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IMAX audiences will see New Survival Movie Everest First

Universal Pictures’ EVEREST may now be experienced by IMAX® 3D audiences one week earlier in the UK, when it releases exclusively in IMAX 3D and other select cinemas on today. The film will be released wide—including standard 2D and 3D—on Friday, 18 September, 2015.

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.  Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Find out more at Top 10 Films.

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Hilton London Bankside Introduces its ‘Magnificent Seven’

The design-inspired Hilton London Bankside, on track to open this month has revealed the line-up of its top management team, who will be responsible for the launch of the hotel. Located in London’s vibrant Bankside the hotel is built and managed by the Splendid Hospitality Group.

The ‘Magnificent Seven’ set to launch the hotel this month includes James Clarke (General Manager), Kelly Eichholtz (Director of Business Development), Paul Bates (Executive Chef), Raoul de Souza (Director of Food & Beverage), Ivan Drinkwater (Director of Finance), Kim Mouflier (Director of Rooms) and Stephen Atkinson (Head of Event Planning). “We have put together a highly talented, award winning team to launch this stunning hotel,” reveals Stuart Bailey, CEO of Splendid Hospitality. “Between them they have won a host of hospitality industry awards including three Cateys, an Acorn and numerous internal awards. They are an exceptional team that have been personally selected, to ensure the hotel can offer the very best experience to our business and leisure travelers and be the event destination of London.”

At the helm as general manager is double Catey winner James Clarke who has joined from Hilton Park Lane where he was Director of Operations. James has also gained international experience with the Waldorf Astoria in New York and last year he was awarded a scholarship by the Master Innholders to complete a General Manager Programme at Cornell University in the USA. Director of Business Development, Kelly Eichholtz joins from Crowne Plaza London – The City where she was Director of Sales and Marketing. Kelly brings with her extensive experience of national key account management working with Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) across the UK and Ireland as well as 8 years of solid central London ‘city’ experience.

Acorn winner Paul Bates was recognised for his outstanding culinary talent early in his career. Paul joins as Executive Chef from The Beaumont Hotel and InterContinental Park Lane and will leading the all-day dining menus at OXBO Bankside and The Distillery. Raoul de Souza is also a team Catey winner (Conference and Banqueting team of the year for Grosvenor House) and joins as Director of Food and Beverage. Raoul achieved recognition as the 2011 Restauranteur of the Year for the JW Marriott brand.

As Director of Finance, Ivan Drinkwater joins from Four Seasons Hotel group where he worked at director level for 8 years across two hotels in their portfolio. Kim Mouflier takes up her role as Director of Rooms joining from the InterContinental Park Lane where she was front office manager.

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Cafe Quality Food and Drink Awards

The first ever finalists from the Café Quality Food and Drink Awards have been announced today, and Simply Ice Cream is a finalist in two categories. Of the hundreds of nominations only 36 products have been shortlisted in 13 categories, so this is a huge achievement for the Ashford based company.

Their Christmas Pudding Ice Cream is a finalist in the Christmas Q category, and the multi-award winning Heavenly Honeycomb is shortlisted for the Desserts & Puddings section. Both flavours are previous Great Taste Award winners, with the Honeycomb achieving the highest accolade of 3 Gold Stars. “To be shortlisted for the Café Quality Food and Drink Awards is another boost for the team”, explains company director and founder, Sally Newall, “It has been an exceptionally busy year for the company and this award is testament to our absolute focus on quality driving our success”

Judging for the awards took place at the University of West London in August and was based on the credibility, transparency and robustness of the process originated by the Quality Food Awards; now in its 36th year. All entrants will receive feedback from the judging panel, and winners and finalists will be able to use the ‘Q’ logo on pack and in consumer advertising.

The Awards ceremony on October 14th will take place at an exclusive networking breakfast in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Out of Home magazine and B&I Catering magazine are the trade media partners for the awards, Sponsors include Sacla’, Graphic Packaging International and Da Vinci Gourmet.

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IMAX To Screen New Film “The Walk” Before Anyone Else

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IMAX cinemas in the UK will screen Robert Zemeckis’ new film The Walk a week before it enters cinemas nationwide, reports Top 10 Films.

Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said, “No one understands IMAX better than our longtime partner Bob Zemeckis – he is an artistic genius who uses all of his expertise to give audiences an edge-of-your-seat thrill that will make moviegoers feel like they are out on the tightrope themselves.”


