Agriculture and Food

  • Revealing the ultimate super-safe social distancing choice for diners - the one-metre pizza

    Revealing the ultimate super-safe social distancing choice for diners - the one-metre pizza

    22-10-2020

    A Cotswolds pizzeria pop-up owned and operated by the Relish Group, has an ingenious new offering which guarantees dinner dates keep the required socially safe one-metre distance.  Pizzeri...

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  • Stroud’s new food hall offer gets tastier and tastier

    Stroud’s new food hall offer gets tastier and tastier

    15-10-2020

    We thought we would do a quick round-up of the latest additions to the menu of artisan offersings at Stroud’s fast-filling food hall at Five Valleys shopping centre.  Dransfield, the...

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  • Agri-tech business enters partnership to help next generation of students grow

    Agri-tech business enters partnership to help next generation of students grow

    15-10-2020

    The next generation of farmers being trained in Gloucestershire are set to benefit from what has been described as “an exciting new partnership” with agi-tech business Glas Data.  ...

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  • Creed Foodservice serves up 30 per cent growth in profits

    Creed Foodservice serves up 30 per cent growth in profits

    12-10-2020

    Family-owned and run Creed Foodservice has served up tasty results with more growth and an increase in operating profits of 30 per cent.  Profits for its last full year of trading were &po...

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  • Green brand specialist Viridi well placed as homeworkers' market eyes Christmas growth

    Green brand specialist Viridi well placed as homeworkers' market eyes Christmas growth

    08-10-2020

    If you are a boss and wondering whether that hard-won team identify and company ethos years in the making is dissolving in the modern home-working environment you are not alone.  As ever, ...

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  • Warning – this article may make you very hungry: Cotswolds venues fly the flag for British Food Fortnight

    Warning – this article may make you very hungry: Cotswolds venues fly the flag for British Food Fortnight

    30-09-2020

    Despite a miserly economic climate for those in the sector Cotswolds businesses in the hospitality sector are determined to support their own.   And while it lasts, British Food Fortnight ...

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  • Hot deal: Sale of well-known Cheltenham restaurant agreed

    Hot deal: Sale of well-known Cheltenham restaurant agreed

    29-09-2020

    The owner of Memsahib Gin and Tea Bar has sold his sister restaurant East India Cafe to renowned Cheltenham restauranteur Mohammed Rahman.   East India Cafe was opened in November 2014 by Litu...

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  • Defiant hospitality trade saddles up for the fight of its life – and appeals to customers to keep coming

    Defiant hospitality trade saddles up for the fight of its life – and appeals to customers to keep coming

    25-09-2020

    Gloucestershire’s hospitality trade has a message – it is positive, it is open, it is in the fight of its life and if the words ‘we are all in it together’ ever meant anyth...

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  • 'Analyse, adapt and act' - the key ingredients for success in the food and drink sector

    'Analyse, adapt and act' - the key ingredients for success in the food and drink sector

    18-09-2020

    If the business people who sat down to yesterday’s Gloucestershire food and drink sector webinar were hungry for advice beforehand, they left the table with plenty of positive food f...

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  • Turn again Dick Whittington: Centuries old Gloucester pub will open its doors again

    Turn again Dick Whittington: Centuries old Gloucester pub will open its doors again

    17-09-2020

    Rumours of its departure from the treasure trove of historic Gloucester pubs forever are as tall as the tale told of its namesake, it appears.  As with all great myths, there is an element...

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  • Cheltenham artisan butchers expands into new indoor food hall

    Cheltenham artisan butchers expands into new indoor food hall

    10-09-2020

    A well-known Gloucestershire butcher and delicatessen is the latest artisan trader to announce it is voting with its feet and joining the line-up at the county’s new Borough Market style ...

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  • Turnover rises to £23.5m for one of Gloucestershire's best-connected companies

    Turnover rises to £23.5m for one of Gloucestershire's best-connected companies

    07-09-2020

    It has a ‘close relationship’ with an estimated 2,500 businesses – and growing – and last year was able to serve up a growth in turnover to more than £23.5 million and ri...

