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Essentially Catering Magazine - February 2015 Industry News North triumphs at Hotel Awards Last month, in an industry first,’s Simply the Guest Awards were presented online live from The Savoy Hotel, London by comedian and TV star Alex Brooker, most famous for appearing on The Last Leg, The Jump and numerous panel comedy shows. The 23 awards reveal which hotels the UK public rate the highest based on genuine reviews and this year the results showed a real bias to properties in the north despite London having the highest concentration of hotels in the UK. 14 out of the 23 category winners are north of Birmingham. Among the winners, Harrogate did especially well, boasting two winners, a comparatively high number for the size of the town considering London and Manchester also achieved two category winners. Furthermore, three hotels in Wales were the best in their categories. For more details about the winners, visit Alex Brooker announced the UK’s best hotels Café Quality Food Eating-out sector to & Drink Awards see further growth Trading through the eating-out sector is likely to improve further this year, although it is still a long way off peak 2008 levels, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons. The UK’s restaurants, hotels, quick service dining outlets, cafés, contract caterers and takeaways saw sales improve around 2% during 2014 with similar growth anticipated for 2015. “It won’t be a meteoric rise this year, but sales are likely to see steady growth if consumer confidence continues to From the team behind the Quality Food & Drink improve, prompting a rise in average spend,” said Horizons’ Awards - now in its 36th year - comes the inaugural managing director Peter Backman. Café Quality Food and Drink Awards. However, consumer confidence is fragile, particularly with The awards - which will recognise the increasing current global uncertainties such as the ebola virus, the threat demand for quality own-label and branded ranges at posed by Islamic extremists, the UK’s presence in Europe affordable prices in the retail and catering channels - and the outcome of the general election in May. Such issues are open to all national, regional and independent cafés, could weigh on people’s minds and negatively affect their as well as food producers, wholesalers and food service confidence limiting any projected growth in foodservice sales. operators who serve the industry. In terms of the types of outlets likely to increase their The winners of the 41 categories will include the presence in the market, Backman earmarks limited product National Café Chain of the Year, Regional Café Chain takeaways such as juice bars, Mexican street food and of the Year, Independent Café of the Year and Contract bakeries and coffee outlets for further growth. These occupy Catering Café of the Year awards. small outlets in high traffic areas and mean that consumers Full details are available at can satisfy their need to buy food when they want, where they want. 3
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