Tag Archives: foodservice

Free-flow merchandiser heats up the grab and go market

Moffat’s clever airflow system keeps hot food in pristine condition

Moffat’s heated merchandiser looks terrific and has an advanced airflow system that keeps hot food in pristine condition. The MH1 is perfect for holding paninis, pastries and soups and is suitable for a wide range of outlets, from cafes and convenience stores to leisure centres and schools.  The open front and attractive display, including full length LED lighting, encourage sales and ensure customers have easy access to the foods.  Meanwhile the clever airflow minimises energy consumption while keeping food at the correct temperature, between 65°C and 75°C.

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Precision’s compact, ‘A’ rated undercounter fridge

Practical storage, with low running costs, for where space is at a premium

The latest version of Precision’s compact undercounter, the HPU150, has achieved an A rating for energy efficiency.  Designed to deliver a practical storage solution where space is limited, it has a footprint of only 600x640mm.

The HPU150’s A rating means low power consumption and low running costs – under the Ecolabelling test* it used just 1.27kWh in 24 hours.  It achieves this through a variety of energy saving features including high performance, zero ODP polyurethane insulation, a waste heat recovery condensate vaporiser system, and the Precision electronic controller.

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Hotelympia: CESA initiatives promote business at the show

Branding for catering equipment section and new app will help visitors and suppliers

Hotelympia 2018 sees two initiatives developed by CESA to help foodservice operators and equipment suppliers make the most of the show’s potential.

The equipment area at Hotelympia will have its own area – The Professional Kitchen Show – which CESA has helped the show organisers, Montgomery, to develop. “The branding better reflects the dynamism and innovation of the equipment sector,” says John Whitehouse, who is both vice chair of CESA and chair of the association’s exhibition liaison committee. “Building our sector’s profile will ensure that equipment is at the forefront of visitors’ minds as they come to the show.”

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The Northgate’s Precision fridges help deliver a ‘great experience’

The Chestnut Group aims to ‘bring a bit of Soho House to Bury’

“The defining pillars of The Chestnut Group are fantastic service, stylish interiors, and great food – and all of that should be synonymous with a great experience.  To deliver that, the kitchen and backbar equipment are very, very important.”  So says Philip Turner, founder of The Chestnut Group, a fast-expanding chain of hostelries based in East Anglia.  The Group uses Precision for its kitchen and backbar refrigeration in its six sites, including the recently opened The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds.

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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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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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Feeding Dragons

New servery at Dragon School uses Moffat counters to fit in with tight installation timetable

The Dragon was founded as the Oxford Preparatory School in 1877 by a group of university dons to educate their own children. It has evolved into a modern co-educational school for 850 children aged four to 13 based on two sites. The school provides a dynamic balance of imagination, originality and academic discipline while preparing pupils for the rigours of life in the 21st century.

Recently the Dragon had the opportunity to upgrade the servery at the Prep, based at its Bardwell Road site, which has a total of 640 day and boarding children. To make sure there was no disruption to pupils all the work had to undertaken in the Easter holidays. Factory First.com Ltd from High Wycombe designed, planned and project-managed the job and carried out all the work within the tight two and a half week timetable.

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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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Danny Gill puts some buzz into catering recruitment

Danny Gill and Will Hodson urge chefs to run pop-up kitchen restaurants in schools

Take twelve 15 year old students and a couple of passionate chefs with Michelin experience, add a lightbulb idea, give them a kitchen for a day and what do you have?  Apart from a lot of hard work and a lot of fun, you have a possible solution to the catering industry’s skills shortage, with six of the twelve wanting to work in restaurants.

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