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Lufthansa’s Miles & More Global Traveller Cards land in the UK

Miles & More, Europe’s leading frequent flyer and awards programme, is launching its new loyalty initiative in the UK. In cooperation with Affiniture Cards and Cornèrcard UK, Miles & More is introducing the Global Traveller Cards, bringing together the benefits of both Diners Club and Mastercard.

Miles & More allows its members to earn award miles when flying with its partner airlines, including top European carriers, such as, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, as well as at partner hotels, car rentals and airport shops. Miles can be redeemed into airplane tickets, flight upgrades or to access numerous other benefits offered by over 300 partners worldwide.

Members subscribing to the Miles & More Global Traveller Cards get a bonus of 5,000 award miles and will earn 1.25 award miles for each pound spent anywhere in the world with the Diners Club and Mastercard card. All award miles held by account holders do not have an expiration date and can be collected and redeemed at any time.

In the first quarter of 2019, Lufthansa Group airlines welcomed over 20 million passengers. The Lufthansa Group is the world’s largest aviation group in terms of turnover as well as the market leader in Europe’s airline sector. The Group’s network carriers, with their premium brands of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, serve the home markets from their Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna hubs. Lufthansa Group airlines serve 247 destinations in 81 countries, and offer 17,554 weekly frequencies during the summer of 2019.

“The introduction of the new Miles & More Global Traveller Card in the UK is great news for our customers, who will benefit from a complete offer to fit the lifestyle and habits of frequent and avid travellers and an overall experience with the Lufthansa Group,” said Andreas Koester, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland & Iceland for Lufthansa Group.

With the launch of the Miles & More Global Traveller Cards in the UK, Miles & More is expanding its global visibility. More than 1.4 million Miles & More cards are used by members of the programme in over 25 countries worldwide, primarily in Europe, America and Asia. Cardholders earn award miles with every card purchase.

The Miles & More programme is easy to get onboard. Members earn and redeem miles when flying with Lufthansa and roughly 40 airline partners, including 28 members of the Star Alliance, and with more than 270 non-aviation partners, including hotel, car rental, and lifestyle shops.

“We are proud at Cornèrcard UK to support the launch of the Miles & More co-branded card programme in the UK to offer a card that meets the needs of today’s technology, such as, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, and provide the flexibility, convenience and extra benefits to travellers’ needs,” added Robin Brigs, CEO of Cornèrcard UK.

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Cutter & Squidge Unveils Easter Range

Cutter & Squidge, creator of the “Biskie” and purveyor of all-natural baking, has unveiled its Easter range for 2019. All products within the Cutter & Squidge Easter range are handmade using all natural ingredients and absolutely no artificial flavourings or colourings. The range will be available in both stores (Soho and The Royal Exchange) until 22nd April

The full range can also be shopped online for in-store collection or delivery at https://cutterandsquidge.com/collections/easter-cakes.

Easter Bunny Biskie: Vanilla Biskies with a strawberry buttercream and strawberry jam filling, decorated in coconut shavings with a fondant bunny face. Available in-store and online for London-wide delivery. Priced at £4.10 to take away, £4.90 to eat in, £12.90 for a box of four, and £22.90 for a box of eight.

Easter Egg Biskie: Chocolate Biskies with a passion fruit buttercream and passion fruit ganache filling, decorated with chocolate eggs and sprinkles. Available in-store and online for London-wide delivery. Priced at £4.10 to take away, £4.90 to eat in, £12.90 for a box of four, and £22.90 for a box of eight.

The Eggtastic Easter Cake: Layers of chocolate sponge sandwiched together with chocolate buttercream, chocolate custard, chocolate Biskie pieces, chocolate brownie chunks, and milk chocolate pearls. The top of the cake is decorated with chocolate eggs, chocolate chip cookie chunks and chocolate chip cookie crumb. Available in-store and online for London-wide delivery. Priced from £42.50.

Billionaire Easter Egg: A milk chocolate half Easter egg shell filled with chocolate crumb, salted caramel and dark chocolate ganache. Decorated with dark, milk and white chocolate mini eggs, and chocolate crispy pearls. Available in-store and online for nationwide delivery. Priced at £18.50.

Funfetti Easter Egg: A milk chocolate half Easter egg shell filled with digestive crumb, dulce de leche and milk chocolate ganache. Decorated with white, milk and coloured chocolate mini eggs, and chocolate crispy pearls and sprinkles. Available in-store and online for nationwide delivery. Priced at £17.50.

