Get social with us at Conference

Are you on Twitter?

If so, then connect with us at @CEDAUK

The ceda Conference is now just a week away and we wanted to let you know how you can connect with us and join in the fun over the two-day event.

We’ll be using the ceda Twitter account to keep you informed of timings and everything that’s going on at Conference. We’ll be bringing you the all the news and highlights as well as snap-shots of all the action from the Business Day and the all important Grand Prix Awards.

We’ll be using the following official Conference hashtags (#), and encourage you all to use them too:

#cedagetssocial – leading hashtag

We want you to connect with us, and each other, as much as possible. By using these hashtags or mentioning us (@CEDAUK) in your Tweets and photos, we will easily be able to see your posts and retweet your content. We encourage you to retweet each other too.

We also want to use broader hashtags to try and get some attention outside of the Conference and into the larger catering and restaurant industries. Some examples we will be using include:

#foodstagram – this one is specifically for Instagram and could be used to share food pictures of the Thursday and Friday night dinners.

We’ll also use #ThursdayThoughts and #FridayFeeling which are hugely popular, generic hashtags that will help us spread the ceda message outside of the Conference to the wider world.

We encourage you to get involved and use a mixture of these hashtags in your own Tweets. Please try and use a ceda related hashtag as well as a more generic one so you, ceda, and the Conference can benefit from maximum exposure.

We can’t wait to see you at Conference and look forward to seeing all your tweets from the event.

The ceda Networking and Cedabond Awards Dinner

The Thursday night dinner at the 2018 ceda Conference is once again bringing together leading UK chef organisations to devise, produce and deliver a marvellous 3 course meal.

This year the dinner will feature The Craft Guild of Chefs and The Master Chefs of Great Britain.

Lee Maycock, Chair of The Craft Guild of Chefs commented; “We’re delighted to return to the ceda Conference for the third year to join the celebrations and showcase our talents. This year for the first time we will be joined by The Master Chefs of Great Britain and are looking forward to working closely with them.”

The evening provides informal networking opportunities for delegates and raise funds for this year’s cause Jeff’s Way.

ceda Director General, Adam Mason, commented; “Last year’s Thursday night dinner was superb and we are really looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the Craft Guild and building a new one with The Master Chefs of Great Britain. The evening is always fun with our fundraising game and the Cedabond Awards and the ceda family and our guests always enjoy great food. I’ve seen the menu and I think we are in for a treat!”

ceda Supplier Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced

ceda are delighted to announce the shortlisted companies for their 2018 Supplier Awards. The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at the ceda Conference taking place on the 26th and 27th April at St George’s Park Burton-upon- Trent.

The awards recognise those companies that have provided outstanding service to ceda members and are in three categories, Heavy Equipment; Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares; and Outstanding Customer Service.

These categories are voted on by ceda members in the run up to the awards night with each ceda member being asked to list their top 3 suppliers in each category.

The results for this year’s nominations include:

Heavy Equipment category
Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd
Meiko UK Ltd
Rational UK Ltd

Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares category
First Choice Catering Spares Ltd
Mechline Developments Ltd

Outstanding Customer Service category
Maidaid-Halcyon Ltd
Meiko UK Ltd
Rational UK Ltd

Adam Mason, ceda’s Director General, commented “Making the final shortlist should mean a great deal as they are voted on by their customer base. They are testament to the supply-chain relationships that we nurture at ceda and huge congratulations them all.“

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Tickets and more information about the event can found here:

ceda Silver Partner LF Spare Parts Ltd announce new app

One solution for both smartphones and tablets.

ceda Silver Partner LF Spare Parts Ltd announce the launch of new app. The app from LF Group allows you to access the LF web shop at any time and to browse all LF has to offer in a simple and intuitive way.

  • Search from over 62,000 items
  • Further filter your search
  • Browse the multitude of exploded drawings
  • Browse our digital catalogues
  • Efficiently improve your work load with the LF Group app!

For further information:

ceda confidence survey shows 2017 positives

The results of the latest quarterly survey of ceda members are in, and the positive trends seen in first three quarters of 2017 continued in Q4.

64 ceda members took part in the survey and overwhelmingly reported sales growth against the previous quarter, quarter-on-quarter, and against year-to-date sales.

How did your sales for the last quarter compare with the previous quarter?

Better than = 53.13%     Same as = 35.94%     Worse than = 10.94%

53.13% of respondents said their sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 were better than those in the third quarter of 2017.


How did your sales for the last quarter compare with the same quarter in previous year?

