Author Archives: Joe Peskett

‘Overly-flexible kit’ risks compromising kitchen quality and consistency, warns Tortilla food boss

‘Overly-flexible kit’ risks compromising kitchen quality and consistency, warns Tortilla food boss

Operators who get too carried away with installing multi-functional kitchen equipment at the cost of kit that does fewer tasks risk compromising on the quality of the end product. That’s according to the head of food at Tortilla, Martyn Clover, who is in charge of ensuring kitchens produce consistent food across almost 40 sites run

Fuller’s “better off” for pulling the plug on wood-fuelled ovens

Pub chain Fuller’s admits that it may have “got it wrong” when it initially began incorporating wood-fuelled cooking equipment into its estate but its decision to drop the appliances from its kitchens has left the group in a better position in the long-term. The pub group began experimenting and investing at a number of its

EXECUTIVE REPORT: CEO of Jamie’s Italian reveals how chain plans to bounce back

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group had a turbulent entry into 2018. Weeks of business troubles culminated in a CVA involving 12 restaurant closures, leaving the foodservice industry to speculate on the fate of the brand. But now, CEO Jon Knight, has vowed to face up to the group’s ‘complacency’ and defiantly declared that the ‘fight

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group CEO: ‘Business rested on its laurels but we will turn it around’

The CEO of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, which closed 12 of its Jamie’s Italian restaurants in recent weeks amid reports that it has £70m of debts, has admitted that the company had allowed competition to ‘encircle’ it in the last few years and had failed to act.   Jon Knight, who was appointed CEO

‘Dark kitchens won’t work’ but Deliveroo could launch as its own operator, warns Pho MD

The ‘dark kitchen’ concept trialled by foodservice delivery company Deliveroo is flawed and is not sustainable, but the firm and others like it may start appearing on the market as operators. That’s the claim being made by the boss of Vietnamese cuisine specialist Pho, who warned that conventional foodservice operators are facing growing pressures from

EXCLUSIVE: Casual Dining Group confirms new delivery brand will launch from Café Rouge kitchens

Café Rouge’s kitchens will shortly begin churning out food on behalf of the Casual Dining Group’s new delivery brand, which is set to launch in the coming weeks, as part of the group’s CEO James Spragg’s ambition to get a “slice of the action” in the delivery market. The new delivery brand, Stack & Grill,

Dutch equipment brand launches in UK as an ‘alternative to established kit providers’

A European-wide foodservice equipment brand based in the Netherlands is looking to replicate the same success with UK operators as it has achieved with overseas caterers. Hendi UK officially launched in the country yesterday and hopes its offering will be an appealing alternative to established suppliers of kitchen equipment. The company, which has a global

Fuller’s overcomes ‘unprecedented influences’ as sales skip by 6%

Fuller’s has battled through what it said were ‘strong headwinds’ in the first half of its financial year, turning over £209m in the 26 weeks ended 30 September 2017, up from £198m in the previous period. The group’s chief executive, Simon Emeny, noted a tough period of trading and “unprecedented influences” on the business, especially

FCSI crowns Adande refrigeration cabinet as sustainability king

One of Adande Refrigeration’s latest models has won the top spot in the FCSI UK & Ireland’s Sustainable Catering Equipment Awards. The Aircell open front, integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet was announced as the winner at a gala dinner this month, during this year’s Catering Equipment Suppliers’ Association (CESA) Annual Conference held at the