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Proud to support North Devon Hospice Big Breakfast

Philip Dennis Foodservice is once again proud to support North Devon Hospice’s Big Breakfast. As the most important meal of the day, Big Breakfast is a great way to raise funds for this important charity and Philip Dennis is always happy to help with this great initiative.

Events have already been held at many pubs and clubs throughout the region, and the hospice held a special thank you breakfast for its sponsors and supporters on Monday 16th March.

There are a number of events planned for later on this month, but with uncertainty regards the current Coronavirus situation, it will be best to check with the venues for the latest information.

A list of all the current planned events can be found on the hospice’s website where you can also make a donation.

Big Breakfast 2020

Coronovirus (COVID-19) update



Philip Dennis Foodservice is committed to the practice of responsible corporate behaviour, including acting in an ethical way towards all our customers, suppliers and employees. This means that we have standards and values that are key to this Company – and these must be adhered to in all of our interactions.

As a responsible foodservice wholesaler, our commitment is not only to deliver quality food that is safe for all consumers but also we have accountability to our customers, and the general public, in terms of public health.

We have been following the most recent health crisis due to the emergence of COVID-19 since the end of 2019. Although there is no evidence of being a foodborne disease, we have been preparing ourselves to the potential impact that this may pose to the food chain industry in terms of reduction of resources: number of available employees, manufacturers, suppliers and deliveries.

Once again we would like to reassure all our customers that our company has been pre-emptive in following the UK Government recommendations. And since the release of our first statement in February 2020, we have launched the first stages of our crisis management plan in order to achieve the highest level of preparation and response for this crisis.


Philip Dennis Foodservice plan of action involves the following objectives:

  • Safeguard our employees – remove or reduce the risk of exposing our employees to the virus by providing an environment where all can work safely and swiftly containing any external hazard.
  • Safeguard our customers – remove or reduce the risk of exposing our customers to the virus through our company.
  • Maintain our deliveries – take every reasonable provision to minimise the impact on our customers.


In general terms, we will act accordingly with the official recommendations. We are aware of the Government Action Plan (03/03/2020), including the 3 stages: Contain, Delay, and Mitigate, using Research to provide evidence-based information through all stages. As a proactive company, we took the initiative to incorporate these concepts as part of our own action plan.

As a point of reference, we will follow the attached scale of Crisis Management. Considering the available information on this date, we are in Stage 2. Parameters are not self-contained and strictly limited to those descriptions and we remain flexible to adapt as necessary, even more considering all the uncertainties surrounded by the coronavirus.


Philip Dennis Foodservice has implemented the following actions at this stage:

  1. Identification of reliable sources of information.
  2. Internal communications and actions (Philip Dennis Foodservice):
  3. Instructive information about the disease [Jan 2020]: emails and poster (all employees)
  4. Increased Hygiene Awareness within the business, including:
  • Hand Sanitisers installed throughout the business
  • Hand sanitizers provided to Delivery Drivers and detailed personal hygiene instructions
  1. Internal and external restriction of social contact between employees, customers, visitors/ contactors.
  2. Increased controls over holidays travel.
  3. Internal review of procedures required for Stage 2 and 3: improvement of the Contingency Plan.
  4. External communication (Customers):
  5. First Statement released to target customers [Feb 2020].
  6. Second Statement released on our website [March 2020]
  7. External communication (Suppliers):
  8. Ingredients’ country of origin and forecast on deliveries availability
  9. Contingency Plans

At this stage, we are not expecting any issues with service. This is based on our previous preventive actions on stock hold towards Brexit, our suppliers’ communications/ updates and current information on the Coronavirus crisis.



Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Daily updates at 2pm until further notice.



National Health Service – Daily updates



World Health OrganizationDaily updates



European Centre For Disease Prevention And Control



Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


Measures on night time deliveries for food retailers to support the industry response to coronavirus

Plus Food Safety Agency (https://www.food.gov.uk/) but no specific information available at the moment because it is not a foodborne disease issue.


To view the statement in detail click here

(*) Gov.UK RESEARCH is applicable on all stages to provide evidence-based information.


Our new 2020 Product Guide is now available!

Hot off the press, our new 2020 Product Guide is here!

Showcasing many of our key lines, is the perfect reference point for your menu planning and recipe inspiration.

With over 5000 products covering all you foodservice requirements from store cupboard essentials, a large frozen range, chilled products,  and even non- food items such as cleaning products and bin bags, we can help support your every need.

Plus we’ve included dedicated sections on our Dennis Family Butchers and Fishmongers, both providing provenance and quality you can trust.