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  • Brewery leads the way through the pandemic – as it 'moves boldly forward into uncertainty’

    Brewery leads the way through the pandemic – as it 'moves boldly forward into uncertainty’

    04-09-2020

    If you need evidence of the impact of lockdown on business look at Stroud Brewery – which lost 70 per cent of its trade overnight. And if ever you needed evidence some businesses will just not...

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  • At last - helpful advice on the menu for the food and drink sector

    At last - helpful advice on the menu for the food and drink sector

    27-08-2020

    Sound bites telling the food and drink sector how tough it is out there are probably about as palatable as you might think to those at the sharp end currently. Much more digestible is likely to be a f...

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  • Hold onto your hats – as we take you on a burger-inspired tour of the Cotswolds!

    Hold onto your hats – as we take you on a burger-inspired tour of the Cotswolds!

    27-08-2020

    Here is something you probably never thought you would go on – a burger-inspired tour of the Cotswolds.  You can blame/thank well-known Cotswold-based public relations man about town...

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  • Cricket team featuring former England footballer and a star of Game of Thrones take on Cotswold restaurant

    Cricket team featuring former England footballer and a star of Game of Thrones take on Cotswold restaurant

    21-08-2020

    Cirencester’s Rajdoot Indian restaurant staff took to the cricket field in Rodmarton for what has become an annual game against one of its regular customers.  That regular is none ot...

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  • Farm shop reaps record sales as we shop local in lockdown

    Farm shop reaps record sales as we shop local in lockdown

    20-08-2020

    An already popular farm shop nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside has described how it did not so much ‘pivot’ as positively pirouette as sales went into a heady upward spiral thro...

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  • World’s smallest international trade deal saves Cotswold’s Italian food delicacy

    World’s smallest international trade deal saves Cotswold’s Italian food delicacy

    14-08-2020

    A peculiar – not to say the probably the world smallest trade deal – has saved a popular arancini snack from disappeared from Cirencester market.  To the uninitiated the food, ...

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  • A portrait of the artist as a young man – the rise of a culinary star

    A portrait of the artist as a young man – the rise of a culinary star

    13-08-2020

    Every generation someone comes along who breaks the mould in their chosen field – makes the uncool cool and re-writes the rule book.  Gloucestershire could well be witnessing the bir...

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  • Former student loans college some of his land - 15,000-acres of it!

    Former student loans college some of his land - 15,000-acres of it!

    13-08-2020

    If ever a deal showed how valuable it can be to get on with your neighbours it is the one done by Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. It has just been granted access to some 15,000 acres of...

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  • Agriculture student signs for Gloucester Rugby

    Agriculture student signs for Gloucester Rugby

    12-08-2020

    An agricultural student from Gloucestershire is reaping the rewards for his sporting talents – with a contract to play for Gloucester Rugby.  Arthur Clark will not be giving up his s...

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  • 'Oh My Goat' - family ice cream business started in lockdown is a hit

    'Oh My Goat' - family ice cream business started in lockdown is a hit

    11-08-2020

    It had been a side-line she was working on alongside the family farm, and when lockdown ended all the summer events at which her business was to be launched all could have been lost.   But...

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  • Soft drinks maker's results see it toast gross profit of almost £225 million

    Soft drinks maker's results see it toast gross profit of almost £225 million

    11-08-2020

    It is possible the bosses at one of Gloucestershire's biggest employers and perhaps its most famous drinks maker will have toasted this year's results with something stronger than Ribena.  ...

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  • "I am very optimistic – not just about Gloucestershire" – says acclaimed baker

    10-08-2020

    It is not just the bread, pastries and cakes which are something to feast on from The Artisan Baker, the optimism and energy having made it through lockdown are to be savoured too.  Ori He...

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  • The brilliant news about the discount eating out offer – and the tragedy of it all

    The brilliant news about the discount eating out offer – and the tragedy of it all

    04-08-2020

    We have a quite astonishing revelation about the Government’s eating out scheme which comes into force today – and another announcement, far, far harder to stomach.   In an eff...

