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THE CHEESE CLUB – 1KG OF CHEESE EVERY MONTH, DIRECT TO YOUR DOOR

THE CHEESE CLUB – 1KG OF CHEESE EVERY MONTH, DIRECT TO YOUR DOOR

Nothing says cosy night-in like a perfectly indulgent platter of cheeses shared with loved ones. The Cheese Club is the newest home delivery package to be released on the HOME-X e-commerce website, featuring five hand-picked cheeses, crackers, chutney & a half-bottle of Port.

Whether a cheese lover who knows their Gruyere from their Brie, or someone developing a newfound taste for cheese, The Cheese Club provides the perfect experience to immerse consumers into the world of cheese and its embellishments, and to leave them wanting more.

The Cheese Club experience combines a range of five finely selected artisan cheeses – a total of 1kg in cheese – accompanied with a half bottle of port, biscuits, crackers and handmade chutney, all selected to perfectly compliment the cheeses.

The experience makes the ideal gift for special occasions, and with Christmas around the corner can be ordered in advance to be shipped on a particular day, anywhere in the United Kingdom.

The HOME-X team, alongside some the best cheesemongers in the UK, have carefully curated an at-home cheese box that delivers some the most luxurious cheeses from across the world. From earthy, aromatic soft cheeses, to sweet and nutty flavours, diners are able to experience the finest quality produce, with a new selection of cheeses each month.

The experience will launch this week on the innovative e-commerce platform, HOME-X, which brings restaurant quality food and drink experiences to homes across the UK. Each cheese club experience contains 1kg of cheese, a half bottle of port plus biscuit pairings, and homemade chutneys, suitable for two people and priced at £50 including delivery across the UK.

The first Cheese Club contains: Tunworth Camembert, Hampshire; ValenÇay Fermier, France, Goats Cheese;  Prima Donna Maturo, Netherlands, Gouda; Cashel Blue, Ireland; St Andrew’s Farmhouse Cheddar, Scotland; Krohn Lagrima White Port, Portugal; Spiced Pear Chutney; Oatcakes by Wooleys of Aaron; Water Biscuits by Stag Bakeries.

Building direct relationships with cheese producers HOME-X, Operations Manager John Burns is pioneering The Cheese Club experience. He has grown to know more about cheese and how it can be perfectly combined with special flavours and pairings, having been a chef at Six by Nico restaurants.

John Burns said, “I’ve always had a passion for cheese and for me it’s the perfect accompaniment for a night in with family and friends. We want people to experience luxury cheese and port from new places, allowing them to try something new that we know works together. Our immersive guide allows you to expand your knowledge, getting to know and identifying new flavours and textures.”

Each experience will be carefully pre-prepared and packaged at a new warehouse in Glasgow, in beautifully branded boxes, and kitted out in the very latest food shipping storage technology. Each HOME-X box will be 99% recyclable, with each Cheese Club kit portioned in individual cardboard containers filled with all the elements needed to indulge in your experience.

The Cheese Club experience is priced at £50 and includes delivery across the UK. Delivery will be available from December 2nd – December 24th. The inaugural Cheese Club experience is available to buy now from HOME-X – the newly launched online food and drink experience platform.

More information can be found here www.home-x.com

HOME BY NICO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE DELIVERY

HOME BY NICO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE DELIVERY

Hungry for a true taste of Thailand? A new at home experience from the team at Six by Nico restaurants launches with nationwide delivery this month, and the first four-course menu is all based around the city of Bangkok.

The Thai street food menu, created by the team behind Six by Nico restaurants, will transport customers straight into the bustling heart of Bangkok’s colorful street stalls and markets – from creamy curries and spicy stir fries, to classic dishes that combine the hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours of Thai cuisine.

The experience will launch on the new e-commerce platform, HOME-X, which brings restaurant quality food and drink experiences to homes across the UK.

‘Bangkok’, inspired by the famed food stalls of Thailand, will be the first menu to launch on the new platform, allowing home cooks around the UK to recreate the Six by Nico experience at home.