Vegan Easter Egg: A dark chocolate half Easter egg shell filled with honeycomb, digestive crumb and dark chocolate ganache. Decorated with dark chocolate flakes, dried raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, and mini dark chocolate eggs. Available in-store and online for nationwide delivery. Priced at £17.50

Bunny Baby Biskie Box: A luxury gift box of 9 or 18 Mini Easter Biskies in two flavours: strawberry and passionfruit. Totally cute and ideal for sharing as canapes at parties. Available in-store and online for London-wide delivery. Priced at £12.90 for a box of 9 and £19.50 for a box of 18.

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Dalloway Terrace Transports Guests to Sri Lanka

The arrival of spring and warmer weather in the capital means it’s time for Dalloway Terrace to sport a new outfit. Just in time for the sunshine the new season brings, the renowned Bloomsbury restaurant has once again been transformed, this time into a tropical paradise adorned with the unique flora of Sri Lanka. Taking inspiration from The Bloomsbury Set’s Leonard Woolf’s novel ‘The Village in the Jungle’, the idyllic space is now a wild jungle oasis in the capital, the perfect place to escape the streets of central London.

The transformation features silk foliage stems creating a luscious overgrown jungle canopy, complete with an abundance of the giant iconic leaves of the banana plant. Transporting guests to the unspoilt beauty of Sri Lanka; the wild, jungle landscape is laced with tropical ferns and palm, and lavishly adorned with bright bursts of fuchsia provided by mesmerising orchids and passion flower.

Guests will be able to relax and enjoy Dalloway Terrace’s gorgeous new floral installation with an exclusive list of botanical cocktails inspired by the flavours of Sri Lanka. Highlights of the new cocktail list include Ceylon Punch, created with Mango-Infused Ceylon Arrack, Ceylon Black Tea, Citrus Shrub, Coconut Water (£12), Jungle Old Fashioned, a fiery blend of Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum, Ginger, Falernum, Orange Bitters (£12) and Tropical Negroni a delicious twist on a classic made with Mór Pineapple Gin, Belsazar Dry, Cinnamon Tincture, Pink Grapefruit & Kumquat Shrub, Amaro Montenegro (£12).Dalloway Terrace will also fully transport guests to the tropics with their new seasonal menu, laced with Sri Lankan influences. New on the menu for spring 2019 is a Smoked Jackfruit Salad with Lime & Chilli Dressing (£16) and side dishes such as Moong Dahl Lentils (£4.75) alongside delights such as Sri Lankan Curry with Tofu, Chickpeas, Lime Pickles & Poppadom (£16).

Finally, guests will also be able to enjoy an all-new Afternoon Tea offering, with a Sri Lankan twist. Highlights of the sweets menu include Mango & Coriander Tart with Pink Peppercorn Meringue, Lychee & Coconut Cake with Lime Glaze and Pineapple & Red Chilli Terrine with Red Vein Sorrel. Dalloway Terrace have also added some Sri Lankan options to their extensive range of teas. The Afternoon Tea also includes sandwiches as well as the traditional scones served with Clotted Cream & Raspberry Jam and will be priced at £40 per person.

Dalloway Terrace are also delighted to announce their new partnership with the National Literacy Trust. The charity works with schools and families in disadvantaged areas to improve literacy skills for children and teenagers. Dalloway Terrace will be donating £2 from their Beer Battered Fish & Chips on the All Day Dining Menu, raising money towards Literacy Toolkits to be delivered to local London schools. The team at Dalloway Terrace is thrilled to be honouring The Bloomsbury Set with a charity that is working to equip young Londoners with the literacy skills that will be vital to helping them succeed in life.

Dalloway Terrace’s spring jungle is complete with a breakfast and weekend brunch offering alongside a full wine list. The terrace also offers gift cards which can be purchased online, to give the gift of paradise for a loved one to enjoy this spring.

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Taco Bell Opens Second Glasgow Restaurant

Taco Bell, a Mexican-inspired restaurant, has expanded its Scotland portfolio with the opening of its second restaurant in Glasgow on Argyle Street at 10:30am, Saturday 6th April, 2019.

Fans of Taco Bell will be able to dine in the 85 seat restaurant, or takeaway, and experience the classic menu enjoyed by many in Taco Bell restaurants around the UK.

