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ell, the UK is getting back to some sort of normality (with a modern post-covid twist) and with most of the population committed to Staycations this year, the Summer should be well under way for the fast food and takeaway sectors. We were recently lucky enough to trade the Isle of Wight for the North Yorkshire coast and moors for a week with our family and we visited our old friends Graham Reed-Stephenson and Steve Bushby at the Fishermans Wife in Whitby - And was the town busy!!!!!. It seemed as though everyone from Yorkshire and the North East had the same idea. We were treated to some great Fish and Chips overlooking the beach and sea. Thank you Graham and Steve! Walking around the town, it was reassuring to see queues at what are some of the best-known fish and chip operators in the UK sector. You certainly don’t need to ask anyone where you can get Fish and Chips in Whitby! We are continuing to seeing a continued growth in vegan and plant-based products and many of the biggest brands in the fast food and takeaway sectors are including vegan offers on their menus. In such competitive markets, anything that will help your proposition become more inclusive and attractive to complete family groups has got to be good. It is good to see that the opportunity to visit exhibitions and events as networking and seeing what’s new is the way we will continue to develop and thrive. Despite all of the sadness and pain that many have had to endure during the last 18 months, we should be very proud of how our sectors have invested and changed to bring a new look in response to one of the biggest challenges that the foodservice industry has faced in our lifetimes. Our congratulations go out to all who have faced the challenges and used them to move forward. Stay safe. Athol

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Latest UK seafood sector review shows Brexit and Covid-19 impacts but fish and chip sector recovers strongly New review from Seafish looks at UK seafood supply chain from January to March 2021

in retail and the remarkable recovery of the fish and chip sector are positive signs. Businesses throughout the


seafood supply chain are hopeful that domestic markets

seafood businesses as Covid-19 infections increased and

highlighted in this January to March 2021 report include:

restrictions remained. New requirements to trade with

• Businesses trading with the EU experienced major

the EU also came into effect. Many exporting businesses

disruptions and delays due to new trading requirements

experienced major disruptions in January and February,

and logistical issues.

eafish has published its latest review into how the

will continue to improve as restrictions further reduce.”

impacts of Covid-19 have been felt across the UK’s

Combining real-time insights from seafood businesses

seafood supply chain. The latest report from the

with quantitative data, the quarterly reports aim to

public body that supports the UK seafood industry

give businesses, organisations and government a fuller

covers January to March 2021.

understanding of how the impacts of Covid-19 have

It was a period of uncertainty and volatility for many UK

with increased transit time and cost still being an issue to the end of March. Commenting on the report Aoife Martin, Director of Operations at Seafish, said: “Adjusting to a new trading environment has caused major difficulties to many seafood businesses in the UK. Some

been felt along the seafood supply chain. Key findings

• Shellfish exporters saw the greatest disruption, with live bivalve mollusc producers in class B and C waters unable to sell into EU markets. • Retail sales dropped back year-on-year from the unprecedented levels seen in March 2020 but remained strong, continuing to outperform sales in recent years.

issues, such as those faced by live bi-valve mollusc producers,

• Lockdown meant that foodservice businesses were

have been particularly severe and well documented. But

limited to takeaway and delivery trade. Fish and chip

many businesses have faced disruption on a lesser scale, such as getting to grips with new paperwork requirements as well as experiencing logistical issues and delays.

shop trade recovered to pre-pandemic levels. • Processing businesses faced a range of supply and demand constraints.

“On top of this the industry has continued to deal with

• Many UK businesses reliant on seafood imports did

the challenges of operating during a global pandemic.

not face significant sourcing issues, having stockpiled

While to some extent the disruptions caused by Covid-19

frozen material in 2020.

have become ‘the norm’, the ongoing impact on businesses across the sector should not be underestimated. “However, the continuing strong performance of seafood 8

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• The catching sector was affected by depressed markets, including those targeting shellfish species. • Aquaculture businesses continued to deal with the impacts of disruptions in production cycles that began in early 2020.

fish and chips will run in July and August. Commenting on the strong performance of the industry Andrew Crook, National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) President said: “These figures from January to March show a remarkable

Although the UK’s seafood supply chain faced many

recovery for the UK’s fish and chip shops. Operators have

challenges in the period, the report also explores the

adapted throughout the pandemic just to be able to open

remarkable recovery of fish and chip shops. While there

safely. These results are testament to their hard work and

was some recovery across takeaway generally later in the

willingness to innovate around ordering and delivery options.

quarter, strong growth in the fish and chip shop sector saw

“We appreciate that other parts of foodservice being

trade return to pre-pandemic levels. Visits were only 0.2%

closed could have played a part in the recovery of the

below the same period of the previous year. In the early

fish and chip sector. Competition will continue to increase

stages of the pandemic, fish and chip shop visits had been

as more of the sector reopens, although fish and chip

down 77% (April to June 2020 compared to 2019).

businesses offering dine-in will also benefit from the easing of restrictions. “Although sales figures look good, the industry has also picked up a lot more operating costs in the process of adapting to new technology. We are also experiencing many increases in the cost of our supplies. With the proposed gradual return to 20% VAT we are facing a very difficult time ahead, as it will be difficult to increase our sale price sufficiently to cope with the increases in costs. “As a sector we are hoping for a good summer season and will be supporting the Love Seafood campaign celebrating the nation’s favourite takeaway. Fish and chip shops across the UK will be ready to welcome holiday makers and we hope those staying at home will

The early part of the year is usually a quiet time for fish

also support their local chippy.”

and chip shops, but some businesses reported unusually

This is the fourth and final report in this series from Seafish.

high sales. Many fish and chip businesses have adapted

Aoife Martin continued:

during the pandemic and have implemented new ordering

“We have now produced four reports focussing on the

options, such as home delivery, click&collect and ‘drive-

impact of Covid-19 on the UK seafood supply chain for

through’ to attract customers.

the last year. As the industry continues to manage the

Competition across the foodservice sector is expected

pandemic and other challenges, we will keep providing

to return as restrictions continue to ease and more dining

useful economic analysis and market insight on the

in options return. However, demand for fish and chips is

seafood supply chain is responding.”

expected to remain strong as many opt for staycations and holidays closer to home. A new campaign from Love Seafood - the consumer brand from Seafish - celebrating 9

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Central Foods shares insights into impact of pandemic and Brexit Most sectors have been adversely hit in some way by the twin effects of the covid pandemic and Brexit. Leading frozen food distributor Central Foods sheds light on how the foodservice industry has been affected


uring the pandemic, frozen food sales in the retail sector went through the roof

The impact of the Covid pandemic, combined with Brexit, caused a perfect storm in the sector.

as families restricted shopping trips to

“Like all distributors, although we had to write off some

the supermarket and bought more in

stock as it went out of date, we tried to maintain stock levels

bulk and online to tide them over until their next visit,”

of popular lines in anticipation of the sector re-opening,”

explains Gordon Lauder, MD of Central Foods. “But it was

explains Gordon. “This was not easy due to various

obviously a very different story in the foodservice sector.

factors, including new, highly complex Brexit legislative

Some takeaway and fast food operators managed to trade

requirements, capacity reduction due to implementation

again once the first lockdown ended on 4 July last year,

of covid-19 factory shift patterns and the short supply of

but pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues

ingredients from suppliers with their own covid-19 issues,

managed little trading during each of the lockdowns.

but we did the best we could.

“Demand for foodservice products continued from

Central Foods, which supplies a wide range of frozen

hospitals, care homes, prisons and schools open for key

products to the foodservice sector, believes that the

worker children, but no one can deny the foodservice sector

effects of lockdown may last for a while.

was hit significantly by the lockdowns and restrictions.”

“Despite pent-up demand, many consumers are still

“Recent figures from The ONS reveal how the industry

nervous about going out to eat and have got used to

continued to be disproportionately hit by the pandemic,

enjoying takeaways and meal delivery kits and boxes

with 355,000 fewer employees than a year before,

during lockdown; so this pivoting away from dining-in may

accounting for 43% of the national unemployed total.*

affect demand for some time,” adds Gordon.


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“At the time of writing, many hospitality staff are still on furlough, reducing an outlet’s capacity. This, combined with the impact of the track and trace system, means that venues generally are operating at around only 50% capacity - some even less – as staff get ‘pinged’ and need to self-isolate for the requisite 10 days. This reduced capacity, too, will impact the volumes of food and drink required. It’s been very difficult to plan stock forecasts because of the ongoing uncertainty of the situation for hospitality venues. For these reasons, we’re expecting that it will take some time before the foodservice sector sees sales return to pre-covid levels. Like most businesses we remain cautious about the future.” Northamptonshire-based Central Foods is one of the UK’s leading frozen food service distributors - supplying hundreds of different lines into foodservice, ranging from vegetarian and free-from items, meat products, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings. It currently sells to more than 240 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry including fast food operators. Its range for takeaway and fast-food operators includes the popular Golden Valley Foods poultry products, as well as burgers, sausages – including vegetarian and vegan options - and a sizzling selection of sides. *Propel Newsletter 21.4.21


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One of the things we at It’s a Wrap love most about the hospitality industry is the creativity it encompasses. Whether it’s compiling mouthwatering menus, devising sumptuous cocktails or designing the look and vibe of a new dine-in venue, the people in the industry are imaginative and resourceful. Never has this ability to create and reinvent been more vital than in 2020 when the industry as we knew it, was forced to close its doors.

