M EM B ER N E WS Updates from BFFF members
McCain helps pubs get street food inspiration Throughout the first quarter of 2017 McCain Foodservice helped introduce pub operators to ideas from the world of street food.
New top management of Hypoxic Technologies with new main shareholder WAGNER Group: Andreas Schober, Jon Olav Vikan, Torsten Wagner, Dirk-Olaf Petersen und Eivind Elnan
WAGNER Group expanding in Scandinavia
Back at March’s Pub 17 show, McCain teamed up with London’s Original Fry Up Material, OFM a street food concept with a reputation for successful pub kitchen takeovers. Using McCain’s Original Choice chips range OFM served up their own topped fries samples, showing how pubs can take ideas from street food and make it work.
WAGNER Group is expanding in Scandinavia and, as of 15 May 2017, has acquired a majority holding in Norwegian technology company, Hypoxic Technologies AS, based in Verdal near Trondheim.
Earlier in the year, McCain put a street food influenced topped chips menu to the test with McManus pubs, helping them find a new way to maximise profits. By using McCain’s Original Choice chips to create a new “Dirty Weekender” menu, McManus served around 86 portions of chips during an otherwise quiet weekend.
Like the WAGNER Group, the company specialises in active fire prevention via oxygen reduction. Hypoxic Technologies will distribute WAGNER´s OxyReduct® technology on the Scandinavian market in the future.
“With Hypoxic Technologies, we have found a professional and strategic partner, which is intimately familiar with the demands of the Norwegian market and possesses long-standing networks,” says Andreas Schober, new chairman of the board at Hypoxic Technologies and head of WAGNER Group’s Operations Europe. The first joint fire prevention systems of WAGNER and Hypoxic Technologies have already been put into operation: at the University of Oslo; the National Museum of Norway, Oslo, is currently underway. www.wagnergroup.com
Arise, Sir Malcolm Walker CBE Malcolm Walker CBE, founder of Iceland has been awarded a well-deserved knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, to add to the CBE he received in 1995. Founding Iceland with just £30 and one small shop in Oswestry, Malcolm has built a business that now has over 900 stores, nearly £3 billion of annual sales and exports to more than 40 countries around the world. As well as making Iceland one of Britain’s best-known brands, 25,000 jobs have been created over the years. The company has been awarded Britain’s Best Big Company To Work For twice and for 11 consecutive years they’ve been on the Best Big Companies list, with Malcolm individually winning Britain’s Best Business Leader.
Sir Malcolm Walker CBE
Many millions have been donated through the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and in recent years donations have been made to dementia charities.
Malcolm has been in the business for well over 40 years and his determination and innovative thinking has helped bring Iceland through the good times and tougher times.