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EXCLUSIVE: RMB overhauls kitchen equipment focus

EXCLUSIVE: RMB overhauls kitchen equipment focus

Catering equipment supplier rexmartins is offering foodservice operators access to affordable kitchen solutions that will deliver value to their business. FEJ met with managing director Martin Porter to find out more about one of the newest brands on the market. When Martin Porter sold his refrigeration and air conditioning business to Toshiba Carrier in 2007,

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M&B nets £46m from sale of 79 sites that don’t fit with strategy

Mitchells & Butlers has raised £46m from offloading 79 sites in the last few months, it revealed this morning. The pub and restaurant chain sold 73 of the properties to property investment company Aprirose in a package deal and it will now run them under the Milton Pubs and Taverns brand. A further six sites

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Andrew Nisbet declares NCEC an ‘industry resource’ as three-year project comes to fruition

Andrew Nisbet yesterday paid tribute to the “biggest building project” the Nisbets Group has ever been involved in as the National Catering Equipment Centre officially opened its doors in Avonmouth, Bristol. Glenn Roberts, chair of trade association CESA, had the honour of cutting the ribbon to mark the launch of the facility, with representatives from more than

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New Nisbets chief spent first week picking and packing in warehouse

New Nisbets chief executive, Klaus Goeldenbot, has revealed he spent his first week in the job picking and packing orders in the company’s warehouse as he seeks to quickly get to grips with every aspect of its business. As part of an induction programme to understand the £320m-a-year catering equipment giant’s operations, Mr Goeldenbot is

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Pub giant drops menu prices 7.5% in protest over VAT disparity

JD Wetherspoon is slashing prices of food and drink by 7.5% in all 900 of its pubs for today only in protest over what it calls VAT “disparity” in the UK. The chain is urging legislators to change regulations that it believes give pubs a significant tax disadvantage against supermarkets. In its latest financial report,


Takeaway kitchen so ‘deplorable’ that magistrate sends case to crown court

The “deplorable” state of a Lancashire takeaway’s kitchen has been deemed so severe that magistrates have sent the case to the crown court. Harvey’s in Kirkham, near Blackpool, was prosecuted by Fylde Council after health inspectors found food covered in weeks of mould and unfit for human consumption. The site’s owner Kasim Ali Ahmed was


Rosinox to supply cooking suites through new UK importer

Rosinox cooking suites will be supplied into the UK market through Jestic from now on following the break-up of Dawson Foodservice Equipment. Jestic has secured exclusive UK and Ireland distribution for the Ali Group brand, which manufactures modular and suited cooking ranges from its state-of-the-art factory in France. Giuseppe Politi, export manager for Rosinox (pictured),

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Fast food group has its eyes on $1bn Pret takeover, report says

A Filipino fast food group is reportedly plotting a takeover bid worth around £740m for 444-strong upmarket sandwich chain Pret A Manger. Jollibee, a popular fast food chain with a network of 2,700 outlets, has held talks with an advisor regarding an offer for Pret, according to a Reuters report which cited unidentified sources. The

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THREE TO BEAT: Coffee machines to keep operators profiting

FEJ picks out a handful of commercial coffee machines ideal for use by operators with sites that experience differing levels of demand. VISACREM VETRO Tell us about its key benefits… The Visacrem Vetro espresso machine from Verde Coffee boasts a number of key features including a tempered glass control panel with touch buttons and mono-block


EXCLUSIVE: Catering sales contribute £71m to the National Trust’s income

The National Trust made sales of almost £71m from catering and foodservice last year, FEJ can reveal. Catering is now the third largest generator of revenue for the National Trust, behind enterprise and renewables and membership. Food is on course to become the second biggest contributor to the organisation next year if it maintains its current