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.
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
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.
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/
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 email@example.com or visit www.philipdennis.co.uk
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more inspiration on menu ideas for National Vegetarian Day, contact your Account Manager.