Stephen Jardine: Beware Coke Christmas trucks bearing ‘gifts’

A sugary drink giveaway by Coca-Cola is ‘last thing children need’ at Christmas, writes Stephen Jardine

Scots have a reputation for having a bad diet, but this country has some of the finest produce (Picture: Getty Images)

Jane Bradley: How the myth of bad British food was born

I always knew French president Jacques Chirac was a bad egg – well before he was ever convicted of corruption and diverting public funds – when he launched a vitriolic attack on British cuisine.

Private equity giant Bridgepoint is to spearhead Burger King's expansion across the country after becoming the restaurants chain's master UK franchisee, sources have said. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Scotland set for more Burger King outlets under new owners

Private equity giant Bridgepoint has seized control of Burger King’s UK brand, vowing to revamp the fast food business and expand it across the country.

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Second quarter of rising sales. Picture: Contributed

Asda on the rebound but more work in store

Supermarket giant Asda has posted another rise in quarterly sales as its turnaround continues to take hold, but admitted it has “more work to do”.

Burger King are to open more stores across the UK. Picture: Getty Images

Poor menus and ‘bizarre’ hours leave visitors to Scotland with a sour taste

Visitors to Scotland feel let down by a lack of local produce and poor value for money when they eat out, a major new study has revealed.

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"Throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel". Picture: Getty

Stephen Jardine: Throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel

Like racist sitcoms and corporal punishment in schools, this survey from VisitScotland feels like a throwback to a darker time when we ate gruel and were grateful for it. In recent years, research has shown visitors to Scotland have an increasing expectation when it comes to food and drink. It is deeply disturbing to learn we’re still not delivering it.

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A platter of crab, lobster, langoustine and mussels on a table overlooking Loch Fyne. (Picture: VisitScotland)

Leader comment: Scotland’s food is letting us down

Scotland has some wonderful food: Loch Fyne oysters, West Coast langoustines, Ayrshire new potatoes, prime venison from the Highlands, the list goes on.

Greggs faced a call for a boycott due to the Nativity scene. Picture: Taylor Herring/Greggs/PA Wire

Calls for Greggs boycott after sausage roll replaced Jesus

Greggs the bakers has apologised for placing a sausage roll in the Nativity scene to advertise its Advent calendar.

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The rise in the basic rate comes as inflation is holding steady. Picture: Thinkstock/PA

Martin Flanagan: Nothing to suggest rate rise was wrong

Inflation holding steady last month at 3 per cent boosts hopes that price rises have peaked.

The latest rise in food price inflation is now at 3.4 per cent. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Groceries rise at fastest rate since 2003

Grocery prices rose at their fastest rate in four years over the past three months, with a supermarket sales increase almost entirely due to inflation, figures show.

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Ikea raises prices due to increased costs from Brexit. Picture: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

Ikea raises prices after rise in import costs from Brexit

Swedish retailer Ikea has increased prices on some UK products after being confronted by higher import costs following sterling’s slump since the Brexit vote.

Grocery prices have risen at their fastest rate in four years (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Inflation has caused grocery prices to rise at fastest rate in four years

Grocery prices rose at their fastest rate in four years over the past three months, with a supermarket sales increase almost entirely due to inflation, figures show.

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Scotmid boss named new chair of Scottish Retail Consortium

The boss of supermarket and convenience store chain Scotmid has been named as the new chairman of trade organisation the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC).

The government hopes that Wednesdays Supreme Court ruling will begin to change Scots attitudes to drink. Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty

Leader: A price worth paying to cure nation’s drink problem

As a nation, we buy enough alcohol for every single person in the country to exceed the recommended maximum every week of the year. The average Scot buys more than 20 units of alcohol a week, compared with the guideline figure of 14 units. And, every week, an average of 24 Scots die because of alcohol-related health problems. It is fair to say that Scotland has a drink problem.

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A stained glass window by artist David Mola is part of the range inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Start-up to launch range celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh

An Edinburgh-based start-up has been commissioned to help create a new collection of works to celebrate next year’s 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Use of food banks in Scotland has been growing sharply

Stephen Jardine: How fridges can help build a genuine community

Every so often, an idea comes along that is brilliant in its simplicity. Paisley shopkeeper Rekz Afzal is among those to have embraced one such idea – community fridges.

The Official Christmas Coca Cola truck in Princes Street, Edinburgh

Leader comment: Multinational companies are feasting on our appetite for sugar

That a single child has to have a limb amputated because of the food they eat should shock us all into taking action to reduce the vast amount of sugar in our diet.

An architect's impression of the Candleriggs development, viewed from the Trongate. Pictures: Contributed

Long-awaited development of Candleriggs in Glasgow moves forward

An ambitious scheme to transform a long-neglected city centre site in Glasgow has won planning approval.

The latest Paddington adventure has just gone on cinema release. Picture: Studiocanal

Fife vintage specialist supplies props for Paddington film

Fife-based vintage specialist Scaramanga is celebrating after supplying props for the newly released Paddington 2 movie. Two of its large brass padlocks feature in the family film, which opened today in the UK.


The John Lewis Chrismas advert has arrived and it’s magical

A young boy and his imaginary monster under the bed are the stars of this year’s eagerly anticipated John Lewis Christmas campaign.

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