Food Allergy Aware and law firm Blake Morgan are joining forces in March 2019 to run a mock trial event in Southampton for food businesses wanting to understand more about the legal issues associated with allergens in food produce.
Following a series of high-profile legal cases in 2018 in which food businesses have either incorrectly labelled or not listed ingredients in full, the need for businesses to understand their legal responsibilities when it comes to food products has never been clearer.
To help businesses better understand their obligations – and what happens when things go wrong – Food Allergy Aware and Blake Morgan are holding a ‘mock trial’ on Wednesday 20 March for food businesses on the south coast. The day will include a fictional scenario showing the prosecution of a food business involved in the supply of produce containing allergens which had not been correctly listed. The mock hearing, which will be run by practising barristers and solicitors from Blake Morgan, will also examine the responsibility of each part of the supply chain and explore the dynamics of due diligence and a product recall.
This event will be in an interactive format and provide valuable insight into the legal responsibilities of anyone involved in food operations, along with the real consequences and impact of getting it wrong.
Caroline Benjamin, Founder and Consultant of Food Allergy Aware commented “I’m looking forward to working with the team at Blake Morgan to highlight what happens when something goes wrong in the supply of food products, as well as the legal proceedings that may follow. Our objective in providing awareness training is to help ensure that no food business gets to the point of a criminal prosecution. We want to help food business owners review their processes and, if required, invest in further training and auditing to make sure they’re fully compliant.”
Tom Walker, a Senior Associate Barrister at Blake Morgan said: “Running a food business means understanding the complexities of what goes into each product and how that’s traced across the supply chain. Getting it wrong can be extremely serious, so we’re pleased to be working with Food Allergy Aware to highlight the risks and responsibilities – and what companies can be do to make sure they’re taking action to keep people safe.”
Wednesday 20th March 2019
8.30am to 2.30pm
Blake Morgan Offices – Southampton, New Kings Court Chandler's Ford, Hampshire SO53 3LG
Tickets are priced at £25 per person and includes a light lunch sponsored by Middleton Foods, Venice Bakery and Mozzarilla.
To book go to https://www.fatc.co.uk/events/food-allergy-prosecution-mock-trial/
Seeks equity partner for continued growth
The award-winning group Lemongrass Group of Thai restaurants has announced it is seeking a business partner, following the successful opening of its 13th branch, this time in Hove in Sussex.
Led by Minhaz Nasir, who opened his first Lemon Grass restaurant in Worthing in Sussex in 2005, Lemongrass now has branches in Chichester, Petersfield, Cranleigh, Compton near Guildford, Crawley, Rustington (Littlehampton), Horsham, Burgess Hill, Lewes, Brentwood, two in Worthing and now Hove.
With a focus on fine Thai cuisine, each restaurant has between 55 and 100 covers and generates a profit of around £15,000 a month per site. The restaurants also operate a separately branded in-house Japanese concept, Issa Sushi, in Worthing and Lewes. The company has a 140 full-time staff on its payroll.
Expansion until now has largely been funded through reinvesting profits and a bank facility.
Adopting a low key to the company’s expansion, remaining largely under the radar, Lemongrass restaurants (which have no group website) has built loyal following for its brand of Thai and Japanese. The approach was to void alienating potential custom from the growing segment of the market avoiding large chains. The trend has been confirmed by falling profits and closures among several large-scale operators.
The fast-growing concept has opened 7 sites in the last year, and Nasir (who management team consists of himself and 3 close family members, feels the company is nearing the limit of their operational capabilities.
“The business had proven that it is a scalable concept and it’s time to put in a new management team, update out systems and reengineer the business,” said Nasir. “The best way forward is to partner with an organisation experienced larger operational matters, whilst I focus on our core values and the food, acting as executive chef.”
Lemongrass has been a repeated winner in the prestigious Asian Curry Awards, organised by the Asian Catering Federation. Its Crawley venue was declared Best Thai Restaurant in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 Lemongrass was named Best Asian Restaurant Chain.
Nasir, 44, who was born in Bangladesh where he began cooking at the age of 7, honed his culinary skills in Dubai before moving to London to work in Bangkok restaurant in South Kensington.
The company will listen to offers for up to 50 percent of the company from the right partner.
Lemongrass Fine Thai Cuisine
55 Church Road Hove, East Sussex BN3 2BN
T: 01273 328888 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W:www.lghove.co.uk
Issa Sushi Japanese Cuisine
25/26 High Street. Temple House, Lower Ground Floor, Lewes, BN7 2LU
T: 01273 486696
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