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The Famous Grouse Reveals New Look Smoky Black

The UK’s number one selling Scotch whisky, The Famous Grouse, distributed by Maxxium UK, has announced its premium expression, The Black Grouse, will undergo a full rebrand and is to be relaunched as The Famous Grouse Smoky Black.

The new name and premiumised packaging will ensure a consistent look and feel across the brand’s core portfolio which includes The Famous Grouse and The Famous Grouse Mellow Gold. It will also capitalise on the growth in premium blended whisky and help to challenge perceptions around Blended Scotch.

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black delivers the same distinctive rich and smoky flavour as The Black Grouse, achieved by introducing more peated malts into the blend. This includes a rare peated version of The Glenturret Single Malt whisky, which has been carefully handcrafted using traditional methods at Scotland’s oldest working distillery – the Glenturret Distillery in Perthshire.

The Famous Grouse Smoky Black features the brand’s new look bottle shape finished with a tinted glass to convey the smokiness of the whisky it contains. The bottle features a more premium closure with a flash of red on the cap to echo the black grouse bird’s distinctive red wattle. A new drawing of the black grouse bird with a metallic finish stands proudly at the heart of the label.

Johna Penman, Marketing Controller at Maxxium UK, said:

“We are excited to reveal the new look for The Famous Grouse Smoky Black which completes the new core range within The Famous Grouse portfolio. We have invested significantly in the development plan which is designed to enhance the brand’s premium credentials and capitalise on the consumer demand for premium packaging.”

Gordon Motion, Master Blender described the premium blend:

“The Famous Grouse Smoky Black has been blended to deliver the same flavour profile our consumers enjoyed in The Black Grouse, enhanced with the exceptional peated Glenturret Single Malt.”

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British Inventor Behind Futuristic Powdered Food Announces European Expansion

The nutritionally-complete powdered food product, Huel, is now available for those placing orders from France and Germany, as the company has announced it has expanded to cater for European demand. The product was invented and launched to the British market by entrepreneur Julian Hearn in June of this year, growing substantially to quickly find that a substantial number of enquiries were originating from countries outside of the UK.

It has been announced that a futuristic British wonder food, which delivers 100% of the government-recommended nutrition to fuel a human body without any meat, dairy or added sugar and all in powder form, has expanded to satisfy demand in European territories.

The powdered food product met with an expected amount of scepticism from the media during its launch in June. Having sold out three times in the first month of trading, however, Julian Hearn and his team realised that the demand was certainly there. As the online community grew, based on social media interactions and engagement on the Huel website’s forum, Julian found that more and more enquiries were coming from countries overseas, where people were keen to try the powdered food product.

The expansion will see Huel deliver product to satisfy orders from France and Germany, with sights set on expanding to incorporate further EU countries soon after.

Julian Hearn, Founder of Huel, commented:

“We have had great success here on our home turf and Britons have welcomed the product with open arms. As strange as it might seem at first, we live busy lives and don’t always want to skip meals or grab junk food on the go; the public have been keen to try out our solution to this. We have also had some incredible success stories, as people’s lives and bodies are transformed by their new, healthier diet.”

He continued:

“Although we don’t want to get carried away and grow too quickly, we also can’t ignore the enquiries which have been flooding in from all around Europe. We are going to take things steady, but it’s important to satisfy the demand and ensure that as many people who want to get on board with Huel as possible get the chance to. We are really looking forward to seeing how the French and German population welcome Huel and whether they are as adventurous and open-mined as the Brits have been!”

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Christopher Nolan will be Joined by Virtual Reality Maestro Chris Milk at LFF Industry Talk

Alongside Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan will be virtual reality maestro Chris Milk as well as writer, director, visual artist and vocalist Laurie Anderson and filmmaker and artist Guy Maddin for a discussion on the future of film at the London Film Festival on 9th October.

For the latest information about the BFI London Film Festival check out Top 10 Films.

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Matthew Algie to Showcase its New Products Talents at Lunch

Leading independent coffee roaster, Matthew Algie, will once again be exhibiting at Lunch! – the food-to-go industry trade show.

Matthew Algie is a well-established coffee shop authority, supplying coffee, machines, training and industry insight to thousands of operators across the UK and Ireland.

Among the coffees available to sample will be Matthew Algie’s latest hand-roasted microlots, Ruby’s Red Quartet and Crafty Little Number 3.0.

The stand will also be exhibiting products from the latest Autumn/Winter Espresso Warehouse catalogue, including a selection of new winter drinks, such as the classic Hot Chocolate Orange and super trendy Salted Caramel Latte.  New loose leaf teas from the award-winning Suki range, such as Goji Berry and Pomegranate, Cocoa Tea and Oolong Orange Blossom, will also be brewed up for visitors to sample. In addition, tasty snacks from Wooden Spoon, Cambrook Nuts, Propercorn popcorn and Broderick’s will all be available, along with a wide range of barista tools and essentials.

Meanwhile, for those looking for insider tips, a team of coffee specialists from Matthew Algie will be on hand to talk about everything from coffee trends and menu development to selecting the perfect machine and getting the most from staff training.

Andrew Jack, Head of Marketing at Matthew Algie, commented:

“We are constantly looking at new ways in which we can help boost our customers’ businesses. From inspiring drinks recipes to delicious snacks to essential barista tools, our products allow businesses to create the perfect offering all year round.  Our fantastic new range of products tap into key consumer trends, designed to help operators improve margins, and we look forward to sharing these with Lunch! visitors.”

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FEAST in Frankfurt

It’s always exciting to travel the world, visit new places, experience new cultures and try different foods from other areas of the globe. As such, FEAST endeavours to try and offer a snapshot of the various experiences available and provide you with thought-provoking suggestions for your own excursions.

We’ve reviewed a number of venues across both the UK and internationally over the years, including venues and attractions both large and small, yet all offering only the highest quality of experience and quality for guests. From Gleneagles up in Scotland to Celebrity Cruises around the world and now all the way to the Breeze by Lebua at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof (pictured) in the centre of Frankfurt, Germany.


Established in 1876, the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof is located in the heart of the historic, financial district of Frankfurt and therefore offers a perfect, central location for excursions out into the city for wanderers. The Hotel itself offers a blend of both traditional and modern décor with stunning architecture and a real sense of prestige which runs throughout the entirety of the venue.

Afforded by the hotel’s location, guests can quite easily venture out both day and night to experience the historic culture of Frankfurt or try one of the numerous restaurants and bars available for patrons in the evening. That said, with the Michelin starred restaurant, Français and the Breeze by Lebua on site, the question beckons as to whether you’d either want or need to venture out at all.

September, 2015 – FEAST in Frankfurt. We sent Hayley Toth (pictured), Journalist and Rachael Jones, Photographer to Frankfurt on behalf of FEAST Magazine to provide some insight into the rich culture of Frankfurt, the various sights on offer and some suggestions on some prime locations for food, drink and entertainment in the area.

Over the course of the trip Hayley and Rachael visited a number of venues, sights and attractions in Frankfurt itself and also had the honour of reviewing the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof itself and Breeze by Lebua (also pictured) specifically.


Of course, it goes without saying that, when looking at brand names such as Lebua and Steigenberger, only the best is on offer. Both brands awed and inspired our team alongside other guests who found themselves to be quite taken in by the luxurious yet modern atmosphere of Breeze and the sheer architectural heritage and splendour of the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof.

For further information on the experience, what Frankfurt has to offer and on the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof and Breeze by Lebua, keep an eye out for issue 179 of FEAST Magazine where all the juicy details will be provided, courtesy of Hayley Toth and using stunning photography by Rachael Jones.

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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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