AHDB shot Shear Force Testing video at our NPD Unit

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The weather has been warmer but it is now getting chilly and my central heating has gone on the blink twice. Looking for meals that are thick and warming and nothing like a slow cooked stew, casserole or pot roast to warm me back up.

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We’ve been creating Halloween Pumpkins but don’t forget pumpkin soup with what’s left

So after you’ve created your scary carved pumpkin lanterns for Halloween night, what to do with the leftover flesh from the pumpkin? Halloween Pumpkin Soup!  Read more

We are a food marketing specialists and design agency and have been working in the industry for over 30 years with just about everybody you could think of.

Both trade and consumer marketing initiatives with suppliers, retailers and foodservice operators.

Trade strategy, packaging, exhibitions, research, graphic design, sales promotion and photography.

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Consumer research is something that drives many decisions within most companies but is it always right?

Is consumer research always right? We have seen during recent elections and the EU referendum that research forecasts from on line polling have become unreliable whilst results are coated in caveats the forecast outcomes have been wrong.

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The growth of discounters

The position of the “value” tier has been challenged by the success of the discounters, the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl, targeting a mid-market standard branded product at a value price, and it is unlikely that the large supermarkets can counter this challenge by offering an inferior “value” product at the discounters price?

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Manchester – It’s All Going On

Eating out of home is booming again as we all start to feel that the recession maybe behind us.

There’s something out there to fit any budget and it’s a great social experience.

Burger bars are popping up all over the place.

Manchester is really buzzing at the moment, with new concept dining interacting with social drinking and nightlife in the city.

But if it’s trendy lunches you’re after, there are some big players in town – Michael Caines, Aiden Byrne and Simon Rogan with his own personal slant on modern British and James Martin at 235

Fly into Wings for a different look at Chinese dining or Yuzu, if it’s Japanese that takes your fancy. Local gems such like Fazenda, Volta and Solita are all buzzing away in the Northern Quarter.

Hot stuff is back too with Bollywood Masala and Siam Smiles – it’s all going on.

If it’s steaks, Hawksmoor stands out and try the Albert Square Chop House for stonking good British meat and a lively street bar

It’s the regions though that’s taken my eye with the Lord Clyde in Bollington re-writing pub food. Manchester and the North is leaving London for dead.

Have I missed any gems out?

What’s going on in your town?

Shop Local – What’s going on in Retail

Well, the big multiples are once again fighting each other on price and marketing their food products, but where does that leave the farmers and what’s going on in retail?

What’s really bugging me at the moment is Spanish tomatoes!

No disrespect to Spanish toms mind, but our very own tomatoes are hitting the shops now – great texture and full of flavour.

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Your healthy eating outlook

OK, so just a few months ago, the weekly alcohol units were slashed, looking for a healthy eating outlook

We were advised, over many years of constant badgering from research scientists, academics and doctors, not to eat too much fat.

Dairy fats were bad and skimmed milk was in vogue along with low fat cheeses and yoghurts.

Don’t eat too much bread and certainly don’t eat too much white bread.

Don’t eat fried food.

Panic attacks relating to the latest research on processed meats and the link to cancer – so no more bacon, ham or salami.

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When I look over research for lamb, consumers keep telling us they are getting fed up with lamb. It’s too bony, too fatty, poorly presented on many occasions and inconsistent

You never know what you’re going to get.

Lamb sales keep falling and its value in the market keeps falling.

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