Jumeirah Restaurant Group is to go entirely plastic-free
The Middle Eastern comp...
As the war against plastics heats up, Jumeirah Restaurant Group has said that it will go entirely plastic-free as of March 18th.
The Middle Eastern company, which includes brands such as the Noodle House, Perchic, Pai Thai and Tattoria Toscana, said that it will implement a company-wide ban on single-use plastic straws, swizzle sticks, stirrers and toothpicks across all its food and beverage outlets.
“It is more important than ever that brands take responsibility for their part in creating a better world, and we are committed to phasing out plastic from all our operations as quickly as we can,” says Emma Banks, General Manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group.
“Removing plastic across our entire operation will see us playing our part in reducing the volume that is out there significantly damaging our environment and wildlife, which is something that must be taken into account all over the world.”
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Timed to coincide with ‘International Companies That Care Day’, Jumeirah Group also announced a ‘plastic amnesty’ on March 18th.
This means that any customers dining at a branch of The Noodle House who bring unwanted plastic cutlery with them will receive a 50 per cent discount off their total food bill. However the offer will not apply to the outlet at Dubai International Airport.
The Noodle House, Flow in Emirates Towers, and Madinat-located Pierchic have already announced the removal of plastic straws and cutlery across both restaurants and home delivery services.
This latest effort by the Dubai-based company will see that its other eateries, including Al Nafoorah, Pai Thai, Perry & Blackwelder’s, Trattoria Toscana, Segreto and The Agency are replacing all plastic with eco-friendly alternatives.
The sustainability efforts comes as a string of food and beverage outlets have highlighted the issue of non-biodegradable single use plastics and the threat it poses to the environment.
Just Eat delivers strong first quarter growth as revenues rise 50%
Strong order growth an...
Online takeaway company Just Eat delivered a strong start to the year reporting that revenues rose 49% during its first quarter.
Strong order growth and more high-value delivery orders were credited for the upbeat results as the group posted £177mn in revenue in the first three months of the year.
The takeaway delivery operator said that UK orders rose 24% to £29.7mn during its first quarter, noting that it processed its 400 millionth British order yesterday.
UK orders were lifted by the firm’s acquisition of rival Hungryhouse in January, which added an extra 1 percentage point to UK order growth, according to the company.
The firm also reported strong growth abroad noting that international orders were up 46% to £21.9mn.
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Just Eat said that this was driven by continued triple-digit growth in Canada and strong performances in Italy and Spain which offset “softness” in Australia.
“Just Eat has had a strong start to the year,” commented Peter Plumb, CEO. “We delivered our 400 millionth order in the UK, grew well in Italy and Spain, whilst powering continued momentum in our Canadian delivery service SkipTheDishes.
“I’d like to welcome all our important new Restaurant Partners to the Just Eat family, including those from our successful recent acquisition of Hungryhouse.”
Just Eat was the top rise on the FTSE 100 index, with its shares up more than 4%.
In March, Just Eat announced that it was investing £50mn in developing its own delivery service which has helped to boost its margins.