Fast Food

KFC restaurants throughout the country have been closed due to supply issues

GMB blames KFC for chicken shortage fiasco

By Aidan Fortune

Workers’ union GMB has slammed fast food chain KFC over its decision to switch distributor, which led to the temporary closure of shops around the country.

Food safety and authenticity may be compromised by budget cuts

Food crime raids jump 10% amid budget cut fears

By Michael Stones

A crackdown on food and drink crime by local councils has seen raids rise by 10% over the past three years, but fears remain that budget cuts compromise safety and authenticity, warns commercial law firm EMW.

Pizza could actually be good for you

‘Junk food’ can help you get your five-a-day

By Laurence Gibbons

Consumers should look to ‘junk food’ to help provide their five portions of fruit and vegetables as recommended by the National Health Service (NHS), according to health website Desirablebody.co.uk.

The rising popularity of street food is tipped to help the eating out sector reach pre-recessionary levels

Eating out sector to reach £82.5bn by 2015

By Michael Stones

The rising popularity of street food, coffee shops and new fast food concepts will drive the UK’s eating out sector to grow by 3% in value over the next 12 months to reach £82.5bn, predicts Allegra Foodservice.

Bacteria testing to increase levels of contamination understanding

Bacteria testing minimises risk

Antimicrobial specialist BioCote has launched a bacteria-testing service to help organisations minimise risk by understanding levels of bacterial contamination at their premises.

The VAT hike has resulted in supermarkets selling about 138,000 fewer rotisserie chickens each week

Hot food tax turns chicken sales cold

By Mike Stones

Sales of rotisserie chicken have fallen by 18% since the government introduced VAT on hot foods last October, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC).

Pregnant women should avoid the high levels of acrylamide sometimes found in chips, according to new research

Acrylamide may cause low birth weight: New research

By Mike Stones

New research has linked foods rich in acrylamide, such as chips, to a higher risk of low birth weight children, while levels of the chemical in chips are rising, according to a separate report the European food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority...

Scientists are working on a healthy burger from beetroot

Eat to the beet

By Sue Scott

Scientists are raising the bar of fast food to create the ultimately healthy, plant-based beetburger, says Sue Scott

Clare Cheney

Forget the pasty tax: zero rate all takeaways

By Clare Cheney

Widespread press reporting about the so-called 'Pasty tax' after the March budget erroneously gave the impression that the announcement was introducing something new. Not so!

Fast food outlets are feeding the obesity epidemic, says Abbott

Planning law 'must stem fast food tide'

By Rick Pendrous

Shadow minister for public health Diane Abbott has called for tougher local planning controls to restrict the proliferation of fast food outlets in poor inner city areas. She says the outlets are feeding the obesity epidemic afflicting the nation.

Packaging firms ignored safety warnings for 3 years

Packaging firms ignored safety warnings for 3 years

By Mike Stones

The directors of a Bolton-based, fast food packaging company have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after ignoring safety warnings for more than three years.

Peter's invests in multi-million pound depot in Sidcup

Peter's invests in multi-million pound depot in Sidcup

By Elaine Watson

Pies and pasties specialist Peter’s Food Service has opened a new multi-million pound multi-temperature distribution depot in Sidcup to serve as a hub for its growing sales and distribution operation in the south-east.

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