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Curry fans spend £30,000 in a lifetime

Curry lovers spend an average of £30,200 on the favourite food in a life- time, it has been calculated in a new

online survey. The typical adult spends £9.60 each week on Indian food the OnePoll. com survey found.

Christmas dinner still a priority

A recent survey by IGD’s ShopperTrack has found that around 75% of shop- pers are planning to spend more or the same on their Christmas meal this festive period compared to last year. By contrast about 36% are planning to

spend less on Christmas presents and 38% will not spend as much on going out to restaurants, pubs and bars over the same period.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief execu- tive, IGD, says, “While shoppers are

planning to spend less on presents and going out, their Christmas meal is regarded as the priority over the fes- tive season and they don’t want the belt-tightening to spoil it.”

According to a spokesman for OnePoll, “It’s staggering how much money goes on curries.”

School kids get a taste of real-life spice

As part of their work on a project on India, com- paring life in Chembakolli, a village in the south of the country, to that in South Shields, chil- dren at a South Tyneside school, Westoe Crown Primary visited the award-winning Jai Ho res- taurant owned by Khamal Hussain. They were able to learn about the food and culture of the country during the visit which cost the children just £1 each.

Westoe Crown’s senior education practitioner, Elaine Miller says, “It was a fantastic experience and one of the best visits I’ve been on with the chil- dren because it was real life. Khamal explained the origin of curry coming to South Shields and the kids all said they would take their mums and dads back to the restaurant.”

Mr Hussain, who saw his restaurant recently nominated as the UK’s best newcomer in the 2010 British Curry Awards, adds, “The good thing is that it gets kids used to the culture. Hopefully, in time, it will get kids to mingle more and I got a great buzz out of seeing the kids enjoy them- selves and learn at the same time.”

Volunteers needed for University Research Survey.

Thames Valley University in partnership with the Spice Business Magazine is conducting research into the business environment in which Asian restaurants operate.

We are looking for owners or operators of Indian, Bangladeshi,

Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Nepalese or Balti restaurants to complete a short survey. This survey will take only 10 minutes and you only need to tick your responses to short questions.

Your answers will be treated with the strictest confidence and only in accordance with TVU research guidelines.

To take part in the survey simply enter the following link into the web browser of your computer.


If you have any questions, please email,

Senior Lecturer, Thames Valley University Many Thanks

Spice Business Magazine 23 December 2010

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