CESA makes last call for applications for Gulfood grants

It’s time for any catering equipment company wishing to exhibit at Gulfood 2016 in the Great Britain Pavilion to contact CESA, since space is selling out fast. This is the 12th successive year that CESA will be organising the Pavilion in the equipment hall at Gulfood in Dubai, on behalf of UK Trade and Investment.

Companies exhibiting at Gulfood may qualify for a grant of £2500 from UKT&I, under the Tradeshow Access Programme. The programme is also being administered by CESA, who is calling for any interested companies to contact them as soon as possible, with the ten grants available being offered on a first come first served basis.

Gulfood is now the world’s biggest annual food and hospitality show – and 2016 will be bigger than ever, with over five thousand exhibitors. The show takes place from Sunday 21st to Thursday 25th February 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Last year the show attracted well over 84,000 visitors. Tim Tindle, chair of CESA’s Exhibition Group, says, “Gulfood represents one of the great export opportunities for catering equipment companies. We expect the grants and the available exhibition space in the GB Pavilion to be taken up in record time, so it’s essential that companies thinking of applying do so quickly.”

For information contact Jocelyn Carr at CESA via Jocelyn.carr@cesa.org.uk.

Jamie’s Italian teams up with Kimbo

Jamie’s Italian has teamed up with Kimbo, the historical Italian brand which embodies the authentic Neapolitan espresso, to launch a new bespoke Italian coffee menu.

Guests at Jamie’s Italian restaurants all over the UK can enjoy a rich premium blend, obtained from selected origin coffee, subject to strict quality controls and brewed according to extensive knowledge and craftsmanship, typical of the Neapolitan tradition.

Having spent the last six months to meticulously look for the best classic Neapolitan-style espresso, Jamie Oliver eventually chose Kimbo, a company whose mission has always been to offer an excellent quality coffee, authentically “made in Italy”, and produced with respect for people and the environment.

The new Jamie’s Italian bespoke coffee menu includes a wide selection of coffees, first of all the original and authentic Neapolitan espresso, created to give consumers a rare, special and unmistakable taste.

Guests can also choose from any of the different variations with milk (macchiato, cappuccino, latte) and from the specialty coffees, including the caffè corretto (with amaretto and cream), caffè marocchino (with chocolate and frothy milk) and caffè sheckerato (fresh espresso shaken up with ice and sugar syrup).

Paola Rubino, chairman of Kimbo, says, “We are absolutely delighted to work with Jamie Oliver and his great team. We share the same love and passion for authenticity and tradition, and this is reflected in the new bespoke coffee menu that we created together. This is an exciting opportunity to promote the culture of Neapolitan espresso in the UK through the renowned Jamie’s Italian restaurants and we look forward to a long and successful collaboration.”

Perfect Cellar launches new website

Perfect Cellar is a boutique wine importer and retailer that believes fine wine is a luxury that should be accessible to everyone.

Their aim is to help UK customers build their own “perfect cellar” with a wide selection of fine wines from as little as £8 including a range of exclusive, award winning wines, which cannot be found anywhere else in the UK.

On their online retail platform www.perfectcellar.com the wines, champagne and spirits are presented with an interactive and educational approach. Still life imagery brings the portfolio to life with beautiful photography illustrating the tasting notes of each individual bottle.

Perfect Cellar champions wines from boutique vineyards and low yield estates predominantly in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy, but also further including Canada, South Africa and New Zealand.

Chantelune in Margaux, France; Decelle Villa in Burgundy, France; Mas Amiel in the heart of the Agly Valley, in France's Roussillon region; Senhora de Covento in Távora, Portugal; Tendil and Lombardi in Côtes des Bars, France; Ziraldo from the Niagara Peninsular in Canada, are just a handful of their most popular wines. These are artisan producers from classic regions, handpicked for their story and their flavor. They are all available exclusively at Perfect Cellar.

Most of the wines inside Perfect Cellar’s collection follow biodynamic practices. This involves the use of a holistic and organic approach to wine making such as treating fertility and livestock care in an ecological way.

The Perfect Cellar Wine Club, which is to launch in the first week of July, follows the same principles as the website; luxury wine in an accessible fashion. A sommelier is appointed to each member of the club, who is able to help curate the clients own “perfect cellar”. Available in two size packages of six or 12 bottles, these are then delivered to the client each month.

SPAR UK smashes marketing awards with Shop & Win campaign

SPAR has smashed the marketing awards circuit, with three award wins on one night for its mobile marketing campaign Shop & Win.

The hugely successful footfall-driving campaign took Gold in the Mobile category and Silver for the Traditional Retailers, e-Commerce, Catalogue, Bars & Restaurants category at the Institute of Promotional Marketing Awards. Meanwhile, at the Loyalty awards, taking place across London, the campaign also took the accolade for Loyalty Programme of the Year – Coupon or Voucher based.

