CESA (the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association)

The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) represents over 190 companies who supply commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes. Buying equipment and services from a CESA member gives you the security of working with people that will ensure you get professional advice and service.

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CESA Conference: bonus session on the Smart Kitchen

Friday breakfast panel to consider kitchen connectivity

2017 CESA Conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November, De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel, Reading

This year’s CESA Conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI, is on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November.  Now CESA has announced that there will be a bonus session for delegates on Friday, with a breakfast discussion panel on the Smart Kitchen.

The panel will be led by Gary Meehan who, for almost 30 years, has worked with food equipment brands as a digital strategy, software development and marketing consultant.  His focus has been to help them make better use of digital systems, applications and technology, to streamline operations and enhance the customer experience. As a strong advocate for the benefits associated with ‘smart connected kitchens’ he has spent the last four years leading the development of a common information, asset and lifecycle management ecosystem for the foodservice industry.

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Disruptive technologies, foodservice trends… and Michael Portillo

CESA unveils provocative programme for 2017 Conference

 2017 CESA Conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November, De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel, Reading

CESA’s speaker platform for the 2017 Conference is designed to inform and stimulate.  The Conference theme is Moving Forward in a Changing World and a highlight of the day will be Robin Clark, restaurant services director of Just Eat, who will talk about delivering change.  (more…)

Northern Ireland Food Waste: dewaterer systems given green light

CESA successfully lobbies NIEA

Foodservice businesses in Northern Ireland are now required to collect their food waste separately. The regulations have been developed by The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). As part of the initiative, the Agency had been considering banning food waste dewatering systems. However, following discussions between CESA and NIEA, the Agency re-examined the issue of dewaterers and they will now be permitted in the Province.

“This is good news for both catering operators and suppliers of dewatering systems,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “By separating food waste from water, dewaterers provide a valuable service. The solid food waste takes up a much smaller volume, reducing collection costs, and the grey water they produce is safe to be discharged into sewers. “

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PFS: attracting, retaining and training staff – CESA maps out the fundamentals

New training initiative explains Principles of Food Service to newcomers to the industry

The catering industry is suffering from a skills shortage and the need to recruit more staff.  Brexit is likely to increase this pressure.  What’s needed is a way to encourage people to enter the industry and, once here, to quickly pick up the basics and build a career.  That’s why CESA has launched the Principles of Food Service (PFS) training initiative.  It aims to give newcomers the knowledge they need to understand the industry, to help them make the most of their career choice – and to help them start making a positive contribution.

The new training initiative has been born out of the success of the Certified Food Service Professional (CFSP) scheme, launched and run by CESA in conjunction with the University of West London.

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CESA conference 2017 aims to show way forward

Moving Forward in a Changing World:  economic business and technological changes

The CESA Conference 2017, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI UK & Ireland.

15th and 16th November at the DeVere Wokefield Estate near Reading

CESA’s 2017 conference at the DeVere Wokefield Estate welcomes back Steph McGovern, economist and broadcaster as Conference Facilitator. Steph is there to kick off the day’s agenda with an economic and business session as well as to link expert speakers from business and industry.

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BSI honours the man who set standards in catering equipment

CESA’s technical consultant, Bryan Whittaker, receives BSI Distinguished Service award

Bryan Whittaker MBE, CESA’s technical consultant, has been honoured by the British Standards Institute (BSI) with a Distinguished Service Certificate.  The award is a reward for decades of dedicated and professional service, especially in relation to establishing standards in line with EU directives.

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£15,000 in grants for Host exhibitors

CESA accesses DIT funding for UK companies planning show at Milan

CESA met with Department for International Trade (DIT) on July 4 and, as a direct result of the Association’s lobbying, received ten grants of £1500 each for exhibiting companies at the Host Milan exhibition.

“Host Milan is Europe’s leading Ho.Re.Ca show for catering equipment,” says Steve Goodliff, CESA’s Export Group chair.  “It attracts tens of thousands of VIP visitors.  It’s a big opportunity for British companies to talk to key players from Europe and the rest of the world – and, indeed, from the UK.”

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CESA’s essential seminars show CEOs how to thrive in a challenging market

Unprecedented uncertainty brings opportunities as well as pitfalls

CESA has launched a series of high profile seminars designed to help catering equipment companies not only prepare for, but also to exploit the unprecedented challenges the foodservice market is facing.  The Building Business seminars are aimed at CEOs, managing directors and business owners and are free to attend for CESA member companies.

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From waste to warranties: CFSP Enhance seminar enhances industry knowledge

Plus – the launch of PFS, delivering the fundamentals of foodservice knowledge

The first CFSP Enhance seminar took place on June 29th at the First Choice Group conference facility, Blakeney Way, Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock WS11 8LD.

CFSP Enhance is designed to build on the knowledge gained through the CFSP programme, bringing graduates up to speed on the latest industry issues.  The first CFSP Enhance seminar was attended by 80 CFSP graduates.  The key presentation was led by foodservice consultant Doug Fryett, who covered areas as diverse as warranties and food waste.  He also touched on topics including FOG (fats, oil and grease), legal requirements for gas and electricity, and the pains of running a foodservice operation.  (more…)

Brexit starting to bite, says CESA

Latest Brexit Watch figures make ‘difficult reading’

Brexit is really starting to hurt, according to CESA.  The latest Brexit Watch, produced by EURIS, (European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy), of which CESA is a founder member, makes difficult reading.

“The indicators we look at are, for the most part, disappointing,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA.  “The stats underline the need for a Brexit that gives our industries what they want – especially access to the single market and access to the EU workforce.”

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