Wrapping Up


s a packaging supplier, we experienced the cessation of orders as the first lockdown hit and the industry reflected on events. However, it was incredible how rapidly businesses began to refocus and look for ways to keep running. Within weeks we were seeing take-

out and postal options popping up everywhere, highlighting the industry’s brilliance and ability to adapt. Now some eighteen months later we’re still seeing an increase in the number of businesses offering take out, online or makeat-home options and these solutions have proven a lifeline for companies who rely on dine-in or events such as food markets and festivals to provide them with customers. However, there is a downside. When consumers switch to online or remote shopping, they lose the full brand experience of walking through a store and interacting with brand ambassadors something even the most creative website can’t remedy. Brand messages can be lost without face-to-face interaction and the ability to build loyal customers is reduced. Brand Communication Is Key Packaging and its design allow businesses to communicate with their audience in these circumstances and help customers experience products and brands – even if they are sheltering at home. Packaging becomes a fundamental part of your customers’ sensory, buying experience. The more memorable and enjoyable the experience, the more likely they will order again. Mike Clarke, Sales Director of JR Press, the company behind


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It’s a Wrap explains “We’re receiving more and more feedback from retailers who realise the importance of the unboxing experience. Adding intentionally branded touchpoints such as branded greaseproof paper elevates both the look and feel of a product and helps to create that sense of anticipation and value which consumers desire. More importantly it ensures an experience that consumers want more of and can’t wait to tell their friends about.” A Sociable Side The most popular way for consumers to recommend a good purchase is via social media. Food photos dominate

The Changes the likes of Instagram and TikTok and getting your

willing to pay more for products that used environmentally

brand included in customer posts is a smart advertising

friendly and sustainable packaging. With numbers like that,


making the switch to eco-friendly packaging not only makes

Emily Davies, owner of Stag Bites The Hog, a mobile food

environmental sense, it also makes business sense.

truck based in Alloa, tells us “Social media is a huge thing

Mike explains why the environmental impact of the

now and people are constantly uploading images of what

disposable food packaging industry is something It’s a

they’re eating. Sadly, they don’t necessarily mention

Wrap takes seriously. “We care about how our products

where they purchased the food from! We saw the

are disposed of, as well as how we manufacture

importance of ensuring our food was served with

and distribute them. We ensure our manufacturing

our logo and felt branded greaseproof was the perfect solution. Now our branding is seen by all the people who see those photos!”








environmental impact possible. The materials we use are responsibly sourced (PEFC and FSC approved)

She adds “We rely heavily on social media for our orders

promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.

and there’s no doubt that having our brand alongside our

With regards to disposal, all our greaseproof paper is

food has helped people discover us. At such a competitive

certified as recyclable, biodegradable and compostable.”

time it’s been vital to stand out from the crowd.” Branding For All Environmentally Conscious

At it’s a Wrap we believe adding branding to your sales

Consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious

shouldn’t be difficult and it’s our passion to help businesses

and seek out ways to make a positive impact on the world

of all sizes brand like the big guys. Ensuring we meet the

around them. Whilst packaging might not be the biggest

needs of our customers is vital and that’s why we continue

source of environmental problems, it is one of the most

to offer low minimum orders, fast lead times, a free in-house

visible. With thousands of tons ending up in landfill every

design service and global delivery. The last year has been

year, switching to sustainable and biodegradable options

unbelievably tough for everyone but we’re proud of the way

is not only an obvious step towards protecting our planet,

the hospitality industry continues to adapt.

but it’s also important for your business reputation. A 2020 study by Trivium reports that 74% of consumers would be 15

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Covid accelerates interest in plant-based foods



Frozen food distributor Central Foods is highlighting the importance of including vegan and vegetarian options on fast food menus.


emand for meat-free menu options has been growing for some time, but as we ease out of lockdown, all the indications suggest that interest in plant-based food has increased as a result of the pandemic.

Gordon Lauder, MD of frozen food distributor Central

Foods, said: “A survey by The Vegan Society earlier this year found that 20% of people had reduced the amount of meat they were eating over the previous 12 months, while 12% had minimised their egg and dairy intake, which means that a quarter of all British people have cut back on some form of animal product since the first lockdown. “We’re seeing more and more evidence that the interest in, and demand for, great-tasting vegan products is increasing all the time, whether it is for health, environmental or sustainability reasons. “While the number of vegans and vegetarians has been rising, the largest and fastest-growing group of plantbased consumers consists of flexitarians and reducers, who are aiming to cut their consumption of meat, dairy and animal products. As Barclay’s Alternative Meat Market Report estimates, 92% of plant-based meals in the UK are actually consumed by the UK’s estimated 22 million flexitarians – that’s one in three of the total population*.” More than 25% of the Central Foods product range is now vegan and this has been fuelled by the astonishing growth in demand for plant-based products right across the board, from all sectors of the food service industry, including the fast-food sector. “During the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, we 16

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By Steve Hemsil, Sales Director – UK & Ireland, Welbilt worked on some further tremendous vegan product development, resulting in our new plant-based range of everyday favourites. This includes KaterVeg! burgers, sausages and meatballs - which are perfect for fast food operators,” added Gordon Lauder. “These products are proving a hit not just with vegan customers, but also with flexitarians who are looking to cut down on their meat/dairy intake.” Made with seasoned textured soya protein, the products offer fast-food caterers an easy way to serve meat-free menu swaps for popular takeaway options. “Remember staff must be trained to store/prepare any vegan options in a separate, dedicated vegan area of the kitchen – including using a dedicated vegan fryer - and use dedicated vegan utensils and packaging to avoid any risks of cross-contamination,” added Gordon Lauder. Central Foods is one of the UK’s leading frozen food suppliers to the food service sector, supplying hundreds of different lines into foodservice, ranging from vegetarian and free-from items, meat products, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings. It currently sells to more than 240 independent wholesalers, as well as larger

That’s Refreshing!I For fast food operators looking to stay on top of trends, stocking the latest bottles, cans or cartons of drinks can be time consuming (restocking), space consuming (how many can you fit in your fridge) and sometimes expensive as well, yet, it’s important for an operator to offer customers a refreshing cold beverage.


ffering a freshly mixed, chilled, still or carbonated soft drink from the new Multiplex albi range gives operators an on-demand drinks dispensing system that offers

significantly higher margins than bottled drinks as well as being

national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice

compact, quick and easy to install, user friendly and beneficial

caterers across the entire foodservice industry

to the environment. Many operators may have dismissed drinks

including fast food operators.

dispensers due to their size or complexity of installation but this

Its range for takeaway and fast-food operators

is where the Multiplex albi range comes into its own. Perfect to

includes the popular Golden Valley Foods poultry

sit on a counter top, and using standard Bag in Boxes (BiBs),

products, as well as burgers, sausages – including

connectors and fittings, it’s speedy installation requires no

vegetarian and vegan options - and a sizzling

back-room equipment or python. Just mains power and water

selection of sides.

(plus CO2 for the carbonated drinks). The compact machine can

* Barclay’s Alternative Meat Market Report 2019

deliver post mix drinks and covers all the traditional beverages

as well as special bespoke flavours via a specialist such as Simpsons Beverages. a stand alone trolley is available From an environmental point of view, the Multiplex albi really challenges the idea of bottles or cans of drinks in a fridge as 4x10lt BiBs can make the equivalent of around 720 (330ml) serves and the dispensers also help to lower energy bills with up to 30% energy reduction Vs packaged goods chillers (based on a single door chiller). The Multiplex albi range is perfect for smaller outlets, and from it’s compact footprint, it can offer up to 4 still or sparkling beverages as well as chilled still or carbonated water. A standalone cart is also available (requires water and power supply), a great opportunity to deliver something a little different to customers. Welbilt UK Tel: 01483 464900


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Christmas all To some, August may seem a little early to

musical equipment and a music therapist for the hospice.

be thinking of Christmas but, for the team

On sponsoring the event Phil Blakeman, managing director

at Blakemans, seasonal preparations


are in full swing.

at Blakemans, said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contribute, once again, to this fantastic event. It is with huge thanks to our amazing customers that Blakemans has continued

fter another tough year of restrictions,

to be able to trade throughout the pandemic and giving

lockdowns and ever changing

back to our local communities is our way of showing our

legislations, the Blakeman family are


delighted to be able to help to spread

Christmas is an important time for us, having spent

a little Christmas cheer by, once again,

months rolling pigs in blankets in readiness for the

sponsoring the Weston Light Display in Crewe. Started

festivities, and it is humbling for us to be able to help out

by Graham Witter on his family farm in 2013, the annual

where we can. We’re getting prepared early this year as we

display has so far raised a whopping £150,300 for Donna

are hoping to see a lift in restrictions in time for everyone

Louise Hospice in memory of Graham’s sister Jessica

to truly celebrate”

whilst bringing joy and cheer to countless families

Back at their base in Newcastle-under-Lyme, the

throughout the festive period.

Blakeman team have been hand rolling a steady 500,000

During 2020, the award-winning light display raised an

pigs in blankets per week since June aiming to make an

incredible £25,450, which was used to fund some new

estimated total of over 10 million this year to ensure that


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wrapped up there will be a plentiful supply for all in time for the festive

Blakemans pre-cooked pigs in blankets are individually

season. Sales of pigs in blankets have risen sharply year

quick frozen and come in handy to store 1kg bags. They

on year and are always an on-trend festive treat. As well

cook beautifully through your frying range using your

as the expected delight of pigs in blankets aside your roast

usual batter, needing no investment and causing no mess.

turkey, they are ideal as a starter with cranberry sauce dip

When battered and deep fried directly from the freezer

and in wraps and subs to name but a few. But did you know

you can take out what you need, when you need with no

that they are also wonderful when battered and deep

waste. They have even taken the hassle out of advertising

fried? James Morris, head of business development said:

their availability to your customers in store with our free,

“Having battered and deep fried our pre-cooked pigs in

printable point of sale poster.

blankets at various trade shows we found that we were

If you’d like to get ahead of the seasonal game this year

always met with a queue of curious, excited and hungry

and have these festive delicacies on your specials board

visitors to our stand and we were left pigless every time.

then please see your local Blakemans supplier for details.

