A London-based company is advertising for a team of takeaway testers on a month-long contract with a salary of £1,000. The vacancy, being offered by online building supplier Materials Market, hopes to discover what the best fast food options are for tradespeople on the go. There are six positions available and the role will require candidates to test 20 of the UK’s favourite fast food meals for either breakfast or lunch, including Greggs sausage roll and omelette egg breakfast baguette, McDonald’s large Big Mac meal and a footlong Subway Meatball. After each meal the taste testers will be required to log how they feel, monitoring levels of fullness, energy, productivity, sluggishness and overall satisfaction. This will be repeated again two and four hours after eating. The advert reads: “In trade jobs you’re physically put to work and as a result, burn lots of calories, so a substantial meal is a necessity to keep you full, satisfied and energised throughout the working day. Therefore we’re really excited to launch this experiment, working with our team of testers, along with a nutritionist, to discover what the best fast food options out there are.”

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EMPLOYEES WORKING LONGER TO KEEP HOSPITALITY DOORS OPEN Hospitality employees are working around six hours a week longer than before the pandemic as the sector works to tackle the recruitment crisis, new figures show. Analysis of real-time data from workforce management specialist Bizimply’s customers shows that taking March 2020 as the baseline: • Employees are now working an average of around 25 hours a week, compared to a pre-pandemic average of 19 hours a week; • In food-led businesses, employees are working an average 28 hour week, compared to around 23 hours in wet-led businesses; • Fine dining restaurants, which are among the worst affected by recruitment issues, are typically asking their staff to work 40-plus hours a week. Cafés and hotels are also seeing staff notch up longer than average weekly hours at work. Bizimply CEO Conor Shaw comments: “Most operators have significant numbers of part-time employees, such as students or those juggling work with childcare commitments, so we expect to see the average hours worked to be below the typical full-time tally of around 35 hours. “However, it’s clear that in food-led sectors, particularly more premium venues such as fine dining and hotels, the recruitment challenge is particularly acute. With experienced chefs and front-of-house staff in very short supply, operators are asking staff to put in longer shifts than ever.”


Year-on-year inflation in the foodservice sector hit 13.6% in March 2022, the latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index shows. The figure is the highest in the history of the Index and continues a surge in prices since the start of the year. It is 3.4 percentage points higher than in February, when year-on-year inflation reached double digits for the first time. Seven of the ten categories measured were in double-digit inflation in March 2022 - and five recorded increases of more than 20%. Prices in the oils and fats category are now over 50% higher than just one year ago, while the breads and cereals segment has increased dramatically too. These and other categories including fish have been heavily impacted by the war in Ukraine, a major supplier of commodities including oils and grains. With shortages likely to continue for some time, further volatility in prices can be expected. High levels of inflation are also being seen in fruit, dairy and soft drinks, while chicken prices are rising sharply too.



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