We are designing the catering in a new build and the main client has told us that it’s our responsibility to design/draw the pipework route from the coldrooms to the roof located compressors. We’ve never done this before as its always been part of the M&E package. Could members advise either on their experience or a suitable reply?


  1. The simplest way to achieve this is to get the cold room manufacturer on site to execute a full and detailed survey, they will then produce manufacturers drawings showing the route. There may be a cost for this exercise.
  2. I would recommend they get the appropriate advice from their coldroom suppliers as usually there are oil traps required on a vertical run. They would have to agree a route with the builder or building management as this would depend on access physical provision of the route, so a site survey by the refrigeration supplier would need to happen. Also, usually containment is down to the builder so might be worth checking if that will be excluded also.
  3. As a top quality ceda member surely the company who supplies the refrigeration install service would do this as a level of their competence.
  4. Our experience of this was to ask our sub-contract cold-room installer who makes the cold-rooms up and was happy to provide us with the layout drawing as they were running the pipework. It does mean faffing around revisiting site if the walls are up and then planning the route, which can take some time. You must ensure that they the client provide a drawing showing all other plant or equipment as we found that the position of our pipe run was through a boiler that was not on their drawings. We also charged for this service . Hope this helps .
  5. This needs to be coordinated by the M&E contractor/consultant but it is not unreasonable for them to ask the fridge contractor for this to be provided as a drawing. Suggest they throw back to the client and ask for confirmation of pipework route required for the coordination of the installation with other services and future maintenance. Ask for a full set of cad drawings for the route so once a route is agreed, get the fridge company to plot it on the drawing.
  6. As a general rule of thumb this is the norm on most of the projects we undertake. The design and drawing would always be with the Cold Store provider.

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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.

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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.”



We are involved in a project where the client wants part of the service counter to have round ice cream tubs inset into a marble top. They have seen this at ‘Flatiron’ in London. Ice cream is scooped into cones then rolled in chocolate, hand shaved onto the marble top.

I am told that the insulated lift-out ice cream ‘buckets’ are standard but also that the undercounter is refrigerated in some way too to prolong the life of the ice cream.

Is anyone aware of this kind of display? Would refrigeration under be bespoke? Or is there no refrigeration at all and the tubs keep the ice cream usable for an extended period?

Any information (tubs or refrigeration) gratefully received!


  1. Try Silver King. They have a drop in square freezer client could then put a circular collar around –
  2. via Carpiagiani
  3. I’d say it’s a Bespoke Item and would therefore contact Counterline or Precision – so they can build to the clients specification
  4. I think IFI do something like this – Just remove the lids –
  5. Nemox supply these or Framec they are ice cream freezers. 

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We are trying to find a supplier to replace the ceramic hot plates within this servery counter for a good client of ours.

Counter was originally manufactured by EMH. I have tried a couple of other servery counter suppliers who can’t help out. Site location: Guildford.

We are looking for a supplier who can remove existing and dispose, supply and install new ceramic plates to match. Size of hot plates and images below.

ceramic insert
all together 181cm/51cm as one piece
60cm/51cm each one individually.


    1. Contact CED to see if they know where the distributor could get the same plates from and then get service agent to fit them. The counter manufacturers won’t want to do it but CED might know what make plates they used?
    2. Contact Stuart Russell, Sales Director at CED Fabrications Ltd – Mobile: 07917303122
    3. What about Storer, 0115 9200329 they make the carvery decks for Mitchells & Butlers or you can buy them in from Hawco as one assembly and replace themselves they are usually only bedded in heat resistant silicone around the edges Hawco sell all that is required to do yourself.
    4. Contact Greg Swift –
    5. This would be something AGGORA Projects could assist with. We would need to undertake a site survey before providing any costs, so would be grateful if you could forward our details to your member, that would be much appreciated. AGGORA Group, Centech House, Centech Park, North Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 9NR. Office: 0845 1177 555 ext: 132
    6. We have purchased these before from spares company CCS. BUT they can be an odd size. You can un-silicone the pad off the bottom of the ceramic plate then re fit a new pad.Not the best job but okay for a good engineer…
    7. I believe First Choice can supply the parts.
    8. I believe the ceran plates and heater pads would have come from Hawco at 600 x 500mm each and they should be able to be installed and replaced as a set.It’s worth also checking the controller system EMH would have used as you may have to replace everything from controllers to the plates to ensure a correct installation.
    9. I would suggest that these will be Ceran Hotplates. These can be purchased complete with the Heater Mats fitted however the standard sizes are 500mm x 600mm each so look like the size detailed. When fitted they will also require the Black Heat Resistant Sealant. We cover this area and could carry out the works if required.
    10. The best person to sort this out is Stuart Russell, CED. He was EMH. Contact: 07917 303122
    11. One of the best ‘cut and carve’ companies with specialist servery abilities I’ve ever known are Essex Fabrications in Basildon, and reasonably close geographically.
    12. Try Hawco
    13. What about Storer, 0115 9200329 they make the carvery decks for Mitchells & Butlers or you can buy them in from Hawco as one assembly and replace themselves they are usually only bedded in heat resistant silicone around the edges Hawco sell all that is required to do yourself.
    14. They look like standard Ceran hotplate sections? But try Comet Catering in Enfield – they are a high-end fabricator we know well and have a lot of experience in a wide range of weird and wonderful bespoke countering! Julian Webb 0207 804 4779 – let him know that Fulcrum suggested Comet and he should be glad to assist.

