News

Channel 4 commissions new cookery game show

Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new daytime cookery game show, to be presented by chef, TV and radio broadcaster Andi Oliver. With a working title of ‘Beat The Chef’, the 20-part series of 30 minute episodes will see amateur cooks go head to head against professional chefs in fast-paced …

Read More »

£150 million forecast to be spent in London’s West End during Black Friday weekend

New West End Company predicts that retail sales in London’s West End will reach £150 million over the Black Friday weekend. New West End Company is a partnership of 600 retail, restaurant, hotel and property owners across London’s West End district, covering Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street. The partnership …

Read More »

Microplane partners with Burton McCall

US kitchenware supplier Microplane has joined forces with UK housewares distributor Burton McCall. Microplane is based in Arkansas and specialises in manufacturing graters and other culinary cutting tools. International general manager Marcin Ziomek commented: “This is a strategic partnership to heighten awareness of Microplane throughout the homewares industry. Burton McCall …

Read More »

Table event returns to Top Drawer

Table, the luxury tableware presentation for the global hospitality industry, is returning to London trade show Top Drawer in January. Show organiser Clarion Events said: ‘Building on a successful launch in 2018, Table is moving into the Home hall of Top Drawer for 2019, bringing together specialist manufacturers and designers …

Read More »

Hobbycraft predicts craft trends for 2019

Dirty Pouring, pyrography, calligraphy, candle making and wabi-sabi are set to be big trends in crafting next year, according to Hobbycraft. The specialist arts and crafts chain has revealed that Dirty Pouring – an art which involves mixing more than one paint colour in the same container before adding (or …

Read More »

Tefal announces major marketing campaign

Tefal has launched a marketing campaign to promote its ActiFry Low-Oil Fryers. The company said: ‘Variety and versatility aren’t words you typically associate with air fryers. But the Tefal ActiFry is different. Its patented 360° paddle even stirs the food for you, opening up a world of exciting cuisine options …

Read More »

Senior change of leadership for Autumn Fair and Spring Fair

Louise Young, managing director of Autumn Fair and Spring Fair, will leave her post from January 2019. Julie Driscoll will be taking over the management of Spring and Autumn Fair from Louise, when she becomes the UK regional director for ITE Group next year. Julie is currently managing director of …

Read More »

Waitrose launches a new spirit and gets set to open a new store

Total sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were down 1.5% last week (to Saturday November 17) compared with the equivalent week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said popular food and drink over the period included Christmas bakery products, along with its specialty beers range and mixers for …

Read More »

Piano sales up at John Lewis following Christmas ad campaign

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 6.8% last week (to Saturday November 17) on the same week last year. The department store group’s digital director Sienne Veit said: “It was a week of two halves. Early in the week sales continued to be impacted by the mild …

Read More »

Which? investigates Black Friday ‘deals’

An investigation by Which? has revealed that nearly nine in 10 of last year’s Black Friday ‘deals’ were cheaper or the same price at other times of the year, The independent consumer body has tracked the prices of 94 popular products, including TVs, cameras and fitness trackers, which were on …

Read More »