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.
PHILIP DENNIS FOODSERVICE CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT MARCH 2020
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:
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:
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 Organization – Daily 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.
SCALE OF CRISIS MANAGEMENT
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(*) Gov.UK RESEARCH is applicable on all stages to provide evidence-based information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.philipdennis.co.uk
Make the most of West Country beef on your menu. We have a new handy Beef Insights guide that looks at two new product ranges for Quality Standard Mark beef, giving you some new ideas which provide great profit potential and a real point of difference on your menus.
MINI-ROASTS FOR BEEF
Roasting cuts for the modern market
An exciting range of smaller roasting products.
Quality mini-roasts aimed at the dining for two market and parties.
Value mini-roasts taken from the forequarter provide new cuts for beef and help address the decline in traditional roasts.
THIN CUTS FOR BEEF
Quick, convenient, light and tasty.
The range provides a number of key opportunities such as snack/fast food and all day options for the licensed sector and for hotels and restaurants providing different lunch specials and lighter healthier options.
Quality Standard Mark approved beef is a fantastic and reliable product with loads of options for your menu.
QSM beef is produced to very high standards,covering animal welfare and traceability in the UK. This, combined with product specifications, which cover carcase classification, in terms of optimal fat covering and muscle conformation, along with strict maturation regimes, provide you with a quality product that comes with an “Eating Quality Guarantee”- the only UK beef quality mark that can make this claim.
Be sure to specify your beef is approved to carry the Quality Standard Mark.
You can view the brochure here. For further information , speak to your Philip Dennis Butchery Specialist or visit:
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.”
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