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OPINION: What commercial kitchens can do to avoid falling foul of new acrylamide regs

With the uncertainty around the new acrylamide legislation coming in to place in April 2018, many companies within the foodservice sector, and food industry in general for that matter, are looking to further understand what is required of them. Ashton Bayliss, product manager – food and pharmaceuticals at Testo, provides  For those who aren’t aware,

OPINION: Why testing your oil can protect your restaurant’s reputation

Some foodservice operators are saving as much as 20% on oil consumption a year, simply by testing their oil on a regular basis, writes Ashton Bayliss, product marketing manager at test and measurement specialist Testo. While many operators have now adopted technology to test their cooking oil, a significant number of restaurants and foodservice providers

OPINION: Behind every good open kitchen is an organised wash-up area

Open kitchens are in vogue but behind all the theatre and lies a need to ensure the washing area is functional and practical, writes Bob Wood, director of DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems.  A smooth-running, efficient kitchen operation is vital for a successful, trouble free and safe foodservice operation. This is never more important than in

OPINION: Rising electricity costs will focus supermarkets’ minds on refrigeration

Reducing energy consumption remains high on the agenda for UK food retailers, not just to meet obligations under the Carbon Reduction Commitment Scheme, but also to slash costs in an increasingly competitive retailing sector. Ian Wood, co-founder and managing director of refrigeration innovator, Adande, examines the impact of rising energy costs, post Brexit implications and

ALMR urges Brexit negotiators to clarify status of migrant workers

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, whose members run 23,000 outlets and employ over 650,000 people in British pubs, bars and restaurants, says the vote to the EU has severely dented confidence in the industry. Despite positive economic news over the summer, Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, said operators are still concerned. “The slight

BREXIT OPINION: 5 tax implications for catering equipment businesses

With businesses from the catering equipment sector still trying to work out what Britain’s impending exit from the EU might mean for them, David Brookes, tax partner at accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP, explores the tax implications that leaving the EU could have on UK businesses. So, the results are in. Like it

Struggling businesses should be given ‘breathing space’ from creditors

Insolvency trade body R3 has proposed that struggling companies should be given up to six weeks free from creditor pressure to plan a recovery or rescue. The UK’s insolvency profession believes that the introduction of a ‘business rescue moratorium’ would help save more companies under severe financial strain, saving more jobs and improving returns to

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