Editor’s view: Never been a better time to be a foodservice equipment buyer

Andrew Seymour grayscale

These are rapidly changing times for anybody involved in the testing, specification and sourcing of commercial foodservice equipment in the UK.

Consumers are more discerning when it comes to eating out, new competition is always lurking around the corner and product innovation is reshaping kitchen operation norms.

On that note, welcome to FoodserviceEquipmentJournal.com, a website and monthly print magazine dedicated to covering all of the above and more!

Those of you that I’ve spoken to, interviewed or contacted in recent weeks will already have a pretty good idea of what FEJ is all about, where it fits into the market and why we are committed to providing the news and intelligence that makes you that little bit more informed as you go about your day-to-day business.

If your first engagement with us comes from reading this, however, let me tell you more. Foodservice Equipment Journal is the first ever website and monthly magazine dedicated to purchasing and procurement professionals working for multi-site operators and groups in the UK, as well as the manufacturers and designers that supply product and services into such businesses.

In compiling the circulation for the launch of the title, it has become clear just how powerful and influential the UK’s leading foodservice and hospitality groups are today. The number of restaurant, bar and hotel brands we are reaching out to is well into the hundreds and together they represent more than 27,000 outlets.

Factor in the supermarkets, leisure and tourism sector and public sector procurement agencies and the number of properties that the procurement teams of these groups buy foodservice equipment for quickly shoots to in excess of 40,000. That’s before you’ve added in the individual sites managed by the leading contract caterers, which could easily see that figure doubled.

We aim to shine a light on news, trends and developments in the catering equipment and foodservice operator market place, and showcase the finest examples of innovation and best practice.

Whether your annual equipment budget is thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions, I’m sure there are many issues which remain close to your heart: defining equipment processes for multiple stores; implementing effective store designs; managing supplier and service provider relationships; setting equipment KPIs; and dealing with maintenance escalation matters.

These are all topics which we intend to do justice through our print and online channels every month.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about issues that you think we should be covering — or simply want to share your company’s news and developments — then I would love to hear from you.

Please call 020 317 6423, drop me an email andrew.seymour@itppromedia.com or tweet us @FEJournal.

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