01271 311 122
enquiries@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/

 

Chefs’ Selections wins three awards

Cash & Carry Management, in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs, has announced the winners of the 2019 CCM Chefs’ Own Brand Awards and Caterforce are delighted that their own brand Chefs’ Selections, won three awards, including Best Innovation of the Year:

 

Chefs’ Selections Sweet Potato Fries

Category: Potato Products

*Best of the Best* winner

 

Chefs’ Selections Chocolate Pinata Cake

Category: Best innovation of the year (Sweet)

 

Chefs’ Selections Balti Cooking Sauce

Category: Cooking sauces

 

The judging panel consisted of Andrew Green, chief executive of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Matt Owens, national vice chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs; and Jason Gordon, general manager of Compass Group.

The star of the show for Caterforce was the new Chefs’ Selections Chocolate Pinata Cake which won Best Innovation of the Year: open to any foodservice own-brand product launched within the past 12 months!

The judges found some of the products so good that they awarded them a ‘Best of the Best’ accolade and we’re very proud to say that our Sweet Potato Fries was one of them.

Gary Mullineux, Purchasing Director at Caterforce attended the awards lunch, which was held at Westminster Kingsway College, London where guests enjoyed a three-course lunch expertly prepared and served by chefs of the future who are training at the college.

Caterforce would like to thank CCM, the Craft Guild of Chefs and the Westminster Kingsway College Chefs of the Future for a brilliant day, and congratulate all winners.

There were a lot of great products entered into the awards, and it’s great to see the fantastic products in our own brand range being recognised!

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.

The major trends in Biscuits & Cakes in 2019?

Gary Mullineux, Purchasing Director at food service and marketing group Caterforce, said: “There are a number of trends that we’re expecting to see in 2019, both from our suppliers and that our members are expecting to see.

“We’re going to continue to see a rise in complex or eye-catching cake designs as consumers want cakes that look as good as they taste. This feeds into the need for ‘Instagram worthy’ desserts that will help cafes, coffee shops and restaurants to entice people in.

“Botanical flavours are key for 2019 too, which became even more popular following Harry and Meghan’s wedding last year.  We’ve taken the growth in this area to help develop our new Chefs’ Selections cake range which includes an elderflower and lemon cake and Persian style lemon cake. We’re expecting these to be extremely popular.

“Afternoon Tea continues to be a strong tradition but those in the hospitality sectors are trying to be more creative with their products to compete in the market and this has opened a new realm of premium traditional cakes and flavours. So, taking recipes such as Victoria sponge cakes but upgrading the appearance and subtly adding different flavours.”

 

·         What new biscuits & cakes products should wholesalers be aware of?

 

“As the demand for cake products continues to soar, at Caterforce we’ve developed our own range of cakes which will be part of our own-label Chefs’ Selections range and sold by our members. We’ve developed two different ranges, one which is a ‘colour pop’ focus and an ‘elegant and fresh’ range.

“We’ve launched these ranges to keep up with current trends and ensure we’re giving end customers new and interesting products for 2019. We continually monitor our product offering in line with the end needs of customers and saw cakes as an area to grow. Customers want the latest cake trends but still need it to be a cost-effective investment and this range does just that.

“Our colour pop cakes range which includes pinata and rainbow cakes are designed to be showstoppers and great for families and children. Whilst our elegant and fresh range is specifically targeting a different audience and occasions such as Mother’s Day.”

 

·         What are the biggest challenges the category will face in wholesale over the next 12 months?

 

“It’s a changing industry with new trends developing all the time. Some stand the test of time and outlets in the industry can be confident they will remain on menus and be good selling products. Other cake trends turn out to be short-lived fads, so the industry needs to monitor sales closely to identify how products are performing.

 

“There are rising costs in this area, as with others, which is why we’ve developed a cake range which is cost-effective. Good profits can be made in the cake and dessert area without having to sacrifice on taste or appearance so wholesalers need to have a good range at varying price points so end users have choice.”

For more information on the new range of Chefs Selections cakes, speak to our sales team on 01271 311122

 

Liven up your scooping ice cream!

We ‘re really pleased to be able to offer a new 5ltr scooping option of the moreish Oreo Ice Cream. Perfect for Ice Cream Cones, Sundaes, Milkshakes or even as a dessert accompaniment, it’s sure to be a hot offering this Spring and Summer! 

Ask your Account Manager or call our sales team on 01271 311122 for more information.

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.

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.

philip dennis site icon

Christmas Opening Times

It’s December and with Christmas looming, rest assured your Philip Dennis team will be on hand to answer any queries you may have regards deliveries and to help with any last minute ordering. Our Telesales team will be available right up until 5pm on Christmas Eve and, other than our Dennis Family Fishmongers, we will be back to normal opening times by Wednesday 2nd January. For full details, see below:

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and an extremely prosperous New Year!