Catering News & Trends

Find the latest news and trends to hit the UK catering and hospitality sector. As the UK’s largest independent wholesaler to restaurants and bars, our team are well placed to provide you with information on industry changes. Working between our customers, suppliers and product manufacturers, we compile articles on all aspects, from insights into marketplace trends to new products that could revolutionise your business.

  1. Fatbergs: Proper disposal of fat, oil & grease

    Fatbergs: Proper disposal of fat, oil & grease

    A recent news story caught our attention which highlights the need to ensure proper kitchen waste is disposed of correctly.

    In the coastal town of Devon, a 64-metre mass of hardened fat, oil and wet wipes has been found in the sewers. Known as a fatberg (similar to the one found under London in 2018) this mass of waste is longer than six double-decker buses and is expected to take 8 weeks to clear.

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  2. How clean is your ice ?

    How clean is your ice ?

    Like most catering establishments you probably serve ice with your drinks. Unless you purchase fresh bagged ice on the regular, you’ll use an ice machine to produce and store ice. However, are you aware of the potentially harmful bacteria and Coliform that you may be adding to your ice?

    A recent watchdog investigation has found traces of Bacteria and faeces in the ice of the top UK high street pubs. The top 5 pub chains – Harvester, Hungry Horse, JD Wetherspoon, Slug & Lettuce and Marston’s Two for One had high levels of bacteria found in the serving ice.

    The bacteria and faecal matter found in high levels pose a potential health risk, a similar investigation revealed the same type of bacteria and faecal matter in the ice of high street coffee chains like Starbucks and Costa coffee.

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  3. Palm Leaf Tableware

    Palm Leaf Tableware

    With the growing amount of annual disposable plastic waste produced in the catering industry, businesses are looking for alternatives to plastic & polystyrene to reduce the impact on the environment.

    A new plastic alternative is becoming more popular within the catering industry. Palm leaf products like the name suggests are made from fallen areca palm leaf’s that are cleaned with water, dried and then stretched and flattened. Various plates and bowl shapes are then moulded using a heated press.

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  4. What is REPA?

    What is REPA?

    Driven by the demand of the consumer, businesses are looking for alternatives to plastic & polystyrene to reduce the impact on the environment.

    One of the most increasingly adopted alternatives is bioplastics. Derived from renewable biomass these materials are being used to produced disposable food packaging in the catering industry.

    While there are a few bioplastics out there, the leading renewable plastic is PLA plastic.

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  5. PLA plastic Biodegradable Bioplastic

    PLA plastic Biodegradable Bioplastic

    Driven by the demand of the consumer, businesses are looking for alternatives to plastic & polystyrene to reduce the impact on the environment.

    One of the most increasingly adopted alternatives is bioplastics. Derived from renewable biomass, these materials are being used to produced disposable food packaging in the catering industry.

    While there are a few bioplastics out there, the leading renewable plastic is PLA plastic.

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  6. Why Choose Catering Equipment Over Domestic Appliances

    Why Choose Catering Equipment Over Domestic Appliances

    It is common practice for many businesses to opt out of buying commercial catering equipment and go for the cheaper domestic appliances to save money. However, these “budget buys” don’t always turn out as expected, often resulting in unexpected costs for premature replacements when equipment functions poorly or malfunctions unexpectedly.

    This article looks at the two most common issues when buying domestic appliances for your business and why they might lead you to pay out more than you initially expected.

    Domestic Warranties

    You will find that many domestic appliances do not come with a warranty that truly safeguards against breakdown. Most only offer the statutory minimum requirement of a refund.

    Even in situations where a domestic appliance does offer a warranty for repair or replacement, it will almost certainly not cover the use of that appliance in any commercial premises.

    That’s because manufacturers have no idea of

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  7. Stolzle Power Wine Glass Receives Prestigious Award

    Stolzle Power Wine Glass Receives Prestigious Award

    The new Stolzle Power Wine Glass range has been awarded the German Design Award thanks to their ground-breaking strength and innovative design. This new commercial glassware collection features three new Stemmed Wine Glasses and two Wine Tumblers, stunning the judges in both the tabletop group and product design excellence categories.

    In this article, we explore what this prestigious award means for the Stolzle glassware brand and look at what this revolutionary design is doing so well to influence the restaurant and hospitality sector.

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  8. The Key Facts On Bio-Degradable Straws

    The Key Facts On Bio-Degradable Straws

    With continuing media focus on plastic pollution, the UK government has passed critical legislation to ban the use of single use plastic straws. This ban will see significant changes across the catering and hospitality industry with regards to drink service.

    Since the changes were announced, the industry has already responded, with a variety of ‘biodegradable straws’ coming to market that claim to solve the plastic pollution problem. However, as businesses have started to adopt these new materials, we’ve seen several issues start to be raised around the use of the term ‘biodegradable’, and what it means for the environment.

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  9. Why you should change your refrigerant?

    Why you should change your refrigerant?

    R404A has become one of the most widely used refrigerants used in commercial refrigeration machines. It was introduced in the mid-1990s as a replacement for ozone-depleting refrigerants including CFCs (such as R12 and R502). In the catering and supermarket sector, it has become the dominant refrigerant across Europe for both chilled and frozen food refrigeration. It is also used for industrial refrigeration and for cold storage.

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  10. Have you updated your first aid kits?

    Have you updated your first aid kits?

    The workplace has radically changed in the past decade, yet the official guidance on first aid kits has remained static under the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. A review in 1997 resulted in the updated publication of an Approved Code of Practice. However, after almost 15 years, it was evident that further investigation had become overdue.

    That review has taken place, resulting in a significant change to contents being recommended in June 2011. Full implementation came into effect on January1st2014. The new BS8599-1 kits are radically improved to meet current hazards and risks and take into account the development of innovative products that didn’t exist back in 1997. Please read on for help in deciding if your kits remain fit for purpose against the new standards. 

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