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The Curry Room at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel Launches

The Curry Room is the new Indian restaurant opened at The Rubens at The Palace hotel, bringing a unique blend of Indian and South African flavours to the heart of Victoria’s new restaurant scene. The menu features the finest ingredients and spices and is served in a rich and warm setting, finished with traditional Indian prints and Rajasthani hand embroideries.

The menu selection includes spicy samosas and poppadoms to start with, followed by traditional KwaZulu-Natal curries, such as Prawn & Chicken Curry, with ingredients and spices including tomato cream sauce, rice wine vinegar and fenugreek. Other Indian curries are also available, including Spicy Beef Vindaloo, full of tasty slow cooked beef, white wine vinegar, onions, tomato and Goan spices or Butter Chicken, simmered in saffron butter, chilli and coriander cream. All curries are served with basmati rice and traditional Indian bread, and presented Thali-style on a silver platter.

Desserts such as Indian influenced kulfi ice cream or Baked vanilla cheesecake can be enjoyed by guests. The all-inclusive three course menu is priced at just £35.00 per person. To complement the dining experience, the wine list has been specially crafted and it offers a selection of both old and new world wines, including some from The Ruben’s sister vineyard in South Africa, Bouchard Finlayson.

“Our new Curry Room is an exciting addition, not only to the beautifully refurbished hotel but also to the local restaurant scene. Our talented Chef Kumar and our friendly Restaurant Manager Mohan Senchuri look forward to welcoming Londoners and visitors to join us for an authentic taste of India, right in the heart of vibrant Victoria,” commented Malcolm Hendry, General Manager of The Rubens at The Palace.

Chef Arun Kumar brings a wealth of experience from across India and the UK and will work alongside The Rubens’ Executive Chef Ben Kelliher, as well as Kevin Joseph, Executive Chef at The Rubens’ sister property The Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa.

The Curry Room is open for dinner from Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesday), from 17.30 until 21.00.

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Petersham Nurseries to Open Today

Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden will open today two restaurants, a bar and a courtyard. To complement them, a homewares shop, delicatessen, wine cellar and florist, will complete this unparalleled lifestyle destination in the heart of London. The restaurants will be accessible via both Floral Street and King Street and will flow onto the aptly named Floral Court, a central courtyard which will transform the urban space into a haven and garden of inspiration.

The Petersham is an elegant and refined a la carte restaurant that draws inspiration from the family home, the Petersham House in Richmond. The Petersham will focus on the finest seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours, respecting the Slow Food philosophy of Good, Clean and Fair and the traditions on which Petersham Nurseries Richmond was founded. Diners can enjoy seasonal Bellinis with tempting appetisers, handmade pasta and gnocchi, day boat fish from Cornwall, organic meat from Haye Farm and Petersham Nurseries garden salad.

La Goccia will be a vibrant, accessible, all-day restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. From breakfast through to dinner, the dishes will be prepared by chefs in front of guests adding an element of drama and theatre to the ambience. Guests should expect pizzette, fritti and dishes inspired by the garden such as spring panzanella. The pasta will be made fresh daily and will be served alongside homemade Tuscan style sausages and vegetables from the grill.

For the first time Petersham Nurseries will serve its own signature cocktails in La Goccia Bar, inspired by nature and evolving with the seasons. Petersham Cellar will supply La Goccia with a frequently changing handpicked selection of wines from Italy; the wine list at La Goccia will be small yet considered.

Unique furniture, glassware, crockery, vases and table decorations admired by guests in the new restaurants will be available to buy in The Shop within the Covent Garden destination. At the heart of Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden will be Floral Court, a place of calm that encourages positive living, and a space to reconnect with nature.

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Waitrose Will Offer Nutrition Advice

Waitrose has announced that customers will be welcomed by healthy eating specialists that will help them make healthier food choices. The new team will walk around the shop and will be available for advice on what changes need to be made to make the shopping baskets more nutritious.

Moreover, the specialists will also suggest recipes, make people aware of the existing recipe cards available in-store, and will teach them how to read food labels properly. This will be particularly helpful for those that struggle with healthy eating and are trying to lose weight or those that are busy and lack food inspiration. Those who have adopted a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can also ask for guidance on how to make sure their meals contain all the nutrients needed.