Thai people see street food as a proud element of their culture and Bangkok’s world-famous street food scene offers an incredible variety of spicy, savory, and sweet treats cooked street side with recipes passed down for generations.

The four-course home experience includes: a starter of hot and sour Tom Yum Soup; Prawn Dumplings; a main course of Panang Red Curry – slow roasted chicken, sweet potato, baby corn & pak choi with roasted peanut, crispy shallot and thai herbs served with sides of jasmine rice, lemongrass, lime leaf, green chilli & coriander; crispy Pork Pad Thai, prik nam pla dressing, mooli and rice noodle. Bangkok’s cheese course serves up Landana 500 – pineapple and nigella chutney and water crackers and finally for dessert home chefs will enjoy a Cardamom and Toasted Coconut Rice Pudding, salted bean curd caramel & exotic fruit compote.

The Bangkok home experience will also offer a vegetarian menu alternative with a starter of hot and sour Tom Yum soup, Shitake and Kuzu Dumplings; a main course of Panang Red Curry, charred cauliflower, sweet potato, baby corn and pak choi with roasted peanut, crispy shallot and thai herbs with sides of jasmine rice, lemongrass, lime leaf, green chilli and coriander; crispy Taro Pad Thai, tamarind, soy and chilli dressing, mooli and rice noodle. Bangkok’s vegetarian cheese course serves up Landana 500 – pineapple and nigella chutney and water crackers and for dessert a Cardamom and Toasted Coconut Rice Pudding, salted bean curd caramel & exotic fruit compote.

Bangkok’s home experience menu will be accompanied with a bottle of Cave de L’Ormarine, Ville Marin Blanc.

Chef Nico Simeone launches Home by Nico with nationwide delivery 

‘Home by Nico’ and ‘Six by Nico’ Head Chef Nico Simeone said: “Food plays a big part in Thai Culture and can vary from region to region. From the sticky rice and soups favoured in the North, to the liberal use of spices and herbs in the South, each course on our Bangkok ‘Home by Nico’ menu is bound to get your tastebuds a-tingling.”

Home by Nico is available nationwide for the first time ever. The dine at home experience follows a similar format to the Six by Nico restaurants – with an ever changing four course tasting menu, themed around memories or places.

Home by Nico provides two people with a ready-made culinary experience that simply needs to be assembled and finished at home for the delight of dining at home. Each two person menu with wine is priced at £60 including delivery across the UK and available to buy from HOME-X – the newly launched online food and drink experience platform.

Each experience will be carefully pre-prepared and packaged at a new warehouse in Glasgow, in beautifully branded boxes, and kitted out in the very latest food shipping storage technology. Each HOME-X box will be 99% recyclable, with each kit portioned in individual cardboard containers filled with  all the elements needed to create each meal.

Home by Nico ‘Cooking Bangkok’ is available to pre – order now, exclusively from HOME-X. First available delivery date is Wednesday 18th November with orders available until 31st December 2020. Home by Nico experiences can be ordered up to 12 months in advance, however the ever-changing monthly themed menus will be announced at the beginning of every month on the HOME-X platform.

Visit the website to order; https://home-x.com/pages/home-by-nico

JOURNEY TO BOMBAY KITCHEN AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST

JOURNEY TO BOMBAY KITCHEN AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST

Mumbai in India is known for its incredible diversity found in its culture and geography.

Food is an integral part of life in Mumbai—or Bombay, as most of its denizens still call it, where the grandest hotel dining rooms sit cheek by jowl with hole-in-the-wall Parsi cafés.

Inspired by the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, Chef Nico Simeone and his team have created a ‘Bombay Kitchen‘ menu packed with an amalgamation of Indian food styles – recreating local dishes and reinterpreting age-old Indian traditions, to create an experience that toasts the old times and celebrates the new at Six by Nico restaurants this Autumn.

The Bombay Kitchen menu presents the classic yet unexplored charm of India’s diverse regions, marrying them expertly with familiar flavours. Each dish has a story to tell, promising guests an exciting journey on a plate. From Monday 19th October – Sunday 29th November 2020, Six by Nico transports these flavours, textures and aromas to surprise and delight guests looking for an authentic Indian dining experience.

