Iceland Has Launched New Ranges

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Iceland has launched the first ranges that are part of its initiative to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023. The new Mumbai Street Co and Hungry Heroes will save a total of 150 tons of plastic every year, while providing shoppers with great value, quality food, and environmentally friendly packaging.

The retailer has used the latest technologies to create packaging that consists of paper based trays that are recyclable through domestic waste collection or in store recycling facilities. The Managing Director, Richard Walker is the one driving this initiative and he wants to prove the potential for the entire supermarket retail sector to go plastic free.

“We’ve been working on our plastic-free pledge for the last 18 months and wanted to quickly demonstrate our commitment to it. The launch of these latest ranges in new recyclable board trays is just the start of Iceland’s journey to becoming plastics-free,” said Richard Walker. “The ranges have been carefully developed so that shoppers can now enjoy fantastic quality food at great prices, without future generations having to pay for their dinner.”

This launch also marks a partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Charity, which will receive five pence from every pack of Hungry Heroes, priced from £1.59 to £2.00, sold. This range is especially designed for children and it contains nutritionally balanced meals developed in collaboration with Channel Mum, which are versions of familiar dishes cooked at home. The vegetables are also completely visible in the dishes and have no added sugar, additives, or preservatives.

Iceland has also developed a second range – Mumbai Street Co – that contains street food dishes priced at £1.50 each or 4 for £5. There are 16 easy to cook Indian street food ‘small plates’ available that reflect the flavours found on the streets of Mumbai, such as Goan Pulled Pork and Keema Hotpot.

The plastic elimination initiative was developed in consultation with Greenpeace. Following Iceland’s pledge, 200 MPs from seven different political parties have written to the Chief Executives of the UK major supermarket chains urging them to eliminate plastic packaging from their products by 2023.

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Win a Stay at the Royal Lancaster London

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Royal Lancaster London has celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an £80 million redesign of the hotel and is now offering guests the chance to win an overnight stay for two people in a Classic guest room for just £8.50 – the cost of a room in 1967.

General Manager Sally Beck will be choosing her favourite entries and she has already decided on the first winner. Denis Day won with his 1980s video of the elegant Nine Kings banqueting suite on Facebook. He can now spend a night in the most stylish place to stay in September 1967, including English breakfast for two, for the price of only £8.50.

If you would like to enter the competition, all you need to do is share your memories of Royal Lancaster London over the past 50 years with old photographs, vintage invitations to events and gala dinners, magazine articles, or any memorabilia with the hashtag #RoyalLancasterTurns50 on Twitter or Facebook.  Those that don’t have social media can post their entry directly to the hotel’s address or via email to marketing@royallancaster.com.

The £80 million redesign included the refurbishment of all its 411 guestrooms and suites that now have a far reaching view across London and a modern design. Room categories start with the Classic Double Room, priced at £219 per night. All rooms have Handy phones, hidden international plug sockets, bathrobes, slippers, The White Company toiletries, waterfall showers and underfloor heating in the bathrooms.

“The hotel has had a rich and celebrated past, having opened as one of the most chic hotels in London in September 1967. 50 years later, Royal Lancaster London is once again one of the most stylish hotels in the capital. We are looking forward to the next 50 years,” commented General Manager Sally Beck.

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UK’s First Macallan Whisky Lounge

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The exclusive Four Degree restaurant in Vauxhall will open this February the UK’s first Macallan Whisky Lounge, which will feature a contemporary modern design completed with frosted glass for ultimate privacy.

The whiskies served at The Macallan Lounge come from a wide range of reputable whisky distilleries such as Angus Dundee, Bruichladdich, Glencadam, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Highland Park, Kinahan, Old Putney, Suntory, and Tomintoul. It will also be the home of London’s largest official collection of Macallan 40 Year Old.

Chef Kai has created a culinary concept that mixed the European and Japanese cuisines. His influences come from France, Spain, Italy and some of the dishes include Braised Pork Belly with Soy Sauce, Sake and Pak Choi to A5 Wagyu Sirloin with Ponzu Sauce, Garlic Chips and Spring Onion. The Sushi Bar will offer fresh Sushi and Sashimi, such as Omakase Sashimi, Tuna Akami and Yellow Tail. All dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients and a catch of the day will be available.

Four Degree also has a cocktail bar with a Tom Dixon light installation that is the centrepiece of the restaurant. Their cocktails are based on the concept of journeying from the past, present, and future. The signature cocktails feature Japanese inspired ingredients, such as rich plum infused sake with homemade white bitters. The expert mixologists have created created blends of Akashi whisky, momo fruit liquor and home-made chestnut honey to offer the perfect bitter-sweet combination.

“We’re excited to be working with Four Degree to create a bespoke Macallan Whisky Lounge where guests will be able to enjoy an exceptional range of Macallan whiskies, along with specially curated cocktails and tasting flights. Four Degree’s superb cuisine and artistic ambience will make it an ideal destination for those wanting to savour some of the very finest whiskies in the world,” said Chris Anderson, Head of Brands at Macallan.

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