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Caterforce sponge cake is award winner!

Great Taste, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced that Chefs’ Selections is among the Great Taste winners of 2019.

Great Taste is the UK’s largest and most trusted awards scheme for speciality food & drink. Only the best tasting products bear the black and gold logo and we are pleased to announce that Chefs’ Selections were awarded 1 star for their Victoria sponge cake.

The judges were extremely complimentary about the product, saying “Visually this has everything. A well decorated sponge cake, with carefully made buttercream swirls and the sweet dusting tidily distributed.”

Kelly Orme, Group Buying Manager at Caterforce, said: “Afternoon tea is on the rise and customers are trying to be more creative with their products to compete in the market. We have taken the traditional recipe of the Victoria sponge cake; upgraded the appearance and subtly added different flavours to make it more premium.

“The Chefs’ Selections Victoria sponge cake is part of an innovative range of eight cakes, launched earlier this year. It is a cost-effective range based on the latest cake trends.”

Judged by over 500 food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

The North Devon Hospice Nightwalk 2019

This year a team of our Philip Dennis Ladies took part in the North Devon Hospice’s Nightwalk, raising money for the fantastic night nurses that care for their patients throughout the night.

This year marked the 35th anniversary of North Devon Hospice. They first started caring for local people in 1984, since then they’ve helped tens of thousands of patients and their families at the most difficult points in their lives. This year’s Nightwalk was going all-out 80’s. Our Philip Dennis team dressed up in their 80’s attire and walked the full 11 miles to raise money for this truly wonderful charity.

Together they raised a whopping £748, which will help to support the North Devon Hospice with their great standard of care.

We look forward to supporting the North Devon Hospice with lots more fundraising in the upcoming months!

Arkell’s Partnership Day

Passionate about your business
At Philip Dennis we are more than just a foodservice. Part of being a Philip Dennis Customer means access to a wealth of business support helping you to provide exceptional service to benefit profit, efficiency and business reputation.
Many of our sales teams are ex-chefs and catering managers and they understand the need for not only the best ingredients, but also reliable and trustworthy suppliers you can rely on.
Our team work hard to develop long term sustainable relationships with our customers adding value wherever possible to their businesses.
One such relationship is with Arkell’s Brewery based in Swindon. Established by John Arkell in 1843, it is Swindon’s oldest company and remains true to the principles of loyalty, quality and tradition set down from its founder 175 years ago. Managed by Philip Dennis Account Manager Dave Parsons, based at its Oxford offices, the company has been a Philip Dennis customer since 2013, and we now provide foodservice to all their managed houses around the area providing a wide variety of menu items.
As part or our commitment to business development, in conjunction with the brewery, we recently hosted a bespoke partnership day for pub managers and representatives of Arkell’s, where we could showcase new products and suppliers to complement existing menu items, and also throw in some innovative ideas to provide menu inspiration.
Hosted at its Tawny Owl Pub in Swindon, the day consisted of key suppliers displaying new products and menu suggestions, as well as displays from Dennis Family Butchers and Fishmongers.
Responding to the growth of Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyles and the need for more varied Free-From menus, the supplier presentations echoed this trend.
Suppliers included Speciality Breads who highlighted its new Vegan range of breads, rolls and mini loaves; Pacific West with some great new ideas for starters and buffets; Paramount with tasty vegetarian menu suggestions; Lamb Weston with its range of premium fries and ‘Vegan & Dirty’ chips ideas; Aimia with recipes using its store cupboard basics and HB Ingredients with baking and chef essentials to add value to desserts.
As well as suppliers, the were also presentations looking at menu engineering and the provenance and fresh quality of meats and fish offered by Dennis Family Butchers and Fishmongers.
Julie Moss, Managed House Controller at Arkell’s Brewery said of the day: ‘What a huge success, enjoyed by all there, cannot thank you enough!’
If your company would be interested in a tailored sales day for your businesses, please contact Charlotte Casey-Smith, Philip Dennis Foodservice National Sales Manager on 01271 311122.

