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A trip on the Orient Express: the return of vintage railway dining

Post Image The 150-year long tradition of onboard dining experiences has all but vanished from rail travel today, barring a few exceptions where a handful of providers still offer first-class catering. However, it’s a long way from the romantic scenes we’ve long seen on the silver screen, with dining carriages, plush, velvet chairs and elaborately folded napkins. Such a thirst for this forgotten era has seen the return of vintage railway dining experiences pop up all over the world. We take a look at the vintage revival and examine its popularity.Read More

Culinary history: Italian cuisine

Post Image Cooking, dining and cuisine has come a long way in the UK in 100 years. Despite, what seems for many of us, a long love affair with international food, you might be surprised to know that we’ve only really been experimenting with new flavours and food from overseas since the 1960s. We’ve looked back at the history of Italian cuisine, and how it eventually found its way to the UK.Read More

Dining on board: The celebrity chefs changing travel

Post Image Following on from our recent look at the history of cruise ship dining, we’re exploring the travel dining experience further by looking at the celebrity chefs that have taken the industry to new levels. These gourmet menu ideas spark interest for passengers, and add luxury to their journey.Read More

The rise of craft gin

Post Image Our recent exploration of the rise in independent distilleries highlighted key changes in consumer behaviour and a surge in the trend of craft spirits, such as gin and whiskey, as significant drivers for the industry. As gin distributors, we have taken a closer look at some of the current gin trends in 2018, to see where your customer will be wanting to try next.Read More

Catering to air passenger demand

Post Image As of 2017, UK airports see over 287 million passengers passing through commercial airport terminals each year. As such, it’s no wonder the hospitality offering has become so competitive, offering quality passenger experience with a variety of restaurants, cafes, takeaway catering and bars available. Read More

The rise of the local distiller

Post Image Just as craft beer has seen a boom in recent years, so too has the spirit industry. From the more traditional spirits like whiskey, to the once old-fashioned and now trendy craft of distilling gin, the UK spirits industry has soared from strength to strength in the last five years alone, with the number of distilleries rising from 152 to 315 in Britain. Read More

The history of cruise ship dining

Post Image Cruising, once a luxury holidaying option reserved for the wealthiest of travellers, now sees nearly 2 million passengers from the UK and Ireland aboard today as the industry reaches record numbers. From its origins of first class dining rooms and silver service, through slightly murkier waters of budget cruise buffets, we take a look back at the cruise ship’s history to see how the dining experience has changed. Read More

The rise of craft beer

Post Image Following on from our recent look at the rise of independent breweries and beer distributors in the UK, we’re looking at how craft beer has boomed in the drinks industry over the last few years. Read More

The rise of the independent brewer

Post Image In case you missed it, in recent years, craft beers and independent breweries have taken the on-trade world by storm. As of October 2017, the number of breweries in the UK soared past the 2,000 mark – the first time it’s done so since the 1930s. As we’re seeing such impressive growth in the independent breweries sector, we thought we’d take a look at just how the industry has got to where it is today. Read More

Catering for allergies in travel environments

Post Image It’s becoming more and more common for airlines and travel companies to experience serious allergies in-flight and on the move. A matter of passenger safety, this is not something to be ignored and crews should have the resources and the training to deal with allergies if and when they arise. Peanut and nut allergies pose particular risk to sufferers and even the smallest particles in the air could trigger a life-threatening reaction. To keep passengers safe and operations running as they should, we’ve got some top tips for catering for allergies and keeping customer experience positive.Read More

Where next? Technology in the travel world

Post Image In case you missed it, we recently wrote an article all about the importance of experience to today’s passengers. Premium products and well-designed spaces have long been the two primary elements used to create great experiences, but now more than ever, technology is starting to come into play. From virtual reality (VR) to onboard connections, we explore the future of technology within the travel world. Read More

Beer and food pairings: the experts’ choice

Post Image 2018 is in full swing and spring is on its way. With temperatures on the up and longer days, customers are out and about and on the lookout for new culinary experiences. To make your menu truly stand out from the crowd, we’ve taken advice from our very own beer sommelier. Match your menu with your beverages with our expert’s guide to a memorable meal and the beers to go with it!Read More

The experience passengers expect

Post Image Now more than ever, the travel industry is booming. Latest reports from the ONS indicate that UK residents completed 70.8million trips overseas in 2016 alone, with £43.8billion being spent on holidays and trips abroad in the same year. With that in mind, travel is no longer a case of getting from A to B for passengers. No matter the purpose of their trip, UK passengers’ expectations are on the rise and their experience starts before they even start their journey.Read More

Rising product stars of 2018

Post Image Every year, we look ahead at some of the most exciting trends to come in the world of food and drink. With 2018 firmly underway, we’re taking stock of what’s to come in the next 12 months. Our experts have scoured our portfolio and chosen their top products set to make their mark on the travel industry this year.Read More

Our perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes

Post Image February is the month of love, and we’re in the Valentine’s spirit! Our passion lies in supplying our clients with premium food and drink supplies that keep customers coming back time and time again. With that in mind, it only makes sense for us to celebrate our love of high quality beverages in the only way we know how. Here’s our favourite romantic twists on a few old classics...Read More

We meet… Mark Walker

Post Image Mark is the man who keeps everything running smoothly here at CSS Group. We caught up with our head of operations to talk all things logistics, products and life at CSS.Read More

Understanding the AWRS

Post Image At CSS Group, we’re committed to providing the highest quality service, keeping our customers informed and engaged at all times. That’s why it’s so important for us to let you know CSS Group are authorised and registered on the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS). But what does that mean for you? We’ve laid out the key principles of AWRS, to give you added peace of mind. Read More

We meet... David Wood

Post Image It's always exciting to hear about a business from someone who knows it inside out and from start to finish. That's why we decided to take some time to talk to our founder and MD to find out what he loves the most about CSS Group. Read More

The history of CSS Group

Post Image As one of the UK’s well-established specialist consolidators and distributors of multitemperature food and drink, our history matters. Founded in 1996, CSS Group has gone from strength to strength, with a number of key events that have made the business the success it is today. Read More

CSS Travel - Your questions answered

Post Image At CSS Travel we aim to provide the best service possible and to take the stress out of your day! We’re always transparent and honest, tailoring everything we do to your needs. That’s why we’ve answered the top seven questions we get asked, to help you make the most out of our services.Read More

We meet… Chris Budd

Post Image This month, we have a chat with our On Trade Business Development Manager, Chris Budd, on life at CSS Group and what he's looking out for. 
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The top products to watch this season

Post Image Just like any other industry, trends come and go in the world of travel catering. We’ve taken our pick of the products we’re seeing make their way to the top of the market this summer, to help you provide the best service for your customers in the busy sunshine season.Read More

How travel food has improved over the years

Post Image Travel food, especially on planes, was once notorious for being rather less than perfect. However, over the years, the sector has seen marked improvements, to the point where you might now actually look forward to your meal on the go. We take a look at just a few of the ways travel food has raised its game over the years.Read More

The go-to travel destinations this year

Post Image As established providers of food, drink and catering supplies to the UK’s travel industry, it’s only natural that we’ve kept up to date with the latest trends in the sector. With so many more people travelling, especially during the summer months, and embracing different foods, here’s what’s set to be popular in the season ahead.Read More

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A leading distributor of beverages and snacks to the travel and leisure industry, CSS Travel has an extensive range of products available for international delivery.

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