Take-away and delivery have been a life-saver for many businesses in the Italian food sector, with competition on the rise as other operators from other food sectors re-think their business models accordingly.
During 2020, food-to-go retailers and specialists alike had to rethink every element of their food-to-go offering to adapt to the changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our congratulations go to all this year’s winners of the Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Awards, as well as the Pizza and Pasta Chef competitions; particularly in what has proved to be a challenging year for many. Our thanks too, to all the sponsors and judges in enabling these events to take place.
With a rise in demand for food to eat at home set to increase the UK condiment and table sauce market by 5% in 2020*, NEW small batch sauce maker Orriss & Son is well positioned to boost this sector with its range of three fermented chilli condiments – Even Flow, My Wave and Fresh Tendrils.
It seems as though just a few weeks have passed since Eat Out to Help Out, but now there’s a second ‘lockdown’ for England in the wake of a so-called ‘fire-breaker’ lockdown for Wales, and similar restrictions in Scotland. Much of
hospitality is again under tremendous pressure, even though the takeaway and delivery sector aspect of it can continue.
The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme proved to be successful for the sector, with calls for its extension and some operators continuing the scheme by supporting it themselves. While Covid, and the unprecedented measures taken to deal with it, have taken centre stage, the government is also turning its attention to tackling the obesity epidemic. This issue also comes up to date with the PAPA Awards 2020 latest.
The hospitality sector has been allowed to re-open this month - a reduction in the social distancing from two to one metre, a temporary VAT reduction and Eat Out to Help Out scheme just some of the latest government support measures for food businesses trying to cope with altered consumer behaviour and a damaged economy.
In the rapidly changing environment, we now all find ourselves in - where nothing seems quite as straightforward as it was before the coronavirus pandemic all but closed the restaurant world - we have endeavoured in this issue to point you in the direction of help and support, and sources of advice in these unsettling times, as well as provide our customary ‘food for thought’ in terms of product news and industry developments. Looking ahead, we’d also like to remind you about this year’s PAPA Awards.
Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Magazine is the trade magazine of the UK’s Pizza Pasta & Italian Food Association (which celebrated its fortieth anniversary in 2017). Starting out as the Pizza Press in the early 1980s, the magazine soon established itself as a unique source of news and information for those in the UK’s burgeoning Italian food and restaurant trade – a distinction is has maintained to this day.