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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 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.

Vegware, a product full of goodness

We know you understand the importance of reducing plastic consumption, but we’re also sympathetic to your need to protect profit and provide convenience.

You only have to read the current news to hear about the huge shift in public opinions about plastic wastage, especially one-time usage plastic.

Inspired by our ongoing commitment to go green and the plastic free movements but sympathetic to your need to protect profit and provide convenience we are pleased to say that more of our customers are now using Vegware.  

The difference between compostable and biodegradable

The reason why we chose Vegware for you and your customers is because it is fully compostable, as the material is plant based it is designed for commercial composting with food waste and this means that within a twelve-week period it can be used to put back in to the soil adding vital nutrients to new crops. Biodegradable still means that the packaging is broken down, but this process can take many months or years. The whole food waste process will be easier and much cleaner for you using Vegware.

No more soggy customer food

Unlike plastic hot food containers, Vegware is made from plant-based materials meaning that even though the packaging heats up there will be no condensation to turn your customers food soggy … stay crispy food means repeat business for you.

Show your customers that you are part of the plastic free movement!

Not only can you tell your customers that you are proud of the fact that you are using fully compostable tableware and food packaging, but you can show then too!

Ask us about our custom print options making your packaging bespoke, what a great way to advertise the fact that you care!

Finally, … just a couple of quick fact as to why your customers like to use and support businesses that are doing their bit to help the environment:

  • In 2016 Vegware customers helped to saved 4,744 tons of carbon which is the equivalent of 8,398 flights from London to New York! (source Vegware)
  • In 2018 it is estimated that the UK will use 42 billion straws, 4.1 billion one time use drinks cups and lids and 16.5 billion pieces of plastic cutlery! (source WWF)

For more information call us or ask your Account manager for further details.

Blind taste test results are in and we’re full of beans

At our exhibitions we always take the chance to blind taste-test some of our own brand lines. After all, the proof is in the pudding – or rather the cakes, or baked beans or even glass-cleaner! Highly performing at much lower prices, our Chefs’ Selections foodservice lines and Caterforce Professional cleaning products have been exceptionally well received.

Check back here soon to discover our report on your opinions, or simply crack on and discover the difference by placing your order through our Telesales teams or online shop.

Our workshop with Plastic-Free North Devon

Learn more of our commitments to support ‘Plastic-Free North Devon’ and beyond. Building upon our green initiatives, we’re determined to not only play our part in reducing plastics, but to also and help customers and suppliers to do the same.

Please check back here soon for our upcoming feature, or simply ask your Account Manager for further details in the meantime.