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  • 20 Questions: The couple behind that purveyor of tasty Italian-inspired treats, Non Solo Pasta, take on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    20 Questions: The couple behind that purveyor of tasty Italian-inspired treats, Non Solo Pasta, take on The Raikes Journal’s 20 Questions

    01-08-2020

    It is clear that if they had to choose the loves of their life it would be family and their native Italy, but a close second is the charm and people of the Cotswolds.  They seemed to come ...

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  • Centre’s aim to become a food mecca for Gloucestershire just gets stronger

    Centre’s aim to become a food mecca for Gloucestershire just gets stronger

    29-07-2020

    From Belgium waffles to focaccia, from mouth-watering pies to sea food, falafel to chocolate, the centre of one market town in Gloucestershire has quite a menu to choose from.  That list i...

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  • Vickery shimmies his way past pandemic pitfalls to secure restaurant opening

    Vickery shimmies his way past pandemic pitfalls to secure restaurant opening

    23-07-2020

    Not the easiest of businesses to get right at the best of times, former rugby player Phil Vickery’s move into the restaurant trade could not have come at a more testing period.  Mr V...

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  • Taste of Rome comes to Stroud’s new food market

    Taste of Rome comes to Stroud’s new food market

    23-07-2020

    Two more local food traders are on the menu at the new Borough Market-inspired indoor market at Five Valleys in Stroud.  Non Solo Pasta and Callaghin’s Kitchen are already open for b...

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  • Stroud is turning Japanese, I think it’s turning Japanese - or is it?

    Stroud is turning Japanese, I think it’s turning Japanese - or is it?

    10-07-2020

    Japanese soul food trader Tomari-Gi has opened in Stroud’s new indoor market.  Five Valley’s owner, Dransfield, hopes the new addition – actually not from Land of th...

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  • Knocked back it may have been, but there’s no stopping the rise of The Forest Bakehouse

    Knocked back it may have been, but there’s no stopping the rise of The Forest Bakehouse

    06-07-2020

    Sometimes, however kneady you might think a business would be, it can continue to earn its crust and more – even through a pandemic.  Of course, with the arrival of lockdown a huge c...

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  • Self-made Gloucestershire businessmen toast rescue of award-winning drinks brand

    Self-made Gloucestershire businessmen toast rescue of award-winning drinks brand

    26-06-2020

    Two self-made businessmen from Gloucestershire will not be short of fine spirits to toast their latest deal after stepping in to takeover one of the best British rum brands.  James Strickl...

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  • Student’s groundbreaking research into the dairy industry wins university £1 million

    Student’s groundbreaking research into the dairy industry wins university £1 million

    25-06-2020

    A foundation that provides financial support for research into agricultural which could benefit the general public and business has singled out a student from Gloucestershire.  Hartpury Un...

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  • Stroud to get a taste of artisan chocolatier

    Stroud to get a taste of artisan chocolatier

    18-06-2020

    Probably the sweetest name yet has been unveiled as the latest business pledging a move into a fast-filling festival of Five Valleys food market.  Chocolatier and bakery Xocolatl, whose te...

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  • Hartpury saddles up for UK equine conference

    Hartpury saddles up for UK equine conference

    17-06-2020

    Hartpury University is supporting the UK Equine Student Conference 2020 to provide undergraduate and postgraduate students with an opportunity to present research during the coronavirus pandemi...

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  • Cotswold food business relishes chance to keep catering for vulnerable - as long as the money keeps coming

    Cotswold food business relishes chance to keep catering for vulnerable - as long as the money keeps coming

    16-06-2020

    More than £2,000 has been raised so far by a Gloucestershire catering company in a bid to provide 6,000 meals for the vulnerable.  Following the recent success of the NHS Food 4 Hero...

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  • 20 Questions: The founder of The Sugar Rose Kitchen, maker of some of most desirable cakes you could wish for, takes on raikesjournal.co.uk’s 20 questions

    20 Questions: The founder of The Sugar Rose Kitchen, maker of some of most desirable cakes you could wish for, takes on raikesjournal.co.uk’s 20 questions

    14-06-2020

    Her fantasy dinner dates would include Mary Berry and Beyonce – if only to see the Queen of British baking delivering a version of the American icon’s Single Ladies – and her busines...

