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AUGUST 2017 43 FOOD & INDUSTRY NEWS Food & industry news MINTEL UNVEILS LATEST FOOD TRENDS >> Innovative approaches to using ‘food waste’ have been highlighted by Mintel as key trends to watch. As food waste becomes an increasingly important issue, foodservice venues are getting creative in order to avoid throwing away foodstuffs previously considered rubbish. These include: Aquafaba: the liquid drained from a can of chickpeas, which can be used as an egg white replacement. Derivatives include egg-free mayonnaise, soy-free cheese, dairy-free ice-cream, butter and meringues. Restaurants that currently offer hummus on their menus can use the aquafaba to create a free-from dessert to drum up interest in food waste ideas, as well as boost sales. Juice pulp: the pulp left over from the cold-pressed juice industry can be re-purposed to be used as a meat substitute and cake dough. Derivatives include: gluten-free brownies, cakes, muffins, veggie burger patty and meatless meatballs. Restaurants that make fresh juices on-site can transform the pulp into a veggie burger to expand their vegetarian/vegan options and stretch profit margins at the same time. Scratch menus: Spring, Skye Gyngell’s restaurant in Somerset House, London, offers a £20 pre-theatre scratch menu that features a three-course meal made from kitchen leftovers. For more information visit www.mintel.com/global-food-and-drink-trends TIMID ABOUT TAP WATER >> A new survey by YouGov reveals that more than 70% of Brits feel uncomfortable asking for a glass of tap water when out and about. Only a quarter of people (25%) know their rights when it comes to asking for a glass of tap water or filling a reusable water bottle in public buildings and businesses, possibly leading them to buy bottled water or other drinks when on the go. The YouGov survey, commissioned by Brita UK and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, also found that 57% of people believe businesses that serve food and/or drinks should be required to provide free drinking water to the public, regardless of whether they are a customer or not. Currently, licensed premises including bars, theatres and restaurants are legally required to provide free drinking water on request in England, Scotland and Wales, although they can charge for the use of a glass. The full Understanding provision, usage and perceptions of free drinking water to the public in the UK’ report can be downloaded at www.keepbritaintidy.org/. 5133164_Cadbury Hot Chocolate Country Range Group 2 Trade Advert_AW_v2.indd 1 19/05/2017 12:45


Stir it up magazine AUGUST 2017
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