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Essentially Catering Magazine - October 2018

        Industry News

        Food for thought

        With food safety practices increasingly under the
        limelight, Bureau Veritas is urging businesses to act now
        in order to comply with the new BRC Food Standard Issue
        8, a revised auditing framework set to redefine product
        safety in the food sector.
          Published in August 2018, the BRC Food Issue 8 has
        been introduced in order to create a standardised approach
        to food safety for food supply chains across the world. As
        such, it features a number of significant changes in relation
        to providing greater clarity on food practices, expanding the
        requirements of environmental monitoring and stepping up
        monitoring of high-risk production zones - all designed to
        ensure global applicability and bench-marking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
          After a transition phase of six months, the standard will replace the current Issue 7, with assessments against the new
        version of the standard set to commence from 1 February 2019.
          Joy Franks, Food Market Director - Europe Operating Group for Bureau Veritas, said: “As an industry, we have a huge job to
        do in placing greater emphasis on improving food safety culture; which the BRC Food Issue 8 will hopefully address with its
        clear focus on simplifying and creating a robust framework for assessing and tackling emerging issues raised by stakeholders
        and suppliers alike.”
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          All hail the breakfast revolution

          Socialising over breakfast for business and pleasure is a growing phenomenon, as 65% of Britons are socially
          dining out for breakfast at least twice a month and spending on average £14.75 - collectively equating to a £13
          billion spend - according to a new breakfast report from Travelodge.
                                                              Three quarters (75%) of adults report that socialising over
                                                            breakfast suits their modern lifestyle as it is more affordable
                                                            than dining out for lunch or dinner. It is also an inexpensive
                                                            way to celebrate special occasions with family and friends or
                                                            meet for a catch-up. Over half (56%) of Britons stated that
                                                            meeting up for breakfast is time effective as it takes up less
                                                            time and is easy to manage in a busy schedule.
                                                              The report also reveals that in the business world,
                                                            breakfast meetings have also soared in popularity, with 67%
                                                            of workers reporting that meeting over the first meal of the
                                                            day is more productive and cost effective than boozy lunches
                                                            and dinner.
                                                              Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, said:
                                                            “Breakfast sales across our Bar Café restaurants are growing
                                                            as we see more business meetings and social gatherings
                                                            taking place at the start of the day. Annually we serve 3
                                                            million breakfasts with our unlimited full English breakfast
                                                            being top choice.”
                                                              Travelodge operates 550 UK hotels, including 180
                                                            Travelodge hotels with on-site restaurants, called Bar Cafés.

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