FRY April 2022

INDUSTRY NEWS 04.22

88% OF HOSPITALITY STAFF THINK THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE NEEDS TO IMPROVE, BECOMING MORE WIDESPREAD AND BETTER IMPLEMENTED, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY BY HARRI AND CGA.

WINTERHALTER SEARCHES FOR THE UK’S TOP KITCHEN PORTER

Commercial dishwasher and glass washing expert Winterhalter is resuming its search for Kitchen Porter of the Year after a two year break. Celebrating the vital contribution that they make in professional kitchens across the UK, the company says with so many people in hospitality’s top jobs starting as KPs it’s become one of the most popular foodservice industry awards. Along with the kudos of being KP of the Year, the winner will receive a trophy, £1,000 cash, a brand new Winterhalter warewasher and a dinner for family and friends at a restaurant in their area. Two runners up will also receive cash prizes. In addition, every single KP nominated gets an exclusive KP of the Year apron in a presentation tin. To nominate your KP, simply fill out a short questionnaire at www.kpoftheyear. com. Closing date for entries is 29th July.

AMITY WINS SMALL BUSINESS AWARD FOR E-COMMERCE GROWTH

Amity Fish Company has been named Digital/E-commerce Business of the Year at the Scotland FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Small Business Awards. The Peterhead seafood supplier was recognised for the high level of growth the e-commerce side of the business has generated in the two years since it launched in response to Covid. The national lockdown saw 90% of Amity’s business disappear as the hospitality sector closed overnight. Faced with shuttering up to ride out the storm or changing direction, it made the decision very quickly to pivot the business and start supplying homes across the UK. Expecting this service to last a couple of months, it’s now an extremely successful online enterprise selling directly to the public and businesses across the UK. Amity managing director Jimmy Buchan was presented with the award at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria where he said: “We just landed a big catch!” “This is the result of a dedicated and hard-working teamworking together. We are thrilled to be shortlisted, never mind winners.” Amity had also been shortlisted for Micro Business of the Year.

T.QUALITY HEADS TO SCOTLAND AS IT ACQUIRES MORRISONS FOODSERVICE

T.Quality has acquired Glasgow-based Morrisons Foodservice in what it calls "a game changer" for the business. The acquisition will see Morrisons Foodservice operate as a T.Quality division in Scotland, enabling the wholesaler to deliver to the whole of the country. It is part of T.Quality’s ongoing investment in its delivery network to help it cope with increasing demand and will aid in the development of new product ranges, allowing increased product availability. Mike Crees, managing director of T.Quality, said: “We are delighted to be able to finally announce the acquisition of Morrisons Foodservice. "We will be opening a new depot in the coming months, however, we will be immediately working from the current Morrisons site on Earl Haig Road in Glasgow "The acquisition of Morrisons Foodservice is a game changer for how we will operate in Scotland and really is an exciting opportunity for T.Quality. "We will be able to add further capacity to our operation which will see us deliver to the whole of Scotland but will also help to enhance customer service levels with increased delivery dates. "We look forward to working with everyone at Morrisons from current employees to customers and suppliers.” T.Quality operates 10 branches, in Swindon, Bovey Tracey, Darlington, Avonmouth, Swansea, Peterborough, Birmingham, Leeds, Bridlington and Staplehurst, with an 11th outlet opening in the coming weeks in Portsmouth.

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