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  1. Rational Vs. Unox: Clash of the Combis

    Rational Vs. Unox: Clash of the Combis

    The beating heart of the majority of commercial kitchens, combination ovens have revolutionised catering en masse, combining the functions of multiple pieces of equipment into a single unit. As technology has evolved, so has what we have to come to expect from these core cooking appliances - making them, undoubtedly, an essential heavyweight of any modern kitchen.

    The reigning market leaders, Rational, have dominated the combination cooking sector for over 40 years, but can the relatively new kid on the block, Unox, prove to be a force to be reckoned with? Here, we take a look at both brands: the similarities, the differences and what they each bring to the market.

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  2. A Buying Guide to Commercial Microwave Ovens

    A Buying Guide to Commercial Microwave Ovens

    Although not considered a major piece of kitchen equipment by some, commercial microwave ovens still hold a firm place in many professional kitchens. They are ideal for safely reheating, defrosting and finishing foods; creating smoother, more efficient operations and saving time during busy services.

    When browsing available units don’t be fooled into thinking that a domestic model will fit the bill. Although they may look similar, there are important differences. Discover the key elements you should be looking for when buying a new commercial microwave with this complete buying guide.

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  3. A Buying Guide to Commercial Ranges

    A Buying Guide to Commercial Ranges

    One of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment you will invest in is a commercial range; (in American terminology known as a ‘commercial stove’). Commercial ranges are an integral part of any professional kitchen and typically comprise of a specific cooktop design with an integrated oven facility beneath. As the oven can be used independently of the cooking top, this product offers great versatility.

    Read the points you should consider so that the perfect piece of kit for any level of demand can be found; from restaurants, bistros and cafes to schools, nursing homes and catering facilities.

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  4. A Buying Guide to Commercial Fryers

    A Buying Guide to Commercial Fryers

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The Truth About Commercial Catering Equipment

  1. Break Tanks, Drain Pumps and Water Softeners - Everything You Need to Know

    Break Tanks, Drain Pumps and Water Softeners - Everything You Need to Know

    Commercial warewashers are a crucial element of any hospitality business whether that’s to guarantee a continuous flow of clean glasses or to ensure that the kitchen and restaurant continues to function smoothly with a good supply of hygienically cleaned cooking utensils and dinnerware.

    Commercial dishwashers and glass washers are workhorses of the kitchen and require care and attention in a number of areas to guarantee that they give their best performance in high demand conditions whilst remaining within legal guidelines.

    Common areas of confusion and misunderstanding for customers tend to involve break tanks, drain pumps and water softeners and whether these are necessary for their business. Here we clear up the confusion and explain what each is, it’s purpose and how customers can determine whether it is a feature that they need.

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  2. The Truth About … Buying Graded Catering Equipment

    The Truth About … Buying Graded Catering Equipment

    Whether setting up from scratch or replacing old units, graded catering equipment can be a great way to decrease costs in a commercial business, without jeopardising overall performance and quality. The problem is that few people are actually aware of the benefits or that such offers even exist.

    Here we uncover the truth about buying graded catering equipment, answering questions and filling in the details such as What is graded catering equipment and why you should consider investing?

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  3. The Truth About ... Commercial Leasing

    The Truth About ... Commercial Leasing

    Investing in quality catering equipment and supplies is the key to success however this can be a pricey affair. When the budget is tight or you simply want to free up some essential funds, commercial leasing is a great option.

    Here we outline the core details of the commercial leasing of catering equipment and answer some frequently asked questions such as How can leasing catering equipment supplies help my business? Are they any tax benefits? and Can I still lease catering equipment with a poor credit rating? 

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  4. The Truth About … Commercial Fryers & Oil Filtration

    The Truth About … Commercial Fryers & Oil Filtration

    Commercial fryers are a core piece of equipment in the majority of professional kitchens and where there is a fryer there is a necessity for cooking oil. Gone are the days of equipping yourself with a bucket and a towel to manually filter cloudy oil to get every last use out of it – you can now invest in a heavy duty fryer with built in oil filtration that can do the job for you. 

    Learn how a fryer with integral oil filtration system could help to reduce costs and outlay depending on your usage.

     

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Case Studies of Commercial Catering Equipment

Industry News - FFD Catering Equipment

  1. What Post-Brexit Changes Can We Expect for the Catering Equipment Sector?

    What Post-Brexit Changes Can We Expect for the Catering Equipment Sector?

    Although the UK has already left the EU, the transition period has meant that for many businesses, things have remained the same so far. However, in January 2021, this transition period will end, and new rules will come into force. As a business owner, it is vital that you are aware of what these changes will mean to your business and those that supply your company.

    Here we discuss some of the changes that we may expect for the catering equipment sector post-Brexit including UKCA marks, buying equipment from the EU and how customers may be impacted.

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  2. Backing British with Commercial Catering Equipment

    Backing British with Commercial Catering Equipment

    With so much uncertainty surrounding the impending Brexit deal and the plight of companies during the COVID epidemic, there are now more reasons than ever to think about where you get your supplies. Although there are many overseas companies that can and will supply your business, with a little research, you can find the same products and quality in the UK.

    Here we discuss some of the ways you can support your local companies and why they need your help, talking about topics such as helping the economy, environmental impact and creating jobs. 

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  3. How Catering & Hospitality is Looking Forward to a Greener Planet

    How Catering & Hospitality is Looking Forward to a Greener Planet

    Everyone has a part to play when it comes to aiming for a greener planet. With pollution levels in some areas worryingly high, and natural resources being used up, both customers and businesses are looking at ways they can help. In fact, many customers now actively seek out businesses that are environmentally friendly when shopping or eating out.

    How can manufacturers and the industry help to achieve a greener planet, and how can individual business owners play their part? We discuss the potential for a healthier world both on a business and a manufacturing level?

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  4. What Happens Next for Hospitality?

    What Happens Next for Hospitality?

    The past few months have been some of the most stressful for the hospitality sector. Many businesses laying off employees, and some having to close their doors indefinitely.

    With the government's ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme encouraging customers to re-engage the dining out scene and people taking ‘staycations’ instead of traveling abroad, businesses have seen an upturn in their customer numbers. However, with the government scheme ending and other countries now opening up to tourists again, the next few months will be a real test.

    So, what happens next for hospitality?

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