The new six course Bombay Kitchen tasting menu includes, Aloo Sabzi – Chickpea & Paneer Dahl, Potato Espuma & Lime Leaf Oil; Salli Boti – Spiced Lamb Boti, Crisp Potato, Cucumber & Naan; Corn Bhutta – Pressed Chicken Thigh, Pickled Mushroom, Spiced Corn, Lime & Deggi Mirch; Roasted Cod – Spiced Onion & Onion Broth, Onion Bhaji & Curry Leaf and Makhani – Loin & Belly of Pork, Sultana Biryani, Makhani Sauce, Coriander & Mint Chutney.

In India, sweets form a major part of celebrations and guests at the restaurants will end their Bombay Kitchen food experience with a Mango Lassi – Yoghurt Creme, Alphonso Mango, Toasted Fennel, Cumin seed Tuile.

The vegetarian alternative boasts six delicious courses of Aloo Sabzi – Chickpea & Paneer Dahl, Potato Espuma & Lime Leaf Oil; Salli Boti – Spiced Cauliflower Boti, Curry Emulsion, Cucumber & Naan; Corn Bhutta – Pressed Aloo Terrine, Spiced Corn, pickled Mushroom, Lime & Deggi Mirch; Roasted Carrot – Vadouvan, Spiced Onion, Onion Broth & Curry Leaf; Jackfruit Samosa – Sultana Biryani, Makhani Sauce, Coriander & Mint Chutney and Mango Lassi– Yoghurt Creme, Alphonso Mango, Toasted Fennel & Cumin seed Tuile.

Chef Nico Simeone said: “India is famous for its diverse cuisine. There is an amalgamation of food styles, some are authentic, some are inspired and some are discovered accidentally. Our Bombay Kitchen menu blends the diverse cooking styles of modern India while revamping classic dishes in a whimsical array of textures and flavours”. 

Diners can book a table now for ‘Bombay Kitchen’. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced from £29 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £26. As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as Parsi café inspired snack sides.

To make a reservation and to book now, visit  www.sixbynico.co.uk/belfast

‘Bombay Kitchen‘ will run from Monday 19th October to Sunday 29th November 2020 at Six by Nico, Belfast.

EXPLORE A HAVEN OF SICILIAN CUISINE AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST  INTRODUCING ‘SICILY’

EXPLORE A HAVEN OF SICILIAN CUISINE AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST INTRODUCING ‘SICILY’

They say the culture of a country is best reflected in its cuisine. True to his Italian self, Chef Nico Simeone is to bring a haven of taste and authenticity to Six by Nico Belfast this Autumn as he launches the restaurant’s latest theme.

A taste of Sicily is coming to Belfast. If you have ever experienced the breath-taking landscapes and amazing food of Sicily, you will know those foodie memories are unforgettable.

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, just off the “toe” of Italy’s boot, is one of the few places in the world that manages to combine a wealth of aromas and flavours together. Today, Sicilian cuisine is a singular combination of Arab, Greek, French, Spanish and North African influences, with myriad Italian flavours thrown in for good measure.

With this in mind, Chef Nico Simeone has created a tantalizing tasting menu to recreate a trip to Sicily, reminiscent of time spent exploring the town of Palermo, bringing home flavours from some the most richly textured culinary heritage anywhere on earth.

The new six course tasting menu includes, Arancini – Cacio é Pepe & Egg Yolk Jam. Red Pepper & Smoked Mozzarella, Spinach & Gorgonzola & Pickled Walnut; Sicilian Lamb – Aubergine Caponata, Olive Tapenade & Lemon Gel; Hazelnut Ragu – Saffron Pappardelle & Aged Parmesan; Seabass – Fregola Sarda, Cherry Tomato Puttanesca, Caper Raisin Dressing & Crispy Cavolo Nero; Porchetta 
Salsiccia, Pickled Fennel, Mustarda & Pistachio Crumb.