From burritos, tacos and quesadillas, to our famous Crunchwrap SupremeTM there are plenty of delicious foods and drinks on offer – whether you’re a meat eater or a vegetarian. The restaurant is also introducing Taco Tuesday to the menu – a taco and a beer or soft drink for only £2 every Tuesday!

The new restaurant opening will be the 38th Taco Bell restaurant to open in the UK. It will be operated by The Adil Group, a franchisee to Taco Bell and key partners in bringing Taco Bell to the UK. Riding a wave of Taco-obsession the group has exciting plans to open over 10 restaurants by 2023 across the country and has already acquired future sites.

“Following the success of the first Glasgow opening in December 2017, we’re pleased to be opening another restaurant in the area. Argyle Street has a high footfall of those looking for entertainment and of course a bite to eat, providing us with the perfect spot to expand our portfolio in the area. We look forward to welcoming even more Taco Bell fans and first-timers through our doors. To kick off the celebrations in style, we’re giving away a free Taco Bell cap to the first 50 customers through our doors,” said
Lucy Dee, Brand Manager of Taco Bell UK.

Originally launched in the United States, there are currently more than 425 Taco Bell restaurants across 27 markets outside of the US.

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Bottled Water Users to Consume 640,000 Microplastics in One Year

Around 79% of plastic produced since the 1950s is now in landfills or the environment – that’s 6.5 billion pieces currently filling the shores of our beaches and the stomachs of our wildlife. And while we may worry daily about this accelerating environmental crisis, we rarely stop to think about it could affect our bodies.

Bathroom and shower specialists Showerstoyou.co.uk analysed the Plus Plastic report by Orb Media to discover which branded bottled waters contain the most possibly harmful microplastics.

Microplastics are small fragments of plastic, between 0.33 and 5mm in size. But while tiny, they can contribute to garbage patches in our oceans and potentially toxic to wildlife ingesting them.

Where do the water brands place?

Showerstoyou can reveal that the bottled water brand containing the highest number of microplastics per litre is Nestlé Pure Life – 10,390 particles were found.

The second worst, with a similarly shocking number of 5,230, is the Indian bottled water provider Bisleri. Thereafter, the brands in descending order with the highest number of particles found include: Gerolsteiner (5,160), Aqua (4,713), Epura (2,267) and Aquafina (1,295).

At the other end of the bottle brand scale, the brand whose maximum number of microplastics was the smallest per litre, is San Pellegrino with a modest count of 74.

The second ‘best’ result came from Evian, which displayed 256 microplastics per litre. Evian was followed by Dasani (335), Wahaha (731) and Minalba (863).

How many microplastics could we consume within one year as a result?

As a result of these figures, Showerstoyou was then interested to discover the extent of these figures after one year – specifically how many microplastics a person could consume in 12 months.

Following calculations, results reveal our bodies could host up to a staggering 640,024 microplastics, if we choose to drink Nestlé Pure Life. If Bisleri is the preferred choice, up to 322,168 microplastics could be swimming in our bodies. The potential consumption in one year of the remaining brands are as follows: Gerolsteiner (317,856), Aqua (290,321), Epura (139,647), Aquafina (79,772), Minalba (53,161), Wahaha (45,030), Dasani (20,636), Evian (15,770) and finally San Pellegrino (4,558).

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Enjoy the Taste of Luxury with Newby Teas’ Easter Box

With its lovely long weekend, Easter is the ideal holiday to spend with family and friends, and to celebrate the festivities this year, why not treat someone special to Newby Teas’ exclusive Easter Silken Pyramids Selection Box – a perfect alternative Easter gift.

Expertly curated to feature an assortment of premium whole-leaf green teas and tisanes, this gorgeous gift offers a break from devouring all the chocolate and instead indulge in a delicious cup of tea. Whether its a revitalising cup for breakfast, an afternoon moment of peace and serenity, or to simply catch-up with family and friends – there’s a plethora of ways to enjoy Newby’s selection box througout the Easter weekend.

With its egg-themed Art Deco design and striking duck egg blue colour, Newby’s Easter Silken Pyramids Selection Box oozes sophistication and luxury, from its exquisite gold embossed packaging down to the quality of each individual blend – a superb gift for anyone who loves the finer things in life!

Each stunning gift box is filled with twenty of Newby’s delicious floral favourites, chosen for their complementary mix of fresh, sweet and fragrant tastes. The sublime blends of Hunan Green, Jasmine Princess, Rooibos Orange and Strawberry & Mango all come individually wrapped in lustrious and colourful sachets, retaining the same quality and character as when they left the tea garden.