We knew we were on to something so we vigorously

You can request a PDF of our point of sale poster, free of

trialled and tested them in our purpose built development

charge, by e-mailing

kitchen and are delighted to announce that, once battered,

If you’re interested in supporting, visiting or to find

they perform fantastically through the frying range each

out more about the Weston Light Display then please

and every time. We are always looking for ways for our


customers to get the most out of our products and these







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pigs in blankets are the ideal seasonal upsell item”


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Opening Up? Book a £99 Health Check And Take Advantage of Welbilt’s Industry Leading 95% ‘First Time Fix’ Benchmark


UILDFORD, UK – JUNE 2021 – Turning on the lights, ramping up the ovens and opening up a kitchen that might not have been used much over the last 12 months calls for Welbilt’s

new Health Check. Starting from as little as £99, Welbilt’s comprehensive Merrychef equipment health check will help to minimise downtime and ensure equipment is operating at optimal efficiency. Our industry leading service support engineers will complete a full health and operational safety check and issue a certificate of completion along with a full report detailing the condition of the equipment. Allan Scott, Service Contracts Manager – KitchenCare EMEA, Welbilt believes this is a great idea for a business that is just starting to open its kitchen again; “We’re launching the £99 Health Check to ensure that our customers can open up again as safely as possible and that their Merrychef equipment is in excellent condition. Our service support is industry leading and we are incredibly proud of our 95% ‘First Time Fix’ benchmark. Our customers know that their equipment is in great hands when a Welbilt engineer arrives to run through our new Health Check.” Our Silver and Gold Service Contracts are still available and give access to our national network of specialist Welbilt engineers as well as dedicated phone lines, targeted response times and callout, labour and parts coverage. The perfect back up plan for operators to ensure their equipment is fully optimised for use. As part of a Subway franchisee, Stephen Weeks, Maintenance Co-Ordinator explains why Welbilt’s Service Contracts are priceless, “We use Merrychef equipment and always run the Welbilt Service Contract. It’s invaluable to us. This equipment is used constantly, it’s the backbone of our business and we can’t afford for anything to slow down our operation. The peace of mind that comes from knowing we have a dedicated phone line and can get a trained specialist out to us if we need to, is so very important. I would always recommend a Welbilt Service Contract.”


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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Vizu Fast Serve The right rear service counter for you The rear service counter in a quickservice restaurant is the focal point of the business, the point where the kitchen meets the customer. They provide a single location where the restaurant displays and holds product, packaging, drinks and desserts for immediate sale. A rear service island should be well designed, a place for everything and everything in its place, aesthetic as they represent the brand and its values, and ergonomic, making staff efficient and reducing service times.


units at the rear provide additional storage in the kitchen. A fast serve island can be individually tailored to your needs, a small island may be as small as 1200mm x 900mm with larger counters measuring three or even four meters wide and 1200mm deep. Our design team can identify the precise units and build the counter to your specifications; our team of skilled installers can install on-site in hours, getting your business back up and running quickly. However big your rear service counter is, the strong construction will be ideal to comfortably support the weight of the biggest burger chutes or chicken displays and countertop shake machines. The ability to add additional units means that it can grow and change with

he Vizu Fast Serve System is based on 50 years

your business. The 100mm service channel allows for

of design and QSR experience and can help you

services to be safely joined to the equipment. Designing

deliver the customer experience your customer

and building your fast serve counter means we can ensure

deserves. The modular system comprising

that installation is easy, with pre-punched access holes for

600mm wide or 300mm wide offers units with different


functions, such as cup and lid holders, ice bins, storage for

Speak to one of our team on 01189441100 or email

packaging and buckets, or condiment storage. We can even or visit https://fast-food-

leave a space for under counter fridges or freezers. Simple


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The Vizu range of cooking, holding and preparation equipment offers a one-stop-shop for all your restaurant equipment.


Our range of chicken pass-through displays are designed and built to hold chicken perfectly, keeping it hot and succulent for up to 2 hours. With reliability as standard, these fan-less units will give years of reliable service. With 6, 8 and 12 grid units available there is something for every budget and location. The Vizu range of fry dumps offers something for every size of restaurant. The Vizu

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Mega Fries Topper, the largest in the range, is mounted on a freezer drawer, ideal for convenient access to frozen product, great for high volume locations. Or choose the


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Mega Fries, our most popular fry dump, with heat from above and below and a handy ambient



cupboard underneath. Small location? Then choose the Mini Fries. All the great advantages of

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Vizu Fast Serve, our modular rear service counter system is great to look at and very practical. The 300 or 600 wide modules come in a variety of configurations and are individually designed to suit your needs. Just the place to put your displays and drinks. Breading chicken in the Vizu Mega Breader could not be easier. The internal sieve mechanism makes it easy to sieve the breading, reducing waste and improving product quality. Available in 2 sizes, the Vizu Breader is quick and easy to disassemble and clean. The Vizu Breader helps ensure well-breaded chicken all day long.

The Best British Equipment

We’ve shown you just two of our new and updated innovations to our quick-service range but there’s more to see when you consult with our equipment experts:




Delivering the perfect pizza experience We’ve been living in unprecedented times, with restaurants closed, pubs closed, coffee shops closed and dining out, as we once took for granted, off the menu for months on end


have envisaged the situation we found ourselves in, or the level of importance we’ve been placing on takeaway and home delivery. But one thing we can be certain of, is that there is no lessening of the standards expected by at-home diners. In fact, quite the opposite, as we increasingly demand restaurant quality food delivered to our home.

ut as we slowly return to a ‘new normal’ and start thinking again about ‘eating out’, we’ve

To the rescue…the humble pizza

also become accustomed to expecting a much

Throughout the many months where the pandemic

enhanced choice of food-to-our-door, including

impacted on all our lives, one area that threw itself into

many of the same dishes we would expect to enjoy in a

the breach, adopting the notion of ‘keep calm and carry


on’ is…pizza!

With Deliveroo, Just Eat, Uber Eats and countless

Perhaps it’s because many of the key ingredients

independents all providing web and app-based services,

remained relatively easy to come by. Maybe it’s because it

investment in home delivery has been staggering. But not

hasn’t been a particularly labour-intensive food to prepare.

even the best prepared of multi-national operators could

Or perhaps it’s simply that pizza is the most popular


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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


‘comfort food’ in the world...and that’s what we’ve all needed most. So…what is the secret of delivering pizza to a highly expectant audience and still retaining all that amazing straight-from-the-oven taste, appearance and texture? The answer is actually incredibly simple. It’s all about the cheese. Introducing the ultimate topping...technically perfect cheese! Ornua Ingredients Europe has been spearheading

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eliminates clumping or fines, reducing wastage, helping with perfect portion control, and making it the highly costeffective solution. The texture and cook quality are excellent, so coverage and stretch can be easily controlled. And the generous melt – made possible by the consistent shred – gives an even appearance, reduced blistering, and exceptional oven-to-plate consistency. It has one more very special trick up its sleeve too. In the past, there have been problems with pizza cheese ‘transparency’. In effect, once the pizza arrives at its destination, the cheese can look thin and ‘mean’, spoiling the customer’s satisfaction. Not any more! Consistent Shred™ delivers – quite literally – a really generous coverage, maintaining its opacity from oven to front door, contributing hugely to visual appeal and a quality feel, without the chef piling on unnecessary

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


The Bay joins seafood charity sustainable seafood


Marine Stewardship Council launches digital map locating the UK and Ireland’s certified sustainable fisheries

he Bay fish and chip shop in Scotland has

sardines and hake in Cornwall, clams from Poole Harbour

joined with sustainable seafood champions

in Dorset, herring and mussels in Ireland and haddock,

Mitch Tonks and James Strawbridge to urge

crab, scallops and mussels in Scotland. There are 17 brand

British staycationers to try out the local

new pages, with information about each MSC certified

seafood at their holiday spots

this year and support the growing sustainable seafood movement.

sustainable fishery from across the UK and Ireland. Calum Richardson, owner of the Bay fish

The Marine Stewardship Council, global

and chip shop in Stonehaven, Scotland, the

standard setter for sustainable seafood,

first chippy to serve MSC certified Scottish

has today launched an online map which

haddock, said: “We wanted to offer our

showcases sustainable fisheries in the UK and

customers Scottish haddock and the fishery’s

Ireland, along with information about the different species,

MSC certification reassured us that in doing so, we would

history and fishing methods.

be helping to protect fish stocks and the long-term

Brits have a great range of sustainable seafood available

livelihoods of Scottish fishing communities. Our customers

in the UK, from cockles fished in the Burry Inlet when

are looking for sustainable, local fish and chips and I am

in South Wales and the Dee Estuary in north Wales, to

proud to source from a sustainable, well managed fishery.”


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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


in highlighting local for their summer staycations Restaurateur Mitch Tonks, from Rockfish in Devon and

different species when on holidays across the UK this

Dorset and The Seahorse in Dartmouth, said: “I love to

year. Fishermen work extremely hard to ensure we have

source local wherever possible across my restaurants and

sustainable seafood to enjoy and it’s great to be able to

this map will make it easier for diners to find out about

support them by choosing the blue MSC label whether

different sustainable species when on holiday this year.

dining out or when shopping for seafood.”

We’re very lucky that our restaurant at Poole Quay is so close to the MSC certified clam and cockle fishery. “Clams have such a lovely meaty texture and a fresh salty sea taste that is packed with flavour, I like using the smaller ones for cooking with spaghetti and the larger ones in a simple chowder.”

Some 72% of UK seafood consumers believe we need to switch to only sustainable seafood sources, according to research conducted by insights consultancy GloobeScan for MSC. Around nine in ten want better information so they can avoid making unsustainable choices, the study also found.