“Many shoppers have the best intentions to be healthier but busy lives get in the way”, reveals Waitrose’s nutrition manager, Moira Howie. “We know that small steps, top tips and nuggets of good advice can help them get started and stay on track. Research shows that changes do not have to be radical to have a positive effect and can have a lasting impact on health.”

Hungry shoppers might also find the nutritionists useful, as further research from Cornell University, mentioned in The Telegraph’s report, suggests that customers doing their weekly shop on an empty stomach often opt for more unhealthy options.

The first step is sending food specialists in a dozen Waitrose stores in the South-East within the next six weeks. By the end of the year, the scheme will be rolling out in a new location. Waitrose will also be further expanding its private food consultation trial, where customers can pay for a personalised healthy eating diet plan.

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Californian Wine Comes to Scotland

For the first time, the annual Golden State Tasting will be taking place in Scotland, with the aim of capitalising on the popularity of Californian wines. The tastings will take place both in London and Edinburgh and will feature around 70 wineries from the four leading importers from California: Flint Wines, Roberson Wine, The Vineyard Cellars and The Wine Treasury.

The Golden State agents hope that by bringing the tasting into Edinburgh, they will attract more US tourists to the second most visited city in the UK. Tourists from North America exceeded 3.8 million in 2017, a 14% increase on the previous year. The producers also said that Californians and New Yorkers account for 25% of Americans visiting the UK and when they come they want to drink premium Californian wines.

The London tasting will take place on Monday, the 14th of May at Avenue restaurant in St James’s, London, featuring the wineries destined for independent retailers and the on-trade. Two days later, on Wednesday the 16th of May, the Scottish tasting will take place at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. Wineries attending include Arnot Robert, Duckhorn, Lutum Wines, Mail Road Wines, Peter Michael Winery, Rudd Estate, Sandhi Wines and Silver Oak.

“Scotland’s burgeoning fine dining scene with its focus on the finest beef and seafood, and wealth of specialist independents makes it the perfect destination for top Californian wines,” said James Hocking of The Vineyard Cellars.

The tasting, which has a focus on premium, boutique, Californian wines, was originally created by Hocking and Rory Benham of The Wine Treasury, with Roberson joining in 2015 and Flint Wines in 2017.

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Beko Launches New Products

Beko, Europe’s leading home appliances brand that provides built-in features, has showcased its new product innovations and designs at EuroCucina, Milan. Its design series offer a variety of styles and ranges that satisfy the customers’ needs and help them maintain the best standards in food quality.

Beko’s latest range includes: Split&Cook, HobToHood, FlameAdjust, AutoDosing and NeoFrost Dual Cooling Technology. Split&Cook was created to save both time and space and to allow users to cook food at two different temperatures, up to 80oC apart, at the same time and without mixing their odours. The built-in HobToHood evaluates the exact extractor speed and automatically adjusts to the optimum ventilation level to make sure the user can keep cooking without any distractions or foody smells.

FlameAdjust features nine levels of power selection and a timer function, which allows consumers to adjust the flame levels in a precise and controlled manner. To finish a day of cooking, there is nothing better than loading all the dirty dishes in Beko’s dishwasher that features the AutoDosing technology, which saves the hassle of loading detergent each time.

The last product on the list is NeoFrost Dual Cooling Technology, which is built within Beko’s top range of fridge-freezers. This technology creates the ideal environment for both frozen and refrigerated food through two separate cooling systems, one with high humidity levels to maintain food fresh in the fridge and one to maintain a dry environment in the freezer.

“At Beko, we strive to make our consumers’ lives a little better, every day, and in doing this are committed to helping them make healthy choices for their families. In turn we are striving to help tackle child obesity through not only our innovative products and technologies, but also with our friends at FC Barcelona through our ‘Eat Like A Pro’ campaign,” said Zeynep Yalim Uzun, Chief Marketing Officer, Arcelik.

