New Sammic warewashing products: P-41B & P-50B

Sammic P-41B & P-51BOther appliances in the kitchen may take all the credit, but when it comes items of equipment that save restaurants both time and money, warewashing items are some of the most valuable and important items found on the premises of all commercial catering establishments.

Imagine life without a glasswasher and/or a dishwasher – just think of all those extra hours that would be spent cleaning cutlery, crockery and glassware, and all the costs associated with the additional labour!

Earlier on this week we added two new warewashing items to our extensive catalogue: the P-41B Pro-Line glasswasher and the P-50B Pro-Line dishwasher – both by the reputable catering manufacturer, Sammic

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Bad diets brings Gout

Gillray_Temperance_051126They call it the disease of Kings and though it is traditionally associated with Victorian excess, gout is slowly becoming more and more common.

According to the latest figures released by the NHS, cases of gout have doubled within the past five years. And it isn’t just gout that is making a comeback; the amount of people diagnosed with suffering from scurvy – traditionally the bane of sailors – has increased as well.

The reason for these conditions returning is believed to be down to people consuming uniform diets consisting of large quantities of red meats and seafoods and more modern ills such as fast food and cheap alcohol. Just under 90,000 people were admitted to hospital with the disease in the year to April. …continue reading Bad diets brings Gout

A breeze to use – Lincat Air Recirculation Units

lincat-refreshAs one of the biggest manufacturers of commercial catering equipment in the United Kingdom, Lincat is a company that is always looking forwards and never back and has earned its lofty reputation within the industry.

Recently, the Lincolnshire-based company has released an innovative range of ductless air recirculation units. Developed in partnership with their sister entity Britannia Kitchen Ventilation, the Refresh range have been designed especially for locations where external ducting is impractical.

As a proud supplier of Lincat equipment, all three units that comprise the Refresh range are now available via our website – click here to view them.

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Cuppone Special offer: Twin-decked Tiziano pizza oven and stand

Tiziano Twin DeckFirst recorded in John Heyweood’s compendium of 16th Century proverbs is the saying “two heads are better than one.” Over the years that idiom has been proved to be correct time after time.

At the moment, we have interpreted that expression and updated it.

“A two decked pizza oven is better than a single decked pizza oven”

For a limited period of time – the next ten days to be exact – the twin decked Cuppone Tiziano LLKTZ5202 oven is on special offer!

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German sausage cartel fined

SausagesIt has been the worst news possible for a group of German sausage manufacturers who have been handed a £268m fine after being found to have formed an illegal cartel that worked together to fix costs.

The Federal Cartel Authority (FCA), who oversee and ensure that competition in the German market is fair and legal, announced that over twenty different groups formed the cartel and have been manipulating prices for a number of years.

Dubbed as the Atlantic Group after the Hamburg hotel where they are alleged to have originally met, many of the implicated producers such as Zur Muhlen Gruppe have denied any involvement in the illicit activity, though eleven had admitted wrongdoing and worked alongside the relevant authorities during the investigation.

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Can beans and eggs fight off disease?

Beans on toastYou may have seen the click-baiting headlines flying around social media. “Smelling farts cure cancer,” “Fart smells have big health benefits,” and the like. Admittedly, it’s been hard to resist reading some of those sensational headlines and making the odd joke about it, giggling like school children.

But if you cut through the playground humour of it all, there is actually some science behind the story, though potentially not as much as you may have been led to believe.

In the most recent issue of the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, Sophie Le Trionnaire and other researchers at the University of Exeter looked into the impact of hydrogen sulphide gas on cells’ mitochondria. …continue reading Can beans and eggs fight off disease?

5 Top Restaurant Turn Offs

Wine glasses on brickRestaurants are losing out on income and vital addition revenue through a combination of meagre customer service and abject cleaning practices, a survey by the PR group Censuswide has found.

Those questioned stated that a bad customer service experience was their biggest turn off, though it would not necessarily stop them from returning to the establishment.

More worryingly however for caterers was that over half of the participants stated that unwashed glassware would force people to think twice about revisiting whilst dirty cutlery would put people off altogether.

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UK catering industries receive World Cup boost

Football_sandThe World Cup was brought to a dramatic close last night in Rio de Janeiro as Bayern Munich’s Mario Götze came off the bench to score an extra-time winner, giving victory and a fourth world title to Germany.

Sadly, however, England’s performances were not up to par and the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Steven Gerrard, all ended up traipsing home rather earlier than anybody would have liked.

But even despite England’s group-stage exit, the biggest sporting event in the world delivered numerous thrills, spills and shocks. 

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Genetic study suggests alcohol consumption should be lowered

cocktailsPrevious studies have suggested that keeping your alcohol consumption somewhere between 12 and 25 units per week could be good be relatively good for your health, but a new piece of research that has been published in the BMJ has brought some opposing evidence to light.

After gathering data from over 250,000 participants across 56 studies, it was concluded that light drinkers can reduce their risk of contracting coronary heart disease by cutting down their alcohol consumption even further.

The message is clear, said the professors who led the study, that the less you drink the better.

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Devilled Kidneys

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A quick post-work nip out to the shops last night left me with a particularly peculiar choice to make. Whilst browsing through the whiskeys, beer and birthday cards I came upon a conundrum: what to have for tea?

It was there that some devilish thoughts appeared; kidneys would be on the menu.

Devilling foodstuffs was especially popular during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the practice may have gone out of fashion in recent years, but there is good reason why it is considered – in some circles at least – as a bona fide classic, with Devilled Kidneys being the crème de la crème.

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