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Catering news roundup

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There have been several developments in the hospitality sector during the first week of July that will be of interest to the catering equipment industry. We take a look at three of the most interesting below. 

Asian caterers back VAT reduction calls

The Asian Caterers Federation (ACF) and Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FoBC) have lent their support to calls for a cut in VAT on restaurant bills. They would like to see the amount taken for the tax reduced from 20 per cent to five per cent and join a chorus of calls for action from the hospitality industry. 

Yawar Khan, FoBC chairman, stated: "Restaurant customers don’t always realise that the chancellor is taking a huge slice every time they settle their bill. 

"Apart from the £10 VAT on every £50, restaurateurs are paying national insurance, corporation and income tax on any profit that’s left - not to mention local council rates and excise duty."

Both organisations have posted an online petition concerning this issue and hope to gain 100,000 signatures to force the government into taking action.

In June, the VAT Club, which has successfully campaigned for tax cuts in Europe, called on UK restaurants to take part in 'Tax Parity Day' on September 25th. The event will see businesses drop their prices by 7.5 per cent for one day only in a bid to highlight the benefits of VAT reduction.

The campaign is led by Jacques Borel, who wants Britain to follow the example of Germany and France, where restaurant VAT is just seven per cent.

New menu for Strada

Italian restaurant chain Strada has made a number of changes to its menu. These include a new style of pizza and a wide range of other dishes, including funghi al forno, panzanella salad and polpette meatballs. The additions were made following a survey of more than 2,000 customers and was initially tested at 19 restaurants. 

The company's executive chef, Nico Tortorelli, commented: "In Italy, food is all about sharing, and more than ever, diners want to try many different flavours in one sitting, which is why we’ve delivered with a really fun starter selection for them to explore and share.”

Strada is one of the leading Italian food chains in the UK and has venues throughout the UK.

YO! Sushi rollout gets underway

Japanese restaurant chain YO! Sushi has started a expansion campaign that will see it open several new venues and renovate some of its existing outlets. Construction consultancy Edmond Shipway has been contracted to carry out the work.

One of the sites is located in a grade II listed building in the centre of Chester, while another is set to be developed at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2 building.

David Stevenson, managing director of Edmond Shipway, stated: “We are delighted to be involved with these developments working with a hugely popular brand."

YO! Sushi currently operates 35 venues throughout the UK, as well as two in Ireland and numerous others across the world in nations such as Portugal, Dubai and Kuwait. It serves around five million customers each year.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801608831-ADNFCR

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