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Festive Taste Offers are now available!

The Philip Dennis Foodservice Festive Taste Offers magazine is now live!

With great offers on your Christmas essentials, our Dennis Family Butchers ultimate Turkey Guide as well as offers on crackers and tableware, it’s your definitive Christmas offers magazine!

Don’t forget that we also have special Turkey Deal Days on the 29th October and 26 & 27 November as well as offers on Salmon – the most popular main choice after Turkey on Festive Menus – on 12th November and 3rd December.

If you haven’t signed up to receive our offers magazine, you can sign up via our home page or speak to your Philip Dennis Account Manager.

The magazine also contains our all important Christmas opening times, which you can check on our Christmas page https://www.philipdennis.co.uk/christmas/

Our Festive Taste offers are valid from 28th October to 28th December subject to stock availability. And, if you haven’t already registered for Philip Dennis online shopping, now’s the time so you can order at a time which suits you as well as browse products and even check on allergen and dietary information through Erudus. TO find out more, see https://www.philipdennis.co.uk/shop-online/

 

New lines to Chefs’ Selections range

Caterforce’s investment in creating the best new products for its customers is bearing fruit, with the launch of 20 lines to its Chefs’ Selections range.

A host of new lines have been added to the buying group’s own-brand product, including a new premium free-range egg mayo, cooked bacon, breaded mushrooms and halloumi fries.

There is also an influx of cultured dairy products, such as soured cream, full fat soft cheese, luxury soft cheese, Greek-style yoghurt, mascarpone and buttermilk, while a series of no-added sugar cordials are also going the range.

The products have arrived on the back of a project to create the best possible range for customers who buy Chefs’ Selections.

“We develop new products with our members and follow a rigorous NPD process with ongoing quality checks,” said Group Buying Manager Kelly Orme.

“Every product is handpicked from BRC accredited suppliers and comes quality assured so our customers can be confident of consistently high-quality and great value for money.

“We’ve invested in developing and improving the products through extensive taste testing, enhanced technical support, benchmarking and regular quality assurance reviews.”

Chefs’ Selections already has more than 350 fridge, freezer and store cupboard staples to help customers in the hospitality and catering sector to create tasty dishes for their menus – growing to be a £50 million brand since it was launched in 2012.

Caterforce is also working on more new product launches at the beginning of 2020, with cereals, tortilla chips and wraps, quiches and cakes set to be added to the menu.

“Chefs’ Selections is a major focus for us, and we are passionate about delivering the right product for our customers,” added Orme.

“Chefs’ Selections will continue to be a key area of focus for us as we expand the range to deliver more innovative new product development, responding to what our customers want.”

New Roast 440 Coffee Brand

Caterforce launches new coffee brand, Roast 440

Responding to the rapid growth in the UK coffee shop market, leading buying group Caterforce is set to launch a new coffee brand from October 2019.

Roast 440 has been designed with independent coffee shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and hotels in mind and is available exclusively through Caterforce members.

The new range includes five varieties of coffee beans and three varieties of filter coffee to suit every taste, including single origin and Rainforest Alliance options. Each high-quality blend has been carefully selected and balanced, using the finest coffee beans for each application.

In 2016, the UK had over 22,000 coffee shops and by 2018 this had grown to 24,000, an increase of +9%. These coffee shops consume 2.3 billion cups of coffee per year, which in 1kg bags equates to 460,000,000 bags.

Claire Williams, Group Marketing Manager at Caterforce, said: “The UK coffee market is growing rapidly, and consumers expect a great cup of coffee anytime, anywhere.

“We have partnered with an expert roaster whose experts are painstaking about every aspect of coffee; the origin of the beans, the roasting process, and the blends they create. That’s why our customers can be confident Roast 440 will deliver a great cup of coffee every time.”

Claire added: “Launching Roast 440 represents an opportunity to establish a coffee brand, unique to Caterforce. It enables us to offer exclusivity at competitive prices in the right sizes, pack formats and blends for our customers. Our members are already selling into coffee shops and cafes, with products such as cakes, breads and sandwich fillings, so it’s a great addition to our offering.”