Proud to support local charities

Proud to support local charities

Philip Dennis Foodservice has named North Devon Hospice as their Charity of the Year for its South West Depots. Having supported the hospice in many ways for a number of years, such as sponsoring the charity’s annual Big Breakfast event, it was the first-hand experience of a member of staff that made the company commit to a year-long campaign of fundraising.

“Without the hospice, we’d have been lost,” said Phil Dunn, who is Butchery Manager at the Roundswell depot of Philip Dennis Foodservice. “When the company asked for suggestions for our Charity of the Year, I shared my story because North Devon Hospice had an incredible impact on my family.”

Phil’s little brother, Ryan Dunn, was just 30 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct. “It took over very quickly, and there was nothing that could be done. Before we knew it, we needed the care and support of North Devon Hospice,” said Phil. “Ryan was cared for on the Bedded Unit and I’ll never forget my first time walking into the hospice, thinking how warm and welcoming it was. It didn’t’ feel like a hospital or anything like that, it felt like home for us all.”

Ali Hunt, Head of Fundraising at North Devon Hospice, said: “Phil’s heart-breaking story goes to show that the hospice touches the lives of so many local families. Sadly, the number of younger people we care for would surprise most people. But the support we provide to the whole family, for as long as it is needed, means no one should face such a situation alone. We can only provide this care thanks to the support of local people, so we are incredibly grateful to Philip Dennis Food Service for choosing North Devon Hospice as their Charity of the Year. We can’t wait to work together and make this a really successful partnership.”

To find out more about the charity, click here

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From Left to right: Ali Hunt, North Devon Hospice, Phil Dunn, Philip Dennis Butchery Manager, Sue Mills, Marketing Manager

Big Breakfasts Abound in North Devon!

Whether you are a fan of a full-on fry-up, or simply crave a croissant in the morning, North Devon Hospice’s Big Breakfast event is right up your street, quite literally! This month sees fundraising breakfast events pop up right across North Devon, so there is bound to be one close to you that you can go and enjoy.

Now in its eleventh year, Big Breakfast is a way of communities getting together for a bountiful brekkie and making a donation to North Devon Hospice for the fabulous food they’ve eaten. With events taking place in March across the area, in venues ranging from village halls to local pubs, there is sure to be one on your doorstep.

Gerard Fawcitt, from the hospice’s fundraising team, said: “I absolutely love this time of year. Spring is in the air and we see dozens of Big Breakfast events spring up all over North Devon. It is something our local community has really embraced and over the coming weeks we have a host of breakfast events ready to welcome the whole community in. It’s a wonderfully easy way for people to show their support, because you simply drop in for a delicious breakfast and make a donation for what you’ve eaten, every pound of which helps the hospice care for local people. What could be better than that?”

Gerard added: “Whether it’s just a bowl of cereal or a full-English, go along to your local Big Breakfast event and you will be helping North Devon Hospice provide our essential care. The only reason we are able to support thousands of patients and families every year is because of the generosity of local people, so we hope that everyone in North Devon will get behind this event and go along to their local Big Breakfast.”

Philip Dennis Foodservice is once again sponsoring Big Breakfast, as part of their long-standing support of North Devon Hospice. Sue Mills, Marketing Manager at Philip Dennis, said: “Big Breakfast is a wonderful community event, not only because it brings people together, but also because it raises funds for North Devon Hospice, which is a cause dear to our hearts at Philip Dennis. Many of our staff know first-hand just how vital their care is. Big Breakfast is a great chance to get together with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to enjoy some delicious food together. We are proud to be involved again and hope everyone across North Devon joins in by attending their local Big Breakfast.”