Cornish chef, food photographer and author James Strawbridge said: “For me there is nothing better to cook

About the Marine Stewardship Council

with than local seafood; it’s healthy, fresh and delicious

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation which

and makes a chef’s job easy. Whenever I travel around

sets globally recognised, science-based standards for

the coast of the UK, I always make a habit of asking after

sustainable fishing and seafood traceability.

what the locals eat and this new map is such a perfect way

The blue MSC label on a seafood product means

to tap into local knowledge, pick up some fishy facts and

that: it comes from a wild-catch fishery which has been

learn more about sustainable fish from our UK fisheries.

independently certified to the MSC’s science-based

“When friends and chefs visit me in Cornwall, I always

standard for environmentally sustainable fishing; it is fully

point them in the direction of Cornish hake or some fresh

traceable to a sustainable source. It can be found on more

Cornish sardines and now with this map you can make your

than 100 species of seafood in 100 countries. https://www.

way around the coast of the UK. I think this will massively

change the way we buy fish and engage with suppliers around the UK.” Katie Keay, MSC Senior Fisheries Outreach Manager, UK & Ireland, said: “We’re really excited to launch this map today, showing exactly where and how sustainable seafood across the UK and Ireland is fished. “We hope it will encourage seafood lovers to try out 27

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


SmartLever™ proves a smart choice for Creams’ first dark kitchen Designing and equipping a dark kitchen can be a vastly different concept to when planning a standard back of house kitchen. Not only is space likely to be even tighter, but there can be an even greater importance on workflow and processes. It is for exactly this reason that when Creams, the UK’s number one dessert parlour, looked to create their first delivery only site, they ensured that they installed the Metro SmartLever™ Productivity System from Jestic Foodservice Solutions to help give total flexibility whilst bringing order to the chaos


isar Hussain, Operations Director at AA Food

kitchen, they also introduced us to Jestic Foodservice

Concepts, franchisee of the site, explains how the

Solutions, who recommended we try the Metro

dark kitchen concept meant a new way of working

SmartLever™ system.”

for Creams both front, as well as back of house:

access to shelves which can mean 30-50% more storage

space is at even more of a premium in our Doncaster

capacity versus traditional four post shelving. In doing so,

kitchen and we ended up having to fit the same amount

SmartLever™ allows operators, like Creams, to configure

equipment in half the space, which was no easy task.

workstations for maximum productivity, as Nisar explains:

As such, we needed to be really organised to work efficiently and to maximise our productivity.


SmartLever’s cantilevered design provides unobstructed

“In comparison to a typical Creams restaurant,

“The SmartLever™ system is a simple and effective storage and workstation solution consisting of a back

“We enlisted the help of national dealer, General

grid, a work surface, shelves plus baskets, and a variety

Catering who we have worked with previously, and as

of storage and organisational accessories which can

well as coming up with the design and concept for the

be put where you need to suit the height of each staff

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


member and whatever the preparation task. The flexibility it brings is just amazing.” “Thanks to the SmartLever™ system we have been better able to define the areas for each menu product type – so we have a section for beverages, one for waffles and the crepes, and another for the cookie dough. With the ability to store products and packaging at different heights to suit individual stations it has made it really easy for us to prepare orders even during the busiest periods. SmartLever™ is an absolutely fantastic way of maximising the space in our kitchen, as we can easily move the shelves and baskets to respond to the needs of our business when new menu items come on board”. Having a single integrated system for workstations and storage was also a big plus for Nisar: “I’ve had other fast food businesses with different storage equipment from different suppliers and it was always like Lego in as much as we were trying to make different bits fit together. However, with the Metro SmartLever system we’ve got all the pieces from one

can be configured to suit each operations’ precise

place and it helps us to bring order to the chaos.”

needs, and can be used in conjunction with SmartWall®

Laura Hariani, Brand Manager for Metro at Jestic

storage accessories and the PrepMate™ Multistation to

Foodservice Solutions added:

optimise safe and efficient working.”

“The Metro SmartLever™ Productivity System is

SmartLever™ systems are constructed from heavy

proving an ideal solution for operators like Creams

gauge, epoxy coated steel and come with the reassurance

who are running home delivery services in kitchens

of a 10 year limited warranty.

where space is at a premium. The SmartLever™ system


is quick and easy to install and enables operators to

For more information about the Metro products available

set up individual workstations and storage areas in

from Jestic Foodservice Solutions please call 01892 831

virtually any space. The flexible SmartLever™ system

960 or email

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


New Aviko Crazy Chip Combos Chip specialist Aviko has given the nation’s favourite side a mega makeover with a new recipe collection that’s set to cause a stir

well as share their eating out experiences online. This can prove a real business booster for operators who want to grow their customer base, and we hope they inspire chefs to do more with their chips and make a stir!” The eight recipes have all been made using Aviko’s

hips are the ultimate side dish and Aviko’s

SuperCrunch Chips, the premium crunchy chip developed

new crazy chip combos will make them the

to retain its quality and crunch for longer and the ideal

main event, with a selection of sweet, savoury

partner for loaded chip combos.

and wonderfully weird flavour pairings that

Bonkers Banoffee Biscoff Bake - Chips baked in brown

will create a unique eating experience that’s

sugar until golden and topped with Biscoff spread,

Instagram worthy. The eight tasty chip combos are available now at https://

banana, whipped cream, crushed biscuits, chocolate shavings and cocoa powder. and reflect some of the hottest

Chilli Chip Roulette - Six mini, loaded chip pots ranging

foods, brands and flavour trends that consumers love –

from sweet to scorching! Each pot is topped with Mexican

and won’t be able to resist. The loaded chips collection

cheese and varying degrees of chilli, ranging from

includes Bonkers Banoffee Biscoff Bake, Chilli Chip

jalapeno to Carolina Reaper! Diners can work their way

Roulette, Chipperbocker Glory, Chipsits!, Condimental,

through the chip Scoville scale to test their heat stamina!

Royal Chips, No Haters Taters, and Bake ‘N Shake. Speaking about the new recipes, Aviko’s Senior Food Consultant, Paul Halliwell said: “Chips are a massively profitable side for chefs and

Chipperbocker Glory - This ultimate Chipperbocker Glory has layers of Thick Cut Chips topped with ice cream, brownie chunks, fresh fruit, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

operators, and we want to show you just how innovative

Chipsits! A nod to cheesy chips, but not in the traditional

they can be. Move over chilli fries, all these recipes are

sense! The thick cut chips are part baked and then rolled

designed to make your menu stand out, add value and be

in crushed Wotsits before finishing in the oven. The

a real talking point with diners, but most importantly they

Wotsits provide a cheesy flavour and satisfying extra

taste as good as they look too!

crunch consumers will love.

“The influence of Instagram and food bloggers means

Condimental – Chips were made for dipping! Fries

consumers are hungry to try new and exciting dishes, as

teamed with Sweet Strawberry Jam Ketchup, Spicy


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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


to Get Your Sides Noticed! Raspberry Sriracha, Peanut Butter Pickle Dip and Espresso BBQ Sauce! No Haters Taters – Love it or hate it, Skinny Skin On Fries cooked in sticky Marmite and sweet maple syrup and loaded with crispy bacon bits and crunchy toasted pecans. Royal Chips – Perfect for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, thick cut chips topped with caviar, capers, prosecco crème fraiche and pickled shallots. Bake ‘n’ Shake – A nostalgic nod to ‘Salt & Shake’ crisps! Fry your chips until golden, pop in a bag and add one of the following flavours: Cumin, Turmeric & Salt, Crushed Oreo, Cocoa, Chilli & Salt, Crushed Biscoff, Sugar & Cinnamon, Chai Tea, Sugar & Orange Zest, Sumac, Lemon Zest & Parmesan and shake! Aviko has been the foodservice’s dedicated potato partner for over fifty years bringing quality and smart solutions to menus all over the world. With a range of chilled and frozen potato specialities made by chefs, for chefs, Aviko’s extensive range includes Hash Browns, Premium Fries, Mash, Appetisers and much, much more.

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Scots Company Scoops Best Ice Cream in UK Award Mancini’s of Ayr has been voted the best ice cream manufacturer in the UK at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the sector’s UK trade association. Mancini’s vanilla ice cream was voted ‘best of the best’ in this, the most prestigious ice cream competition in the country which has been running for 76 years.


t’s a wonderful thing to win this championship.

who entered and our dedicated panel of judges who tasted

Winning the lottery can’t feel better than this,”

the entries and selected winners in a socially distanced

exclaimed managing director Filippo Mancini.

and Covid secure procedure at our head office.”

“We are always trying to improve our products and keep

“Congratulations to Filippo and his team at Mancini’s,”

our standards the highest we can. The competition is

added Zelica. “There was very stiff competition, but

judged by a panel of experts drawn from the industry

Mancini’s manages to combine the very best of ingredients,

who taste product from the best ice cream makers in the

with skill and tried and tested recipes – and the results

business. That makes winning even more special.”

speak for themselves.”

For 106 years four generations of the Mancini family

Ice cream parlours and ice cream vans have been hard

have been making and selling award winning ice-cream

hit in this pandemic losing a total of £289million in income

from the Royal Cafe in Ayr. The company also supplies

in 2020*. That is just the tip of the iceberg when you

events – including their famous ice cream weddings – and

add lost ice cream sales in cafes, restaurants and hotels

has just opened a new parlour, Mancini’s @ the beach on

and the economic impact to businesses along the supply

Prestwick seafront.

chain – manufacturers, flavour houses, wholesalers and

The championships are normally held at the Ice Cream

others. That is why the ICA has launched Great British Ice

and Artisan Food Show in Harrogate and hundreds of

Cream Staycation campaign, in which Mancini’s of Ayr is

products are submitted across thirteen categories.

participating, to support ice cream sales in the hospitality

Because of the pandemic this show was cancelled.


“The ICA decided that despite lockdowns and severe

For more information on Mancini’s of Ayr visit: www.

restrictions on trading we needed to show our sectors

resilience by continuing with these annual awards,”

For more information on the ICA visit:

commented Zelica Carr, ICA CEO. “I want to thank all those

*The ICA surveyed members in March 2021


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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional



Fastfood Professional • August and September 2021

August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Vegan food.