Attracting loyal customers is about much more than what goes into the cup, Claire explains: “With so many coffee shops out there, our customers need to stand out, so we’ve also created a distinctive and stylish range of marketing materials, uniforms, crockery and point of sale displays. Everything it takes to turn great coffee into great business.

“We’ve also partnered with Pure Leaf as our preferred tea partner as they offer a premium range of tea which complements our coffee brand, and the Italian maestros at Cimbali to offer a wide range of professional grade coffee machines. There’s a Cimbali model to suit every type of business, handle varying volume of coffee and they also look amazing.”

Established in 1991, Caterforce is one of the UK’s biggest foodservice buying and marketing groups, with a combined turnover of over £500 million. It’s made up of seven members strategically located around the UK.

Roast 440 is the Group’s third own brand label, following the successful Chefs’ Selections brand and Caterforce Professional cleaning range. There are now more than 350 Chefs’ Selections products available and in 2018 the brand generated an annual turnover in excess of £50m.

For more information speak with your Philip Dennis Account Manager or visit www.caterforce.co.uk/roast440

Street Food is on the Rise!

Street food is rapidly becoming one of the most loved ways that us Brits are choosing to eat. With 50% of the British population choosing to have street food at least once a week its proving to be a trend that’s here to stay.

Some people may think that street food is all about burgers and chips, and just a glammed up version of fast food. They couldn’t be further away from the truth. With Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, Greek & Mexican food being the most popular of cuisines that are available in street food, not only is it providing us with great tasting food, but its an education to us all as well.

Whether its a trusty burrito or something more experimental such as Mee Goreng, you are sure to find it in the markets and streets of cities up and down the country, and as these dishes become more popular we are starting to see these variations appear on more and more menus throughout pubs and restaurants nationwide.

In the last year or so we have seen the rise in Vegetarian and Vegan dishes, with street food taking the front seat of showing us how easy it is to create these dishes and how tasty they can be. Not only is the food tasty, but it is also very photogenic. Nearly 6 million posts have been uploaded using the hashtag #streetfood, if that isn’t telling us that street food is popular then what is?

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.

Veganuary

This year, more than half (51%) of chefs have added vegan options to their menus. This is up from 31% in 2017. The global rise in vegan and plant-based eating is astonishing. In the UK the number of people identifying as vegans has increased by 700% in two years. Approximately 1.16% of the UK population now classify themselves as vegans. The ‘Veganuary’ campaign, which prompts people to eat vegan throughout the month of January, grew by 183% in 2018 which an amazing 168,500 participants and so we will be supporting this in January 2019. Food trends also show a growth of vegetarian and vegan products, with a 185% increase in the number of vegan products launched in the UK. For the foodservice industry, providing vegan menus offers a whole new area of business. Creating a standalone vegan menu, or ensuring quality vegan alternatives on existing menus, provides a great opportunity to increase your client base.

Jackfruit

One of the buzz food products of 2018 has been the Jackfruit. When green and young, the cooked flesh of this tropical fruit takes on the texture of slow cooked pork. Its neutral flavour makes it a great base to absorb seasonings. It’s already proving to be a popular vegan pulled pork substitute. It has the versatility to lend itself to any spiced dish where meat would traditionally be the main component. As a result of this trend, Philip Dennis Foodservice is now offering a Green Jackfruit in Brine (FUNN4010). It’s extremely versatile, you can simply mix with BBQ sauce to create delicious vegan tacos or try roasting with Turmeric to add to Asian inspired menus.

For more information on our Jackfruit product or Veganuary, contact your Account Manager or call our Telesales team.

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Celebrate National Vegetarian Day

Celebrate National Vegetarian Day with flavour-filled meal options that would tempt any meat-eater! There are over three million vegetarians in the UK today.  Along with Veganism, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for many, and research shows that more than a quarter of all evening meals in the UK are now either vegan or vegetarian. This means that there is great potential for increased profit growth by extending your menu options and we’ve selected some great vegetarian options with great profit boosting potential.