If you would like a copy, speak to your Philip Dennis Account Manager, our telesales team or you can view online here

Philip Dennis Foodservice – Feeding your Passion

New Regional Sales Manager

Philip Dennis Foodservice is delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Seymour as the new Regional Sales Manager for the South West.
Craig brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role with over 25 years’ experience in the foodservice industry. Most recently, he has worked with Philip Dennis as Group Account Manager overseeing key accounts and major contracts.
Based at the company’s Roundswell offices near Barnstaple, Craig will now manage a team of six sales team members across the South West and said: ‘I’m really excited to be given this new opportunity. It’s a growth time for foodservice companies with new trends such as street food and plant-based menus making a real impact on customer’s dining experiences.
‘For the South West there is real opportunity as more and more areas are finding that their custom is now all year round rather than seasonal and, as a result, the more support we can give them in providing innovative ideas and menu inspiration the better.’
Philip Dennis Foodservice is a family owned wholesaler with depots in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Oxfordshire and the West Midlands. As well as providing a wide range of groceries, chilled, frozen and non-food products, it also offers its customers fresh meat and fish through its Dennis Family Butchers and Dennis Family Fishmonger services.
For more information on the company and its services, please see www.philipdennis.co.uk or if you would like to contact Craig regards opening an account, contact the sales team on 01271 311122.

Caterforce appoints new Managing Director

Foodservice buying and marketing group, Caterforce, of which Philip Dennis Foodservice is a member, has appointed Gary Mullineux as the company’s Managing Director.

Gary, who was appointed interim MD in September 2019 after previous MD, Nick Redford, announced he would leave the role in December 2019, has been given the position on a full-time basis and will be responsible for shaping Caterforce’s vision for 2020 and beyond.

Having joined the business over eight years ago as Group Buying Manager, promoted to Purchasing Director in 2014, Gary has extensive knowledge of the foodservice industry and has forged strong relationships with Caterforce’s current members and suppliers.

Gary’s key areas of focus will be the development and growth of Caterforce’s own brand products, Chefs’ Selections and Roast 440, as well as the launch of the businesses new cleaning range, ProClean. He will also be working closely with Caterforce’s members to implement technology initiatives for more effective ways of working across the group.

Gary Mullineux said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the business and to be given the opportunity to lead Caterforce forward is one I’m very proud of. The past four months have helped me to gain valuable experience and has been the perfect sounding board before taking on the role full-time. We have an incredibly talented team and I’m looking forward to working with them to deliver the highest level of service for our members.”

Stephen Carr, Chairman of Caterforce, and Managing Director of Philip Dennis Foodservice said: “Gary’s knowledge of the industry is second to none. Caterforce has gone from strength to strength in recent years and I look forward to working closely with Gary and our membership to continue our success and growth.”

At the Group’s biannual conference in November 2019, Caterforce launched its new CSR policy and code of conduct for suppliers as well as predicting turnover in excess of £600 million by 2021.

For more information on Caterforce see https://www.caterforce.co.uk/

Celebrate Veganuary with Philip Dennis

Our January Taste magazine is packed with all things Vegan to celebrate this month’s focus on Veganuary.

We’ve showcased a range of Vegan products now available from Philip Dennis Foodservice as well as some handy recipe suggestions.

With a 250% increase in the amount of consumers now following a Vegan diet, we thought it was a great way to review this continuing trend and help provide product information to help you keep uptodate with your menu planning.

Whether your’re just looking at increasing your Vegan offerings or looking at producing a whole separate Vegan and Vegetarian menu, we hope it will help to plan your ordering and give ideas as to how to extend your menu range.

For more information on any of the products we stock, contact your Philip Dennis Account Manager or call our Telesales team on 01271 311122.

As a Philip Dennis customer you also have access to the allergen and nutrition infomation provided by Erudus, including its recipe builder tool.

See our Erudus page for more information.

If you haven’t received your copy of Taste magazine you can click here to view, or speak to your account manager regards being added to our mailing database.

Philip Dennis Expands in the Midlands

Philip Dennis Foodservice is delighted to announce that is has acquired a new transport and warehousing depot in Dudley, West Midlands. The new premises, on Shaw Road, are as a result of increased foodservice business with pubs, restaurants, hotels, schools and coffee shops around the area.

Lisa Vermeulen, Regional Sales Manager for the Midlands said: ‘As a result of continuing growth of our foodservice distribution and growing number of customers in the West Midlands area, we have invested £1.5 million in new office, transport and warehousing space so that we can offer an increased level of service to our customers.’

The new premises also offer easier access for the company’s distribution fleet and Logistics Manager Lyndon Didlock said: ‘At Philip Dennis we are always looking to improve the level of our delivery service and we can now manage our fleet much more effectively.’

Still a family owned company, Philip Dennis Foodservice also has depots in the South West and Oxfordshire, and supplies a full range of foodservice products including groceries, frozen and chilled food as well as a range of non-food items, including cleaning solutions and environmentally friendly food cartons and takeaway items.

The company also offers bespoke butchery and fishmonger services through its Dennis Family Butchers (whose origins date back over 100 years) and Dennis Family Fishmonger companies. As well as a fleet of account managers and telesales team, the company also offers online shopping as well as an easy to use Philip Dennis app. For more information on the company or if you are interested in becoming a customer, please email enquiries@philipdennis.co.uk or visit www.philipdennis.co.uk

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.”