In a country instilled with a penchant and a passion for sweets, it wouldn’t be a complete Sicilian menu without an Italian treat. Diners at the restaurant will end their food experience with a Sicilian Lemon Tart – Basil Sablé, Creme fraiche Sorbet, Red Wine Gel, Crystallised Pine nut & Rosemary.

Chef Nico Simone said: “From perfect Porchetta to Arancini, Sicilian food is world-famous but many will be very surprised by just how varied and diverse Sicily’s cuisine is. It’s a veritable melting pot of flavour. While much of it is clearly Italian (there’s plenty of pastas, olive oils, wines and seafood) there are some commonly used ingredients that clearly stand out and this is what our guests at Six by Nico will discover on our new menu.”

Diners can book a table now for ‘Sicily’. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced from £29 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £26. As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as Mediterranean snack sides.

Nico added: “Last summer our team spent time on the Italian Island soaking up the scenery and eating some of the best food in Europe. Raisins and saffron crop up in the island’s most famous dishes, and cooking techniques differ from those found on the mainland. We have brought our experiences back to the restaurants and we look forward to showcasing these inspirations with a flavour-filled menu.”

To make a reservation and to book now, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk/belfast

‘Sicily’ will run from Monday September 7th – Sunday October 18th 2020.

OVER 20,000 SIX BY NICO FANS TUNE IN TO WATCH LIVE NATIONWIDE COOK-ALONG

OVER 20,000 SIX BY NICO FANS TUNE IN TO WATCH LIVE NATIONWIDE COOK-ALONG

Over 20,000 customers tuned in last night to watch Chef Nico Simeone cook the steak pie from his most iconic menu yet, The Chippie.

With all of Six by Nico restaurants reopening across the UK from Monday 13th July, including the new London site, the 40-minute live stream event on Facebook was hosted by Simeone as a thank you to loyal customers who had missed the restaurant during lockdown.

The live demonstration was a first for Simeone and proved to be a viral hit with over 20,000 customers tuning in to watch and 1,000 lucky customers cooking alongside him from the comfort of their own homes. Earlier this week the restaurant invited a host of lucky customers to join in, with ingredients and home kits distributed in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Chef Nico Simeone said:

“It seemed like the perfect time to do this for our loyal community and give our customers across the UK a chance to cook up one of the most famous ‘Chippie’ dishes at home. This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this and was great to meet so many of our customer virtually, I was so impressed by some of their presentation skills and we’re now really looking forward to reopening our restaurants again.”

The conceptual dining experience, brainchild of celebrity chef Nico Simeone, will present ‘The Chippie 2.0’ at its restaurants across the UK to reignite the series of evolving dining experiences. Manchester and Liverpool restaurants will open first on Monday 13th July, Belfast on 15th and Glasgow and Edinburgh on the 17th. The NEW London Fitzrovia restaurant will open for the first time on Monday 20th July.

In April, Chef Nico Simeone launched Home by Nico across Belfast, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh to allow people to experience Six by Nico from the comfort of their own homes. The home delivery kits proved a huge success from the restaurant brand, who have served over 100,000 customers to date during lockdown.

Home by Nico will be paused as the teams focus on re-opening all Six by Nico restaurants and plans for the food delivery business will be revealed later this year.

Diners can now book a table now for ‘The Chippie 2.0’, which will run from Monday 13th July – Sunday 6th September 2020. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced at £29 per person and diners will have the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £26. (London prices are £35 per person and £33 for wine pairings).

Bookings are now live. To make a reservation or to find out more, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk/

SIX BY NICO BELFAST REVEALS ‘THE CHIPPIE’ AS REOPENING MENU

SIX BY NICO BELFAST REVEALS ‘THE CHIPPIE’ AS REOPENING MENU

The much loved Six by Nico restaurant in Belfast will once again open its doors on Wednesday 15th July serving up ‘The Chippie’ menu.

The conceptual dining experience is the brainchild of Scottish-Italian chef, Nico Simeone – the man behind the cherished restaurant brand.

Following 12 weeks of closure due to Covid-19, the team can reveal that the eagerly anticipated first six-week menu is ‘The Chippie 2.0’. The popular theme first introduced to launch the Belfast restaurant in 2019 has been elevated and refined to offer Six by Nico customers an extraordinary new food and drink adventure.

