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Catering industry news roundup

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A 75th site for Carluccio's, strong growth for foodservice operator WSH and the introduction of a new food safety award to boost hygiene standards make up the leading catering industry news of the week. Read on to find out more.

Carluccio's hungry for Scottish expansion

Authentic Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's is to open its second site in Scotland next month as its number of UK sites hits 75.

The firm has set up shop in Aberdeen's popular Union Square shopping mall, creating 35 jobs and complementing its existing Glasgow site which opened in 2011.

The Aberdeen restaurant, covering 3,900 sq ft, is large enough to welcome 92 covers and a further ten seats at the bar.

Carluccio's chief executive Simon Kossoff described the chain's 75th outlet as a "significant milestone" for the business.

"We have been looking for a site in Aberdeen for some time and are very excited to have found the right one for us and to be opening our second restaurant in Scotland," he said.

Westbury Street Holdings goes from strength to strength

Contract caterer Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) posted a £60 million jump in turnover in 2012 as revenues topped £465 million.

WSH, which manages restaurants and front-of-house services for organisations including the BBC and Goldman Sachs, has seen a 14 per cent increase in turnover compared to 2011.

The firm was founded in 2000 and is the parent company for a number of big name foodservice and hospitality operators, including Portico, BaxterStorey, Benugo and Caterlink.

Overall, all WSH brands created 1,000 jobs last year, according to a company statement, bringing the total employee count to 12,000 across the UK and Europe.
WSH's flagship brand BaxterStorey, which provides corporate, office and contract catering, saw turnover grow by nine per cent in England and Wales, 17 per cent in Ireland and 29 per cent in Scotland last year.

WSH chief executive Alastair Storey said the company was performing well despite the fragile economic backdrop.

"We have already secured some new contract wins and retentions for this year and are encouraged by the strength of our current pipeline," he said. 

Launch of new food safety award

A food safety trainer and entrepreneur has won a prestigious award the industry hopes will help improve hygiene standards in the catering sector.

Jane Washbrook won the 2013 Food Safety Innovation Award for her "innovative" product the FOODSAFEKIT, which offers small business and individuals a range of food safety and hygiene product in one easy-to-use pack.

The award, organised by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and NSF International, recognises that the best ideas for improving food safety come from the dedicated practitioners who work in the industry. 

A judging panel included Lord Jeff Rooker, chair of the Food Standards Agency and celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner described FOODSAFEKIT as a practical tool that would help protect and improve public health.

Ms Washbrook said she was delighted to win the award. “Winning the award is brilliant and I am looking forward to working with the team in promoting the product," she added.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801602776-ADNFCR

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