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Should you attend your next training course?


How often have you gone on a training course and not changed a thing in your working life? Darren A. Smith of Making Business Matter, trainers to the UK grocery industry, advises us to think before we book… The Association for Talent Development reported in its 2014 State of the Industry Report, that ‘…the number of learning hours used per employee…is 31.5 ...

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UK Quality Food Awards Blogger of the Year Michelle Minnaar on the importance of professional food photography

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Michelle Minnaar of Greedygourmet.com knows the value of professional food photography as her award-winning blog is crammed full of her gorgeous photos; here she argues that all food businesses – big and small – should invest in professional food photography… We’ve all heard the saying that we eat with their eyes. It couldn’t be more true, especially when it comes ...

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Food Innovation – Building a Creative Culture

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We all want a creative and innovative working culture and it is especially vital in food innovation, but how do we create that? Karen Green, food mentor and consultant for food and drink businesses, gives us her view on what can be done… Most food businesses are governed by the necessary structure and rules to ensure consistent quality and maximum health ...

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Opinion: How Super is a Superfood?


We all know about the EU regulation that banned companies from describing foods as ‘superfoods’ unless they could scientifically prove it, but one of our lead judges, Simon Wright, also questions why we single out some foods as being ‘super’ in the first place… My background is in wholefoods. My first jobs were working for Unilever, Nestle and United Biscuits. That ...

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Hairy Bikers Support Red Nose Day 2017


HomeSense has partnered with renowned fashion and portrait photographer Rankin to create exclusive aprons for Red Nose Day 2017 and help people living incredibly tough lives across Africa and here in the UK. The campaign is being fronted by the Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers. The apron is part of a Red Nose Day 2017 range of products ...

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M&S launch Mac ‘n’ Cheese & Bacon Pie inspired by Scotland trip

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Some products have to be seen to be believed and this one has us salivating in the office. Gooey, moreish mac ‘n’ cheese inside a pie – yes, you read right, a pie! Topped with a smoked bacon crumble, we’re going to go ahead and say that this might well be a stroke of genius in pie innovation. The tasty-looking ...

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Cocktails for Valentine’s Day


  Use the weekend to get up to speed with your mixology skills and you’ll be in your lover’s good books. From Irish cream liqueur coffee to a saucily-named pink gin champagne cocktail, there’s a tasty concoction to suit every taste… Feeney’s Irish Coffee 100 ml Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur 1 cup freshly brewed coffee 1 tsp whipped cream Chocolate, ...

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Cocktails: The Dubliner Skinny Whiskey Sour

Dubliner Whiskey Sour Cocktail (1)

So Dry January is over, but you’re not willing to completely forgo your health goals. Try this low calorie (160) take on a cocktail classic.   50ml Dubliner Irish Whiskey 20ml fresh lemon juice (juice of half a lemon) 10ml agave nectar Ice cubes Add ice to the cocktail shaker. Pour in The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, agave ...

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Recipe: Roots Collective Thai Coconut Bowl

Roots Collective - Thai Coconut Bowl

If you’re struggling with winter sniffles, you may well be craving the heat of chilli and the fresh sunshine-infused tastes of the East. This tasty Thai-inspired broth will warm you right up. Serves 2 Ingredients 1 bottle (230g) Roots Collective Asian Sling 2 small raw chicken breast fillets or 200g tofu (diced into 15ml pieces) 400ml can light coconut milk ...

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The Caveman Of Coffee


JOHN GRAHAM is the Managing Director of ADCREATIVE LONDON, a Design company specialising in food branding and food packaging. He lives in Chiswick with his wife KATHLEEN BIRCH and a small black cat called Bets. He is also in love with Coke Zero and Caffeine. The Sunday morning hunter gatherer… I cannot be the only one on a Sunday morning ...

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