‘The Chippie 2.0’ will re-ignite the series of evolving concepts – which includes a six-course tasting-menu, providing a nostalgic nod to the traditional fish and chip shop. Items on the menu are creatively re-imaged with an extra contemporary twist, giving people a fun and unexpected dining experience.

Dishes on ‘The Chippie 2.0’ menu includes; Chips & Cheese (Parmesan Espuma & Crisp / Curry Oil / Brandade Croquette / Vinegar Powder / Brown Sauce); Scrabster Monkfish(Cheek / Dill Emulsion / Gribiche / Peas / Beurre Blanc); Steak Pie (Speyside Beef Shin / Burnt Onion Ketchup / Mushroom Duxelle / ‘Meaty Salsa’); Fish Supper (Shetland Cod / Pickled Mussels / Confit Fennel / Samphire / Beer Emulsion; Smoked Sausage (Trio of Pork / Apple / Black Pudding / Salt Baked Celeriac / Choucroute) and finally back by very popular demand, Deep Fried Mars Bar for dessert (Chocolate Pave / Blood Orange Sorbet / Cocoa Nib). A separate vegetarian menu is also available.

Chef Nico Simeone said; “The Chippie was originally designed to bring a sense of fun and nostalgia, and when talking to our team and Six by Nico community about which menu we wanted to re-open with, it was clear we wanted to bring those feelings back.

When we first opened here in Belfast, ‘The Chippie’ was hugely popular so not only does this mean our existing customers get the opportunity to experience a new version, but it gives us the chance to share it with even more people the second time around”.

The restaurant will re-open with a reduced capacity, allowing 60 guests to dine in one sitting.

Nico added; “I’m really proud of the work the team has put in behind the scenes throughout the pandemic. The Six by Nico experience is something that is really special to us and while we have a reduced capacity, the experience will not be compromised.”

Six by Nico continue to work extremely hard behind the scenes to make everything as safe for their team and customers as possible. With this in mind, they have introduced a new ‘Wellbeing’ policy across their restaurants in line with UK government guidelines. Please visit, www.sixbynico.co.uk/wellbeing to learn more.

In April, Chef Nico Simeone launched Home by Nico across Belfast, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh to allow people to experience Six by Nico in their homes. Home delivery kits proved a huge success from the restaurant brand serving over 100,00 customers during lockdown. Home by Nico will be paused as the teams focus on re-opening all Six by Nico restaurants and plans for the food delivery business will be revealed later this year. Six by Nico London, located in Fitzrovia, will also open for the first time ever on Monday July 20th.

Diners can book a table now for ‘The Chippie 2.0’, which runs from Wednesday 15th July – Sunday 6th September 2020. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced at £29 per person and diners will have the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine pairing for an additional £26. ‘The Chippie’ themed snacks of Sourdough Bread, Shellfish Butter and Filo Cannelloni / Taramasalata / Lemon Gel / Keta Caviar are also available at £5 per person.

From today, Six by Nico bookings are now live. To make a reservation or to find out more, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk/belfast

DELIVERY IS BACK ON THE MENU AT FISH CITY

DELIVERY IS BACK ON THE MENU AT FISH CITY

Are you missing some tasty Fish & Chips or a mouth-watering Seafood Chowder? Worry no more! Award-winning restaurant, Fish City, is thrilled to announce that its delivery service is now LIVE.

With a sprinkle of salt, lashings of vinegar and a good spoonful of mushy peas, it’s no wonder this hearty dish is a local and national favourite.

Yet, given the introduction of social distancing and the #stayhome campaign, Fish City was forced to close its doors temporarily. Keen to bring its signature dishes back to the masses, the team has been working hard to get delivery back on the menu.

Based in Belfast City Centre, Fish City, has now partnered with Just Eat, along with Deliveroo, Uber Eats and its own app – to bring some of its amazing dishes straight to you.

“This has been an extremely unsettling and worrying time for all businesses.” says owner of Fish City John Lavery.

