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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.”

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

 

Liven up your scooping ice cream!

We ‘re really pleased to be able to offer a new 5ltr scooping option of the moreish Oreo Ice Cream. Perfect for Ice Cream Cones, Sundaes, Milkshakes or even as a dessert accompaniment, it’s sure to be a hot offering this Spring and Summer! 

Ask your Account Manager or call our sales team on 01271 311122 for more information.

Caterforce announces changes to buying policy in 2019

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.

About Caterforce

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

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.

GF Quinoa, Beet & Edamame Burger (PARA0272)

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.

National Vegetarian Day
Quinoa, Beet & Edamame Burger

Red Lentil & Chickpea Dahl (TOPI0073)

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.

National Vegetarian Day
Red Lentil & Chickpea Dahl

Tortellacci Ricotta & Spinach (SURG0014)

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.

National Vegetarian Day
Tortellacci Ricotta & Spinach

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The Versatility of Frozen Focaccia

Speciality Breads launched this new plain focaccia sheet in response to chef demand for a product that promised superior versatility. Lending themselves especially well to rustic-looking dishes, the creative potential of this focaccia is endless. Read on for further product details and recipe suggestion…

Instant inspiration

The simplest option is to slice into strips and serve as a dipping bread with oil and vinegar or serve as an accompaniment bread. However, it takes little effort to split and fill them. For example, Mediterranean style ingredients such as chargrilled and roasted vegetables, with Spanish chicken and chorizo, cut into chunky sandwiches look great on a buffet. Open sandwiches work well if you split them horizontally. Rustic pizzas are also a popular option; both work well as lighter meals in which the ingredients can evolve to suit the transition from winter to spring menus. We’ve also seen them used as a base for canapes when sliced thinly, cut into small triangles or squares, and lightly toasted. Perhaps best of all the samples we tried was the simple drizzling of olive oil, a touch of seasoning, toasted and served alongside an amazing risotto – a winning combination for your menu with a strong profit margin.

When size matters

A lot of customers research went into determining the size of these focaccia sheets – which are supplied frozen. Measuring approximately 55cm x 20cm x 4cm, and with 5 sheets per case, they give you a high level of versatility without being overwhelming.  

Anti-Pasto Deli Focaccia

Recipe Suggestion

Ingredients   Large plain focaccia sheet (SPEC0109) Olive oil 150ml (COCU8000) Balsamic vinegar 90ml (FILB6007) Garlic Cloves, crushed 3 (SHEA1526) Sliced grilled peppers (GREE0315) Jar marinated artichokes, drained, cut in half 200g (AMAR0075) Avocado slices, tossed in a squeeze of lemon (FOFE0056) Mozzarella balls, torn 200g (FUTU0050) Sunblush tomatoes, chopped 100g (LETH0010) Handful fresh basil leaves Capers, drained 3 tbsp (AMAR0065) Stoned, black olives, halved 150g (REOC0035)

Process:

  1. Split the focaccia loaf in half evenly.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic. Drizzle the mixture generously over the bottom half of the focaccia using approximately two-thirds of the dressing.
  3. Scatter over the peppers, artichokes, avocado, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, capers and olives. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle over the remaining dressing.
  4. Top with the focaccia lid to reassemble the loaf and press the layers well together. Tightly wrap in clingfilm. Place in the fridge with a board or weight on top to press down for at least 2 hours before serving.
  5. To serve, cut into wedges for a picnic loaf or griddle for a luxury deli style sandwich.

For more recipe inspiration, speak with your Account Manager.

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