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Perfect Cellar launches new website

Perfect Cellar is a boutique wine importer and retailer that believes fine wine is a luxury that should be accessible to everyone.

Their aim is to help UK customers build their own “perfect cellar” with a wide selection of fine wines from as little as £8 including a range of exclusive, award winning wines, which cannot be found anywhere else in the UK.

On their online retail platform the wines, champagne and spirits are presented with an interactive and educational approach. Still life imagery brings the portfolio to life with beautiful photography illustrating the tasting notes of each individual bottle.

Perfect Cellar champions wines from boutique vineyards and low yield estates predominantly in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, but also further including Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.

Chantelune in Margaux, France; Decelle Villa in Burgundy, France; Mas Amiel in the heart of the Agly Valley, in France's Roussillon region; Senhora de Covento in Távora, Portugal; Tendil and Lombardi in Côtes des Bars, France; Ziraldo from the Niagara Peninsular in Canada, are just a handful of their most popular wines. These are artisan producers from classic regions, handpicked for their story and their flavor. They are all available exclusively at Perfect Cellar.

Most of the wines inside Perfect Cellar’s collection follow biodynamic practices. This involves the use of a holistic and organic approach to wine making such as treating fertility and livestock care in an ecological way.

The Perfect Cellar Wine Club, which is to launch in the first week of July, follows the same principles as the website; luxury wine in an accessible fashion. A sommelier is appointed to each member of the club, who is able to help curate the clients own “perfect cellar”. Available in two size packages of six or 12 bottles, these are then delivered to the client each month.

LINPAC takes single service to next level

European multi-material packaging manufacturer LINPAC is extending one of its product ranges, LINdis R, increasing both the colour and size range available, just in time for the summer season.

In line with its Fresh Thinking innovation strategy, LINPAC has broadened the appeal of its rPET premium tableware, by producing its luncheon plate, dessert and bowl in a range of new vibrant colours, in addition to the standard black and pearl white. The fully recyclable tableware products are sturdy and robust and conveniently packed in cartons of 300 for distributors or shrink-wrapped in packs of 25 for the everyday caterer, event and party industries.

LINdis R is manufactured using post consumer recycled rPET material, which has been supercleaned to guarantee the material is food safe to EU standards. To further enhance its environmental benefits, the range is fully recyclable alongside standard fizzy drink and mineral water bottles at the end of its service life.

Alan Davey, Director of Innovation, LINPAC, says, “Our new tableware range provides a great alternative to traditional paper, HIPS and board ranges. With the increasing environmental awareness of events and party caterers, our customers can feel absolutely confident when choosing LINdis R that they are offering an attractive, high quality solution which offers high standards in terms of both presentation and environmental credentials.”

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5000 London takeaways to get free app

Preoday has has begun building free mobile apps for every one of London's 5,000 independent takeaway restaurants.

The apps let consumers place orders directly with their favourite takeaways via their smartphones. Unlike the big portals, Preoday takes no commission on orders, meaning restaurants cut out middleman fees and keep costs down for consumers. Once their app is built, all a takeaway owner needs to do is register their bank account to receive customer payments and press the “go live” button - meaning they can ‘go mobile’ in just 60 seconds.

Averaging 20 a day, Preoday will complete all 5,000 apps by the end of 2015, but consumers can help their favourite restaurant leapfrog the queue by nominating them at www.preoday/nominate. Restaurant owners can also ask to be prioritised at the same link. Preoday will build free apps for those restaurants with the most requests first.

Andrew White, CEO of Preoday, says, "This is our gift to the people of London and the owners of the takeaways they love. We’re doing this because it is easy and inexpensive to do. The technology we’ve built automates the process, and we can complete branded apps in under 60 minutes. Those restaurants with the most loyal and passionate customers have most to gain by cutting out the middleman and taking mobile orders direct - that’s why we’re inviting consumers to tell us which of their favourite takeaways should be prioritised.”

Smartphone penetration in the UK is now at 71%1 and they are fast becoming the most popular way for Brits to order the £30bn of takeaways they consume every year2 and 73% of takeaways owners say mobile apps are imperative to their growth3.

But because most takeaways are independently owned and run, without the know-how or IT budget to build their own-brand app3, they are forced to use aggregators like JUST EAT that charge commissions of up to 13%. This hurts the takeaway’s bottom line and independent research shows they are often forced to pass on the cost to end consumers, resulting in higher prices. In a recent study, a third of takeaways bought from JUST EAT were more expensive than if the customer had bought them directly4. With the average Brit spending £1,320 on takeaways each year5 this can add up.

White continues, “It’s wrong that hardworking takeaway owners lose up to 13% of revenue each time a regular customer orders via an app provided by a portal. We’re offering a simpler, fairer model that keeps cost down for consumers and boost the restaurant’s bottom line.”

Preoday already supports hundreds of UK food-service venues with free apps and plans to extend the free app giveaway to other cities in 2015.

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Acorn brewery off to Barcelona trade fair to seek Spanish exports

An independent Barnsley brewery is heading to Barcelona in a bid to crack the Spanish market – after successfully selling its real ale in Italy. Acorn Brewery will attend the UKTI’s Great British Speciality Beer and Food Exhibition on 5th February.

Brewery owner Dave Hughes and commercial director David Broadhead will take a selection of Acorn’s most popular bottled beers to the trade event which is expected to attract more than 60 Spanish buyers – including wholesalers, supermarkets and bar chain owners.

Dave Hughes said: “The Barcelona trade fair is a fantastic opportunity to get ourselves in front of big buyers in Spain. We made a start shipping beers to Italy four months ago and are keen to gain more export sales as a key part of our growth strategy.”

“We’ve rebranded and re-labelled our range of bottled beers for the international market and are very pleased to be taking part in this UKTI trade initiative.”

Acorn’s first Italian order, delivered in October last year, was worth £10,000 and repeat orders have followed from the same wholesale buyer, who supplies bars and restaurants in the north of Italy.

The brewery, which has a turnover of £1.2 million, has also seen growth in sales in the UK market. It currently delivers beer direct to more than 400 pubs and bars and 50 retail outlets including delis and farm shops in the north and midlands – and supplies to countless others across the UK via wholesalers.

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