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Villagefetes NEWSLETTER FOR EVENT AND LEISURE BUSINESSES
Issue Number.117 June 2012
EVERYTHING FOR EVENT AND LEISURE RELATED BUSINESSES IN ONE PLACE
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Hopefully we might start to see some sunnier, warmer weather after all that rain. A sudden rise in temperature can put added strain on refrigeration and mobile caterers will need to take extra precautions to keep food items safely stored at the correct temperature. It's a good time to check that your fridge doors close properly and the magnetic seals are not damaged. Ensure that you have a fridge thermometer to regularly check your fridge temperature.
Maintaining profit margins when the sun shines
Event goers generally do not purchase as many hot food items during a very hot day but cold can drinks are bought faster than you can cool them. The problem with that is the profit margin on a canned drink is nowhere near that of a burger. The secret is to buy bottled and canned drinks in volume whilst they are on offer at the wholesaler, then price cold drinks to sell in volume.
Suppliers In Focus
Link to www.sandwich-van.co.uk
CJ'S SPECIALIST VEHICLES LTD
The innovative Connoisseur Cafe has state of the art refrigeration system with Perspex sneeze guards and accessible shelves...
Link to the Nisbets website
NISBETS PLC
An extensive range of catering commercial fridges and freezer refrigeration equipment including counter top fridges and freezers.
Business Planning
Safe food storage during hot spells
Fresh and defrosted frozen foods tend to have a much shorter life span when it gets warm particularly when hot food sales slow down and items need to be stored longer. With a little forward planning food throwaway can be reduced to minimum, for large events think about hiring a refrigerated van or trailer.
Questions to ask...
1. Do you need to defrost all your frozen items before the event?
2. Can you cook frozen food items straight from frozen?
3. Can you slow thaw batches of frozen foods by placing them in the fridge?
Measures to keep food items cold...
1. Keep fridge doors closed and avoid repeated opening?
2. Use a separate under counter fridge for local food preparation items?
3. Use a dedicated cold drinks display chiller?
Don't forget, keep chocolate bars in the fridge to prevent them melting?
Suppliers In Focus
Link to www.teamrefrigeration.co.uk
TEAM REFRIGERATION
Cost-effective high spec mobile fridge/freezer trailers for extra cold storage capacity, emergency back-up long or short term hire.
Link to www.businessonbikes.com
BUSINESS ON BIKES
Refrigerated units for traditional ice cream trikes, simply plug in the 240v unit overnight - unit measures 79cm x 40cm x 47cm.
Round Up
Refrigerating and cooling cold drinks from room temperature can take hours and guaranteed customers will want cold drinks from the minute you open your hatch rather than warm ones. The secret is to plan ahead before your event and chill your drinks for 24 hours before hand. You will then have ice cold drinks ready to serve and no complaints from grumbling customers.
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