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First Ceda meeting took place 50 years ago today as association reveals who was there

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Fifty years ago today, on 11 January 1972, a meeting took place at the premises of The Gas Council on Tottenham Court Road, London, to determine that the Catering Equipment Distributors Association (Ceda) should be officially formed.

The meeting was the fruition of more than a year of conversation and exploratory meetings between a group of distributors, driven by Michael Swerdlow of the Modern Kitchen Equipment Company of Liverpool Limited.

Mr Swerdlow had been in the US in 1970 and met with a number of American dealers and was introduced to the concept of competitors working together for the benefit of all which had formed the US Foodservice Equipment Dealers Association.

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Upon his return, he contacted a number of competitors and outlined his vision for an equivalent UK Association.

Informal meetings throughout 1971 sought to; determine the Association’s purpose, outline a code of practice, categories of membership, and a list of desired inaugural Members.

These were presented to a wider audience at the meeting 50 years ago today and positive discussion led to a vote that resolved that the Catering Equipment Distributors Association should be officially formed.

Adam Mason, director general at Ceda, said: “It’s been fascinating reading through the Minutes of meetings that took place throughout 1971 and 1972.

“The landscape of the catering equipment industry was certainly very different then, though it is interesting to see that there are also consistent themes – cash & carry stores beginning to stock light equipment and tableware was the ‘internet’ of the 70s.”

“Catering Equipment Distributors from the 1970s to the present day have a lot to thank Ceda’s founders for. They put a great deal of time, effort and commitment into establishing and formalising the distribution channel and fighting for its’ recognition.”

Today, Ceda comprises 100 members, offering both local and national support to all types of commercial catering and foodservice operations. Its members have a combined turnover of more than £500 members.

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The following individuals were elected as the inaugural committee members following the meeting on 11 January 1972.

– Haydn Davis of Haydn Davis Catering Equipment of Newport (Wales)

– Geofrrey Alderson of Scobie and McIntosh of Edinburgh

– Pat Beazley of Berry and Warmington of Liverpool

– Philip Mollett of Molletts of Bradford – Chairman

– Stanley Webster – Secretary

– Bill Wakeling of Staines Catering Equipment of London

– Frank Hall of County Catering Equipment of Canterbury

– Michael Swerdlow of Modern Kitchen Equipment of Liverpool

Companies present at the meeting were:

– Victor Tucker Ltd. – Bristol

– Modern Kitchen Equipment (Liverpool) Ltd. – Liverpool

– Haydn Davies (Equipment) Co. Ltd. – Newport

– County Catering Equipment Co. Ltd. – Canterbury

– A. Yeates & Sons Ltd. – Croydon

– Southern Cross Equipment Co. – Hove

– Scobie & Mcintosh Ltd. – Edinburgh

– Scobie & Mcintosh Ltd. – Newcastle Upon Tyne

– Scobie & Mcintosh Ltd. – Edinburgh

– Scobie & Mcintosh Ltd. – Glasgow

– Jeffery Higgs Ltd. – Llandudno

– D. M. Musitano Ltd. – Truro

– Roland Allen & Co. Ltd. – Luton

– Burbridge Ltd. – Guernsey

– Burbridge (Jersey) Ltd. – Jersey

– John D. Deas Ltd. – Glasgow

– Institution Supplies Ltd. – Leeds

– Gerard Gamble Ltd. – Leicester

– Wilson Watson Mcvinnie Ltd. – Glasgow

– G. B. Catering Equipment Ltd. – Cardiff

– Le Lievres Ltd. – Jersey

– Berry & Warmington Ltd. – Liverpool

– Catering Equipment Centre Ltd. – Scarborough

– Staines Kitchen Equipment Ltd. – London

– Autocatering Ltd. – Brighton

– W. A. Brown & Harris Ltd. – Manchester

– Shaws Hotel Service Ltd. – Margate

– Sidlock Of Salisbury – Salisbury

– John Kelly & Son Ltd. – Edinburgh

– Benham & Sons Ltd. – London

– Hall & Rogers Ltd. – Manchester

– Peter Nisbet & Co. Ltd. – Bristol

Ceda members agree to collaborate on kitchen service and maintenance work

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