CESA offers attractive UK exhibitor package – but warns that space will sell out fast
GulfHost is a brand new show for catering equipment companies looking to market their products into the Middle East. Taking place in the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE, 18th – 20th September 2017, it will be the region’s main show for catering equipment companies, following the decision to focus the Gulfood exhibition on finished food and beverages only. The new exhibition will be co-located with the established Hotel Show and marketed as part of Dubai International Hospitality Week.
Brexit and beyond; the Specification Issue; collaboration for profit; and rugby – all on the schedule for a packed day of information and networking
The CESA Conference 2016, in association with FCSI UK&I, Cedabond and ENSE,
17th & 18th November, Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel near Solihull
CESA’s 2016 conference, taking place on the 17th & 18th November at Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel near Solihull, is once again bringing together a strong and diverse range of speakers from across the industry and beyond to discuss some of the most important issues currently affecting foodservice. Evan Davis from Newsnight and Dragon’s Den will be returning to facilitate the conference, which is organised in association with the FCSI UK&I, Cedabond and ENSE.
With a focus on the importance of teamwork and collaboration, the program includes a presentation and discussion of specially commissioned research relating to issues concerning specification. There will also be an important debate discussing the unfolding consequences of the EU referendum and the potential outcomes of the UK leaving the European Union.
Moffat’s new MHC merchandiser combines hot and cold Grab & Go in one unit
Food-to-go venues are often short of space front-of-house, so operators are increasingly looking for ways to offer a range of tasty Grab & Go menu items on a small footprint. As well as being compact, the display equipment needs to hold foods at safe temperatures, without deterioration, and show it off to its best advantage.
In response to customer demands, Moffat is launching the new MHC Grab & Go food merchandiser which innovatively combines hot and cold display in the one slimline unit. It’s ideal for keeping sandwiches, drinks and salads perfectly chilled, whilst keeping hot snacks such as pasties and sausage rolls at the ideal serving temperature.
CESA’s new guide explains what catering equipment buyers need to know about new regulations
As part of its programme of environmental and consumer protection the EU will be bringing Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives for commercial catering equipment in line with those for domestic appliances from 1st July 2016. To help buyers of catering equipment understand the new directives, CESA, the Catering Equipment Suppliers Association, has published a guide. (more…)
Servery counters, cooking appliances and food transport trolleys all get 24 months’ cover
British manufacturer E & R Moffat is now providing a two-year warranty cover on all the products in its range. The new warranty cover starts from June 1st 2016.
“Moffat has a reputation for reliability,” says managing director Gordon McIntosh, “not only in terms of our products’ functionality, but also for customer service, on-time delivery and, indeed, every aspect of operation. Our two-year warranty sets a standard that underlines that reliability.”
The CESA Light Equipment and Tableware Forum 2016
12th – 13th April 2016, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester
If there was one thing that stood out at the 2016 CESA LET Forum it was copper. It’s having a huge moment. From cookware to tableware, presentation products, glasses, jugs… virtually every exhibitor at the 2016 CESA LET Forum reported a big increase in demand for it, even those that don’t have any copper products.
The LET Forum is the annual two-day get-together for distributors and product suppliers. It’s where buyers and salespeople can take a good close look at the latest kitchen gizmos, exotic tableware designs and stylish presentation products – and discuss them, in depth, with the supplier. CESA chair Simon Frost welcomed delegates and thanked CEDA, Cedabond and ENSE for their support of the event. 19 companies booked into the 2016 Forum, as did 60 delegates representing 23 different distributors.
British manufacturer expands team further
Moffat has announced two new appointments, both of which underline the company’s commitment to customer service. Liam Barr joins the company as production planner while Sinclair Campbell has moved internally from manufacturing and product testing to the R&D department.
Fast, reliable microwave ovens help popular seaside diner cope with demand
It may look like the archetypical sleepy seaside town, but Wells-Next-The-Sea in North Norfolk has seen its fair share of dramatic events over the years. Early in December 2013, the town was hit by the largest storm surge in decades. Kay Gelder, owner of K’s Burger Bar based right next to the quayside, had to act fast. “We were told to move all our equipment to the rear of the shop, but in the end that’s where the floodwater came in.”
Luckily not everything was destroyed, with the diner’s Samsung commercial microwave ovens amongst the equipment that survived. While not having to replace such key pieces of equipment was one less thing to worry about, the size of the task facing them proved daunting.
VIP programme targets key buyers while app puts exhibitors in the know
Hotelympia, February 29 – March 3 2016, ExCel London
CESA and Fresh Montgomery, the organisers of Hotelympia, have got together to create a brand new concept – called the VIP Equipment Buyer Programme – that’s designed to get key buyers from foodservice operator groups onto exhibitor stands at the 2016 exhibition. From the buyer’s perspective, it will be like having an exclusive virtual concierge who will help them quickly find the products they want to view. For CESA members, it will help generate visits from targeted VIP buyers at the show.
“This is a truly innovative and unique initiative from a catering exhibition organiser,” says Simon Frost, chair of CESA. “It’s going to bring genuine benefits to both visitors and exhibitors.”
Innovative designs keep ingredients safe, whatever the temperature
Franco Manca’s sourdough pizzas are regularly voted the best in Britain and the group recently won best run chain with under twenty outlets in the UK. So what’s the secret? Nabil Mankarious, managing director, says it’s a combination of factors – including attention to detail, great quality food at great value, and close relationships with suppliers.
“My business partner David Page and I have been in catering since 1987,” he says. “We stick with suppliers who give us quality, consistency and reliability and who are prepared to go out of their way when we need them to.”