GF Quinoa, Beet & Edamame Burger (PARA0272)

This GF Quinoa, Beet & Edamame Burger is an uncoated burger made with a mix of quinoa, beetroot, edamame and mushrooms – spiced with chillies, smoked paprika, ginger, garlic and soy, finished with a citrus twist. This product caters to the established trend of flexitarians and the demand for creative and enticing options and is currently on offer. See page 10 of your October Taste magazine for more details.

National Vegetarian Day
Quinoa, Beet & Edamame Burger

Red Lentil & Chickpea Dahl (TOPI0073)

A lightly spiced vegan/vegetarian red lentil & chickpea dahl curry with cauliflower and butternut squash. Boil in the bag, steam or microwave from frozen for a quick, aromatic main. The cooking versatility ensures consistent portion sizing and reduced waste.

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Red Lentil & Chickpea Dahl

Tortellacci Ricotta & Spinach (SURG0014)

Pasta is always a great menu staple and there are more and more vegetarian options available. Surgital offers an egg-pasta, filled with ricotta cheese and spinach. Pair with a rich and rustic tomato sauce for a quick, authentic tasting Italian dish.

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Tortellacci Ricotta & Spinach

For more inspiration on menu ideas for National Vegetarian Day, contact your Account Manager.   philip dennis site icon

Tilda’s Big Meal Give Away with Mary’s Meals

Tilda Foodservice has launched a new partnership with the charity Mary’s Meals, where for every bag of Tilda Brown & White rice caterers purchase, a meal will be donated to a child in need.

Mary’s Meals provides life-changing daily meals to impoverished schoolchildren in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, attracting them into the classroom to receive an education, which could be their route out of poverty.

Tilda Foodservice’s new charitable initiative means UK caterers will not only be able to use Brown & White to provide balanced meals for their own pupils, but will also be supporting the valuable work of Mary’s Meals around the world, with Tilda donating 7p from the sale of every 5kg bag of Brown & White.

Speaking about the new partnership, Annette Coggins, Head of Foodservice, Tilda UK says:

“A portion of rice in the UK typically costs caterers 7p within a dish and when we heard a 7p donation could also provide a hungry child with a school meal through Mary’s Meals, it made complete sense to partner with the charity. Our new partnership allows us to support UK caterers in creating nutritious meals for their pupils, whilst extending the reach of each bag of Brown & White to help children across the globe receive the vital nutrients they need to succeed in their education.”

Launched at LACA the new partnership will run from July 2018 to July 2019 and will see a meal donated to Mary’s Meals for every bag of Brown & White purchased.

Hannah Stewart, Head of Fundraising at Mary’s Meals UK, comments:
“Our promise of a nutritious meal every school day brings so much joy to more than 1.25 million of the world’s poorest children, in countries including Malawi, Lebanon and Zambia.

“We are delighted to receive Tilda’s support as we look to keep our promise to the many children who already rely on Mary’s Meals, while reaching more hungry children. The 7p donated from the sale of each bag of Tilda Brown & White rice will allow these children to get the most out of their education, giving them the hope of a brighter future.”

Made with a 50:50 mix of wholegrain and white rice, Tilda Brown & White rice is recommended by the School Food Standards Agency and enables school caterers to combine the health benefits of wholegrain with the taste, ease of cooking and popularity of white rice.

Absolutely awesome in ambient! Our new warehouse opens

We recently expanded our Oxfordshire depot to include a whopping 1,445 square meters of additional ambient warehouse, ready to help accommodate our full range of over 5,000 products. Expanding our ambient category alone by over 60% in the past two years, we explain the difference this investment will make to you in an upcoming blog – be sure to check back here soon!

In the meantime, why not jump straight into the ambient chapter of our latest Product Guide?
Just click here.