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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.



A ceda Member has requested recommendations and contact details for solicitors that have been used by fellow ceda Members, specifically on legal issues for ventilation.


  1. I have previously taken advice from Ward Hadaway Solicitors. Fortunately, the issue we had was resolved amicably without the need for further legal assistance but one of their partners (see below) specialises in construction and associated engineering, so he may be able to advise on ventilation. Contact: Paul Reekie – Partner/Contruction & Engineering Unit Email: Tel: +44 (0) 191 204 4331
  2. Contact Rob Bywell, he’s a solicitor.
  3. I would suggest that you contact Build UK as they should possibly be able to help or they may possibly be able to recommend a specialist solicitor. If you call Build UK and say that you are a ceda member you can ask for their advice with regards to your enquiry: Tel: 0844 249 5351
  4. Contractual and Legal (England and Wales) – Wedlake Bell – One hour’s free advice per year on construction law, contracts, dispute resolutions and retentions if you say you are a ceda Member. Tel: 0844 249 9871

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ceda Silver Partner Metacalfe Welcomes HALLDE Deal

ceda Silver Partner Metcalfe Catering Equipment has strengthened its portfolio by becoming the UK distributor for the HALLDE range of equipment and will be showcasing products from HALLDE on its stand (2030) at Hotelympia next week.

The move sees Metcalfe take responsibility for distributing machines from four key categories, all manufactured by renowned Swedish company HALLDE, a world leader in food preparation machinery. HALLDE vegetable preparation machines, vertical cutter mixer/ blenders, combi cutters and blenders are all designed for perfect cutting results, exemplary safety, fast and easy cleaning.

Metcalfe MD Neil Richards comments on the partnership: “HALLDE equipment provides an ideal extension to our comprehensive and ever-expanding Metcalfe range, helping to reinforce our position as one of the premier manufacturers and suppliers of commercial food preparation equipment in the UK. HALLDE is known for its innovation and outstanding quality and is therefore a perfect fit with our existing portfolio of specialist equipment and we are delighted to take responsibility for its UK success.”

For further details of the HALLDE range, or other products in the extensive Metcalfe Catering Equipment collection, visit or call 01766 830456.

ceda Silver Partner Novameta – Fabricators of Bespoke Stainless Steel Equipment

Novameta are the largest and most advanced manufacturer of stainless steel commercial kitchen
equipment in Baltic and Scandinavian countries; Northern Europe. Extensive market experience,
attention to detail along with an innovative forward-thinking mindset are the key factors which have
enabled Novameta to establish dealer trust and support in 18 countries across Europe.

Novameta manufacture a wide range of hot, cold, neutral and refrigerated standard equipment.
Non-standard, Bespoke equipment is Novameta’s speciality, all precisely engineered and crafted
combined with short, typically 2-5 weeks lead time, this making Novameta stand out from the
crowd. Our experienced project management team provide professional support and technical
advice throughout the whole process enabling dealers to turn their client’s concepts and ideas into
tailor-made turnkey solutions.

Novameta only sell though professional dealer partners throughout Europe and are proud to provide
full assistance to partners, helping them to excel in their area of specialism by doing what they do
best – client liaison to installation and aftersales service to fulfil of their client’s needs.

Novameta’s main objective is to maintain solid position in Europe through sustaining strong
relationships with our trusted partners whilst at the same time expanding and developing into new
territories across the globe.

An experienced and ambitious sales team, in-house CAD designers using the latest 3D CAD software,
production staff using some of the latest production technologies and equipment and a LEAN quality
management system based on ISO 9001:2000 standard, have determined the rapid expansion and
growth of our sales markets and therefore the very quick growth of the company over the past few

Novameta currently employs over 170 skilled employees in the business. (Feb 2018) The factory
production area covers > 5000 m². and incorporates some state of the art equipment; 25mtr auto
sheet feed laser cutter, automated panel bender, robotic bender and other smaller automated items
to assist with efficiency and lean production.

Novameta manufacture greater than 180 different items every day and produces more than 1500
complete dealer projects every year!

Please visit the Novameta website to view their modern factory from the comfort of
your own office environment.