“But we have remained focused on supporting our team and our customers. Our commitment to serving “the freshest seafood and most sustainable in town” has earned us a number of awards.

“At this stage in the lockdown, people are probably bored of cooking at home and are looking for a real treat to see them through this time. Fish & Chips has always been a local favourite and our customers can choose from some of our favourite fish and seafood dishes, such as Haddock or Cod Fish & Chips, Seafood Linguine or the Fisherman’s Curry. All cooked fresh to order.

“We took this initial period since closing the restaurant to ensure we could perfect the logistics around delivery. We are adhering to the government guidelines and ensuring the safety of our customers and staff remains paramount.”

Delivery is available from 5pm tonight (Friday 10 March) to the Belfast and surrounding area. You can also collect from the eatery direct and due to the relaxed parking restrictions on Ann Street, get right to the door.

You can download the Fish City app via its website: www.fish-city.com or you can order via Deliveroo, Uber Eats and now Just Eat. Alternatively, you can avail of its click and collect service online www.fishcity/Iwantfed.com or call 028 9023100.

UNITED WINES LAUNCHES ‘I HEART GIN’

UNITED WINES LAUNCHES ‘I HEART GIN’

United Wines is delighted to announce the launch of i heart Gin into Northern Ireland.

As current distributors of the Freixenet Copestick’s i heart Wine range, United Wines is working to promote this latest addition to the best-selling range. The introduction of i heart Gin also marks a move by Freixenet Copestick’s into spirits for the first time. The launch brings two new gins to the ever-growing spirits market, i heart Gin & i heart Pink Gin, just in time for Mother’s Day and Easter.

Gin is considered to be a favourite spirit to enjoy by the Northern Ireland consumer. Gin sales have increased by 40% in the past 12 months in the UK, according to WSTA, (Wine and spirits trade Association, 2020) proving that the spirit market is in high demand.

The move into spirits is starting with a 40% abv classic juniper gin alongside a 37.5% abv pink gin which is flavoured with strawberry, juniper and herbs.

Emma Haughian, United Wines Brand Manager said: “We are delighted to expand the availability of i heart Gin within key Northern Ireland stores.  We have had great success with the i heart brand previously and to have this latest gin as a brand-new option, we anticipate there will be a real draw for consumers. Gin sales are on the increase here and having two flavours in the range is an added bonus.”

I heart Gin and i heart Pink Gin are available in all participating good independent retailers from 1st March 2020, RRP: £16/17. The launch will be supported with a social media influencer campaign and in store visibility drive.

REVOLUTIONARY FOOD WASTE APP ‘GANDER’ PROVES A SOARING SUCCESS

REVOLUTIONARY FOOD WASTE APP ‘GANDER’ PROVES A SOARING SUCCESS

Gander, a world-first award-winning app created to reduce food waste, has transformed the spending habits of Northern Ireland shoppers with a significant soar in downloads and increased sales of yellow stickered foods since its launch last August.

Earmarking Northern Ireland as the initial launch pad for the app, over 41,000 downloads have taken place in the last four months, placing it in the top 12% of apps nationally. In addition, up to 45% more reduced-price food have sold which means 45% more has been kept from going to waste. These improvements mean that stores on average are selling between 85-100% of their reduced product shown on Gander, with yellow-stickered items selling 40% quicker since the introduction of Gander; and often at higher prices as shoppers are interested in getting the reduction as soon as it appears.

Gander integrates directly with a retailers POS which enables retailers to automatically display to shoppers in real-time all reduced-to-clear food on the shelves within their local store.  Furthermore, Gander does this automatically, meaning nothing changes in store at all and no additional staff training. The app allows the customer ultimate control over what reduced priced goodies they search for, whether it is by location, favourite stores, reduction, food type and even dietary.

Speaking on the success, one of Gander’s founders, Ashley Osborne says: “The traction and growth of Gander has been amazing. We had expected a decent level of interest, but never envisaged the degree of downloads – especially when only trialled in Northern Ireland initially. The level of positive buy-in demonstrated by customers and retailers alike has been phenomenal and testament that Gander’s proposition is a great fit for consumers out there.

