The Coconut Kitchen Range now available in Dobbies Garden Centres throughout the UK

Wales’s Thai sauce and Curry paste brand, The Coconut Kitchen has announced that 8 of its restaurant quality products are now on the shelves at all 34 Dobbies Garden Centres in the UK. The products, many of them award winning, made available to Dobbies’s Customers. Read more

West Country Food & Drink Champions announced at the Taste Of The West Awards Ceremony 2017

The overall winners of this year’s Taste of the West Awards were announced today at a prestigious ceremony held in The Great Hall at Exeter University. With the help of BBC television and radio presenters Victoria Graham and David Fitzgerald, a staggering 40 awards were given out to 35 South West food & drink businesses. Read more

TOTW Award Winners 2017

Diary

Plants now take second place to catering

If August is wet plant sales prosper. If it is dry garden furniture sales do well. Last month was different. It was wet and dry in different areas and both categories flourished according to the latest GCA figures. But long term trend shows the proportional fall of traditional gardening. Read more

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Vote now to recognise Gardening’s best buyers

Believing that good buyers have not been given the recognition they deserve, Glee is asking you to nominate people or teams that might qualify as the country’s best buyers for awards being introduced at the show. Read more

Carr Farm opens 300 seat restaurant as part of major expansion

One year into a 3 year expansion project and Carr Farm Garden Centre has opened a restaurant and two new concessions. Read more

New food allergen labelling requirements coming into force

Garden centre catering operations face new food labelling regulations which come into force on December 13. Read more

Looking ahead - It's not all doom and gloom

2013 turned out to be another disappointing year in all three key sectors of the garden retail market – garden plants, garden care and garden leisure – with all three sectors showing a steady decline in the five years to 2013 covered by the Analysis. Read more

World Cheese Awards marks 30th anniversary with look ahead to next chapter in cheese

As cheesemakers, judges and dedicated followers of the word on curd anticipate the 30th anniversary edition on the World Cheese Awards on Friday 17 November, organiser, the Guild of Fine Food, has invited some of its top judges to shine a light on the people who are set to shape the next chapter in cheese. Read more

Dobbies to open at 7am for ‘Coffee to Go’

A highlight of the first day of the HTA Catering Conference was Costas Constantinou explaining to Matthew Appleby, how he would improve the Dobbies restaurants. Read more

Costas Constantinou

Workshops are the dish of the day at HTA Catering Conference

This year’s HTA Catering Conference, sponsored by Compass Group UK & Ireland, takes place at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June 2017. Read more

Trends and insights from the HTA Catering Conference

180 people attended the HTA Catering Conference to hear about eating-out trends such as Kidult and Haute Casual. Read more

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GCA names best garden centres for plants and furniture

Sunshine Garden Centre and Van Hage are the best GCA outdoor living retailers.  Cowell’s and Bents are the best for plants. Read more

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Notcutts opens phase 2 of Wheatcroft

Notcutts is to open phase 2 of Wheatcroft garden centre. The centrepiece is “The Street Kitchen” themed restaurant where each van cooks a different type of cuisine. See more… Read more

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