New Lincat Grill provides ideal Synergy

New Lincat Grill provides ideal Synergy

One of the most dramatic industry partnerships has been unveiled today. The revolutionary multi-patented Synergy Grill technology will, for the very first time, be available to those desiring a suited chargrill solution, thanks to a unique agreement between Synergy Grill and the leading prime cooking provider, Lincat.  Synergy Grill has never before allowed its unique British made advanced grill technology to be used by another company, although the benefits of; massive energy savings, cleaner, safer kitchens, cleaner ventilation shafts and above all higher food quality, are now being increasingly specified by a wide range of end users.

The move, which will see the two British companies collaborating on a number of initiatives and projects, has been designed to ensure that customers who aspire to a suited look and feel within the kitchen, can now upgrade to what is widely seen as the future of commercial cooking.

Justin Cadbury, Chairman of Synergy Grill, enthused:

“We are delighted to be supplying this technology and associated experience to Lincat who, like Synergy, has an industry reputation for outstanding quality and premium customer service.  Whilst we were approached by another manufacturer for the use of our technology, after having met with the Lincat team, we were completely attuned to their positive management philosophy and specific vision to deliver the best possible equipment, with the fastest financial payback. In such a tight margin market, restaurants need to ‘future proof’ themselves with the best available technology.”

Chris Jones, Managing Director of Lincat is delighted with the new agreement:

“Synergy Grills bring many benefits to the operator with significant gas savings, higher flavour and moisture retention that delivers more succulent food, and one of the easiest cleaning regimes in the industry. The grill has become, for many, an essential part of quality food delivery and therefore Lincat is delighted to be able to offer Synergy Grill technology within our Opus 800 Series. We look forward to working with the Synergy team on numerous projects in the coming years, especially those which demand precise menu formatting to optimise the customer experience.”

Utilising the very latest patented technology, Synergy Grills produce a better cook result, require less ventilation and are one of the easiest grills to clean. Instead of adding to the ever growing number of fatbergs, the grill simply atomises the fat thereby eradicating the need for fat trays. This means that operators just vacuum up any remaining dust at the end of service.

Lincat will be adding the two new chargrills, incorporating the Synergy Grill technology, to its Opus 800 series offering, in both single and double formats.

For further information on the full Synergy Grill range or to arrange a demonstration, visit www.synergygrill.com, call 01480 811000 or email info@synergygrill.com. To enquire about purchasing an Opus 800 series Synergy Grill please visit www.lincat.co.uk or call 01522 875500.


Hupfer becomes ceda Platinum Partner

Hupfer becomes ceda Platinum Partner

As the first order of business for 2019, leading kitchen logistics supplier, Hupfer, upgrade their ceda membership to become a Platinum Partner.

The move signals the beginning of an important year for the German manufacturer, who are aiming to improve upon the impressive results of 2018 from their UK base in Merseyside.

Last year saw Hupfer realign their focus on the foodservice market in the UK to increase emphasis on delivering quality, innovative storing and handling solutions to establishments across the nation.

Director at Hupfer, Philipp Schumacher, said: “In the last 12 months our team in both the UK and Germany have worked tirelessly to ensure we are fully equipped to tackle the needs of the catering equipment industry – one of the first steps to accomplish this was becoming a member of ceda.”

Hupfer officially became a ceda partner in July last year when they entered into a Silver Partnership. The upgrade to a Platinum Partnership comes from a desire to emphasise their continued loyalty to ceda members.

“The opportunity to upgrade and become a ceda Platinum Partner was too good of an opportunity to miss,” said Philipp. “Here at Hupfer the relationships we hold with our dealer partners are vital to our operation and we are striving to ensure we are offering them as much support as possible – this is something we can strengthen even more so with this enhanced partnership.”

As a ceda Platinum Partner, Hupfer are able to give ceda members access to premium manufacturing an innovative systems, including those from their partner company, Trak, which delivers leading counter and dishwash systems.