Selecting only the best leaves, award-winning Newby’s teas and tisanes are the world’s finest, making the Easter Silken Pyramids Selection Box a truly unique gift unlike any other.

Newby’s Easter Silken Pyramids Selection Box is priced at £22 and exclusively available to buy via the Newby Teas website: https://www.newbyteas.co.uk/tea-gifts/gift-sets/silken-pyramids-limited-edition-easter-selection

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Easter ‘Scotch’ Eggs at The Bar at 108 Marylebone Lane

With the Easter Weekend fast approaching, The Bar at 108 Marylebone Lane is delighted to unveil an Easter ‘Scotch’ Eggs menu. The local Marylebone favourite will be offering an egg-cellent alternative to chocolate Easter Eggs on the small plates menu at 108 Bar this year; serving a quartet of Scotch Eggs exclusively from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April.

Menu

Truffle Mac ‘n’ Cheese Scotch Egg

108 Gin Cured Salmon Scotch Egg with Rye Crumb – using 108 Marylebone Lane’s very own Gin, distilled in-house

Spiced Chick Pea & Black Lentil Scotch Egg with Curry Mayo

Classic Scotch Egg

All the Easter Eggs made with Clarence Court Eggs and will be available for £5 each or £12 for 3.

(£1 from the sale of each Easter Scotch Egg sold over the weekend will be donated to the Marylebone Consortium; The Marylebone hotel’s initiative to fund worthwhile causes in the local area, through support for charities, organisations, schools, churches and residents associations)

Set in the heart of Marylebone, The 108 Bar is a sophisticated space, offering the finest cocktails alongside a delicious small plate menu from Executive Chef Russell Ford. Located alongside 108 Brasserie on the secluded Marylebone Lane, The 108 Bar is perfectly situated to offer an escape from the city for an idyllic drinking and dining experience. 

The 108 Bar is also delighted to be creating its own bespoke 108 Gin, distilled in-house. The special gin still, affectionately known as “Isabella”, on display at the bar, allows guests the exclusive opportunity to observe the distillation process from botanicals to beverage. 108 Gin, made to perfectly compliment Mediterranean Tonic and a slice of orange, is also available in a selection of bespoke cocktails. 

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Yumello Nut Butters in Ocado

Yumello (www.yumello.com), the Bristol-based startup brand is devoted to bringing the vibrant flavours of the Atlas Mountains to the kitchens of Britain. January 2019 saw the small team launch a range of four nut butters packed with the lively ingredients and colours of North Africa. Shoppers will now be able to find Smooth Salted Date Almond Butter and Salted Date Crunchy Peanut Butter, as well as Wild Atlas Almond Butter and Wild Atlas Peanut Butter made with Moroccan Argan Oil (RRP £2.85-£4.95 per 170g jar); launched to Ocado in March 2019, they are also available to cafés, delis and newsagents from wholesalers Tree of Life and Diverse Fine Foods.

Founders Esther and Omar Elhajji met whilst in Omar’s home of the Atlas Mountains, Esther travelled to Morocco from Barcelona to volunteer with a business harnessing the powers of Argan Oil for both its cosmetic and nutritional qualities. Big food lovers, the couple were inspired to bring their love of Berber flavours, spices and quirks to the UK. It’s these fierce, disorderly and bold flavours that come together, creating food that sings and celebrates the Berber people’s adventurous soul. 

With their range of four expertly crafted nut butters, there’s something to suit every taste. Salted Date Almond Butter is seductively rich and smooth with a luscious caramel flavour. The Salted Date Peanut Butter packs a punch of sweet and salty scrumptiousness and a whole lot of crunch. Wild Atlas Peanut Butter blends moreish roasted peanuts with exotic cold-pressed argan oil and a sprinkling of sea salt (bliss!). Wild Atlas Almond Butter is silky and indulgent with a velvety blend of almonds and cold-pressed argan oil.

Unlike many nut butter producers who use palm oil, Yumello’s use of argan oil is central to the brand’s ethos, it tastes great, evokes a spirit of travel, celebrates the farmers and land its grown on and, as a bonus, it has many great health benefits.  Argan oil celebrates the Berber people’s inventiveness – a natural product sourced from the kernels of the Argania spinosa tree (a species native to Morocco) it is rich in essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and-6 which arerenowned for their positive impact on inflammation andheart health and Vitamin E, which is required for healthy skin, hair and eyes as well as having powerful antioxidant properties. What also appeals to Esther and Omar is that the production of argan oil is socially responsible, benefitting the Berber women of Morocco and their families.

