Summer has arrived and with it has come a lack of sunshine. As operators, a lot of us rely on those sunny days to get increased movement and bodies into our shops. And while we suffer from a continued lack of vitamin D, we are also seeing a decline in takeaways and food sales according to Barclays. Pair this with the upcoming election and the UK seems to be in for a disruptive summer season.

And while there is plenty to fret about, there’s also a lot to look forward to. With a summer of sports, operators should be making the most of the Euros, the Olympics and Wimbledon to attract customers – from themed dishes, to viewing parties and special offers, now is the time to get your thinking caps on and market yourselves.

With July coming into play, we are proud to finally announce our next annual Street Food Championships, happening on 26th November 2024 at Big Penny Social in London. For more information on this exciting event, turn to page 18 or head to This event champions street food dishes across the UK and is for all brands to join, both big and small – I cannot wait to see your entries.

In this issue, you’ll discover updates of the grab and go sector (page 20), the evolution of frozen foods (page 32) and breads, buns and bases that are fresh out of the oven (page 40). We dive deep into the world of fast-food deliveries, as told by Jane Renton (page 14) and pop into Mr Bao (page 38).

Until after the election,

Tamsyn Halm