The upgraded partnership will also allow Hupfer to support the initial development and growth of the ceda Academy, giving them the opportunity to have representative from their business in attendance.

Through their association with the ceda Academy, Hupfer will be able to support the future development of the industry, working with young professionals and giving them a voice within the market. Access to ceda’s e-learning platform will help to improve Hupfer’s key knowledge and learnings, in turn allowing them to work with ceda to enrich the platform.

Phil added: “We are hopeful that our ceda Platinum Partnership will give members the belief and encouragement that we wish to work closely with them, developing long term business and gaining lasting relationships.”

To find out more about Hupfer visit www.hupfer.com/en/ and for more information on Trak visit www.trak-catering.com.


A New Year message from ceda Silver Partner Boss Contract Furniture Ltd

A New Year message from ceda Silver Partner Boss Contract Furniture Ltd

To all ceda Members,

A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you.

2018 is now history so let’s bring on 2019. Thank you to all who supported us last year, we hope the experience was good and that you will continue to use Boss Contract Furniture Ltd throughout 2019.

We had a fantastic year with projects from all over the UK for all types of catering, some of which are listed below… but there are many others. And all through YOU, the distributor, never direct.

Hospitals including, Sandwell, Great Yarmouth, Bournemouth and Good Hope
M.O.D. including RAF Cosworth, Clive Barracks, Commonwealth and Foreign Office
Garden Centres including, Elton Walled, Old Railway and Langlands
Schools including Felsted, Bromsgrove, Croft, Eastbourne College, Sunderland University
High Street Chains such as Wimpy, Poppins, Euphorium, Francos, Kutis
Fine Dining Restaurants such as La Bourgee, Bluebells, Francos, Wiltons
Hotels including Haven, Sandbanks, The Dixon, Sheraton Hotel
Visitor Attractions such as Ulster Hall, Wesminster Hall, Belfast Waterfront, Cadbury World
Staff Restaurants including, Boots, TUI, AFC Bournemouth, Bosch, Astra Zeneca
Some others including three prisons, Woburn Safari Park and Doncaster Race Course.

We would like to do more with you in 2019. You find the lead, we’ll do the rest. Please let your sales team know that we are here and we want to help them with. Any requirement for any type of furniture, we can help them to hit their targets!

We hope you had a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to working with you this year.

Best Regards,

Jon and Kim Urquhart
Boss Contract Furniture Ltd… The Team for You!


Chairman's Christmas message

2018: A year of growth, development and engagement for ceda

In the last 18 months we have recruited 22 new Members. A combination of lapsed Members returning to the fold, having recognised the developments we have been making, and new companies who haven’t in the past been able to recognise the value and relevance of ceda.

The April Conference, Technical Conference, Regional Meetings, BIM training courses and Academy meetings have seen us physically engage with over 600 people from Members, Partners and invited guests in 2018. This shows growth and is really pleasing to see.

Our growth in terms of visibility and profile has been good, particularly the focus on video marketing which is proving incredibly positive in our engagement with end-users and operators.

ceda has continued to develop their service offering and the increased technical support and training have been particularly popular.

We are approaching the end of a busy, challenging but enjoyable year and I am most grateful for the work of Adam and the ceda office team, the expertise of our third-party service providers and the time, commitment and guidance of the Board in making all this possible.

But most importantly, you the Members who continue to collaborate, support and engage with each other and your Association.

Our plans for 2019 are quite incredible and we look forward to sharing them with you in the New Year.

May I wish you, your staff and your families a happy and peaceful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Jack Sharkey, ceda Chairman


How ceda service engineers keep your business running

How ceda service engineers keep your business running...

We are ceda. And our members keep the foodservice and catering industry on track.

They repair and replace equipment. They maintain and service. They train, inform and advise the industry.

The improve efficiency, reliability. And profitability. And when things go wrong. They react.

From education to hospitality. From healthcare to fine dining. Every sector. Every situation. Every eventuality. They keep your business running.

Connect. With a ceda specialist.

