West Country Food & Drink Champions announced at the Taste of the West Awards ceremony 2018

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, attracting an audience of over 400 fanatic foodies. With the help of BBC television presenter Victoria Graham, a staggering 42 awards were given out to 38 South West food & drink businesses. Read more

2018 winners

Taste of the West Product Awards 2018 – Results announced!

Once again South West food and drink producers have excelled themselves, and this week Taste of the West has had the honour of awarding close to 700 products Gold, Silver and Highly Commended Awards in this year’s Awards scheme sponsored by Old Mill. Read more

Rosemary & Sea Salt Lavosh Flatbread made by Step & Stone

Diary

Bents and Cowells take the top GCA plant awards

Bents and Cowells top the first day’s awards at the 2018 GCA conference. Also prominent were Fairways of Ashbourne, Stratford and Barton Grange Garden Centres. Read more

Ruxley Rose (Destination Garden Centre category) – Bents Garden & Home

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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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

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

Appetite Me expand their service offering

Rural Food Consultants, Appetite Me, add a new bow to their arrow by offering bespoke rebrand packages to meet clients needs. Read more

An abundance of inspiration from the HTA Catering Conference

‘A Recipe for Growth’ was the theme of this year’s HTA Catering Conference, held on 5 and 6 June, in the new venue of the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The two-day event and exhibition provided a great forum for looking at opportunities and challenges for garden centre catering. Read more

Keynote Speaker for day one was Jim Cregan, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee.

Food at Webbs awarded Food Hall of the Year

Food at Webbs has been named Food Hall of the Year at this year’s prestigious Farm Shop & Deli Awards. Runners up included Ludlow Food Centre, Delifonseca Dockside, Fodder and Great Cornish Food Store. 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

Jobs

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

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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