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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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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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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.”

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The Versicarte has Just Got More Versatile

New Eye-Catching Pop-up Versicarte Street Food-Style Carts from Moffat

Pop-up Versicartes from MoffatMoffat is expanding its popular Versicarte mobile counter range, with the launch of the new Pop-up models.

The new Pop-up Versicartes offer operators increased versatility. The range of compact hot, cold and ambient mobile displays are mobile so that they can be set up to serve specific types of food away from the main servery area, reducing bottlenecks.

The Pop-up Versicartes are designed for maximum visual impact. The units house eye-catching magnetic graphics that can be easily removed and changed to promote the latest menu items or to display the venue’s branding. As the signage can be refreshed easily they can help boost meal take up – reflecting new menus, initiatives or to promote specials or themes.

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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.

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Frima expands sales team to cope with rapidly increasing demand

scott-hayward-left-and-paul-burrows-of-frimaFrima UK has expanded its sales team with the appointments of Paul Burrows as regional sales manager for Scotland and Scott Hayward as regional sales manager for North East England and the Borders.

Both men have extensive experience of the catering market, having worked on both sides of the industry – as foodservice operators as well as in sales, with catering supplies companies.  They also have considerable knowledge of their respective sales areas and are tasked with building close relations with Frima’s dealer network while establishing new ‘Cooking Live’ sites for the company’s demonstration programme.

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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.

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GulfHost: the new catering equipment show for the Middle East

CESA offers attractive UK exhibitor package – but warns that space will sell out fast

gulfhost-2017-draft-stand-design-for-cesaGulfHost 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.

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Bradford Grammar School’s new Frima 311+ saves up to 15% on meat costs

Bradford Grammar School’s new Frima has helped save time and money, reducing spend on raw ingredients

Dean Winter, executive chef at Bradford Grammar SchoolBradford Grammar School’s busy catering operation features a full breakfast menu, snacks during break, and a lunch service that feeds up to 1000 pupils daily. With just one servery, peak times between 12.05 and 13.30 are “fairly frantic,” says executive chef Dean Winter.

Dean joined the school just over a year ago. Before he started he went to another school to familiarise himself with its catering operations and it was here he witnessed firsthand the Frima VarioCooking Center Multificiency in action.

“I saw its capabilities and as soon as I started at Bradford it went straight on my wish list.”

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Copper, cloches, chameleon bars and casual dining:

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.

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