Bidvest guide unmasks the mystery of industry standards

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN:  Pakistani cooks prepare dishes in the kitchen of Cafe Lazeez restaurant, a British curry chain, in Islamabad, 02 March 2005.  Cafe Lazeez owner Zahid Kasim, who launched the first of his Cafe Lazeez eateries in London 13 years ago and helped to update the country's ubiquitous "Indian" restaurants from relics of the 1970s to trendy culinary experiences, has gambled that he can successfully export his fusion of South Asian and European cuisine the 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) back to Islamabad, the capital of his food-crazy native country.   AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM  (Photo credit should read FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images)

Catering equipment provider Bidvest Foodservice has unveiled a new guide to help caterers and foodservice operators get to grips with industry standards.

A study undertaken by the firm suggests that one in five industry professionals feel confused by current food standards, with public sector professionals particularly keen for clearer information.

The ‘Making Sense of Standards’ guide is designed to help buyers, suppliers and caterers understand the different standards affecting them.

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Put together by experts at Bidvest Foodservice and industry professionals and specialists, the new guide covers a wide range of recent policies, including Government Buying Standards, Care Home and Hospital Standards and The School Food Standards, as well as accreditations and certifications.

Andy Kemp, group sales and marketing director at Bidvest Foodservice, said: “Within the foodservice industry and when it comes to the public sector in particular, Government’ and industry’ standards are extremely vital to ensure best practice across the board. However, making sense of each can be a real challenge.

“‘Making Sense of Standards’ will be a go-to guide for foodservice professionals, so they’ll be able to not only easily identify which regulations are relevant to them but also what they can do to meet those standards. It’s just one of the ways that we are trying to make life a little easier for our customers, so that they can concentrate on growing their businesses.”

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