UK festive food and drink spend increases

Pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK increased sales by 2.5% over Christmas and New Year compared with the same period in 2018. During the six weeks up to and covering the festive period, food and drink spending increased in the UK on-trade, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. “It has been a challenging year for the eating- and drinking-out market, so these figures will be a welcome boost for operators. Christmas and New…

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UK industry body launches to oversee tipping practices

A new association has been created to monitor and accredit tipping practices in the UK after research found that just 31% of businesses share 100% of gratuities with staff. Hospitality company EP Business in Hospitality has partnered with tip distribution agent WMT Troncmaster Services to create the industry body, which will monitor practices for service charges and tipping across the hospitality industry. The body aims to create an industry-recognised accreditation scheme that provides “greater clarity”…

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