The list of Big Breakfasts taking place in the coming weeks is as follows:

 

Friday 8th March 9.00am-12 noon Saunton Golf Club
Sat 9th March 9.30am-12 noon The Bradworthy Inn, Bradworthy
Sat 16th March 9.30am-11.30am The New Inn, Roborough
Sat 16th March 8.30am-11.30am The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham
Sat 16th March 9.00am-11.30am The Brendon Arms, Bude
Sat 16th March 9.00am-12.30pm Ilfracombe Yacht Club
Sun 17th March 9.00am-11.30am Kentisbury Village Hall
Sat 23rd March 9.30am-12 noon Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple
Sat 23rd March 9.00am-12 noon Black Horse Hotel, Torrington
Sat 23rd March 9.30am-11.00am Merry Harriers, Woolsery
Sun 24th March 9.00am-12.15pm Langtree Parish Hall

 

What’s New!

At Philip Dennis we are always trying to increase our foodservice offering to ensure that we meet your demands and we will often take on new products where we can see a gap in the market, or a demand.

New products available in our February Taste magazine include:

Lion Vegan Mayonnaise LIFO3015

And coming soon, some great Vegan additions for your dessert menu including a Vegan Apple & Strawberry Crumble SIDO5045 and Vegan Orange & Chocolate Chip Pudding SIDO5035

We’ve also got new the FOH range from Hellmann’s including a GF Ketchup, Mayonnaise, American Mustard and BBQ sauce. 

Check out our February Taste magazine for more details or call our Telesales team to order!

Caterforce announces changes to buying policy in 2019

The foodservice group is planning to expand its policies in 2019 for a greener future

 Leading foodservice buying & marketing group, Caterforce, has announced that it plans to extend its buying policy in 2019 so it can continue to work towards an environmentally and socially responsible future for its members, suppliers and end customers.

Its updates will include a number of significant changes to ingredients, animal welfare, plastic and palm oil. The updates will be made in close partnership with its seven members to ensure the changes are sustainable.

Caterforce has already removed palm oil from a number of its own range Chefs’ Selections products and  is working with suppliers to reduce the volume of plastic packaging it uses.

Nick Redford, Managing Director of Caterforce, said: “We have recently seen a lot of consolidation in the industry, however at Caterforce we are dedicated to foodservice wholesalers and continually focus on creating an exceptional food service solution for members and end users.

“A crucial part of us achieving this, and maintaining Caterforce’s values across our network, is to focus on corporate social responsibility. In 2019, we’ll be placing huge emphasis on offering members, suppliers and customers more than just products. As a group, we are in a strong position to be able to make real change. We know we can utilise our business model to ensure positive steps are taken throughout the network, resulting in a big impact across the food service industry.”

In addition to environmental initiatives, Caterforce is working on  reformulating products with suppliers to reduce fats and salt and focusing on dietary requirements and allergens.

Nick Redford has spoken at length in 2018 about the need for more manufacturers to adopt the Erudus system, product specification software to streamline communication of ingredients in the industry.

Nick added: “We’re conscious of the need for various products that address dietary needs as well as the growing demand for healthy, alternative foods. We have an experienced technical and product

development team who are working to guarantee taste and quality across all new product development and in line with what our members and customers need.”

Caterforce is made up of seven wholesaler members which are all family run businesses; Lynas, Castell Howell, Hunts, Philip Dennis, Pilgrim, Pioneer and JB Foods. Its extensive network reaches all of the UK, Scotland and Ireland and prides itself on its collaborative culture. Its fully integrated buying process involves all members from product specification definition to final approval, and there is full transparency in the group as well as regular opportunities to share knowledge and best practice.

Redford is expected to announce that 2018 was another record year for sales.

About Caterforce

Established in 1991, Caterforce is a buying and marketing group working with seven of the UK’s leading independent foodservice wholesalers, ensuring national buying power together with local service. With a combined turnover in excess of £500m, Caterforce member wholesalers specialise in the delivery of frozen, chilled and grocery products to independent food service operators, including pubs, restaurants & hotels. The Caterforce own-brand, Chefs’ Selections features over 350 products generating an annual turnover in excess of £50m.

