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New Education Event on October 9th 2019

University, College or School?

Then save the date for our our Education Event on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at The Barns, Gloucestershire.

The event will feature school compliant products and menu inspiration, as well as interaction with our suppliers.

There’ll be concepts for all ages and education institutions as well as the all important allergen and and nutritional information.

We’ll also be taking a look at emerging food trends and will be featuring cooking demonstrations and sampling opportunities.

For more information and to register for the show, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/philipdenniseducationevent or speak with your Account Manager.


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!

Chef of the Year 2019

The North Devon campus of Petroc college hosts an annual Chef of the Year competition which Philip Dennis Foodservice is proud to sponsor.  With an aim to nurture young talent, the competition is open to all students on food-related courses and they’re challenged to create a main and dessert within two hours.

This year’s event saw Michelin Star Chefs Mark Dodson (The Masons Arms, Knowstone) and Thomas Carr (Thomas Carr at The Olive Room), joined by Nigel Yeo (Director, Philip Dennis Foodservice) in judging the dishes. The standard of entry was really high with Mark commenting: “It’s been the toughest year to judge. Each time the standard has increased but this year it’s been a leap!’

This year’s event was won by Kaleb Chavush from Ilfracombe, with Rory Moore was the Level 2 winner.

Members from Philip Dennis were delighted to attend a winner’s lunch on Monday 17 June where Mark helped the chefs to prepare the winning dishes.

Kaleb’s winning main was curry crusted loin of lamb, confit lamb bhaji, parsnip puree, Bombay parmintier potatoes, mint & lime yoghurt and a coriander emulsion and Rory’s winning dessert was Crème Brulèe with fresh apricot and vanilla butter twists.

Nigel Yeo, Director at Philip Dennis Foodservice said: The Chef of the Year competition is a great opportunity for the students to practise working under pressure and gain valuable experience of the demands of a busy kitchen. We have been involved with the competition since its inception, and it continues to go from strength to strength with this year’s entries being simply first class.

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.

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?

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


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