Better than = 56.25%     Same as = 31.25%     Worse than = 12.50%

Quarter-on-quarter sales against the same period in 2016 also showed better results with 56.25% of participants reporting a growth.


How do your year-to-date sales for this current year compare with your year-to-date last year?

Better than = 54.69%     Same as = 25.00%     Worse than = 21.30%

Year-to-date sales are better for 54.69% of those surveyed, compared the year-to-dates sales last year.


How do you forecast your sales for the next quarter compared with the previous quarter?

Better than = 48.44%     Same as = 35.94%     Worse than = 15.63%

Cautious optimism also appears to be prevalent in forecast sales for Q1 of 2018 with 48.44% of ceda members predicting better sales, compared to Q4 of 2017.


How did the number of enquiries received from the PRIVATE SECTOR in the last quarter compare with the previous quarter?

Better than = 53.23%     Same as = 40.32%     Worse than = 6.45%

Not only were enquires from the private sector up against the previous quarter for the majority of ceda members, but only 6.45% said they were worse. In the same vein, results also showed Restaurants were overwhelmingly the area of the private sector generating the most enquires from Oct to Dec 2017.

Other questions included: ‘Was your average margin this year better or worse than the previous year?’ (50.00% answered ‘Same’); and ‘How did the number of enquiries received from the PUBLIC SECTOR in the last quarter compare with the previous quarter?’ (60.00% ‘Same’).

ceda Silver Partner Hubbard Systems launches Scotsman’s new ice dispensers

Compact tabletop footprint, massive capacity
Self-serve, hygienic dispensers can handle up to 200 serves at peak time

Hubbard Systems has launched two new ice dispensers from Scotsman. The DXN models replace the company’s hugely popular TC180 dispenser, which is the go-to unit for many high street operators wanting to offer self-serve drinks. The two DXN units offer a choice of capacities but both combine a hygienic, easy to use touchpad control, big production capacities and a very compact tabletop design.

The largest model is the DXN 207 ice dispenser. It has a footprint just 427mm wide by 553mm deep and is 769mm high, yet can store 200 servings and makes up to 110kg of ice per day. Meanwhile the smaller DXN 107 can deliver 100 serves at peak times and make 72kg of ice per day. It has the same footprint as the DXN 207 but is only 619mm high. The ice serving is set at 50gm – but this can be adjusted if the site wants larger or smaller serves.

Both DXN models dispense cubelet ice, which minimises water use because of the way the ice cubes are made. By far the driest and hardest form of flake ice, cubelet ice is produced at just below zero degrees Celsius and is then compressed to remove excess residual water, reducing it to as low as 10% of its original volume. All of which means it is excellent for chilling drinks effectively.

Both DXN models are made of stainless steel and have attractively simple and minimalist facia, with a large, black touchpad screen featuring blue icons. Many operators will place the ice dispenser beside the syrup drinks dispenser and will want to customise both with a vinyl wrap – the DXN’s plain facia makes it easy to do this.

For more information visit

2018 ceda Conference follows Jeff’s Way

Every year ceda nominates a charity to support at the annual ceda Conference, usually a cause in some way connected to the industry.

This year’s chosen charitable cause is Jeff’s Way.

Set up in honour of Jeff Whitaker, the late CEO of ceda Member Whitco, the cause has been set up to celebrate Jeff’s passion for life and to build a lasting legacy in his name. Jeff’s Way aims to help young people build a future for themselves and benefit from education, opportunity and security; three issues close to Jeff’s heart.

This year, all monies raised at the ceda Conference will be donated to Jeff’s Way and divided equally between the development of young catering talent at Hull College (Education), the Sea Cadets (Opportunity) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Security).

Vita Whitaker, Jeff’s wife, Whitco Commercial Director and Jeff’s Way founder explains the motivation behind Jeff’s Way, “Jeff was never happier than when he was cooking, on a boat or by the sea. He joined The Sea Cadets, which instilled discipline and high standards. The catering faculty at Hull College gave him the skills he needed to join the catering teams of the merchant navy and Royal National Lifeboat Institution, where Jeff saw and experienced first-hand the work they do to save lives at sea.

“These institutions shaped Jeff’s outlook and attitude to life and it seems only fitting to allow others the opportunity to benefit from them in his name.”

Mark Kendall, ceda Chair, whose choice it is to nominate a charity to support at Conference each year added, “Selecting Jeff’s Way as the 2018 ceda Conference charitable cause was an obvious choice for me. Jeff was such a highly regarded member of the catering industry. He was a true gentleman who had time for everyone he met and he will be sorely missed by the entire ceda family and his peers in the wider catering sector.