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Adelie Foods and Addo Food Group Become Partners

Adelie Foods has started a partnership with Wall’s, the UK’s number one savoury pastry brand, and Pork Farm’s, UK’s favourite brand of pork pies, adding their products to the trusted roster of the food-to-go supplier. Customers are now able to purchase pastries and pork pies alongside URBAN Eat sandwiches.

“Our research highlights that sausage rolls and sandwiches are on a par with one another when it comes to consumer consumption trends. 55% of people eat sausage rolls to keep them going throughout the day while 53% eat sandwiches, therefore it’s vital to ensure that retailers have both options available for their customers. The partnership with Adelie Foods now provides a convenient solution for convenience retailers looking to buy both sandwiches and pastries,” said Kim Burgess, Head of Markets at Addo Food Group.

The new offering was launched at the National Convenience Show, providing a new solution to convenience stores that can now benefit from a full service of top brands across the key breakfast, lunch and snacking sectors.

Convenience Stores are experience a 4.4% growth in the Food to Go arena, while supermarkets are experiencing a 0.3% decrease in customer demand. This partnership will assist both the stores and the customers with a wider variety of products available, including Pork Farms, Wall’s, Urban Eat sandwiches and salads, as well as the gluten free brand Too Good To Be.

Addo Food Group is the market leading producer of chilled savoury pastry products in the UK, specialising in the chilled savoury pastry market, which is currently worth £1 billion. Their ranges include a broad variety of chilled products, including pork pies, quiche, savoury pies, sausage rolls, pasties, slices and scotch eggs. The brands that are part of the Group are: Wall’s Pastries, Pork Farms Pork Pies, Too Good To Be Gluten Free, Bowyers, Millers, Farmhouse and Scrummy Eggs.

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LEGO The Incredibles Game Trailer

A trailer for the new LEGO The Incredibles was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, featuring the first look at the stunning gameplay based on Disney & Pixar’s The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.

The video showcases each of the Parr Family’s amazing powers, including Elastigirl’s flexible transformations, Mr. Incredible’s unparalleled super strength, Violet’s indestructible force-fields, Dash’s lightning speed and Jack-Jack’s unpredictable abilities. They all work together in a variety of thrilling locations, while battling a host of dangerous villains, recreating iconic moments from both movies. With Elastigirl transforming into a sturdy bridge for Mr. Incredible to climb across and Violet unleashing her powers to dismantle laser grids for Dash to race through, it’s only when this iconic team joins forces, that they become incredible!

LEGO The Incredibles takes players on an extraordinary fun-filled adventure where they’ll control their favourite Incredibles characters and team up as a family to conquer crime and family life. Reimagined in LEGO form and featuring TT Games’ signature LEGO humour, the game recreates unforgettable scenes and breath-taking action sequences from both Incredibles movies.

LEGO The Incredibles will be available starting with the 13th of July 2018 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC. The game is available to pre-order now across physical and digital retailers. Nintendo Switch™ eShop pre-order will be available from May 2018. Exclusive GAME pre-order bonus will give players early access to the Parr Family Vacation Character Pack.

The official trailer can be viewed at the following link:

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Domino’s Growth Plans Supported by HSO

The UK’s leading pizza brand, Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland, will further develop its core Microsoft Dynamics AX platform with help from HSO Customer Service Limited (HSO). Part of its ambitious growth plans, Domino’s recognised the need to take advantage of technology, so it will ensure its core systems are supported and are available every minute of the day.

“The Dynamics AX platform is critical to Domino’s success now and in the future so it is vital we have a Support partner who understands our business and can move at the same pace with us” said Barry Wiech, CIO, Domino’s. “During our extensive selection process, HSO showed us that they are a great fit and more than up for the challenge. “

Domino’s plan was to appoint a partner that had the expertise to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the service provision for Microsoft Dynamics AX to the business. HSO turned out to be the perfect partner to help create a more flexible and adaptable service that meets the needs of the business on a 24 hour, 365 days a year basis.

“We were impressed by the quality of HSO’s proactive support approach and team; their depth of expertise and willingness to challenge really fits with the Domino’s culture and will certainly help us to drive ongoing, tangible operational benefits,” said Jane Hawthorne, ERP Manager at Domino’s.