It’s no over-exaggeration to say service engineers are an integral part of any commercial kitchen operation. If equipment breaks down it has the potential to halt service or even temporarily close a kitchen. In a hospital or school environment, where for vulnerable patients and students, and staff, this is their only food resource, this simply isn’t an option.

Investment in equipment maintenance and breakdown contracts is therefore essential.

In an attempt to show how ceda Members keep the foodservice and catering industry on track, the trade organisation have put together a short video that it hopes will provide an understanding of the benefits and advantages of dealing with a ceda Member.

Many ceda Member organisations have dozens, in some cases 100s, of service engineers on the road every day looking after every element of equipment found in a commercial kitchen. From John o’Groats to Lands End they cover the breadth of the country repairing, replacing, maintaining and servicing equipment in educational, hospitality, healthcare and fine dining establishments. It’s estimated there are nearly 1000 ceda engineers!

“Our service engineers really are the unsung heroes of the foodservice and catering industries.” says Adam Mason, Director General of ceda. “Without them businesses and organisations from the local cafe to the Michelin starred restaurant and every other facility with commercial catering equipment would suffer. This Christmas period we urge business owners and Facilities Mangers, particularly those in the hospitality sector who will be gearing up for the their busiest period, to contact their equipment suppliers and book a maintenance service.”

Please click through to the ceda YouTube channel and subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss future videos from ceda..


Commercial Kitchen 2019 - save the date!

4-5 June 2019, NEC Birmingham

Following a third successful year, ceda is once again proud to be Lead Partner on the 2019 edition of Commercial Kitchen which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 4-5 June.

As the essential industry event for kitchen innovations, Commercial Kitchen is a great way for ceda Members and end-users to see the latest trends and developments in professional catering equipment in one place. Not only that, but the involvement of ceda Partners in the show, who design and manufacture a lot of the equipment, offers great synergies and networking opportunities.

With lots of exciting plans for the 2019 edition, this is a must-attend event for ceda Partners and Members, so make sure you put the date in your diary. Visitor registration will be open in January.

For any Partners interested in exhibiting please contact Katie Tyler (Event Manager, Commercial Kitchen) on 01273 645155 or email ktyler@divcom.co.uk.


Question

Question

We are having some major issues with Welsh water over the use of tundish’s and  “A” class  air gaps on 20 Grid Combination ovens.
Because the drain is so low we are unable to get a tundish fitted and maintain a 50 air break above the tundish.
We have spoken in depth with Wade Drains and under floor traps but welsh water are being a nightmare.
Has any other member had issues and how have they overcome it.
We have ensured all items used are WRAS approved and they have been quite helpful   but DWR CYMRU  +Welsh water are not  helping with advice or recommendations at all.
Any help would be much appreciated.

Replies:

  1. Yes, we have had similar issues in different parts of the country. The only option (if rational)  is to fit feet extension and change the trollies to match, can’t recall if rational offer any extensions to the trollies. If another brand, you will need to do something similar or speak to the manufacturer on how to combat WRAS approval, it should be contained within the specific WRAS approval special notes.
  2. We recently fitted “extensions” to the oven & Trolleys which increased the drain outlet by 70mm. These accessories are Rational products. Hope this helps.
  3. We have had this and we had to fit a lift pump, so the unit drained into the pump then the water was pumped up and into a tundish, you do need to fit a vent upstand pipe In the pipe run between the combi and the pump to stop air locks etc
  4. Has the member considered a waste water pump to resolve this issue? By installing a pump directly to the oven, the water can then be pumped upward to a tundish arrangement which in turn can then drain to the floor drain. We use either Saniflow Sanicom 1 or Grundfos Sololift2, commercial pumps.
  5. Our advice would be to have site use a floor drain and sit the drain over the drain grate this does not require a tundish, we only use a tundish on 6 and 10 grids all 20 and 40 grids would be on a floor drain.  If it is too late to fit a floor drain, then fit a shallow tundish any fabricator can make or I have seen square type tundish’s used and cut down to suit.  So long as you have the correct gap this should suffice.  Some of our engineers also cut the pipe on and angle so that the back flow cannot happen.
  6. Have they considered a Saniflow type system to lift the drain water to a higher level, and then drop into a tundish at about 1 metre high. I’m sure Rational do something on these lines.
  7. We have installed a number of 20 grid combis they all were plumbed into floor gully’s but terminated above the gully, so we assumed this was the same as a Tundish.
  8. From experience with 20/ 40 Grid or even double stacked combi ovens with any water authority there is always a potential drain issue. The options for a compliant installation are only:
    – Install drain over a 400mm (600mm) sq/ dia trapped floor gulley- no tundish but leave pipe 50mm above the gulley cover. ( using larger dia/ sq gulley allows for catching any splashing).
    – Install a combi drain pump- with triangular paddle from 1st choice directly to oven then it will pump up and you can then if you only have a 2” drain pop up fit a tundish and a trap to the pipe and suspend the drain pipe from the pump 50mm above the tundish.
    Respectfully trying to fit any drain cover over a gulley that has a funnel or tundish style cover will not fit under the drain pipe and give a gap as required.
  9. We (Space) recently fitted “extensions” to the oven & Trolleys which increased the drain outlet by 70mm. These accessories are Rational products.
  10. We have had this and we had to fit a lift pump so the unit drained into the pump then the water was pumped up and into a tundish, you do need to fit a vent upstand pipe In the pipe run between the combi and the pump to stop air locks etc. Has the member considered a waste water pump to resolve this issue? By installing a pump directly to the oven the water can then be pumped upward to a tundish arrangement which in turn can then drain to the floor drain. We use either Saniflow Sanicom 1 or Grundfos Sololift2, commercial pumps.
  11. Our advice would be to have site use a floor drain and sit the drain over the drain grate this does not require a tundish, we only use a tundish on 6 and 10 grids all 20 and 40 grids would be on a floor drain.  If it is too late to fit a floor drain then fit a shallow tundish any fabricator can make or  I have seen square type tundish’s used and cut down to suit.  So long as you have the correct gap this should suffice.  Some of our engineers also cut the pipe on and angle so that the back flow cannot happen.
  12. Have they considered a Saniflow type system to lift the drain water to a higher level, and then drop into a tundish at about 1 metre high. I’m sure Rational do something on these lines.
  13. I had a very similar experience with Yorkshire water on a 20 grid combi oven. In the end I had to fit a Munson ring and back plate to the floor just next to the trapped floor gulley and lower it to its minimum so that there was still a fall on the waste from the back of the oven and the waste outlet being hovered above the floor gulley created an “air gap” we actually trimmed some of elbow off the rational elbow to increase the gap slightly. On our site this satisfied the water authority.
  14. We have installed a number of 20 grid combis they all were plumbed into floor gully’s but terminated above the gully so we assumed this was the same as a Tundish.

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Question

Question

Could any of our Members recommend a good commercial plumbing company in or around Tewkesbury?

Replies:

  1. Techmech. Contact: Mark via 07533 208883 or Mark@techmechsw.co.uk
  2. We use a company called Techmech, who are very good. Contact – Mark. Telephone – 07553 208883
  3. I have used a company called T1M. Only a small outfit with around 3 or 4 guys but they are competent. They do a fair bit for McDonalds so cant be too bad. The Owner is called – Yes you guessed it – Tim, and his number is 07971694605
  4. I can highly recommend Duncan Smith – Tudorbuild Ltd. Tel: 07912 344179 Email: tudorbuildltd@hotmail.co.uk They are based in Nuneaton. They cover all my M&E work including all plumbing.  They are first class and extremely competitive.

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ceda Regional Meetings 2018

ceda Regional Meetings 2018

The annual ceda Regional Meetings took place earlier this month (Southern Meeting on 14th November, Northern Meeting on 21st November), with 37 Member organisations attending overall, and record attendance at the Southern meeting!