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Soreen adds New Flavour to Halloween “Scream” Range

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Soreen, maker of The Original Malt Loaf, is launching a new flavour, Chocolate and Blood Orange, as part of its limited edition ‘Scream’ range of Lunchbox Loaves for one of the biggest seasonal events of the year for some retailers, Halloween.

Chocolate and Blood Orange, made using natural orange and blood orange flavourings with milk chocolate chips, will be available in five individually wrapped Lunchbox loaves with a Halloween-themed party idea on pack at a RRP of £1.35. The Scream range will be listed in Tesco, Asda and Morrison’s from the 21 September to 8 November.

Paul Tripp, UK Managing Director of Soreen, said: “Our limited edition Scream range enjoyed great success when in launched in 2014, so we’re confident that this new flavour addition will be devilishly successful and build on the already strong growth in Soreen Lunchbox Loaves.

“Falling on a Saturday this year, Halloween will undoubtedly result in more consumers making the most of the opportunity to celebrate.”

Soreen’s value sales have risen by 15.1% and volume sales by 9.4% over the past year and penetration has increased from 22% in 2011 to 31.9% at May 2015 as the brand has added new products to its core lines and invested in above the line advertising.

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Celebrity Chef Scoops County Pub of the Year 2016

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Emily Watkins, Chef Proprietor at The Kingham Plough near Chipping Norton is delighted to have won County Pub of the Year again in the Good Pub Guide 2016.

The editors of the Good Pub Guide have once again finished their annual sweep of the very best fine dining pubs across the United Kingdom. The award for the best county pub was shortlisted down to 50 across the UK before The Kingham Plough, a pub with rooms, came out on top for the 2016 award. Fiona Stapley, Editor of The Good Pub Guide, said the feedback from readers was excellent making The Kingham Plough a natural choice as a winner.

Fiona added: “The food that Emily Watkins cooks at the Plough in Kingham is inventive and exciting and the pub deserves to be Oxfordshire Dining Pub of the Year in our newly published Good Pub Guide. But there’s a proper bar, too, with an interesting range of drinks served by knowledgeable staff and a genuine welcome for all”.

Emily Watkins who recently appeared on BBC’s Great British Menu as a veteran judge, is thrilled to have been awarded again saying, “We are so proud to have been awarded Oxfordshire pub of the year for the second year running. It means so much to us – it proves that we the guests are enjoying what we spend so much time to creating – a real pub with delicious food. A huge thank you to both the editors and readers of the good pub guide”.

The Kingham Plough has celebrated much success already in the year of 2015 from being accredited a two SRA Rating for their sustainable kitchen to proudly watching Emily Watkins participating again in The Great British Menu to performing a live demo at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival. The Kingham Plough has also recently undergone refurbishment, expanding to six bespoke bedrooms for guests.

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“Bring Out the Branston” Limited Edition Packaging Launches this Summer

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Branston Pickle, the UK’s leading sweet pickle brand with 85.5% share*, has announced the launch of the latest limited edition ‘Bring out’ packaging that will hit shelves this month. The quintessentially British brand has introduced four new front labels to its core 360g pack size, which will read on-shelf ‘Bring Out’, ‘Branston’ – ‘Cheese’, ‘Picnic’ and ‘Sarnie’ – and will be available in stores nationwide.

After the exceptional success of the first iteration of ‘Bring Out’ in January 2014, the new limited edition labels are on shelf this month. The packaging is designed to provide inspiration to customers on the ways they can use the pickle over the summer picnic season and in the back to school lunch box.

Victoria Adams, Brand Manager of Branston Pickle, said: “The success of the ‘Bring out’ limited edition packaging was a great boost to the company’s overall 2014 revenue. We listen to our customers here at Mizkan Euro, and it is with great pleasure that we ‘Bring Out’ these labels once more as a fun and novel way to underline the core ‘Make it Special’ message of the brand. With this we hope to engage with our customers and further consumer consumption and trial of the pickle over summer.”

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Tax break will Boost UK Film Industry

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A scheme to encourage more blockbuster film productions to the UK will continue after the tax break gained EU approval. “The film tax relief is a key ingredient in the UK’s winning combination of outstanding film-making talent and crews, world-leading studios and facilities, and iconic locations,” said Amanda Nevill, chief executive of UK film body the BFI.

See top10films for more.

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