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CQUIN: Final Deadline Arrives

Back in October 2015, NHS England launched CQUIN - three rounds of targets to reduce the volumes of high fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) items on offer in healthcare environments by April 2019. With the final deadline now upon us, we take a look at what food and drink providers can still do to meet the targets.

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Finger on the Pulses

The Latest Food Trends in 7 Easy Bites

Spring is coming and what better time to spruce up your grab and go offering, refresh those menus and say hello to some of this year’s hottest food trends…

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Colour Me Delicious

Why finding the right colours for a new grab and go packaging range is anything but black and white

We've launched a box-fresh new collection for 2019, the plastic-free Botanical Plus range. In this post we discuss the evolution of the range over a two year period and why finding the right colours for a new collection is never black and white. (As featured in the February issue of Sandwich and Food to Go News).

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The Art of Christmas

How to develop a new festive eco packaging range

Back in September we launched a compostable new seasonal collection – Festive Favourites - ready for Christmas. Festive Favourites was several Christmas’s in the making but by the second week in November, the cups and deli paper had sold out. Here we discusses the importance of finding the right look in the competitive Christmas market, and how we took our latest collection from concept to out of stock till 2019...

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Los Hermanos

Spanish Street Food Sensations

Keeping it in the family, Los Hermanos is the brainchild of Michelin-star chef, Danny - who oversees all things cuisine - and his brother Nathan, who manages operations outside of the kitchen. But is it challenging working with your sibling? We find out...

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Dog Days

Hot dog food trends to win best in show

The hot dog: soft bun, sizzling frankfurter and caramelised onions all smothered in sauce, it’s a simple dish but one fit for kings and truly, what could be more iconic of American food to go? But how can you update the classic hot dog to ensure market appeal and reach new audiences? Here's how to make hot dog even hotter...

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Why It’s the Last (Plastic Drinking) Straw

Eco alternatives to single-use plastic

Single-use plastic straws really do suck. These plastic drinking straws end up in the world’s oceans causing havoc to marine wildlife, the biodiversity of our seas and human health through the food chain. To show the scale of the problem, it is estimated that 8.5 billion straws are thrown away in the UK each year. In April, to combat the effects of throwaway plastics on our rivers and oceans, the UK Government announced a consultation on the ban of single-use plastic drinking straws.

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The Feel Good Bakery

One small sandwich for man, one giant sandwich for mankind

The Feel Good Bakery is aptly named. Trading since June 2014, the social enterprise sells its range of fresh made sandwiches from a number of key sites across South London, but it’s ‘feel good’ philosophy is being felt much further afield...

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A Brief History of Baguettes

Oui Brits can't get enough of the French baguette sandwich with global appeal.

Baguettes account for around a quarter of all sandwiches sold within the UK, in this post we take a look at how one of our favourite loaves came to be...

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Latte Levy Fails to adddress underlying issues with disposable cups and waste.

Planglow urges Government to lift proposed consumer charge from single-use coffee cups and invest in UKs waste management infrastructure

Since its launch in 2016, Planglow has watched the single-use coffee cup debate unfold with great interest and we welcome the government’s latest report which highlights some of the challenges posed by non-recyclable products, not least to our business. However we feel that the current proposal is short-sighted as it fails to address sustainable long term solutions.

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