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Discover testo’s measuring solutions for food safety at Hotelympia

Next month, Testo will be at Hotelympia, demonstrating our equipment for the restaurant and hospitality sector, outlining how these can not only help operators ensure they are storing and cooking food safely, but also improve process efficiency, ultimately saving valuable resource.

A highlight will be Testo’s ‘Saveris Restaurant’, a 100% paperless quality management system, for which we’ll be providing live demos on stand by showing our fridge temperature on the big screen. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks it helps reduce operating costs and improve efficiency. Processes can then be rolled out across multiple sites, helping operators demonstrate due diligence and ensure quality checks are completed.

 

 

Testo will also be demonstrating the much-publicised testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester, and our team we’ll be happy to explain this process and how regular testing can help businesses to save up to 20% on frying oil costs, whilst ensuring a consistent quality of product.

 

Another focus product is Testo’s Saveris 2, automated temperature monitoring system. A cloud-based system that stores all measurement data in one central place, Testo’s Saveris 2 removes the need to collect data manually, meaning staff can use this time for other important tasks. There is also no longer a potential for readings to go missing. Handy for audits.

 

Testo will have our full range of food safety measurement instruments on show

 

As well as those mentioned, Testo will have our full range of instruments on display including data loggers, thermometers and more. Visit us on stand 1838 and our experts will be happy to discuss the market, and how Testo products can be used to help foodservice providers run a safe, efficient and profitable kitchen.

 

About the show

In March 2018, London welcomes back the UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event. For over 82 years, Hotelympia has represented hospitality innovation, bringing thousands of businesses together, championing one of the UK’s most vibrant industries.

Testo will be within the professional Kitchen Show, which has been described as the UK’s largest collection of catering equipment suppliers under one roof. Featuring a range of guest speakers, it is your one stop shop to find, test and purchase the latest products and innovations that will drive both efficiency and profitability in your kitchen. Register free using the below detail:

Venue: Excel London

Dates: 5th -8th March

Section: The Professional Kitchen show

Stand number: 1838

Register for free tickets at: http://www.hotelympia.com/  

 

Like some more info?

If you would like more information on Testo’s food safety instruments and solutions please visit www.testo.co.uk

Alternatively if you’ve got a requirement you’d like to discuss, you can call us on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Why so called ‘cheap’ thermometers are costing you more than you think

As all those in the Food, Service or Catering industries will know well, the ability to make quick temperature spot checks is an essential part of your daily routine. There are a number of foods which must be cooked at a minimum internal temperature in order to remove any harmful bacteria; from meat and poultry, to eggs and other products. Utilising a food thermometer is the easiest way of taking such measurements; ensuring both safety and that food is cooked to the desired taste. They also provide an easy way of making certain that prepared food is kept at the appropriate temperature prior to being served (although you of course need to make sure you either use a different thermometer to measure cooked foods, or sanitise appropriately).

 

The testo 104 food probe thermometer allows you to carry out quick and easy spot checks during the production, storage and processing of food 

 

Since a food thermometer is such an important tool in food preparation, making sure you have a fully functioning, reliable thermometer available at all times is absolutely essential. The problem is, with so many cheap, poorly manufactured thermometers available, many businesses are tempted by the low price point. To an extent this is understandable, if the person responsible for sourcing the company’s equipment is looking through a brochure or website, it can be hard to differentiate between models when it comes to things like robustness and build quality. It looks the same, so I may as well buy the cheap one, right? In the short term, perhaps this is the case, but a few months/years down the line, try taking another look at the numbers when it comes to replacement units. You’d be surprised.

In many cases, we’ve found the frequent turn-around of thermometers is more of an issue than you’d think, particularly for those facilities and restaurant chains which are buying in large quantities. And with costs continuing to rise in the restaurant industry, any way a business can cut costs and improve efficiency is of course very welcome. According to the latest Benchmarking Report from ALMR Christie & Co. operating costs across all trading styles now stand at an all-time high of 51.5% of turnover, with growth across the entire survey at 1.1%.