“We look forward to welcoming Vita and colleagues from Whitco to the Conference in April and that will afford us the opportunity to show our collective industry support for the family and the company. I’m confident that we can deliver a fitting tribute to an industry legend.”

This year’s ceda Conference will take place at The Hilton, St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th April and fundraising activity will take place on both evenings.

Anyone wanting to donate raffle or auction items then please contact Fiona Mason on and to find out more about Jeff’s Way, please visit

ceda Grand Prix Awards Shortlist Announced

We're are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 ceda Grand Prix Awards. The list comprises many fantastic design project entries completed in 2017, as well as recognising those companies who have provided outstanding levels of customer service and project management to their clients.

Now in its 31st year the Grand Prix Awards are highly contested by ceda members due to the recognition they have across the industry. Our independent judges will now visit all of the shortlisted sites to talk to the operators and see first hand the finished scheme.  From this they will make their final decision on a winner for each category.

The award winners will be announced during the ceda Conference Gala Dinner on Friday 27th April at the Hilton Hotel, St, George’s Park, Burton upon Trent.

The full shortlist of companies and projects is as follows:

Small Projects (up to £100k in value)

CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd Porterhouse Butcher and Grill
Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd Sorrel Restaurant
Vision Commercial Kitchens The Cat's Pyjamas

Medium Projects (between £100k and £300k)

C&C Catering Equipment Ltd Randall & Aubin
TAG Catering Equipment Ella Canta Mexican Restaurant and Destination Bar
TAG Catering Equipment Webbs Restaurant and Kitchen

Large Projects (over £300k)

CHR Food Service Equipment Moor Hall Restaurant
CNG Foodservice Equipment Ltd Birnam Brasserie
TAG Catering Equipment Rosewood Hotel, Staff Dining and Function Kitchen Refurbishment
Court Catering Equipment Ltd Thomas's School - Battersea

Outstanding Customer Service

GS Catering Equipment Ltd The Slaughter Manor House
CHR Food Service Equipment Real Junk Food, Manchester
Vision Commercial Kitchens Snowdonia Nurseries

Project Management

Gastronorth Ltd St Chad's College
GS Catering Equipment Ltd Tamesis
Vision Commercial Kitchens The Ned Hotel
Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd Cookhouse and Pub (Multiple)

ceda Director General, Adam Mason, commented: “I’m thrilled that our Grand Prix awards continue to attract a high number of entries. The projects range across all sectors of the market and vary in size and scope but with one common thread – excellence. The quality of design, project management, installation and customer service that has been demonstrated is exceptional.

“To have made it through to the finals is a great achievement and congratulations to all.”

2018 ceda Conference

The annual ceda Conference is fast approaching and details of the two-day industry event are coming together.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, St George’s Park, Burton Upon Trent on 26th and 27th April 2018, the Conference is the premier event of the Catering Equipment Industry attracting distributors, manufacturers and representatives of other associations representing major end user groups.

Day One of this year’s Conference (Thursday) sees the ceda AGM take place in the afternoon, followed by an informal networking dinner in the evening. Friday is the Business Day featuring some top class speakers. Friday evening is the formal Gala Awards Dinner where the coveted ceda Awards are announced.

The ceda Conference is noted for top class speakers on both industry specific topics and general business issues. Amongst this year’s speakers is Nigel Barden. Nigel is a food & drink broadcaster, who works with Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 2 shows and is the food correspondent for BBC London. He specialises in promoting British ingredients and artisan producers, particularly in his role as chairman of judges for The Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards, World Cheese Awards, British Cookery School Awards & host of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

Our host for the Thursday evening and Friday Gala Dinner and Awards is Richard West, a highly acclaimed international Professional Motivational Speaker. A lifetime spent in motorsport, Formula 1 motor racing and international commerce enables him to speak firsthand about business and sporting experience on the subjects of Creating and Maintaining High Performing Business Teams, Creating and Managing Change, and The Attributes of Leadership.

ceda Director General Adam Mason is looking forward to this year’s Conference, and believes it’s going to be the best yet, “As the leading industry trade body we see firsthand the growth in the catering equipment sector, and this is replicated each year in the number of delegates that attend Conference. As the Conference gets bigger, the standard gets higher, and so does expectation. We’re quietly confident this year’s programme of events and speakers, of which there are still more to announce, will be our finest yet and we can’t wait to disclose more details as and when they are confirmed.”

For more information about the 2018 ceda Conference please visit More details and speakers are being added each day, so please check back regularly for updates.