For more information visit www.caterforce.co.uk.

PDFS supports Op Surf event.

A worthwhile cause for our Heroes! Philip Dennis Foodservice was proud to be able to support the recent Op Surf UK event in Bude. Op Surf UK, which is a joint initiative with Help for Heroes and The Endeavour Fund charities, brought together 55 ex-veterans and some of the top surfing instructors from around the world to surf and experience the healing power of the ocean. The event, held at Summerleaze beach in Bude, was designed to offer therapy, exercise and the ability to bond with other servicemen and women.

Ops Surf 2018 

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Gary House, organiser of the event, explained that the servicemen had suffered a range of both physical and mental injuries such as PTSD, and this event was a way of offering them a way to interact with people to help with the healing process. Philip Dennis was delighted to be able to support the event by contributing a wide range of food with the help of its suppliers and James Cook, Account Manager at Philip Dennis said: ‘This is such an amazing event and we feel privileged to have been a part of it. Seeing everyone taking part was so inspiring and I’m so pleased that we could help support the event and keep energies up!’ The event culminated with an afternoon tea for everyone involved with the Mayor of Bude, Bob Willingham, held at The Castle, Bude. Op SURF UK is a joint initiative, executed by Help For Heroes Sports Recovery and supported by the Endeavour Fund. Op SURF UK aims to build on the Amazing Surf Adventures adaptive surf programme out in the USA for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service personnel and veterans. Many of the WIS who have taken part described the incredibly positive impact on their well-being and many have continued their love of surfing. For more information see: https://www.endeavourfund.co.uk/past-endeavours/op-surf-2018/ Philip Dennis would like to thank the following suppliers: Ann Perkins, Perkier; Chris Butler, Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company; Chris Hurrell, Finedale Foods; John Ashworth, Wrights Food Group; Matt Buckingham, Dr. Oetker (UK) Ltd; Alan Glover, Kara Foodservice; John Bateman, Calder Foods and Aidan Ledger, Piper Crisps.

Philip Dennis Foodservice invests in cutting-edge battery storage technology

Philip Dennis Foodservice, has built on its environmental credentials with the purchase of three energy storage units from Anesco.

 

The batteries have been installed at the company’s offices in Barnstaple. They have a combined capacity of 3.75MW and are connected directly to the electricity grid. They will generate valuable, additional revenue for Philip Dennis by participating in schemes run by National Grid, which aim to balance demand and supply, to ensure the security and quality of electricity supply across Britain.

The batteries will be monitored by Anesco’s operations and maintenance service, to ensure they continue to operate at their optimum efficiency.

For the B2B food wholesaler, a family firm which has been in operation for four generations, the ability to diversify and generate revenue outside of its daily operations, has been vital for maintaining a competitive edge.

Since installing a rooftop solar scheme five years ago, the company has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. As well as solar and energy storage, its renewables portfolio also includes two wind turbines.

Peter Dennis, director at Philip Dennis, commented: “Improving our carbon footprint through investment in renewable technologies is really important to us. It is a key USP and differentiates us from others in the market. We were quick to recognise the opportunity that solar and battery storage presents and are already achieving good returns.”

He added: “Through this project we’ve developed a great partnership with Anesco and despite setting the team aggressive deadlines, they have always delivered.”

Steve Shine, executive chairman of Anesco, said: “For commercial enterprises, manufacturers, farmers, landowners and others in industry, renewable technologies present a fantastic opportunity to diversify and capitalise on new revenue streams.

“As the UK market leader for energy storage systems, we’re delighted to have worked with Philip Dennis and others like them, to provide a complete turnkey solution that enables our customers to maximise their return on investment.”

Anesco is on track to more than quadruple its operational battery storage portfolio by 2020, as its order book swells to 380MW. The company has developed 102 solar farms to date, while its O&M arm is now monitoring over 21,500 sites.

For more information, please visit www.anesco.co.uk