Are you ready for the lifestyle revolution?


ike a lot of things in life, our eating




‘faddy’. But even when our choices change, it’s usually slowly or in baby steps. Or that’s

how it used to be before a revolution in vegan food brought about its meteoric rise in popularity. Where once veganism was looked on, at best, as a small, minority interest, the way we view what we eat has turned this market sector into a growth phenomenon. Today, the ‘minnow’ that drifted along almost unnoticed, is now firmly rushing into the mainstream of our daily eating habits, led in no small part by the staggering number of delicious ingredients




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industry to the supermarket chiller. In the blink of an eye, vegan retail values have rocketed

of which is that meat-free, dairy-free ingredients have progressed in leaps and bounds.

into the eye-watering multi-billions. New product launches are dominated by plant-powered options. Vegan additions

PlantNation Grated and Pizza are a perfect example. The

to menus mirror a demand that’s expanding exponentially.

breakthrough HPC Technology™ used in the manufacturing

And these trends are being repeated right around the

process has created cheese alternatives that not only look


and tastes like cheese, but perform like cheese too. These

In fact the numbers are so mind boggling it’s fair to

qualities alone make it particularly appealing, not just to

assume that an estimated doubling of the retail market in

the person who eats the “cheese” but to the chefs who

the next five years could prove to be decidedly on the safe

prepare the dishes. In fact, it’s so good it could be cheese.

side. Especially when we bear in mind perhaps the most

But it’s not!

startling statistic of them all. 92% of vegan food is eaten by non-vegans!

So now you can produce a vegan pizza, topped with a perfectly melted and browned plant-powered “cheese”, the menu options simply grow and grow.

One influence...after another...after another! So many different things are coming together to drive the

Now it’s ‘plant-power’ to the takeaway

astonishing growth in demand.

Thanks to the unprecedented growth in online delivery

For a start, the eating choice we’ve always known as

options, the many independents who have changed their

‘vegan’ is undergoing something of a rebrand. The idea of

business focus, and the lifestyle changes we’ve all made

‘plant-based’ or ‘plant-powered’ food is now the order of

over the last year or so, takeaway food is bigger than ever.

the day with a majority of adult consumers now looking for

And, as in every other market sector, it’s vegan food that’s

this description rather than the usual ‘vegan’.

leading the way.

Partly this may be because it helps define a dish as being

In the years running up to 2018, orders for vegan

meat, dairy and egg free. But it also feeds into our rapidly

takeaway almost quadrupled. All the signs are that this

increasing respect for the environment and the widely held

trend continued up until 2020. And then came ‘stay-at-

idea – particularly by Gen Z – that vegan eating is more

home’ Britain, with a population newly determined to

transparent, eco-friendly and sustainable. In essence, it’s

exercise, stay fit, and eat more healthily.

food that respects a world fit for future generations. Then there are our health concerns, brought increasingly into focus over the last 18 months by the way we have

So it’s fair to assume that in the last 18 months, demand for vegan food – especially takeaways – has probably gone right up through the velux!

adapted our lifestyles during the pandemic. More and more of us are reviewing what we eat and how it impacts

Only time will tell. Watch this space…

on our physical and mental wellbeing, our fitness, and

For more information on PlantNation, contact sales@

our long-term health prospects. Flexitarianism offered

us the chance to mix-and-match a more balanced diet. Vegetarianism offered us a meat-free option. But veganism allows us to focus entirely on a lifestyle that seems more in keeping with the 21st Century. And the biggest change of all? In a nutshell…it’s the food itself. It’s changing. In part, this is thanks to an expanding fanbase adding to the recipes and dishes we’re encountering every day, helped and encouraged by an online army of ‘influencers’ who are spreading the word. But the biggest factor of all is innovation. Food technology has been on a fast and steep learning curve, the outcome 35

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Silky Smooth Vegan Mayo from Country Range Launches for Summer With the plant-based juggernaut showing no signs of slowing down as more and more consumers re-assess their consumption of animal products, Country Range has launched a new smooth and silky Vegan Mayonnaise just in time for the key condiment month of August.


comes in a convenient 2.27 litre pack to help chefs cut down on wastage. A record 500,000 people signed up for Veganuary in January and a survey earlier this year from shopping comparison site highlighted that there has been a further 40 per cent increase in the number of people following a vegan diet since January 2020. With an estimated one-in-four new products launched in

he new flavour-forward mayo has been specially

the UK now vegan, it’s no surprise that the quality within

made to provide a thicker, creamier and more

the plant-based sector has shot up as discerning consumers

luxurious mouthfeel, and is perfect for those

search for great taste and not just a vegan tick box.

following a vegan or plant-based diet, or those simply looking to cut down on the amount of

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The new versatile mayo contains no allergens and

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of slowing down so it’s vital that operators of all sizes are able to cater to this growing market. With summer approaching and the key barbecue season of August on the horizon, where condiments reign supreme, our new Vegan Mayo is a winner every day, whether you’re sprucing up salads, saucing up sandwiches or lubricating and livening up your barbecued treats.” About the Country Range Group With over 25 years of heritage servicing the UK & Ireland’s innovative foodservice sector, the Country Range Group is made up of 12 independent wholesalers -





Caterite Foodservice, Creed Foodservice, Dunns Food and Drinks, EFG Foodservice, Harvest Fine Foods, Henderson Foodservice, Savona Foodservice, Thomas Ridley Foodservice, Trevors Foodservice and Turner Price. In addition to offering the leading brands from around the globe, the Group also provides over 800 products, all developed exclusively for professional caterers under the Country Range brand. Covering grocery, chilled, frozen and non-food, Country Range is widely recognised by caterers as a trusted and reliable brand delivering consistent quality and value for money without compromising on taste and flavour. The Group also publishes its trade magazine Stir it up 10 times a year, which features the latest food, drink and industry news, Country Range brand promotions and in-depth trend reports and sector specific guides to support and inspire all foodservice caterers. The Group is dedicated to improving sustainability practices across the membership including finding long-term solutions for the Country Range packaging, while still maintaining the same high quality of the products across the range. As new products are developed, the Group is looking to reduce the amount of packaging used and increase the recyclability of the materials it contains. The Group is also working to remove “Problem Plastics” from their range such as black plastic by the end of 2021, of which there has been over 30 tonnes removed from the range so far. Alongside this, CRG will also move away from white cardboard in order to increase the level of recycled material in the outer cases used. Website: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @countryrangeuk 37

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August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Zoo Improves Menu Prices and Eco-Credentials After Switching to JJ Foodservice Family-run charitable zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, is giving local visitors better value meals in eco-packaging after switching to JJ Foodservice


ith more than 12,000 members and 4000 daily visitors, this park has many mouths to feed! It’s no surprise they have a dedicated team of caterers to work

across eight on-site restaurants serving everything from hot dogs and BBQs to salads and vegan dishes. Food accounts for a third of total turnover at the park and is primary to visitors’ enjoyment. Commercial Director, Craig Whitnall said, “Our product range and food quality has improved since switching to JJ. “It has helped us to create a menu for families at a price that they can afford.” JJ supplies 90% of the products on the tempting menu, including everything from buns and burgers to soft drinks and fries. Prices at the park start from just £5.90 for a burger and chips. “Our Head Chef places orders online for next day delivery and the service is great – drivers are friendly and professional. They even help us to put products away,” said Craig. Conservation Programmes The Park is home to more than 800 animals including the largest anaconda in the UK on show to the public, and many important international breeding programmes. “Sustainability is very important to us,” said Craig. “And it’s not just about the animals. By working with JJ’s, we’ve been able to move towards biodegradable packaging for all our food,” he added. “We have improved as a business since working with JJ Foodservice and look forward to having a long relationship with them,” he added. About the Zoo and Charity Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run zoo and charity located in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England. It was previously known as Broxbourne Zoo and renamed Paradise Wildlife Park in 1984. As well as animals, it is home to one of the UK’s biggest animatronics dinosaur parks. For more information, visit:


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JJ Offers Caterers up to 30% Discount with ‘Collect & Save’ JJ Foodservice is offering savings of up to 30% on foodservice essentials when customers order and pay online for collection and buy five cases or more


Collect & Save campaign has been launched

JJ’s Award-winning click and collect service is available

to remind customers about the benefits of

seven days a week via its easy-to-use website and new,

collection and to help reduce the pressure on

faster mobile app.

UK haulage drivers. “With the UK market currently short on HGV drivers

Deliveries are still available for a minimum order of just £79* + VAT.

and new customers coming to us weekly, we need to make

JJ Foodservice is currently recruiting drivers across the

sure we have the support in place to maintain our high

UK with an inclusive recruitment campaign designed to

service levels,” said JJ’s Chief Product Officer, Sezer Ozkul.

help HGV driver roles appeal to more women.

