Gardner Merchant has postponed its school meals survey, published every two years, from June to 22 September, to coincide with the return of children to school after the summer holiday.
Visitors to the first Manchester Food and Drink Festival, which runs from 1-11 October, will be invited to eat their way around the world at the city's 430 licensed premises which offer 35 different styles of cuisine.
Tadcaster-based pub management company the CM Group has changed its name to Commer Group, after its Commer Inns estate of tenanted pubs. Its managed house division, Magnet Management Services, becomes Commer Management.
Cornish clotted cream has won protection against imitation throughout the European Union, despite objections from the French who feared it could restrict the sale of dairy products from Brittany's Corouaille area. The protected status means only clotted cream made in Cornwall can carry the name.
Roebuck a fellow
John Roebuck, managing director of Etrop Grange hotel near Manchester Airport, has been elected a Fellow of the HCIMA.
Most women would rather be wined and dined by their partner than by a Hollywood star, according to the Durex Summer Sex Survey. While 26% of females opted for their other half (against just 18% of men), only 9% picked a star.