Shop & Win targets younger audiences with a mobile marketing drive offering daily prizes, supported by instant free and money off product mobile vouchers. The initial burst of the campaign in August last year exceeded expectations with 300,000 entries and a basket spend increase of 65%. The Shop & Win free and money off vouchers achieved highs of 85%, making it the highest-ever mobile voucher redemption rates achieved from a retailer-led campaign.

SPAR UK also came out on top at this year’s Grocer Gold, taking the award for Symbol Retailer of the Year at the prestigious event. SPAR took the accolade after a hard-fought battle with other leading symbol groups at a stunning ceremony in London’s Guildhall.

Andy Burt, SPAR UK Senior Marketing Manager, says, “This has been fantastic evening of awards for SPAR and it’s great to see the Shop & Win campaign get the recognition it deserves. We will not be resting on our laurels and are keen to evolve the programme further to ensure we provide a highly compelling offer to the consumer. Shop & Win will return later in the year with new features and additional benefits designed to reward the loyalty of our customers."

The Shop & Win campaign was managed in collaboration with Blue Chip, the promotional strategy and shopper activation agency.

LINPAC takes single service to next level

European multi-material packaging manufacturer LINPAC is extending one of its product ranges, LINdis R, increasing both the colour and size range available, just in time for the summer season.

In line with its Fresh Thinking innovation strategy, LINPAC has broadened the appeal of its rPET premium tableware, by producing its luncheon plate, dessert and bowl in a range of new vibrant colours, in addition to the standard black and pearl white. The fully recyclable tableware products are sturdy and robust and conveniently packed in cartons of 300 for distributors or shrink-wrapped in packs of 25 for the everyday caterer, event and party industries.

LINdis R is manufactured using post consumer recycled rPET material, which has been supercleaned to guarantee the material is food safe to EU standards. To further enhance its environmental benefits, the range is fully recyclable alongside standard fizzy drink and mineral water bottles at the end of its service life.

Alan Davey, Director of Innovation, LINPAC, says, “Our new tableware range provides a great alternative to traditional paper, HIPS and board ranges. With the increasing environmental awareness of events and party caterers, our customers can feel absolutely confident when choosing LINdis R that they are offering an attractive, high quality solution which offers high standards in terms of both presentation and environmental credentials.”

Country Life launches “tasty treats” on-pack promotion

Country Life, Dairy Crest’s Red Tractor assured butter & spreads brand, is launching a brand new ‘Tasty Treats’ on-pack promotion in collaboration with Kingsmill. The promotion will run across Country Life Spreadable and Country Life Spreadable Lighter 500g packs for eight weeks and will be highlighted by an eye-catching on-pack flash.

Aligned to ‘Perfect Partners’, one of Dairy Crest’s ‘Dairy for Life’ category growth drivers for Butters, Spreads and Oils, ‘Tasty Treats’ aims to drive the everyday relevance and consideration of butters and spreads across host occasions including toast, crumpets, muffins and waffles. By reminding shoppers that Country Life Spreadable enhances host foods and makes them even more delicious Dairy Crest hopes to encourage shoppers to buy into the brand more frequently.

Each shopper purchasing a 500g pack of Country Life Spreadable or Country Life Spreadable Lighter during the promotional period will have a one in three chance of finding a winning code that entitles them to a £2 off voucher, redeemable against Kingmill products. There are also hundreds of opportunities to win a premium toaster.

Emilie Grundy, Senior Brand Manager – Butter at Dairy Crest, says, “We are really excited to be partnering with Kingsmill to launch this on-pack promotion on our British butter & spreads brand, Country Life. With the recent resurgence in the popularity of butter, this is the perfect opportunity to remind consumers that Country Life makes all their bakery favourites taste even more sumptuous.”

The ‘Tasty Treats’ on pack promotion will be supported online on the Kingsmill and Country Life websites and via social media on Country Life’s Facebook page. The total Country Life brand is currently valued at £60m with Country Life Spreadable achieving 3.8% year on year growth ahead of the Spreadable Butter sector.

BSDA welcomes its newly-elected President

Peter Harding, Chief Operating Officer of Lucozade Ribena Suntory is the new President of the British Soft Drinks Association. Following his role as Vice-President Peter was elected at the April 2015 AGM by his contemporaries in the soft drinks industry.

Peter joined GlaxoSmithKline in 1998 as VP, Marketing for Nutritional Healthcare where - among other achievements - he laid the foundations for doubling the size of Lucozade in the UK. In 2003 he moved to Dublin as General Manager of Consumer Healthcare Ireland and also chaired the Ireland Nutritional Health Foundation. In 2010 he became General Manager of GSK’s Consumer and Nutritional Healthcare business in the UK and Ireland and oversaw the successful transition of the Lucozade and Ribena brands to new owners Suntory on 2013.

Speaking at the AGM Peter Harding, says: “I am delighted to take up my new role as President and be able to build on the excellent work of the BSDA delivered under my predecessor Dave Wallwork. The soft drinks industry plays a crucial part in the lives of our consumers and the nation’s economy and that role comes with responsibility. “

Catering equipment leaders join forces to tackle critical issues

Sustainability, training, energy labelling and customer care will be the subjects under discussion at the inaugural Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Global Leadership Summit.

