This week we raise a glass to the Great British Pub Award winners, find out how BURT cups could be coming to a Costa near you, consider the delay to Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme and reveal the top 10 questions operators are asking about Natasha’s Law.

Three cheers to the Great British Pub Award winners

This week celebrated the best British pubs at the Great British Pub Awards.  The annual award ceremony saw the finest hostelries recognised for their excellence in categories ranging from best pub food to best pub garden.  And among the winners was Food Alert client The Onslow Arms at Loxwood which was voted ‘Best Pub for Families’. Pub owner Rob Barr said: “It’s been amazing for an award such as the Great British Pub Awards to recognise our team’s commitment to creating great times with family and friends through fantastic food, drink and surroundings in and around the pub.”  Cheers from all of us at Food Alert!


Costa Coffee taps blockchain tech for reusable BURT cup

Lots of us enjoy a coffee on the run but often forget to use a reusable cup. So, we were interested to read of Costa Coffee’s latest initiative that is using blockchain technology to power its reusable cup scheme called BURT. BURT – which stands for ‘Borrow, Use, Reuse, Take Back’ – is being trialled in Glasgow and will last for six months.  The BURT cups are made from stainless steel and use a QR code linked to the customer’s account. The cup can be returned to a participating Costa Coffee store at a time that suits them, where it will be scanned back in by the team, delinked from their account, and machine washed in-store, ready for the next customer. Customers will be given a new BURT cup with each new order.


Scotland’s vaccine passport enforcement to be delayed until October 18

From Friday 1 October anyone wanting to go clubbing or attend a large indoor or outdoor event in Scotland will have to prove their vaccine status. But with such short notice and little time to prepare for the change in legislation, Nicola Sturgeon announced this week that non-compliance enforcement will be delayed by three weeks until October 18th to “test, adapt and build confidence in the practical arrangements” of the vaccine passport scheme.


What you need to know about Natasha’s Law

The long anticipated change to allergen labelling compliance, known as Natasha’s Law, has come into effect today (Friday 1 October). We have been working with our clients to help them prepare for the change with our digital labelling app and the Allergens Management module of our Alert65 compliance software. Understandably, we’ve also been asked a lot of questions about Natasha’s Law, so have pulled together the top 10 most common queries operators are asking.







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