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Fracino flies flag for UK manufacturing on BBC Breakfast TV
Fracino, the UK’ s only manufacturer of traditional espresso machines, has reinforced the pride and expertise in British manufacturing in front of more than seven million viewers.
The multi-award winning exporter was invited by BBC Breakfast to respond to findings by the manufacturer’s organisation, the EEF, on how the UK is the world’s 9th largest industrial nation but most people think it is only ranked 56th.
A BBC crew filmed live from Fracino’s world-class manufacturing facility in Birmingham where 5,000 machines - each bearing the 'Made in Britain' marque - are produced annually and exported to over 70 countries.
Fracino managing director Adrian Maxwell said British manufacturing – which makes up 44% of total exports and directly employs 2.6 million people – plays a vital role.
He said: “As the heartbeat of British manufacturing Birmingham has been instrumental in the UK’s rich manufacturing and engineering history.
“Although the UK market has faced major challenges over the last 12-18 months, mainly due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, our manufacturing sector is booming. We’re seeing time and again how the Made in Britain marque is coveted the word over – particularly in counties like Korea and Japan.”
Photo: BBC breakfast crew at Fracino.
CGA provides new shops round-up
Pret a Manger is to open a vegetarian-only Veggie Pret store on Deansgate in Manchester. There are three Veggie Prets in London, in Soho, Shoreditch and Exmouth Market, but this will be the first outside the capital. Pret ran a social media poll to identify locations for the Veggie Pret brand, reports CGA New's Round-up (September 14).
The Potteries-based Titanic Brewery will open a second location for its café-bar concept Bod in early October—in the old first class lounge at Stoke-on-Trent railway station. The first Bod is in Stafford, and a third location in Trentham is at the planning application stage.
The Brains brewery has opened a new branch of its Coffee#1 coffeeshop brand at the Bath Riverside development in Bath.
On-the-go is fastest-growing OOH sector, says NPD
Britons are increasingly eating pre-prepared food and drink on-the-go, and this is one of the fastest-growing areas of Britain’s out-of-home (OOH) foodservice industry.
Latest figures from global information company The NPD Group show that ‘food-to-go’ consumption (off-premise but excluding delivery and drive thru’) is growing while on-premise is shrinking.
For the year ending (YE) July 2018, there were 4.4 billion on-premise visits, a drop of -3.5%, versus 5.1 billion food-to-go visits, an increase of +2%. That’s the change in just one year. Over three years (since July 2015), ‘food-to-go’ visits have increased +4.0%. For foodservice operators, there’s money to be made from ‘food to go’; the market has increased by £2.5 billion since mid-2015, three times as fast as on-premise spend.
Consuming food and beverages on the premises where we make our purchase only represents 42% of the 11.3 billion OOH annual foodservice visits in Britain. Food-to-go represents around 48%, while delivery covers an extra 6% and drive thru’ accounts for 4%. This means well over half (an off-premise total of 58%) of Britain’s foodservice industry visits involve consumers carrying food and drink away from the point of purchase or getting other people to carry food and drink to them.
World Coffee Research voices fears on leaf rust
World Coffee Research (WCR) has announced that fighting coffee leaf rust through genetic resistance won’t be enough to protect farmers from significant crop losses, writes the Global Coffee Report, September 19.
Coffee leaf rust has wreaked havoc on coffee production, particularly in Latin America, since an epidemic hit in 2012. Some farms lost 50 to 80 per cent of their production, and the epidemic forced 1.7 million people out of work.
The global coffee industry has since united to help farmers fight coffee leaf rust through the development of improved coffee varieties such as F1 hybrids, most of which are resistant to rust and other plant diseases.
However, WCR Scientific Director Dr Christophe Montagnon told attendees at the Association for Science and Information on Coffee Portland conference on 19 September that this is not a permanent solution.
“Rust resistance coming from different sources of introgression — the transferring of genes from one species to another after hybridisation and backcrossing — is being broken step by step,” Dr Montagnon says.
Dr Montagnon says that researchers believe it is only a matter of time before rust resistance in most of the existing resistant varieties is going to break down, perhaps in as soon as five to 10 years in many countries.