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. Our Policy on Underage Knife Sales Online

    Our Policy on Underage Knife Sales Online

    As a catering wholesaler, we offer a wide range of professional chefs knives for sale online. However, as a responsible catering distributor we also want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to ensure that chefs knives, steak knives and other potentially dangerous items only end up in the hands of professional caterers and are used for their intended purpose.

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  2. Buzz Catering's Interview with Sadie Nine from BBC Essex about Biodegradable and Recyclable Products

    Buzz Catering's Interview with Sadie Nine from BBC Essex about Biodegradable and Recyclable Products

    Ashley Garrett Operations Manager at Buzz Catering Supplies is invited to discuss paper straws and the use of single use plastics with Sadie Nine on BBC Radio Essex.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Biodegradable Straws Key Facts

    Biodegradable Straws Key Facts

    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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