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Proud to support North Devon Hospice Big Breakfast

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.

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Big Breakfast 2020

Our new 2020 Product Guide is now available!

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

New Regional Sales Manager

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.

Caterforce appoints new Managing Director

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 Expands in the Midlands

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 enquiries@philipdennis.co.uk or visit www.philipdennis.co.uk

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.”

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.

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?

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