“Customer feedback has been incredibly supportive and the interest in high quality reduced food is impressive, now that they can actually see what is available whereas previously you would have to go to the store and hope to find something reduced. Plus, shoppers are feeling empowered thanks to Gander, aiding them to be more sustainable in their shopping choices. This supports the app’s endeavour to decrease and prevent food waste and create a more sustainable environment has also proved highly effective.”

Ashley adds: “All in all this has led to not only a substantial reduction in surplus and waste, but an increase in overall sales of reduced items, with up to an 800% return on investment for a retailer using Gander.”

Gander launched initially by integrating with Henderson Technologies award winning EDGEPos system to display all of the yellow stickered produce from their stores in real time. Gander went live in 310 participating SPAR, EUROSPAR, ViVO and ViVOxtra stores.

Due to the successful launch of Gander, it has attracted a lot of interest from additional retailers, many of whom will be rolling out with Gander in the next few months across UK and ROI.

The Gander app can be downloaded via the Apple or Android app stores

CITY PICNIC TO RE-LAUNCH FOLLOWING £500,000 INVESTMENT

CITY PICNIC TO RE-LAUNCH FOLLOWING £500,000 INVESTMENT

Popular Belfast eatery, City Picnic is set to open its doors once against amidst a £500,000 investment, creating 35 new jobs in the process. As the last city centre tenant to reopen following the Primark Bank Buildings fire, City Picnic has undergone a major revamp and menu refresh since its closure in August 2018. Fronted by business partners Gavin Gregg and Arthur McAnerney, the Castle Street restaurant is poised to take Belfast by storm with its renewed commitment to speedy service and quality food.

Located on Castle Street, this marks the first major revamp of City Picnic since it first hit the Belfast food scene in 2011. Working with Northern Ireland based interior and fitout company, Terry Design – the space has been given a new lease of life, incorporating a mixture of quirky Nordic design elements with a urban chic finish. The space has been entirely reconfigured to ensure efficiency is at the forefront of City Picnic going forward whilst not comprising on aesthetics. An ‘outside in’ vibe has been created for the large unit featuring a wide range of plants, mixed with vibrant lighting and textures, resulting in a completely unique look for this new city-centre addition. The overhauled food selection encompasses breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring a wide range of burgers, pizzas, salads, wraps and much more. City Picnic will offer a fast-food style service with the food sourced from natural and fresh ingredients from local providers.

With over 30 years’ cheffing experience working in restaurants all over the globe, co-founder Gavin Gregg expressed his anticipation for the people of Belfast to indulge in their rejuvenated menu. Gavin said, ‘We are delighted to finally be reopening City Picnic, having utilised our time after the fire to research and develop our menu to cater to the needs of the people of Belfast and beyond. Belfast has seen an influx of new restaurants in recent years, but we wanted to offer up something unique. Our new focus is on swift service without sacrificing the flavour and quality of the food on offer. Our customers could order a wrap, a burger or even a pizza and be presented with their order moments later. There are so many tantalising and mouth-watering choices on the new menu that I know customers will love.’

Sharing Gavin’s excitement, Arthur added, ‘Having to close the doors due to the Primark fire was a very difficult time for the business. We operated from a temporary catering trailer in Royal Avenue last year however we always knew we were going to eventually reopen in our original home. We spent time perfecting the menu, experimenting with innovative new food combinations and testing new recipes. We studied our space and assessed how we can best use the vast unit, making it a culinary hub in the city centre. So, whilst it wasn’t ideal to have to close the unit, we are excited about this new chapter for City Picnic. We are confident our customers, old and new, will love the revamp and will thoroughly enjoy the new menu.’

Operating seven days a week from 10am until 10pm, City Picnic will seamlessly switch from breakfast to lunch to dinner throughout the day without closing to customers. The menu will include offerings for all dietary requirements including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan as well as a distinctive drinks menu with a variety of craft beers, wine and cocktails.  City Picnic will open to the public on Wednesday 4th December at 10am. For more information on City Picnic visit www.facebook.com/citypicnic