HSO will be supporting the pizza brand via its UK Customer Service operation, augmented by ‘out of hours’ support provided by HSO’s Global Managed Services (GMS), which ensures that the right support is available every hour of every day of the year.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with an innovative, forward-looking organisation like Domino’s and to play our part in helping it to achieve its vision of successful growth,” said Mike Singleton, Client Engagement Director at HSO. “Domino’s is an iconic brand and we look forward to building a sustained, long-term relationship, which will deliver mutual value long into the future.”

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Noisy Nuts Launches Craft Beer Snack Pairings

Noisy Nuts, an innovative artisan brand from Ballygowan Northern Ireland, is launching this month its new range of craft beer inspired peanut snacks, taking the craft beer trend to a new level of snacking. The range will be available nationwide across the UK, Ireland and Europe.

The craft beer segment grew 14% in 2017 and is forecast to grow by a further 5% in 2018. Noisy Nuts realised this high demand and created the peanut kit as the perfect pairing with craft beers. The flavouring help elevate the craft beer characteristics, note and flavour palates within the beers, while the open yourself sachets offer a fun tactile experience.

“I have always been passionate about creating my own brand. With 400 different craft beer breweries in the UK alone and more than 3,500 different craft beer products on sale I knew there was an opportunity to produce a complimentary interesting snack for this buoyant and increasingly growing market. Craft beer drinkers are all about taste and we’re giving them a product that will enhance their drinking experience,” said Noel Allen, founder of Noisy Nuts and former Boost Drinks N.I. Marketing Manager.

Consumers have the choice of pouring the whole package of seasoning on the peanuts, giving a strong flavour, or season as they go to fit with the beer drinking taste.

The following flavours are available: Chilli and Lime, which pairs with IPA, Chilli and Beer, which pairs with Stout, Chocolate Orange, which pairs with Orange IPA, and Pickled Onion, which pairs with Lager. All flavours come in 95g boxes and are sold for £3.00 each.

Noel Allen discovered the lack of pairing snacks for craft beer when he was doing research for two interviews, one with a craft beer distribution company and the other with a peanut brand manufacturer. He tasted the craft beer range while sampling the range of peanuts and realised the peanuts gave the beer a funny taste. After looking for pairing snacks and surprised that he couldn’t find any that pair with craft beer. He decided to launch his own.

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Tea & Coffee Expo in Mumbai

The 6th edition of World Tea Coffee Expo (WTCE), India’s only international trade fair focused on the tea, coffee and the allied sectors, will take place at a new venue called Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai and will be spread across two floors.

The event will be attended by more than 90 exhibitors from eight countries, including government pavilions, and visited by more than 4,000 people. It offers huge potential for appointing distributors, bulk orders, joint ventures, franchising, networking, sharing knowledge, meeting government officials, marketing alliances and overall branding.

Taking place from Thursday, the 29th of November, to Saturday, the 1st of December, 2018, the show has become the ideal launch pad for new products in the Indian markets, especially for SMEs, as they don’t have large budgets.

“In addition to showcasing the latest products, technologies, solutions and certifications, WTCE identifies market trends, global drivers, challenges, constraints, threats and investment opportunities of the RTD (Ready To Drink) Tea and Coffee market and creates awareness on market penetration strategies – both local and global,” said Priti M Kapadia, Director at Sentinel Exhibitions Asia P Ltd, the organisers of the event.

WTCE supports the diverse needs of this market. For new entrants, the expo becomes a single sourcing avenue for all their requirements. In India, a number of Tea / Coffee estate owners are in the process of launching their own brands for which they seek latest technology and packaging. For such players to survive and thrive, they need to adapt innovative technology, quality services and diligence of international vendors.

Present at the event would be a display of innovative and exotic products, machineries, accessories, technologies, vending machines and certifications. In addition, activities were also planned, including B2B match-making, Workshops & Championships, a High Level 2-day Conference by Industry leaders, academicians and policy makers, export/import guidance kiosks, Knowledge zone and more.

This year’s event is organised at a much bigger scape and it is expected to a success for the tea and coffee industry.

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