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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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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CESA guide to F-Gas regulations

New guide from CESA explains what foodservice operators need to know about new EU regulations

As part of the requirements of the Kyoto Protocols, the EU is introducing new regulations to help control fluorinated greenhouse gas (F-Gas) emissions. The European Fluorinated Gases Regulation which came into force in July 2007 is currently being revised, the most important new measure being proposed is the phasing down of the supply of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most commonly used of the F-Gases. This is part of an initiative that will reduce European HFC supplies to 21% of 2015 levels by 2030.

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CESA sees positives in election confusion

No hard Brexit is good news for the whole foodservice industry

The biggest concern in the catering equipment industry is uncertainty, according to CESA’s Business Barometer surveys, and the election result would appear to have made the situation worse.  However, CESA says there may be real positives in the result.

“One thing that is crystal clear is that there is no mandate for a hard Brexit,” says Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA.  “In our discussions with the May government we’ve argued all along that our industry needs tariff-free access to the EU market, and that any new immigration controls have to allow us access to the skills and the labour we need.  The prospect of a ‘no deal’ is terrifying: it could be disastrous for the catering equipment industry and the foodservice industry as a whole.”

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CFSP Enhance Seminar looks at trending issues facing kitchen operators and equipment suppliers

2017 event covers areas as diverse as health and safety and customer rights

The 2017 CFSP summer seminar will look at the issues currently dominating the minds of the foodservice supply chain, including health and safety, legal requirements on gas and electricity, and food safety certification.  It will also cover areas of concern to both operators and suppliers, such as the difference between warranties and guarantees, understanding contracts and customer rights, plus it will take a look at recent research into the pains that foodservice operators face on a daily basis – and what can be done about them.

The seminar is part of the CFSP Enhance project and is open to anyone who has completed the Certified Food Service Professional accreditation programme.  It will also count towards increasing an individual’s CFSP rating to gold or platinum.

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‘Bang on’: tableware takes a theatrical hammering

Cortados, cocktails, casual dining, crushed cups, natural colours, copper (again) and more… all trending at the 2017 CESA Light Equipment and Tableware Forum

Drayton Manor, 25-26 April 2017

On display at the 2017 CESA LET Forum, was a plethora of product launches, from buffet displays and tableware to gadgets and gizmos, designed to create theatre on the table, and help give foodservice operators that touch of difference.  Alongside were innovative kitchen equipment concepts, including compact hot holding bins, sous vide baths, multi-functional slicers and dicers and wifi-based temperature logging systems.

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Foodservice industry goes fishing

CESA invitation is ‘Out for Trout…’

Industry Trout Fishing Day, Albury Estate Fisheries, Guildford,

Friday 16th of June 2017, 8:30 – 16:30.

Keith Baldwin of Bravilor is well chuffed with his catch during the 2016 Trout Fishing DayOn June 16th CESA is organising the annual foodservice Industry Trout Fishing Day – this year it will be at Albury Estate Fisheries, in Guildford.

The event is open to all: operators, food and equipment suppliers, CESA members and non-members. It is designed for both experienced fly fisherman and those who want to cast a fly for the first time. “It’s not only great fun, it’s also a valuable networking event for the industry,” says Malcolm Harling, chair of the CESA marketing committee.  (more…)

Understanding the sous vide and slow cooking revolution

CESA event looks at sous vide, low temperature and the latest slow cooking technologies

Westminster Kingsway College, London SW1, May 17, 9am till 3pm

CESA's Understanding the Sous Vide Revolution is on May 17It’s no understatement to say that the slow cooking technologies developed in recent years are revolutionising the way commercial kitchens operate.  ‘Understanding the Sous Vide Revolution’ is a CESA event that combines a comprehensive conference speaker programme, featuring leading chefs, operators and technical experts, with live demonstrations and the opportunity to get hands-on experience of the latest sous vide and slow cooking appliances.

Keynote speakers will cover specialist topics aimed at giving operators, consultants and equipment dealers a comprehensive understanding of slow cooking concepts and benefits, as well as insights into the latest advances.

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Brexit: UK catering equipment industry sees some positives amidst the fears:

CESA’s Business Barometer underlines worries – but provides a powerful tool for the Association’s negotiations with government

Just how concerned the UK catering equipment industry is about Brexit is highlighted in the latest CESA Business Barometer.  However, there are positives, especially in terms of trading, with many companies reporting continuing growth in sales, despite the uncertainties.

The Barometer is a quarterly survey of CESA members, aiming to find out the key issues affecting their businesses, their perceptions about the future, and their plans over the next 12 months.

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CESA tells UK Government: we need trade and we need voice in Europe, post-Brexit

‘Positive’ meeting at Downing Street outlines catering equipment industry needs to Lord Bridges

Left to right, Keith Warren, Phil Williams , Lord Trefgarne, Glenn Roberts and Richard Cromwell at Westminster for the meeting with Lord BridgesMarch 15 2016: CESA met with Lord Bridges at 9 Downing Street to present the catering equipment industry’s position on Brexit.  Lord Bridges is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.  The meeting lasted 50 minutes and was ‘very positive’, according to Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA.  “The government are keen to engage with our industry, they want to know about the sector and what it needs,” he said.

Alongside Roberts at the meeting, and representing the catering equipment industry, were Lord Trefgarne, patron of CESA, Keith Warren, director of CESA, and Phil Williams and Richard Cromwell, who are both on the CESA Council.  (more…)