SpicesEaster weekend is just around the here.

It is so close that we can already visualise butter melting into lightly toasted hot cross buns; guiltily take please from a plethora of indulgent Easter eggs and frankly, we cannot wait for our traditional roasted leg of lamb sat on the kitchen table come Sunday afternoon.

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Marco T10 Ecoboiler

Marco EcoboilerThere are a large variety of water boilers out there in production and they all, generally, provide the same purpose: to dispense hot water quickly and efficiently.

Water boilers are very popular pieces of catering equipment that can be found in a whole number of establishments ranging from hotels and restaurants through to conference halls and office spaces.

All people need is a cup and some coffee or a teabag – not forgetting other options like instant soup or hot chocolate – and you can whip up a hot beverage in no time at all whilst cutting down on outgoing costs: electrical bills will be decreased and there will be a drastic decrease in the amount of water that goes to waste.

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EU Regulation 882/2004

EU Parliament debate hallThe Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) has been collecting signatures opposing a piece of legislation that it claims could cause irrevocable damage to all areas of the catering industry.

Whether you are running a catering business large or small, keeping a tab on your expenditure is vital to secure a long term future. Whether it be increasing energy of food prices or and growth in administrative fees, all outgoings are rigorously monitored and compared with incomings.

As one supermarket chain says, every little helps.

Well, in the European Parliament, MEP’s have been in consultation about bringing in new changes to EU Regulation 882/2004 which, it is claimed, will see a change in funding parameters for an establishment that undergoes a hygiene inspection. 

Voting took place yesterday.

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Catering for the gluten-free

Many objects, such as bread, contain glutenA new report has been recently published and it has shown that ‘free-from’ foods are becoming more prominent in restaurants, cafes and retailers around the country, giving people with allergies and intolerances, and those opting for lifestyle reasons, more choice on Britain’s high streets.

The data shows that the ‘free-from’ market has grown at a rate of 10% year-on-year to £347m in 2013.

People who are coeliac, and have a severe gluten allergy, account for 5% of the population whilst a further 10% are gluten intolerant, and a further 5% just avoid gluten products as part of a conscious lifestyle choice.

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Three foods that boost energy

Dark ChocolateSome foods can perk you up a little bit, meaning that if you cannot fit a little siesta into your daily schedule and are wanting to stay away from heavily caffeinated pick-me-ups like supersized lattes and neat espressos, then these bites can give you a little boost of energy.

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School kitchens still need improvements

Chefs at workWith new legislation coming into effect for the new academic year, many schools still do not have adequate facilities to cater for children entitled to meals.

New figures, released over the past couple of days, suggest that nearly 3,000 primary still are not ready.

More than 1,700 institutions do not have a functioning kitchen either.

These schools will either have to employ external caterers, and get the meals delivered, or use neighbouring amenities and transport items in themselves.

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Clampdown on fast-food outlets to reduce obesity, study claims

chipsUK researchers have claimed that reducing the number of fast food outlets in areas surrounding offices and homes could be one efficient way of combatting the current obesity epidemic.

The research suggests that the exposure to take-away stores can nearly double your chance of being overweight and that measures to restrict access to these types of food retailers should be undertaken.

The scientists’ report was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) not too long ago.

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‘Repugnant’ amount of food waste in UK

Food Waste in binSupermarkets, retailers and the entire food service industry have been slammed for contributing towards a wasteful culture.

According to recent reports, the United Kingdom unnecessarily chucks away a staggering 15 million tons of produce every single year.

The dossier, released earlier on this week and published by the House of Lords EU Committee concluded that British retailers are luring in customers with attractive offers – such as popular buy one get one free deals – in order to pass on responsibility. Farmers are also being taken advantage of, the peers claim.

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Valera refrigeration units, now available to order

Valera logoAt CS Catering, we are always on the looking out for fantastic items of catering equipment to add to our range, further cementing our place as one of the best and most extensive suppliers in the United Kingdom.

Recently, we have added a number of refrigerated Valera items to our collection including under-counter and upright fridges and freezers, prep counters and table-top units.

Valera has been involved in the industry since their foundation in 1993 and has since established themselves as a company with a varied portfolio of products.

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How long would you wait?

StopwatchHow long are you prepared to wait for your food after ordering?

Well, it appears that the average time customers are willing to linger in restaurants around making small talk clocks in at less than sixteen minutes

The analysis, of some 5,000 UK based consumers was conducted by Peach Factory and aimed to look into the impact that waiting times had on the hospitality industry.

Statistics thrown up in the data concluded that the people of Britain liked to be expediently served.

The figure of sixteen minutes decreases to twelve minutes and twenty-seven seconds for those waiting in pubs whilst it drops even further to a miniscule six minutes and eighteen seconds for those who order in fast food chains.

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