Suitable for young and old, as well as those on a vegan diet, Yumello nut butters are wonderfully versatile; drizzle smooth Almond Butter over cous cous, roast veg and crepes, roll Salted Date Almond Butter into your energy balls, slather smooth Peanut Butter onto celery or an apple before heading to the gym or pack your kids off to school with crunchy Salted Date Peanut Butter sandwiches. Or, as Yumello’s social media followers are fond of doing, just spoon your nut butters straight from the jar.

Key to the Yumello journey is that Esther and Omar want to bring new and disruptive provenance and vivid style to the world of nut butters. Not afraid of celebrating indulgence, Yumello bring punchy colours and flavours, inspired by North African cuisine, to a competitive supermarket aisle, delivering a spirit of adventure with every spoonful. 

Yumello can be found in Harvey Nichols, Revital, Eat 17, Not on the High Street, The Grocery, Panzer’s Deli and in cafés and delis around the country and the rest of Europe, but watch this space, it’s just the beginning, so grab a spoon and tuck in!

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Fulfil Nutrition Appoints New Managing Director

The UK’s fastest-growing protein bar, Fulfil has announced the appointment of Dave Pogson as the company’s managing director for Great Britain.

Following the brand’s success in Ireland, where it has a 74% share of the Protein bar category and a 56% share of the Healthy Bar category, Dave has been appointed to lead Fulfil’s strategic growth in GB.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the food and drink industry, Dave has worked for some of the world’s leading brands including Cadbury plc, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mondelez and Carlsberg UK.

He said: “Fulfil is the innovation that the impulse bar category has been waiting for, and the first bar to offer consumers a healthier choice but with no compromise on taste.”

Brian O’Sullivan, CEO of Fulfil Nutrition, said: “Year on year, Fulfil has grown by 75% in the UK, so it is fantastic to be working with somebody of Dave’s calibre to now lead our ambitious UK growth plans in tandem with our distribution partner, Red Star Brands.”

Fulfil is currently listed in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons, WHSmith Travel, Boots, Amazon, Spar and BP amongst other leading retailers.

“The UK offers an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to working alongside Red Star to accelerate brand and category growth and support our ambition to bring real innovation to UK consumers.” said Dave.

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720 Million Eggs Wasted Every Year

720 million eggs are thrown away every year in the UK, three times more than in 2008, costing consumers £139 million, primarily because they are relying on best before dates to decide if eggs are fresh enough to eat. To prevent perfectly edible eggs ending up in the bin, food waste app Too Good To Go is launching the Good Egg Challenge to educate consumers on how to test whether an egg is fresh.

Almost a third of Brits (29%) throw away eggs solely because they have passed their ‘best before’ date. However, eggs are often still good to eat long after the date on the packaging has passed.

A simple test in a bowl of cold water can show whether eggs are still good to eat, but less than a quarter (23%) of Brits know how to do this. If eggs sink to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they’re very fresh. If they’re less fresh but still good to eat, they’ll stand on one end at the bottom of the bowl. If they float to the surface, they’re no longer fresh enough to eat.

Brits are keen to reduce their egg waste – more than two thirds (69%) say they would throw away fewer eggs if they knew how to test for freshness. It’s suggested that the rise of dietary trends like flexitarian and vegetarian have driven egg sales to their highest levels since the 1980s3, popularised by celebrities like Joe Wicks. That’s why Too Good To Go is launching the Good Egg Challenge to help people understand how to test if their eggs are fresh.

“If you’ve been throwing your eggs in the bin based on the dates on the box, you’ve probably been wasting perfectly good food. Food waste is a huge problem – a third of all food produced globally is wasted. Small changes from each of us can make a big difference. By taking the #GoodEggChallenge to tell a good egg from a bad one, we can all do our bit to reduce food waste and enjoy delicious eggs at the same time,” said
Jamie Crummie, Co-founder at Too Good To Go.

Too Good To Go are challenging the British public to use the water bowl test to check the freshness of their eggs to help cut down on delicious food going in the bin. Use the hashtag #GoodEggChallenge to share your pictures on social media and become part of the Waste Warrior movement!

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