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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.”

New Roast 440 Coffee Brand

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

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.