Food & Drink

New study will show impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains 

The impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains will be tracked as part of a new study which will show how the current crisis has affected the journey from farm to plate.

Experts will investigate the disruption caused by the pandemic for producers, manufacturers, distributers and retailers. Their work will help those in the food supply chain as they restructure rapidly, as well as inform government policymaking.

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Launch of the South West Food Hub CIC

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:05pm

The South West Food Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) is being launched this month to lead a collaborative food community to support the region’s food network to buy local and establish sustainable, shorter supply chains across the South West’s food sector, focusing primarily on public procurement. 

The initiative is supported by local organisations including the Heart of the South West LEP, the University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, POM Support and the National Farmers' Union (NFU). 

Tips on Grilling Meat: Awesome BBQ

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 05/19/2020 - 7:03am

One of the best ways to bring your friends and family together is by hosting a barbeque. The sense of community you can achieve by sitting down and sharing a meal is unmatched. But to do this, you want to make sure that you can present the best possible food for your friends and family. Let’s look at some simple tips that you can use to cook the best possible meat.

Cannabis seeds: the new protein foods

Authored by David Humphrey
Posted: Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:23am

Among our neighbours to the south, the popularity of hemp and its by-products is skyrocketing. Market research has shown that over the past two years, sales of hemp-based food have increased by almost 60%!

This enthusiasm is not yet fully manifested on this side of the border, but it will most likely be soon.

Thanks to some of the best companies and websites, we can now buy cannabis seeds on Sensoryseeds. So, let's get ready to receive this wave and take a look at the subject.

Michael Caines MBE

Chef Michael Caines on life in lockdown

Authored by Marc Astley
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:29am

"The soul feels like it’s been ripped out of me. The fact that you can’t entertain the guests and cook and do the things you love can be quite difficult but that said we are now thinking out of that survival mode.."

Celebrity chef Michael Caines MBE is in reflective mood.

Just ten days short of his luxury country hotel and restaurant’s third anniversary, he was forced to shut the doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

And, although he has faced many challenges during his life, this could prove to be the biggest hurdle yet.

Sharpham Cheese Celebrating the British Cheese Weekender

Authored by HarryWild
Posted: Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:09pm

The British Cheese Weekender is set to be the first utterly unique cheese festival, coming to our screens, tablets and newspapers over the early May bank holiday – 8th – 10th May 2020.

Featuring masterclasses, virtual farm tours and tastings from the experts, cheese lovers are coming together to celebrate the best from our British Isles.

Exeter can now order M&S Food on Deliveroo

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2020 - 11:14pm

Deliveroo and M&S have today announced that customers can now order an expanded M&S Food range on the Deliveroo app, via the Exeter store.

This announcement follows the launch of more than 100 M&S BP Franchise stores in March.

Food Drink Devon's new campaign Devon Speaks Up  

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/04/2020 - 8:54am

Doom and gloom might be everywhere at present, but there are green shoots beginning to sprout across the commercial South West - if you know how and where to look for them. 

The organisation Food Drink Devon has launched a campaign through which its members can voice concerns and woes during the coronavirus lockdown - and the latest survey shows how many businesses are able to adapt and even develop going into the future, thanks to inventiveness and agility. 


Get the kids into tapas with this easy-to-cook menu

Authored by ChadHJ
Posted: Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:41am

The Spanish diet is one of the most nutritious in the world. With the prime ingredients consisting of olive oil, fruit, vegetables, nuts and fish, you can’t go wrong with tasty Spanish cuisine.

But how do you get your kids to love this type of food? One way to get them to eat Spanish-inspired food is by introducing tapas – perfect bite-size portions made for sharing. Thanks to these recipes, they’ll become tapas aficionados in no time.

The healthiest cookware for your restaurant kitchen

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Sun, 04/26/2020 - 10:49pm

One of the most necessary investments in the hotel and restaurant sector is to equip restaurant kitchens well: Make an intelligent purchase of the so-called chef's cookware or choose that industrial kitchenware that should be available in a business dedicated to the preparation of menus, be it a bar, a cafeteria, a restaurant.

Exeter College links up with Food4Heroes to provide meals for NHS staff 

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:57am

Exeter College has offered its state-of-the-art industrial kitchen facilities to Food4Heroes; a charity that provides free nutritious meals to frontline NHS staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The College’s @34 training kitchens will now be in use providing nutritionally balanced, free meals to NHS staff. These meals will include a vegetarian and a meat option and allergens will be listed on the dishes provided. Meals will be distributed to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in microwavable containers for NHS staff to take.