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 chair Glenn Roberts awarded Doctorate of Foodservice

NAFEM honour recognises contribution to foodservice equipment industry

CESA chair Glenn Roberts, left, with NAFEM President Kevin Fink at the Doctorate of Food Service awardsGlenn Roberts C.F.S.P., chair of CESA, was awarded a Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) by NAFEM, the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, during the NAFEM Show in February.

A NAFEM spokesperson said, “We’d like to thank Glenn for his contributions to the industry at large and to the Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association (CESA) specifically.”


The force is strong in the winner of CESA’s student quiz

Sam Quigley of St Albans awarded £100 of Amazon vouchers

Students getting busy with the quiz on the CESA stand at the Great Hospitality Show 2017In a sign that the force is awakening in the new generation of foodservice workers, the winner of the Student Quiz run by CESA at the 2017 Great Hospitality Show is Star Wars fan Sam Quigley. Currently studying Hospitality & Catering at Oaklands College in St Albans, Sam is also working at Sopwell House as part of his course.

The quiz is designed to test student’s knowledge of catering equipment and includes questions related to best practices for safety in the kitchen, how to maximise efficiency as well as more general questions about the industry as a whole. (more…)

Clearing up the FOG

Following restaurant’s £5,495 fine, CESA offers advice on FOG solutions

Severn Trent Water’s successful prosecution of Café Saffron in Codsall has highlighted the issue of fats, oil and grease (FOG) – and underlined the need for the catering industry to deal with it.  The restaurant was fined £5,495 for creating a blockage in the sewer system, as a result of not dealing with FOG from its kitchen.  Severn Water described it as a landmark case and it could easily lead to more prosecutions.


CFSP awards at The Great Hospitality Show 2017

Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA, presented awards to the latest group of CFSP (Certified Food Service Professional) alumni during The Great Hospitality Show 2017.

“There are now well over 400 CFSP-accredited foodservice executives in the UK,” he said.  “The programme is gathering momentum and is raising the professionalism of the industry – not only in this country, but also abroad.  CFSP-accreditation gives credibility as well as knowledge, to both the individual and their organisation.”


Great Hospitality Show stop press

CESA’s Group Buyer Programme will connect VIP visitors and exhibitors

‘Virtual concierge’ helps group buyers make the most of their time at the Show

CESA’s Group Buyer Programme is back, this time helping key foodservice operators get more out of their visit to the Great Hospitality Show.  It also helps CESA members who are exhibiting at the Show, by pointing buyers in the direction of products they want to see.  The programme was first launched at Hotelympia 2016, where it was responsible for a 13% increase in attendance from group buyers.

The Group Buyer Programme gives VIP visitors an exclusive virtual concierge who will help them quickly find the products they want to view.


Brexit, BIM, Bouncebackability… and talking to the potwasher

evan-davis-speaking-at-the-cesa-conference-2016The CESA Conference 2016, in association with Cedabond, ENSE, and the FCSI UK & Ireland; 18 November, Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel

A pre-Conference straw poll told Evan Davis that delegates were ‘overwhelmingly optimistic’ about the economic future, despite Brexit and Trump.  “Let’s see if we can beat that out of you,” he said.  For him, the big post-referendum economic story was the slump in investment for growth – but what’s happening now may be bigger than Brexit: we may be seeing the end of globalization.  Meanwhile, the prospect of trade tariffs means we will have to get more competitive.  However, as London suffers, with its financial role moving to Europe, the economy may be rebalanced as Northern manufacturers flourish thanks to the weaker value of Sterling.


Mick Shaddock: Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Catering Equipment Industry Award 2016

mick-shaddock-right-with-glenn-roberts18 November 2016: Mick Shaddock, former CESA chair and recently retired managing director of Victor Manufacturing, was named the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Catering Equipment Industry Award for 2016.  The announcement was made on 18 November at the gala dinner at this year’s CESA Conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI UK & Ireland.

Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA, presented Mick with his award.  “It’s a great honour and privilege to present this year’s award to such a worthy and distinguished person,” Glenn said.  “He is known to every one of us and is absolutely one of those who we are all proud to work with.”   (more…)

Catering Equipment Suppliers Cautiously Optimistic in Q3 Business Barometer

Concerns about future of the UK and Europe abound, but business booms in Q3

Companies are reporting that they are performing better economically than the same time last year, but remain pessimistic about the future state of the economy.

The latest CESA business barometer reflects continued confusion amongst UK businesses following the EU referendum, with 55% anticipating improved performance over the next three months compared to the same period last year. This is contrasted by 38% of companies believing the economy will perform less well; 28% believing it will do better and 33% believing there will be no change. (more…)

The catering equipment Knowledge @ Hospitality 2017

CESA offers expertise and an extensive knowledge database – as well as free copies of its latest equipment guides

PLUS: Innovation Zone spotlights latest technologies

CESA is on stand 140, The Great Hospitality Show, NEC Birmingham, 23-25 January 2017

the-ecodesign-and-energy-labelling-guide-part-of-cesas-knowledge-databaseHow do you work out what size fridge you need?  What’s the capacity of an undercounter warewasher?  What sort of cookware do you need with induction?  Just what are, or is, MEPS?  If you’ve got a catering equipment question, head for the CESA stand at The Great Hospitality Show, where the Association will be sharing its knowledge database.  With over 180 member companies, CESA is the leading foodservice equipment trade association and has a wealth of expertise to draw on.  It’s offering this expertise as a practical resource for foodservice operators – for example, the new CESA website includes sections populated with guides and ‘how to’ articles.


CESA Heavy Equipment Forum 2016: footprint, flexibility, FOH – and a post-Brexit boom?

The 2016 CESA Heavy Equipment Forum, Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, October 4th

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccording to catering equipment manufacturers and distributors, there’s been a mini boom in business, post-Brexit.  After an initial pause, as the market came to terms with the referendum, business has been buoyant with a healthy number of schemes in the pipeline.

“The leisure industry is holding up well,” was the consensus at the 2016 CESA Heavy Equipment Forum, held at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, on October 4th.  The Forum is the chance for distributors and catering equipment specifiers to talk to fifteen leading equipment manufacturers and get hands-on experience of many new products.  Clare Mansfield of Global FSE was a first-time delegate, “It’s been really informative, especially with all the new products,” she said.