CESA’s Innovation Zone showcases new catering concepts; carbon management podcasts launched
Stand 228, Hospitality show, NEC Birmingham, 19-21 January
CESA’s Innovation Zone makes a welcome return to the Hospitality Show and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Showcasing many of the latest innovations in catering equipment, visitors to the Zone will get hands-on experience of the technologies that will cool, cook, clean, manage waste, and process ingredients in commercial kitchens of the future.
“The Innovation Zone has become one of the top draws for the Show,” says CESA director Keith Warren. “Its popularity is all about being able to touch the technology, rather than just seeing it on the page or screen. A big focus will be sustainability.”
CESA will also use the Show to launch a series of carbon management podcasts. Developed jointly with CEDA, the FCSI and DECC, the podcasts are designed as training tools for the hospitality market. The first three cover refrigeration, dishwashers and cooking equipment and show how to minimise energy consumption.
“The Carbon Trust estimates that better practices and more efficient equipment could save the foodservice industry £0.25billion every year, or 30% of total energy use,” says Keith. “These podcasts can help caterers reduce their costs significantly.”
The podcasts are part of the Save It! campaign, a collaboration between CESA, DEFRA, the BHA, CEDA and the FCSI, which aims to encourage good energy practice in the kitchen.
Visitors to the CESA stand can also find out about the Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP) scheme, the specialist qualification designed to give foodservice managers a better understanding of their industry. The latest group of CFSP graduates will receive their awards during the Show and the ‘Wall of Fame,’ listing all CFSP accredited personnel, will be on display in the main entrance to the exhibition hall.
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) is the authoritative voice of the catering equipment industry, representing over 170 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes. For more information on CESA visit www.cesa.org.uk
BHA British Hospitality Association
CEDA Catering Equipment Distributor Association
DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change
DEFRA Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
FCSI Foodservice Consultants Society International