It was pleasing to see, not only established Members amongst the delegates, but many of our newer Members too. Berkeley Projects, KCCJ, Scobie McIntosh and Sprint all sent representatives and threw themselves into the discussions and networking opportunities the meetings provided.

Both meetings began with an Open Forum for Members to discuss issues with their peers. This was an opportunity for Members to share best practice with one another and offer help and advice where possible, as well as a chance to raise concerns with us, that we can investigate on behalf of our Members. It gives us insight into what issues are affecting our Members and how they do business, and how we can support them going forward. Industry and supplier issues were brought to our attention which we will now look into further and provide feedback on when we have it.

ceda Northern Regional Meeting 2018

Adam Mason gave a short presentation proving updates on Being ceda & Sustainability Pledge, the ceda Academy, Marketing and Social, ceda videos, BIM Training, ceda Safe (safety schemes in procurement for the catering equipment industry), the 2019 ceda Conference and Grand Prix Awards.

Three short supplier presentations followed. At the Southern Meeting we heard from Welbilt UK, Hoshizaki UK and First Choice Catering Spares Ltd. In the North, Hobart UK, Mechline Developments Ltd and Electrolux Professional presented.

The morning sessions concluded with a technical update from Peter Kay. He spoke of the Technical Support available from ceda covering:

Guidance on Best Practice including Guidance Documents and Standard Documents, all of which can be found in the Members Area of the ceda website;

Help with Problems including specific, individual help – often from other Members, common problems – customers who ignore ‘At Risk’ notices, engineer training – shortage of good engineers;

Information which covered the Technical Conference 2018, key priorities including recruitment from the military, and the development of a new apprenticeship standard for a Catering Equipment Technician.

After a networking lunch, the afternoon sessions were made up of presentations from Caterquotes, Tim Knowles and RAMCO.

Paul Shaw from Caterquotes spoke of Technology Solutions for the Catering Industry and new initiatives currently in development.

Tim Knowles talked about safety provisions including asbestos, fire consideration in construction, and creating and maintaining safety cultures.

RAMCO gave an insightful presentation on solutions to dispose of surplus catering equipment.

The meetings closed with some final words from Adam Mason on the ceda Membership – recruitment, rentention and size, ceda Conference 2019 – venue, dates and business day programme, and an e-learning update.

If any Members would like to see any of the presentations made at the Regional Meetings, please email Fiona Mason, fiona@ceda.co.uk, at the ceda office who will forward them on to you.


Update: Catering Equipment Service Engineers Apprenticeship Scheme

Update: Catering Equipment Service Engineers Apprenticeship Scheme

Back in the summer, we told you about a Trailblazer group of 11 ceda Members who were developing a new apprenticeship standard for a Catering Equipment Technician.

With the help of an advisor from the Institute of Apprenticeships, the group submitted a draft proposal for a Catering Equipment Technician. The initial proposal included details of the essential duties and tasks that need to be undertaken when servicing and maintaining catering equipment. The proposal was accepted earlier this month and means the group can now develop the next steps of the apprenticeship scheme.

The second phase that needs to be designed as part of the standard is made up of two parts;

  1. To agree the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in a Catering Equipment Technician to fulfil the duties and tasks set out in the initial proposal.
  2. To develop an end point assessment that will determine whether the apprentice has gained the required knowledge, skills and behaviours and can competently carry out the necessary duties and tasks. The assessment can be practical or written but must be carried out by an independent, registered assessor or organisation.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours were agreed by the Trailblazer group, now consisting of 14 ceda Members and other interested parties, on 22nd November.

A small sub-section of the group will meet on 17th December to determine the end point assessment plan, which will then be put to the rest of the group and submitted early in the New Year.

It is hoped the entire apprenticeship standard process will be accepted and finalised by May 2019. Whilst the apprenticeship will be open to all, the hope is that this time-frame will catch school and college leavers.

If you would like to know more about the apprenticeship standard, or want to become part of the Trailblazing Group, please contact ceda Technical Support Advisor, Peter Kay, peterkay@ceda.co.uk.