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Is your lighting adequately protected?

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9th Sep 2013 - 14:00
A takeaway owner was recently fined £2000 plus £450 costs, after a customer found shards of a broken light bulb in his kebab.  Investigating officers from the London Borough of Enfield’s environmental health team discovered that a light bulb had accidentally broken whilst being changed and glass fragments had fallen into dishes in a hot display cabinet.

Cup quality from Cimbali

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4th Sep 2013 - 11:53
The assessments were conducted on self nominated premises and the critical criteria on which the analysis of small espresso coffee was based is as follows: Required liquid volume:- 25-30ml, including good crema; Acceptable extraction time:- 20-30 secs; Temperature of drink:- 65°C best, 63-67°C acceptable. Over half those assessed failed on the above criteria alone, with 47% due to under extraction whilst over extraction accounted for 7% of those who didn’t reach the desired BSA standards.

Chocolate heaven

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27th Aug 2013 - 14:44
The popularity of high quality drinking chocolate is currently booming. As consumers are becoming more aware of single-origin chocolate and its intense quality, it is creating a real opportunity for coffee shop and café owners to up the ante and provide customers with a hot chocolate experience that will keep customers returning, and provide attractive profit potential too: What are the latest trends in chocolate?

Is banning packed lunches in schools the answer?

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19th Jul 2013 - 09:34
Amy Teichman, quality and nutrition manager at Alliance in Partnership, award-winning education caterers, commented on the report. Whilst the report appears somewhat harsh, it is fair to say that some packed lunches brought into school by pupils leave much to be desired in terms of nutritional goodness – with lunch-box contents being high in processed foods with a high fat and sugar content.    

The Tolley way

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1st Jul 2013 - 14:28
Nick is the founder of the Harris + Hoole coffee shops, which he runs along with his Australian siblings Laura and Andrew. The trio secured financial backing from Tesco, in the form of a non-controlling investment, to launch the new high-quality coffee proposition in 2012. Before establishing Harris + Hoole, the Tolleys founded Taylor St Baristas, an independent coffee brand with nine branches in central London. How has your business benefited from the Tesco backing?

Tea time

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24th Apr 2013 - 11:07
What are the tea trends in the US? Tea is a growing segment and the out of home market has been growing steadily both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States it’s growing so quickly that it’s outpacing coffee consumption.  Some of the biggest growth areas are organic, premium gourmet teas that are sourced ethically and protect the farmers.

You can’t ignore the signs, says workplace equipment supplier Slingsby

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4th Apr 2013 - 11:17
The changes will see ISO 7010, which promotes the use of internationally recognised symbols on safety signs, become EN 7010 and the change means the standard could become written into both UK and EU law as opposed to simply being a recommendation.

You can’t ignore the signs, says workplace equipment supplier Slingsby

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4th Apr 2013 - 11:15
The changes will see ISO 7010, which promotes the use of internationally recognised symbols on safety signs, become EN 7010 and the change means the standard could become written into both UK and EU law as opposed to simply being a recommendation.

NACC responds to new chief inspector of Social Care being appointed

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28th Mar 2013 - 10:42
The NACC (National Association of Care Catering) welcomes the news that a new, strong, independent Chief Inspector of Social Care will be appointed to protect the elderly and other vulnerable people in care homes. The Government confirmed the move as part of its official response to the Francis report, which looked into the failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital.