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Diversey launch the new TASKI AERO vacuum cleaner range

From the 1st of September 2017 vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are required to be more cost- and energy-efficient. The European Commission is making use of the latest state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that European consumers have the most energy efficient products available. The updated eco-design requirements will lower appliances’ maximum power, annual energy consumption and noise levels.

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Benders introduce new Venezia design vending cup range with innovative 12oz Max cup

According to the Automatic Vending Association (AVA) the UK vending industry turnover has increased by 2 per cent to £1.53 billion, with more operators expecting growth this year than delivered growth in 2016.

The average hot beverage vending machine dispenses 282 units per week and consumers are expecting a larger variety of high quality premium coffee options.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – The crispy, crunchy appeal of the fried chicken sandwich

Fried chicken sandwiches have become a must-have dish for foodservice operators, bringing consumer’s love of burgers and fried chicken together in a single delicious package. Restaurant chains that aren’t even known for chicken are looking at adding it to their menus to appeal to more consumers and boost sales. In 2016, of the 100 biggest restaurant chains in the US, three of the five fastest-growing were chicken concepts.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – Bento beautiful…

Japanese cooking styles continue to grow in popularity – the UK Sushi industry is now worth £56 million annually – but is it possible that Bento might give Sushi a run for its money?

We predict that Bento – Japan’s famously beautiful, compartmental lunch box meal, is poised to take centre-stage in the UK casual dining industry in 2017.

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Spice up your hot drink offer – with Zuma Organic Turmeric Chai

The trend for turmeric infused hot drinks has been brewing for a while. The market research firm Mintel named turmeric as one of its ‘foods to watch’ in 2016. Google singled-out turmeric’s ascent to stardom after searches for the spice increased by 56 per cent from November 2016 to January 2017.

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The responsible disposal of single-use drinking straws

Ask the Expert: Jo Gilroy (Head of Sustainability).

Drinking straws are the latest disposable (single-use) foodservice product to hit the headlines, we asked our Sustainability expert ‘If we want to reduce their negative impact on the environment should we stop using them, switch to another material type – or something else?’

And here’s what she told us…

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Bunzl Catering Supplies sponsors pioneering waste2zero Awards

Bunzl Catering Supplies is excited to be the Headline Sponsor for Footprint News’ pioneering waste2zero Awards, to be held on 6 December 2017 at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. The awards will showcase the excellent work achieved by the foodservice packaging industry to reduce waste, promote recycling and encourage environmentally responsible end-of-life solutions for disposable packaging products.

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The rise of the vegan diet

Veganism is on the rise. In 2006, 150 thousand people in the UK opted for a plant-based diet, in 2017, over 542 thousand people did the same – that’s a 350 per cent increase.

Why has taking on a vegan diet become so popular? Well, there are many scientifically proven health benefits, such as a higher vitamin c, protein, iron, calcium and fibre intake, as well as the vegan diet being extremely low in saturated fats.

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Our People: Jody Crawforth and Martin Allen – Tour de Surrey!

On the 30th of July 2017 two members of the Bunzl Catering Supplies team, Jody Crawforth (Category Manager) and Martin Allen (Network Development Manager) took part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise money for charity In Kind Direct. Over 30,000 riders participated in the Prudential Ride, bravely taking on the100-mile route through the Capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

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The best way to wash fresh produce to remove bacteria and pesticides

Until Fresh Produce Wash entered the market, washing salads, fruit and vegetables in a chlorine solution was a common way to kill bacteria and remove pesticides. The usual way of making up a chlorine solution was by dropping soluble chlorine sanitiser tablets into a sink of fresh water, waiting for them to dissolve, then throwing in the salads, fruit and vegetables you want to wash. After a soak time specified by the tablet manufacturer, the produce was drained and then rinsed.

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Small plates with a big punch

A report completed by Datassential, concluded that small plates had reached “the proliferation phase” of the menu adoption cycle, meaning that the small plate trend has hit the mainstream.

A recent Technomic study of 2,000 people discovered that these downsized portions are eaten in a variety of ways—as starters (39 percent), snacks (14 percent) and as sides (19 percent)—proving their flexibility, but a third of the time they are eaten instead of more expensive main entrees.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – Ice cream is on a roll…

There are many great ways to serve ice cream – curled on top of a wafer cone with a chocolate flake on top, scooped into an ice-cream sundae dish with fruit and cream, or even blended into a milkshake to be slurped through a straw. In 2017 these traditional ice-cream servings have been joined by a new creamy delight – rolled ice cream.

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The importance of maintaining a steady fridge temperature

A study of over 200 chefs, completed by Enigma Project, revealed a third of chefs had worked in kitchens which served meat which is no longer fresh, or is spoiled.

One of the main ways to prevent meat from being spoiled is by making sure that your refrigerator and freezer has the correct temperature, particularly when it’s situated in hot working kitchens.

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Working with Simply Cups – the power of collaboration…

Since joining Simply Cups in 2015, Bunzl Catering Supplies has played an active role introducing the Simply Cups collection and recycling scheme to its customers.  The success of the scheme has been driven by collaboration and the desire to drive-forward positive change.

Simply Cups is the UKs only collection and recycling service dedicated to turning paper and plastic cups into second-life materials.  Cups collected by Simply Cups are used to create new products, such as: pens, pencils, coffee cup bins and even park benches.

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Hybrid foods are shaking up the food scene

Playful, photogenic and infinitely adaptable, hybrid food is continually popping up on Facebook and Instagram, as millennials create and bake their creative mash-ups and promote them online.

So, what is hybrid food? Simply put, it’s two foods grafted-together to make a new one. For example a croissant and a doughnut – to make a Cronut, or a pizza and a waffle – to make a Piffle.

Hybrid foods have become so popular that according to trade magazine Restaurant Business they are now the fastest growing food trend in the last ten years.

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