends – New York. This trip of a lifetime not only includes flights from London and three night hotel stay for two, it also comprises of a guided tour of Friends’ filming locations, including the iconic apartments lived in by Rachel, Monica, Joey and Chandler. Entry to the competition is via: cafepod.com/friends until 31st January 15.

Each variety of the CaféPod core range has also been assigned to the six cast members:

• The CaféPod Ristretto Espresso, with its full-bodied intensity and spicy finish is first choice of everyone’s favourite stormy couple, Ross and Rachel.

• CaféPod Intense Espresso naturally suits Chandler to a tee, the phrase “could I be more intense?” springs to mind.

• CaféPod Smooth Espresso has Joey written all over it “How you doin’?” The epitome of Smooth!

• Full of character, CaféPod Arabica Lungo Espresso is perfectly teamed with Monica’s light and lively nature.

• Phoebe is best kept on the CaféPod Decaffeinated Espresso, a fittingly sweet and mellow coffee that packs a real punch.

Warner Brothers are also releasing a special edition Friends 20th Anniversary Box Set available for retail from 22nd September. CaféPod are part of the occasion with 400,000 DVD inserts promoting its fantastic competition and offering a special 50p off packs of any CaféPod blend from Tesco, Waitrose or Whole Foods until the 31st March 2015.

Packaging Innovations London set to inspire the capital

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Hosting the world’s most innovative packaging suppliers, Packaging Innovations London, the exclusive event for branded and inspirational packaging, co-located with Luxury Packaging 2014, returns to the Business Design Centre, London on 30th September and 1st October.

Over 160 companies have already signed up to exhibit, including first time exhibitor Airpack Systems who is set to wow the beer and wine industry with its new innovative 100% recyclable inflatable packaging. Croxons will be launching its extension to their ultra-premium range of spirit bottles at the show, and will be joined by a mix of food and beverage exhibitors including Firstan, J&J Pont Packaging, The Sherwood Press Group, Aegg and Royston Labels.

Showcasing its latest packaging creations will be international exhibitor Dapy Paris whose extensive packaging ranges have been used by many of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Moet & Chandon, Johnnie Walker, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, G.H Mumm and Verve Clicquot. If you are looking to revamp your packaging MMR Research will be demonstrating its Impackt Lite, providing companies with a limited but scientifically robust, quantitative and accurate method for assessing the likely success of new or revised packs.

Innovia Films will be exhibiting its new compostable NatureFlex 55 HK1, a hermetically sealing film providing an effective barrier against mineral oil residues. Keeping it innovative, PEFC and SFI are collaborating at the show in order to promote responsible fibre sourcing from certified forests.

For all those chocoholics, James Cropper will be displaying its award winning bio recycling solution – cocoa paper. An innovation that could save the skins of many of the 3.5 million tonnes of cocoa beans produced each year, by turning them into wrapping. Reproflex3 will be showcasing its latest product, Packlinc, an app scanning digital gateway for packaging. It allows a user to scan hidden codes within graphics and be linked directly to the desired URL.

Keeping your finger on the pulse within the fast moving and highly competitive beauty industry is imperative. First time exhibitor, Richmond Containers will be launching its premium beauty packaging collection, including premium jars, bottles and dispensers with new foaming and airless shapes. Vetroplas Packaging will be displaying its new foam dispenser allowing consumers to quickly dispense a constant, high-quality stream of foam through a flip-top cap, when squeezing the bottle upside down with just one hand.

Toly will be showcasing its Infinity, Slice, Tubairless, Divine, Airless Jar and C’est Moi ranges, while Quadpack UK will be displaying its Q-Line range including its Ellipse tottle with premium finish and the Flash Pen Coloris stick for eye and lip colour. Also joining the beauty brigade will be Quadpack UK, Charpak, Benson Group, Clarke Rubicon and Continental Bottle Company.

The Luxury Packaging Conference will debut at Luxury Packaging 2014 co-located with Packaging Innovations London, boasting senior representatives from Karl Lagerfeld, Diageo, Elizabeth Arden, Harrods, Procter & Gamble (Prestige Brands) and Hotel Chocolat. They will be exploring the vital role packaging has to play in positioning and promoting luxury and prestige brands. Packaging Innovations will also host an array of show features including inspirational learnShops seminars, The Beauty Symposium, Lions’ Lair and show favourite, The BIG Packaging Debate, where panellists debate a controversial hot topic.

For further information visit www.easyFairs.com/PI-LONDON.