Customers who order and pay online for collection usually pay up to 15% less than the delivery price. This will

The latest offers can be seen here:

increase to a generous 30% when five cases or more are

purchased on selected products. New products will be promoted every week. “Promoting Collect & Save will help to remind our customers that they can make fantastic savings when they buy in bulk, for collection,” he added. The campaign has kicked off with Diet Coke priced at just £5.99 for 24x330ml when you buy five cases or more for collection, the equivalent of 25p per can. This compares with £7.49 for less than five cases for collection or £8.79 for delivery. 39

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Paul Ingram, Managing Director at Carpigiani UK


erennially popular, hot chocolate is one of those

shakes as well as adding a unique flavour to the shake.

drinks that should undoubtedly be on a menu year-

Pair coconut milk soft serve with chocolate, or almond

round. As an afternoon or after dinner treat to

milk with banana for a delicious, non diary take on a

satisfy the craving for something sweet or to warm

traditional shake. Quality, consistency and flavour profile

up on a cold day (and yes, that includes our Great British

are key to offering a mouth-watering selection of freshly-

Summer), a hot chocolate should be a permanent menu

made ice creams and shakes and as the global leader in

staple. Operators need to serve top quality hot chocolate

the manufacture of ice cream equipment, Carpigiani has

in order to command a premium selling price and keep

a range of models to ensure the perfect machine for any

customers coming back time and time again.

dining venue. The Multiple Choice is an award-

Featuring a special bain marie heating system

winning floor standing combined soft serve

which prevents the chocolate from burning

ice cream and thick shake machine. Offering

and ensures an even, natural cooking cycle

four flavours of soft serve ice cream and

to keep the taste, density and smell of the chocolate

four flavours of milkshakes the Multiple Choice is perfect

unchanged, the Chocolady heats-up in just 15 minutes

for a busy dining environment. One side of the machine

making it perfect for operators. The machine’s circulating

dispenses soft serve ice cream on a cone, in a cup or as a

paddle stirs and tempers the chocolate mix into a thick

dessert. Whilst the other side offers four flavours of milk

and rich hot chocolate drink – a process that can be seen

shake. This slimline machine is perfect for operators with

through the transparent bowl; adding to the visual appeal

limited space and it is capable of producing up to 400

that’s more likely to entice customers and increase sales.

cones of soft ice cream or 250 milk shakes per hour, its

Available in 10 litre and 5 litres models, the machine is

flexibility making it the ideal choice for busy dining outlets.

compact and easy to maintain and clean. With its modern

For more information on the Chocolady, Multiple

design, it can be left on the counter – great for those with

Choice or any other Carpigiani products, please visit www.

limited space. Even though hot chocolate has been around or call 01432 346 018.

for a long time, it continues to evolve and with the recent popularity of plant-based milks, the traditional beverage has been reinvigorated. Coconut milk in a hot chocolate is a taste revelation and almond milk is a further option as both of these non-diary milks bring a unique taste to the usual hot chocolate recipe. Fresh, simple and clean ingredients continue to gain traction within the market. Consumers are looking for options that are healthier and with vegan and vegetarian options proving particularly popular, an operator should consider creating recipes that play to these trends. Nondiary alternatives in particular are currently a hit in the marketplace.

Coconut and almond milks are gaining

traction and make delicious dairy free ice creams and 40

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Yolé Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt franchises arrive in the UK with the opening of four stores in the London area Yolé, the first brand in the world to offer the entire range of ice cream and frozen yogurt without adding a gram of sugar, has landed in the UK.


he revolutionary food-tech franchise will hit

Without losing taste or texture, ice cream lovers can

the ground running with the launch of its

enjoy a great variety of flavors and a multitude of toppings.

first store in the Lakeside Mall in July. This will be followed in rapid succession by

openings in Canary Wharf, Covent Garden,

In addition, it has different sales formats, adapting its products for delivery and take-away sales. Marta






the flagship store in Shaftesbury Avenue and White City,

expansion, said: “Our flavor, in its different formats, is

all within a few short weeks.

what makes us so special.”

The international chain, has its global HQ in Singapore and its European head office in Spain. In addition to Ibiza, it has recently arrived in Portugal. The UK is the latest addition to Yolé’s ambitious global

“As soon as our potential stakeholders try it, they are convinced the brand will succeed in their respective territories.” “We are very excited about the amazing popularity Yolé is experiencing as it expands across the world.”

expansion plans. The brand aims to target the rest of the

For more information or to sample Yolé’s incredible

UK and continental Europe plus the USA, all within the

range, please contact Colin Grant on 07411 697666 or

next two years.

It already has a strong presence in countries such as Singapore, Cambodia, Taiwan, and Indonesia, where it is among the leaders in the supermarket ice cream sector. Yolé’s ice creams have up to 60% fewer calories, fat and sugar than the most recognized brands of ice cream and frozen yogurt. 41

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Synergy’s Great British Technology Triumphs Overseas Just 10 months on from partnering with global commercial cooking equipment supplier Garland, Synergy’s pioneering, British technology has formally been recognised by the US market for its unbeatable green credentials as the Garland XHP Broiler scoops the prestigious Blue Flame Award.


warded by the Energy Solutions Center (ESC)




dedicated to bringing new gas solutions to the commercial sector – the Garland XHP Broiler was chosen as the winner of the

2021 Blue Flame Award due to its many green credentials including zero fat disposal and gas savings of up to 59% in comparison to a standard Charbroiler. This incredible gas saving is made possible thanks to Synergy’s patented gas burner system which is exclusively available to the US market via the Garland brand. Justin Cadbury, Chairman and CEO of Synergy Grill Technology, is hugely proud to see Synergy’s Great British technology making waves in the US market: “At Synergy Grill Technology, the objective is simple


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– to help operators and chefs to deliver a better quality of food at a lower cost, using considerably less energy, in a safer, cleaner manner: a mission that has moved onto a global-scale after we chose to partner with Garland so that US foodservice operators can share the same financial, practical and environmental benefits as Synergy’s UK customers.” Synergy





atomises any fat produced during grilling process. As the fat atomises, any moisture that comes from the food also turns into steam which gently penetrates back into the food to ensure a perfect texture and taste like no other. This atomisation also completely eradicates the need for a fat tray, and therefore, removes the historically strenuous task of cleaning, along with the environmentally damaging disposal of waste fat. For more information on the Blue Flame Award-Winning Garland XP Broiler, visit For further information on the Synergy, visit www. call 01480 811000 or email info@ Connect with Synergy Grill Technology on social media @synergygrill #LikeNoOther For further information on the Blue Flame Award, visit

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Kraft Heinz launches New Professional Mayonnaise, made by chefs, for chefs


Kraft Heinz has launched Heinz new Professional Mayo for chefs, the perfect solution to even more culinary needs etaining its consistency during frying, grilling

Heinz Culinary Sales Manager, Lawrence Ager, says,

and baking, while providing the same great

“Heinz Professional Mayo is a real game-changer in the

flavour for blending and chilling, Heinz all-

kitchen. We have put the product through its paces by

new Professional Mayo is ideal for use in a

frying, chilling and baking it, and had some fun coming up

range of recipes to suit pubs, restaurants and casual dining.

with new ideas.

Perfectly carrying subtle or strong flavours during blending

It works in recipes that are a little bit fancy like the

and chilling, Heinz Professional Mayo retains its smooth

celeriac remoulade (posh coleslaw), as well as crowd-

texture in dishes that require frying, grilling or baking.

pleasers for pubs like our mac & cheese fritters. I’m

Tasty and creamy, hot or cold: chefs can use Heinz Professional Mayo in coleslaws, sauces and sushi as well as comfort classics like fritters and pizza. Ready to rock direct from the shelves - it binds hot or cold ingredients, blending flavours with ease. Asmita Singh, Marketing Lead, UK Foodservice at Kraft

particularly pleased with how well those turned out!” Heinz Professional Mayo is available in 5l and 10l pails, with a 1-month shelf life from opening. Operators can give it a try for themselves. To get a free sample (while stocks last), email with your name, business, address and telephone number.

Heinz says: “Mayonnaise can be a chef’s secret ingredient

About Kraft Heinz We are driving transformation at

to enhance dishes behind the scenes, not just as a dipping

The Kraft Heinz Company (Nasdaq: KHC), inspired by

sauce but as a highly versatile ingredient.

our Purpose, Let’s Make Life Delicious. Consumers are

We polled chefs to find out what they wanted from a

at the centre of everything we do. With 2019 net sales of

mayonnaise, and used this insight to create one product

approximately $25 billion, we are committed to growing our

to meet their needs - Heinz Professional Mayonnaise.

iconic and emerging food and beverage brands on a global

Consistent food quality and operational simplicity are

scale. We leverage our scale and agility to unleash the full

more important than ever. This new product delivers on

power of Kraft Heinz across a portfolio of six consumer-

delicious creamy flavour while providing much sought-

driven product platforms. As global citizens, we’re dedicated

after versatility across a variety of applications (and

to making a sustainable, ethical impact while helping feed


the world in healthy, responsible ways. Learn more about

But you should hear it straight from the chef….or better still, put it to the test yourself!” 44

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Lamb Weston’s Dukes of Chippingdom campaign wins the 2021 B2B Integrated Campaign at the Drum Awards for Marketing


amb Weston strikes gold again with its marketing

Andrea Deutschmanek, International Marketing Lead

agency, Art of the Possible, by winning the 2021

Northern Europe, Lamb Weston; “We are so proud

B2B Integrated Campaign at the Drum Awards for

to have achieved external recognition by renowned

Marketing. Along with its creative agency, WAA Chosen, an

marketing experts at the top of their game for the Dukes

innovative strategy for the launch of Lamb Weston’s Dukes

of Chippingdom launch campaign. We wanted to create

of Chippingdom clinched the win against contenders such

a forward-thinking brand and working with the team

as Click Travel, Barclaycard Business and Monster Energy

at Art of the Possible, we were able to conceive a novel

(Coca Cola).

campaign for a clearly defined market, since we’d done our

By using a combination of digital and social platforms,

homework; digital marketing is critical nowadays in telling

Art of the Possible came up with a memorable campaign

a brand story. Our thinking was based on real consumer

that smashed all the targets that were set and placed the

research, trends and NPD innovation – because every pub

Dukes of Chippingdom firmly onto plates in pubs.

deserves proper British Dukes of Chippingdom.”

