20 | Hospitality Today | Oct/Nov 2016 82% of Brits don’t take a lunch hour The average lunch break is now just 28 minutes and only 17% of British workers take a full lunch hour, according to research from Mastercard and Ipsos MORI. A hardcore 12% of workers never or hardly ever take a lunch break Two thirds of workers (66%) don’t leave their workplace to eat lunch. Of those working in offices, 70% don’t leave the building. Margaret Mountford, businesswoman, lawyer and star of The Apprentice is urging British businesses to bring back the lunch hour. She said: “Throughout my career I’ve seen employees hunched over their desks wolfing down a sandwich. It makes workers less productive, hampers creativity and numerous studies have shown it’s bad for health, so why do we still do it? Bosses should lead the way by encouraging a culture of lunch breaks – it will boost productivity, creativity and morale as workers feel better and take on the afternoon revitalised. It’s time to stamp out the culture of not taking a lunch hour.” giraffe acquires Ed’s Easy Diner giraffe Concepts Ltd confirmed on 12 October that it has acquired Ed’sEasy Diner. This consists of the brand, the head office team and 33 Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants. MD Tom Crowley commented: “Ed’s Easy Diner has been an integral part of the UK casual dining scene for the past four decades and we are very excited about the business joining the group and the opportunities ahead.” giraffe Concepts Ltd is part of Boparan Restaurants Holdings. BRH also owns and operates a collection of other successful dining brands including Harry Ramsdens, FishWorks and The Cinnamon Collection. Snacks and side orders are a new trend Eating out operators in the UK are holding down the cost of main courses on their menus but boosting customer spend by increasing the price of starters and desserts and focusing on more side dishes, snacks and nibbles, according to recent research from foodservice consultancy Horizons.