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Latest Food & Drink articles

  • Handling the headlines: how should food and drink producers deal with a product recall?

    Handling the headlines: how should food and drink producers deal with a product recall?

    Having to make a public recall on products is probably the most feared scenario of any food or drink manufacturer, given the high profile which it is likely to create and the risk to public goodwill. For even the smallest food or drink manufacturer, it is essential that they put in place an appropriate policy to work out what to do if they are required to recall a product for whatever reason.

  • Top tips on tipping

    Top tips on tipping

    Tipping is a situation that everyone finds themselves dealing with, but it’s not always clear what ‘rules’ apply, and what the legal position might be. Here, Dawn Robertson looks at the tips and gratuities both from the point of view of the business receiving the tips and from the perspective of the customer giving the tip.

  • What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    What is a craft distiller and are they due a tax break?

    Is there a case for reduced rates of spirit duty for craft distillers? As Scotland’s craft distilling industry grows, Scott Kerr, head of Harper Macleod’s Food & Drink group, considers whether a new category of “small distillery” should be created to help the fledgling artisans establishing their brands, and whether we need a Campaign for Craft Spirits.