A gap in the out of home market was identified with consumer research and what followed was a series of

Kat Patterson, Managing Director, Art of the Possible;

interviews, focus groups, data analysis and product testing

“We’re incredibly proud to be working with such brave and

to come up with the strongest proposition for Lamb

passionate clients. Andrea is focused on the customer and

Weston’s new product.

leverages real insights to help develop products that make

73% of all dining out occasions feature chips and Lamb

a difference in the market, and our job is to collaborate

Weston grasped an opportunity to produce an excellent

with our clients, building campaigns that do their products

thick cut chip with a handmade look and all the attributes

justice. It was exciting and refreshing to work with the

that the consumer looks for in a great chip, namely a

Lamb Weston team, and we are thrilled to have been

golden colour, a crispy exterior and fluffy inside. But this

recognised by The Drum for our passion for marketing - as

chip was extraordinary as it was the Company’s first 100%

well as potatoes!”

British chip, made from 100% British potatoes!

The judging panel was a collective of top flight marketers

To stand out, the Dukes of Chippingdom were given a

from around the globe including Lisa Batty, Head of Brand

personality that offered heritage and nostalgia in line with

Strategy, Tik Tok; Nishma Robb, Director of Brand Reputation,

the target market - the British pub - and promoted Lamb

Google UK; Matthew Barwell, Chief Marketing Officer, Britvic

Weston as an innovative company that was approachable and

and Jan-Paul Jeffrey, Head of Marketing, VISA.

understanding of the needs of pub operators, and pub goers. Posting across different social platforms, at times when chefs would be online, the Company’s brand position was to become a true ‘partner in potatoes’ offering POS, free

For innovative ideas, recipes and potato inspiration,

samples and other operational support to both wholesale

head over to, call 0800

and operator customers.

963962 or email us at


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London debut attracts big brands to Commercial Kitchen comeback show Leading brands have snapped up stand spaces at Commercial Kitchen’s much-anticipated London debut show this 23-24 September. With the show almost sold out, organisers have revealed a preview of some of the brands sharing new product innovations and technologies at this year’s event.


and Viessmann Refrigeration. Commercial Kitchen’s charity partner, The Burnt Chef Project, will also have a presence at the show, raising awareness of mental health in the sector. For visitors looking for design advice and inspiration, Commercial Kitchen’s lead partner ceda will be hosting their popular advice clinic. They will also be showcasing excellence in design, specification, fabrication and fitting on a host of

any return exhibitors have increased their stand size

professional kitchen and hospitality projects in the ceda Awards

in anticipation of a fruitful two days of much-needed


networking and innovation-sharing. Among the

With the organisers continuing to add to the exhibitor list, the

returning brands are UNOX UK, whose MD Scott Duncan recently

show remains “a must-see event [that] brings to life the innovation

said “UNOX UK is delighted to have supported the Commercial

for the future” (Nathan Griffin, Operational Excellence Manager,

Kitchen show since its launch and we’re excited to be a part of the

Whitbread). Visitors can expect to discover a huge range of

show’s debut in London. It’s fantastic to be able to get together

innovative products and keep up-to-date with industry trends,

with industry friends and colleagues again after so long and what

especially as the event is now co-located with its award-winning

better place to do it. We’ll be showcasing our new products and

sister shows, lunch! and Casual Dining.

demonstrating our commitment to innovation once again on the

Living up to its reputation as “a fantastic platform to experience innovation in our industry” (Ross Ingleson, Group Executive Chef,

stand.” Also returning to the show are Adande Refrigeration, Carpigiani,

Signature Pub Group), visitors can also look forward to the show’s

Hupfer, Jestic Foodservice Solutions, Lincat, Meiko UK, Metcalfe

biggest Innovation Challenge yet, which will be showcasing more

Catering Equipment, Regale Microwave Ovens, Retigo, Synergy

new products than ever before. Entries into this year’s competition

Grill and True Refrigeration. Jestic’s Sales Director, Steve Morris,

include products from Capital Cooling, Carpigiani, CK Direct, Duke

commented on the quality of the visitors at the last edition, saying

Manufacturing, Environmental Products & Services, ETI Ltd, Filta

“we saw as many quality buyers on the first day of Commercial

Environmental, Hupfer, Jestic Foodservice Solutions, Klipspringer,

Kitchen as we have done in three days at other shows.”

Lincat, MCS Technical, Metcalfe Catering Equipment, MKN GmbH

The show, which celebrates its belated fifth anniversary this year, has confirmed a ream of first-time exhibitors, including

& Co. KG, Pro Foodservice Reps, Quintex, Retigo, rexmartins, Synergy Grill and UNOX UK.

AutoQuotes UK, Capital Cooling, Catra, Cold Store Group, Inox

“A fantastic show, attracting some of the biggest names in

Fabrications, Karakuri, Mechline, MKN GmbH & Co. KG, Mobilchef,

the industry. Moving to London will only add gravitas to what is

Norgroup, Pro Foodservice Reps, Quintex and Total QSR.

already a must go to event,” says Simon Xavier, Executive Chef at

This dedicated industry event covers everything required to

The Restaurant Group Plc.

run, refurbish or build a commercial kitchen, including cooking

Commercial Kitchen 2021 takes place on 23-24 September at

equipment, refrigeration, kitchen gadgets, storage, warewashing,

ExCeL London and is co-located with lunch! and Casual Dining.

waste management, ventilation, fit out and design. A regular visitor

Registration is free and strictly for members of the trade only.

at the show, Martyn Clover, Head of Food at Tortilla, commented

For more information and to register for your free trade pass,

that “Commercial Kitchen is one of the key events of the year.

please visit and use priority code

Innovation in our industry is moving so fast that the chance to see

VCK1 Alternately,

everything in one place is not to be missed.” Other brands exhibiting at the show include Aco Building Drainage,











Manufacturing, Environmental Products and Services, ETI Ltd, Filta Environmental, Jongor Hire, Klipspringer, MCS Technical, Multivac, Nelson, Purifed Air, rexmartins, Rimex Metals UK, Shelfspan, Univent, Valentine Equipment, Victor Manufacturing 46

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JJ Foodservice’s Terry Larkin Moves on After 26 Years Group General Manager for JJ Foodservice, Terry Larkin, is leaving the business after 26 years to pursue other interests


erry joined JJ’s in 1995 and has been involved in helping the business rapidly expand from one branch at the time to eleven today.

A well-known face in the industry, Terry has also been

involved in many successful initiatives including supporting the Mayor of London’s Healthier Catering Commitment, which encouraged thousands of fast-food restaurants to offer more nutritious options. HR Manager for JJ, Joanna Florczak, said, “Nothing has ever been too much for Terry – he always went the extra mile for customers and has created the first-class service we are well-known for. I would like to personally thank Terry and wish him well for the future.” Outside of work, Terry is well-known for his love of classic minis. Over the years, he has raised thousands of

pounds for children’s charities through The Italian Job. The annual event involves a 3500-mile trip around Italy in Terry’s very own JJ-branded classic mini. Image caption: Terry Larkin (pictured left) with Joan Ryan, former MP for Enfield

To celebrate a summer of Feel Good Food, Seafish’s Love Seafood initiative is encouraging the UK to choose the nation’s favourite takeaway. Find out more at:


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Foodhub comments on the cost models of the big three takeaway delivery apps This week, Which? revealed the hidden additional delivery costs of using the ‘big three’ food delivery apps Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, and how this translates to consumers directly paying more for the same food vs ordering direct from the restaurant.


rdian Mula, CEO of Foodhub said: “Takeaway

meaning consumers in some instances are paying a service

apps have been some of the most successful

fee, delivery fee AND a convenience fee with our rivals. But

businesses over lockdown due to the lack of

with Foodhub its only usually the delivery fee, which the

viable alternatives for food and drink in the hospitality industry.

takeaway controls. “Moreover, compared to other delivery services who

“However it has become clear from the Which? report

charge takeaway establishments commission on orders and

that some restaurant aggregators are leaving restaurants

deliveries for use of their service, we can save the average

with no choice other than to increase their prices for

takeaway partner £2,250** a month by not charging them

customers ordering through these platforms, in order to

commission - that’s approximately £30,000 extra in their

regain some of the costs associated with the high levels of

till every year.”

commission, that can be up to 30%.

Foodhub is one of the UK’s biggest takeaway delivery

“Here, at Foodhub, we’ve been committed to a 0%

platforms with over 20,000 partners across the UK.

commission business model from the outset, meaning that

Available online or via the easy to use mobile app – Foodhub

the cost of operating through Foodhub is more manageable

has an incredible range of takeaways and restaurants on

for local businesses.

its books.

“Foodhub always encourages our takeaway partners to

*Based on 750,000 takeaway meals ordered through

pass savings made through our non-commission model

Foodhub during the 7 weeks of first national lockdown, and

to its customers in the form of discounts. Not only does

an average takeaway meal value of £15.

this make the food available via Foodhub generally around

**Based on 1,000 orders per month via Foodhub.

15% cheaper than its rivals but it also helps takeaway

Foodhub is an online food portal launched in 2017. There

restaurants gain more orders and new customers as well

are more than 20,000 takeaway & restaurant partners

as enable them to keep more of their profits. Last year

currently featured online at and

we estimate that we saved consumers, when compared

through the apps available for iOS and Android.

directly to the prices of our rivals, £1.9 million* on the cost of their favourite takeaway meals*. “It is common for many food delivery services to charge takeaway restaurants a commission for using their service,

Foodhub is unique in that it does not take a commission from the food establishments for each order placed. This enables them to offer better prices and deals to customers than other online food platforms.

As Just Eat hikes its service charge - rivals call for takeaway brands to put progress before profits It has been revealed that Just Eat has hiked its service charge from 50p to as much as £1.99*.


any customers won’t notice the change as it only appears right at the point of payment, despite a ‘total’ without it displayed earlier.

