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  • The largest pavilion to date!

    15 September 2014 Speciality Bites
    What a fabulous Speciality and Fine Food Fair last week. In terms of visitor numbers (which haven’t been verified yet) it looked to me as the busiest ever
  • Supplier etiquette

    12 September 2014 Town Crier
    It’s comparatively easy to deal with wholesalers and distributors: one order and a single delivery means that a variety of goods come into store in an efficient manner
  • Burgering about

    12 September 2014 Fine Food
    The experts would have it that the now ubiquitous burger was invented in 1904 by Fletcher 'Old Dave' Davis, who hawked ground-beef sandwiches around the St Louis World’s Fair.
  • Great Taste Award Supreme Champion 2014 Announced

    10 September 2014 News
    The title was awarded to Snowflake Luxury Gelato for their Raspberry Sorbetto, by Bruce Langlands, director of food at Harrods
  • Festive Cheer

    02 September 2014 Cheese Talk
    Juliet Harbutt says Christmas is like your birthday – unavoidable
  • The pros and cons of sampling

    29 August 2014 Town Crier
    "Got any more of that Benly?" she asked, a clutch of small children in tow, all of whom had had a run at my generously-filled sampling dish of Beenleigh Blue – a great ewe's cheese from Ticklemore – and now no more than a few crumbs…
  • Elaine Lemm Talks Awards

    26 August 2014 Fine Food
    Estimated annual sales of local foods in England are in the region of £5.7 billion with around 103,000 full and part-time jobs in the sector.
  • Dealing with Stress!

    04 August 2014 Speciality Bites
    Many apologies that is has been quite a while since I last wrote. There is a clue in the title of this blog. I thought I would make myself a human experiment for your sakes, just so I could relay my experiences to you!
  • New Generation Charcuterie

    16 July 2014 Cheese Talk
    Juliet Harbutt asks, muntjac and juniper salami or dried alpaca, anyone?
  • Supporting charitable causes

    11 July 2014 Town Crier
    They come into the shop, usually on a busy Saturday, and join the cheese queue. They don’t look at the cheeses, but have an air of urgency that prompts me to pick up the pace and deal more swiftly with the customers ahead of them. When…
  • Letter from America

    01 July 2014 Speciality Bites
    I am currently at Fancy Food Show in New York, but possibly more importantly a few days out of the office to clear my head and get my head out of my laptop, and get an overview and fresh perspective
  • Nigel Barden Talks Awards

    30 June 2014 Fine Food
    Nigel Barden, Gastronome of BBC Radio 2 and Farm Shop & Deli Awards Chair of Judges talks independent retailing.
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