Catering equipment manufacturers all around the world are tackling critical problems that will have a huge impact on the foodservice industry. The next step in developing closer relations and common solutions to the issues will be the inaugural Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Global Leadership Summit. It takes place on Thursday 22nd October in Milan, prior to the opening of the HOST Exhibition the following day.

The three associations leading the development of the event are EFCEM, the European Federation of Catering Equipment manufacturers, of which CESA is a member, NAFEM, the North American Federation of Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers and NAFES, the National Association of Food Equipment and Suppliers, which covers Australia and New Zealand.

Simon Frost, chair of CESA, says, “By sharing knowledge, experience, resources, expertise and learning, we can help each other, and our industry, to meet the common challenges we all face. The knowledge database we will be able to generate will be valuable and relevant to the industry at large and our members locally.It is expected that there will be some hard edged outcomes that will benefit our industry internationally and at local level, this is an exciting new development for all concerned."

The Global Summit will also cover areas such as water and installation standards, Building Information Modelling, supply chain relationships and customer service. The meeting will be facilitated by Doug Fryett CFSP, a leading foodservice industry consultant and CFSP program trainer. As well as leaders from the three international associations, it is expected that representatives from various national catering equipment trade associations, including CESA, will attend the Summit.

Members of CESA who wish to raise specific questions at the Summit should contact the association. Confirmation of the venue and a detailed agenda will be available shortly.

Whitbread to create six thousand apprenticeships by 2020

Whitbread PLC, owner of Premier Inn and Costa, is commited to creating more than six thousand apprenticeships by 2020 and has launched a brand new apprenticeship scheme for Costa, the nation's favourite coffee shop. To deliver this pledge Whitbread plans to take on around 1,200 apprentices across its Premier Inn, Costa and restaurant brands each year.

The Premier Inn apprenticeship scheme has been running since 2010 and has successfully delivered over 1100 apprenticeships to date with a further 950 trainees currently working towards their apprenticeship. The new Costa Apprenticeships programme will provide an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service and Barista Skills and will open for applications in Summer 2015.

Andy Harrison, CEO of Whitbread says: “Our 45,000 team members are our greatest asset and it’s vital we invest in them, creating opportunities to develop their skills and build their careers. We will commit £5.7 million to our apprenticeship programmes over the next five years. I firmly believe that investing in apprenticeships is essential to Whitbread’s future success and to the health of the UK economy, as well as helping the next generation to achieve their full potential.”

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, says: “There really has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship and it’s a huge leap forward to have Whitbread, one of Britain’s leading employers in the hospitality industry, hiring even more apprentices.”

Record breaking numbers at CESA Forum

The 2015 CESA Light Equipment and Tableware Forum was the biggest in the event's history, with more delegates and exhibitors than ever before.

The buzz around the 2015 Forum at Towcester was unequivocally optimistic, with both suppliers and distributors reporting a buoyant market. Continuing demand for that elusive point of difference has led to a surge in new product developments, reflected in the mind-blowing variety of new concepts on show.

The CESA Light Equipment and Tableware Forum is the annual event where distributors can meet equipment suppliers to find out about the very latest gadgets, gizmos and concepts in the smallwares world – and get hands-on experience of the next ‘must haves’ for the caterer. 2015 is the first time the event has been held over two days, reflecting both its popularity and the demand from distributors and suppliers.

CESA Chair Simon Frost welcomed attendees, saying, “I’m delighted that this year’s event has been planned with the full support of CEDA, CEDABOND and ENSE.”

The 2015 Forum celebrated a special fundraising charity dinner on the first evening, during which the recipient of the CESA Donald Bird Award was announced. Created in memory of the late Donald Bird, who was a champion of the light equipment sector, the award will be made annually to an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to, and passion for, the industry. For its inaugural presentation Donald Bird’s son, Mike, gave a moving and amusing speech. The winner was Anita Collins of Lockhart, of whom judges said, “She has consistently contributed to the industry and is a benchmark for all aspiring table top professionals with her commitment, knowledge and honest approach.”

Andy Savage of Lockhart won Sales Professional of the Year, which includes a £500 cheque and entry onto the CFSP accreditation programme. Lockhart completed a clean sweep in the awards by also winning the Distributor Cup, awarded to the company which has done most to support sales of light equipment during the year. The dinner included a charity ‘night at the races’, which raised £1100 for St John Ambulance, a charity Donald Bird supported keenly.

The last award of the Forum was presented at the end of the second day, when delegates voted for their favourite Featured Product. It was won by Nevilles for the company’s Genware stoneware, which comes in three ranges - Luna, Black and Rustic - and are pictured above. Nevilles say, “The ranges provide individuality and flair to food presentation, complementing the vibrancy and colourful nature of the varying food trends currently in the market place.”

Both delegates and exhibitors were very positive about the Forum. Henry Rees of Grey Simmonds says, “It’s a great way to find out about new products. It’s very well run and, as a first-timer, I’ve been surprised at just how useful it’s been.”

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