The move has today been criticised by rival takeaway food

delivery app, Foodhub.

unlike our rivals. “Takeaway apps have been some of the most successful businesses over lockdown due to the lack of viable alternatives for food and drink in the hospitality industry. “However now we’re easing out of lockdown, takeaway

Ardian Mula, CEO of Foodhub, said: “We never charge

aggregators need to do their part to support not only the

a service fee or a convenience fee to the consumer,

consumer but, also, the rest of the hospitality industry, and


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manageable monthly fee, allowing greater

strives to recover.

control of their finances - this also means we

“Over the last year of the pandemic, it’s been

can usually deliver exactly the same takeaway

increasingly apparent that consumers are more

food from exactly the same restaurants as our

aligned to brands that put ethics before profits,

rivals at an average 15% saving on price.

and at Foodhub, we make it our mission to both deliver great

“Furthermore, instead of employing drivers on a loose, self-

takeaway food at fair prices for the consumer but also work

employed model – we use delivery drivers that are employed

with and support independent businesses across the UK and

directly by our takeaway partners, further supporting local

other territories where we operate around globe.

jobs in whichever city we’re operating in. We also support

“We aim to deliver the best takeaway food, be transparent with our charges for consumers, but also, crucially, to support

them in accumulating information on their hard-earned customer base, supporting as and when needed.

our partners to thrive, by arming them with the technology,

“At Foodhub, we have over 20,000 partners in the UK, and

and customer platform to do so. We feel it’s vital that our

are committed to supporting each client’s individual growth.

partners remain in control of their own businesses, and have

As well as our pledge to a 0% commission model, we believe

built our business model to allow just that.

a diverse offering of independent food outlets is vital to our

“We’re the only major takeaway provider not to charge a commission on orders, instead charging our partners a

economy, and that the dark kitchen model has no place within large aggregator apps.”

Wrapmaster® Launches Game Changing New Recycled Aluminium Foil! Wrapmaster® is proud to introduce its new 98% recycled industrial foil to its growing product range, which focuses on sustainable products to help kitchens embrace sustainability


his high quality recycled industrial aluminium foil, is

towards viable, greener and more eco-conscious kitchen

perfect for the demands of any professional kitchen.

equipment. We know chefs are always looking for ways to

Its versatility means it’s suitable for lining, grilling

reduce the carbon footprint of commercial kitchens and

and roasting because it has the same product properties as

this recycled foil will make a huge difference. As part of

conventional foil, with no loss of quality or performance. This

our ongoing sustainability mission, Wrapmaster® is fully

kind of innovation is why Wrapmaster® has been the trusted

committed to helping operators embrace eco-conscious

dispensing and wrap provider for chefs for over 25 years, in

practices and products.”

over 36 countries.

In a move towards sustainable kitchen practices, reusable,

The new foil is made from a 95% less energy-intensive

recyclable and bio-degradable products have become more

production process compared to conventional foil. With just

important than ever. Wrapmaster® aims for all its products

5% of the energy needed, the launch makes the use of foil in

to be 100% circular by 2025. This means that it will only use

professional kitchens significantly more eco-friendly.

recycled or renewable materials in the production process,

Strong and durable, the new industrial foil is 100% recyclable

and all of its products will be completely recyclable or

and can be recycled endlessly. Carbon savings increase every

biodegradable after use. Wrapmaster’s® recycled foil plays a

time the aluminium foil passes through the recycling loop, for

pivotal role towards sustainable kitchen practice, whilst also

a circular and environmentally friendly approach.

offering operators, long term cost-effective solutions.

Speaking about the launch, Adrian Brown, Managing Director, Cofresco Foodservice said: “The launch of our recycled foil marks a real turning point 49

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not put profit before progress as the economy


Brexit Six Months On:

Nation’s Takeaways are Struggling with Implications of Leaving the EU Whether it be from an economic,

pay the increased cost, as I’m sure the vast majority will have

environmental or logistical standpoint,

done. Prices changed in a matter of hours and days. Demand

there is no doubt that Brexit has affected many businesses across the UK


became higher, supply lower. Our suppliers were ultimately at the mercy of their suppliers. The chain goes upwards. Ultimately, we come second to last on that chain. Only our customers suffer after us if we can’t guarantee a supply.”

ecent research from Foodhub has revealed that

In addressing customer demand, Phil added: “90% of

the nation’s takeaway restaurants have been

our customers order chips and this was the biggest cost

struggling with unforeseen implications following

rise and the highest risk of being unavailable. How many

the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January 2021.

people will realistically order from a takeaway that has run

This is primarily due to two factors – the rising cost of

out of chips, or hiked their price dramatically? Could you

ingredients and delays in ports meaning it is difficult for

imagine KFC running out of chicken, again?!”

takeaways to effectively manage their business in the current climate.

The effect of port delays And it’s not just the increasing cost of ingredients that

The rise in food costs

is the problem; the delays at ports that took place over

While the nature of the industry means that food prices will

Christmas last year have also crippled the supply chain.

always increase from time to time, the implications of price

Phil said: “A huge amount of our food is imported, and

hikes associated with leaving the EU have been detrimental

we simply could not risk disappointing the volume of

to takeaway businesses. Businesses are usually given a level

customers we serve.

of notice or foresight should industry-wide price increases

“If a business doesn’t have a core item available, you lose

be imminent, but the uncertainty of a deal/no deal Brexit

a whole order of £15-£20, not just the £2 portion of chips.

put a huge level of anxiety on businesses, and before they

And you’d lose a massive percentage of those orders.

knew it – the prices of their essential items had increased.

Overnight your business has the potential to slip away.”

Phil Adams, General Manager at the Tiger Bite takeaway

Due to this loss of supply, Tiger Bite, which is a firm

in Stoke on Trent, said: “Since leaving

favourite in the Stoke on Trent area offering a variety of

the EU, we have seen price increases

different cuisines to locals, had no choice but to delay

in flour, chips, chicken and cheese,

any investment into new equipment for his business.

which are four of our most heavily

Additionally, he made the difficult choice not to recruit any

ordered items. The main problem was

more team members in order to protect the income of his

the lack of information we had prior Phil Adams, General Manager

existing family of workers.

to this, as it just made forward planning impossible.

Another blow to the supply chain could come in the

“In addition, other or most items will have had a small

form of a severe lack of HGV drivers, which are not among

rise, but the flour, chips, chicken and cheese are the ones

the list of eligible skilled occupations, meaning they are

that have hit us the hardest. Our food cost on a standard

currently excluded from skilled work visas.

week increased pretty much week by week and availability became increasingly more challenging.” Despite the hike in prices, Phil said that his business

In fact, the Road Haulage Association has reported there has been a drop of around 15,000 UK drivers, relating to Eastern European drivers leaving the UK at the start of Brexit.1

simply didn’t have the choice of removing these four key items from the menu, as this would have inevitably

The economy

impacted sales in a negative way.

On a more general note, the current economic climate

He said: “We had no choice. We just had to carry on and 50

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also does not help the vulnerable position of the nation’s August and September 2021 • Fastfood Professional


Phil Adams added: “In November and early December,

put on furlough, meaning that they simply did not have

we effectively wrote off any profit and invested our money

the money to invest in increased takeaway prices.

into ensuring we had enough stock to cover the Christmas

Phil said: “Just because we are being charged more doesn’t mean that we can always pass this onto the

period if the ports weren’t to reopen, but many businesses will not have been able to do the same.”

customer. Customers understand that prices increase, but at a time when furlough was in full swing, could we really

The future is uncertain

justify putting this cost to our loyal base as a business?

Phil said: “Unpredictable price rises and change could

And at such short notice?”

make life for takeaways and the food industry more

“If we did, would we lose customers? Were they already

difficult in the near future.”

using what disposable income they could to treat themselves

This means it is more important than ever that

to a takeaway? Had their weekly food shop already increased

takeaways have full control over the management of their

due to the same issues?”

business, which can be difficult when relying on many

Things could be much worse, however

of the popular aggregator sites such as Just Eat and

But things could have been much worse for the nation’s

Deliveroo. These charge commission rates of up to 35%,

takeaways over the past year. Phil said: “In hindsight, the fact that the restaurant dinein business was closed probably made things just about

meaning takeaways are already facing a hefty charge before they have even considered the difficulties coming from leaving the EU.

bearable. Had everyone in hospitality been in full trade,

Ardian Mula added: “At Foodhub we operates a 0%

I’m almost positive many takeaways would have folded, as

commission model, instead charging a flat monthly rate

their buying power simply can’t match that of the huge high

which allows our partners to operate flexibly and remain

street chains.”

in control of their business saving on average £2,2502 a

He added: “Ultimately, through the pandemic and

month vs using our competitor sites.

lockdown, it is the local takeaways that have catered for

“It’s incredibly important to us that we support the

the masses. Only supermarkets or stores of a similar

British high street – we’ve built our whole business

nature, managed to stay open. The impact of Brexit could

model around this. But it still stands to be seen just how

have had far worse consequences.”

our industry will navigate the changes that are sure to

Ardian Mula, CEO of Foodhub, said: “Feedback from our partners has been that they have been caught in the perfect storm during the last few months. The national lockdown has unequivocally saved the livelihoods of many takeaway owners, and while we are proud to have been supporting the public during this time, the industry cannot rely on this for much longer.”

keep coming as we continue to get used to life outside of the EU. 1 2 Based on 1,000 orders per month via Foodhub.

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NEODA PO Box 1184, Bromley Kent, BR1 9XW T: 020¬ 8464 3954 E: W:

British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) Warwick House, Unit 7, Long Bennington Business Park, Main Road, Long Bennington, Newark, Notts, NG23 5JR 01400 283090

British Kebab Awards 8th Floor, Elizabeth House 39 York Road, London, SE1 7NQ, / nominationskebabawards@ 020 7183 4272

PAPA The Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association Association House 18C Moor Street Chepstow NP16 5DB 01291 636338

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National Federation of Fish Friers 13 University Road Leicester, LE1 7RA 0116 255 3400

KFE School of Frying Excellence 4 Greenwood Mount, Leeds, LS6 4LQ 0113 230 7044

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Central Foods

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