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  • Gloucester Docks' brewery unveils the engine driving its expansion - a 100-litre distillery

    Gloucester Docks' brewery unveils the engine driving its expansion - a 100-litre distillery

    12-06-2020

    Its bar Tank a popular haunt for those who like real beer in stylish surroundings, now the never static Gloucester Brewery team has unveiled its latest offering – gin.  In what is de...

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  • Crumbs! Docks cafe On Toast is back - and getting a surprisingly large slice of the action

    Crumbs! Docks cafe On Toast is back - and getting a surprisingly large slice of the action

    11-06-2020

    When your business relies on customers coming through your door, suppliers delivering on time, and passing trade being able to pop in the pandemic came in like a sledgehammer blow.  David ...

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  • Could a business model born in the pandemic be a panacea to hunger?

    Could a business model born in the pandemic be a panacea to hunger?

    09-06-2020

    A team of activists which became a major force in the county’s fight to tackle the social impact of the pandemic on Gloucestershire may just have found a business model akin to the Holy Grail. S...

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  • Farmers’ markets prepare to open in Gloucester and Stroud

    Farmers’ markets prepare to open in Gloucester and Stroud

    05-06-2020

    After weeks of closure due to lockdown the Gloucester and Stroud farmers’ markets are due to return to the county’s streets.  Organisers of the popular markets which bring toge...

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  • Remote workers flock back to Cheltenham town centre office

    Remote workers flock back to Cheltenham town centre office

    04-06-2020

    If you thought confidence might take time to time return as fears of the pandemic subside think again.  A popular remote office space in the centre of Cheltenham which could take more than...

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  • Investment in Agri Tech Centre harvests awards spot for Gloucestershire manager

    Investment in Agri Tech Centre harvests awards spot for Gloucestershire manager

    04-06-2020

    Manager of Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre, Ben Thompson, has been appointed as a judge for the prestigious British Farming Awards 2020. The awards, which will go ahead in a virtual format this year, showc...

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  • Boutique gin distillery bubbling away nicely – despite pandemic

    Boutique gin distillery bubbling away nicely – despite pandemic

    03-06-2020

    A Gloucestershire gems of the world of distilling fine spirits had all the ducks lined up nicely for an expansion – and then came covid-19.  Bottles of the juniper-berry-flavoured el...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    03-05-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Greg Pilley, managing director of Stroud Brewery, about meeting the challenges facing independent breweries who have seen sales slump du...

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  • We are reopening to a new world says well-known family food firm

    We are reopening to a new world says well-known family food firm

    01-05-2020

    As family bakery and café chain Janes Pantry begins to reopen its shops and cafes its owner said it is certain of one thing – it is opening to a ‘new world’.  ...

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  • Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards

    22-04-2020

    Sought after Queen’s Awards for business have gone to four Gloucestershire companies – with three recognised for “outstanding growth”.  The prestigious annual award...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    22-04-2020

    In this episode of Business West's videos taking us through the coronavirus crisis, Nigel Barker, speaks to William Frazer, county adviser at NFU (National Farmers' Union), about the launch of their n...

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  • Pandemic causes an appetite for widespread changes

    Pandemic causes an appetite for widespread changes

    21-04-2020

    Pandemic causes an appetite for widespread changes  A YouGov survey has highlighted a number of social and environmental changes that people in the UK are seeing as a result of the coron...

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  • University kitchen helping feed 5,000 during coronavirus crisis

    University kitchen helping feed 5,000 during coronavirus crisis

    21-04-2020

    A Gloucestershire university has revealed it has repurposed kitchens which would otherwise be closed due to the coronavirus lockdown to help feed 5,000 Gloucestershire residents.  The Roya...

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  • College is rated highest achieving of its kind in the country

    College is rated highest achieving of its kind in the country

    21-04-2020

    Already rated outstanding by Ofsted across all areas a Gloucestershire College has gained further national recognition for its students’ academic success.  For the third year in...

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  • International conference in Gloucestershire postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

    International conference in Gloucestershire postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

    21-04-2020

    A major international conference due to take place at Hartpury for those dedicated to the welfare of horses has been called off.  Organisers have postponed the International Society for Eq...

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