Some of the cheaper models are so flimsy, with such poor build quality they can almost be considered disposable. For example, say you’re paying £15 to £20 per thermometer, and these are being replaced every 2-3 months because of it being dropped or getting wet, the battery running out, probe snapping or the unit just packing in all-together because of poor build quality, this soon adds up and isn’t doing much good for your equipment budget. Not to mention the added hassle of getting more equipment ordered on a regular basis, and the risk of a situation where there is no available thermometer to make a simple spot check, leaving you no adequate way of making the required checks, and ultimately putting you and your customers at risk.

 

Only by using top quality thermometers like those from testo can you guarantee both accuracy and longevity

 

In this situation, it may make sense to explore a more robust option, for instance a robust waterproof thermometer which could last 5 to 6 times longer. Some manufacturers, for example testo, offer a 2-year warranty of all thermometers, so you can be sure they have been built to last. In many industries, but particularly when dealing with such delicate substances as you do within the food sector, there needs to be a certain degree of emphasis on ‘quality over quantity’. Like with so many things in life you get what you pay for, and thermometers are no exception.

Further to the issues surrounding longevity, when it comes to cheap thermometers, are issues regarding functionality and, more importantly, accuracy. Cheap thermometers will only offer very basic functions whilst top quality thermometers can offer more than one measuring function, for example infrared for non-contact measurement as well as a penetration probe for core temperatures. In terms of taking accurate measurements, by using a cheap thermometer you can’t be certain you are even getting the correct measurements and of course when using a measurement device accuracy can be critical.

Like some more info?

For more information on testo thermometers please go to www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Testo at Restaurant Tech Live 2017

At Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London on the 26th and 27th of September, testo will be exhibiting some of our latest solutions for the restaurants and catering sector as well as offering our industry knowledge.

On our stand, testo will be running a ‘how hot is your sausage’ competition, where we will be giving away free sausage samples, with prizes for those who are able to guess the core temperature correctly. This is also to show off our new testo Saveris Restaurant quality management system, and how easy it is to visualise results of spot checks and monitoring.

 

 

Other technology we will have on display includes the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system as well as our full range of food safety equipment, including data loggers, thermometers, pH meters and more.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand 5154 to see for yourself the food safety knowledge and solutions we can provide.

Show highlights

Theatre Hall 6: How to avoid being the next food scandal! – 15.30 – 16.00

On Day one our very own Warren Mansfield-Smith will be giving advise on how restaurants can use modern quality management technology to avoid being the next food scandal. With ever increasing demands on food service establishments and consumers’ ability to quickly and publicly share their thoughts and opinions on the quality of their experience, food service businesses need to ensure quality checks and all associated documentation are kept up to date and completed correctly.

Warren is a Certified Food Service Professional and has Level 3 Award in HACCP from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. He will discuss some of the consequences of not keeping accurate records and ways to reduce the risk to businesses while also improving efficiency and reducing long term costs.

Panel Theatre Hall 10: Shaping the Restaurant of Tomorrow – 12:00 – 12:30

With the restaurant industry ever-evolving due to an influx of emerging technologies, it could be easy to forget the importance of investing in innovative back-of-house solutions, which can streamline operations and boost your bottom line.

Listen in to gain unique insight into the back-of-house trends that are shaping the restaurant of tomorrow.

Testo’s solutions for food safety

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more. Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job.

In 2017, testo have also launched a brand-new solution, specific to the restaurant and catering sector, called testo Saveris Restaurant. Combining intuitive software and precise measurement technology, testo’s latest solution aims to make daily job processes noticeably easier, safer and more efficient. It includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, and control unit(s) allowing all paper documents to be converted into a digital format.

 

By automating checks required in a restaurant, operating costs can be reduced

 

This will help operators demonstrate the highest level of due diligence and ensures quality checks are completed on time and correctly. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks required in a restaurant, it will also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand 5154 at Restaurant Tech Live, Excel, London, 26th-27th September.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

Like some more info?

Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

 

 

 

Testo at the Catering Equipment Expo

When: October 3rd – 5th, 2016

Where: London Olympia, London

Stand number: CE24

 

About the Catering Equipment Expo

The Catering Equipment Expo is hosted alongside the Restaurant Show, Bar & Pub show and the Conscious Hospitality Show. By registering for one, you will have access to all four of the shows, meaning there will be more than enough to keep you entertained throughout. This will enable you to meet a huge number of suppliers (over 450 according to the Restaurant Show’s official website!) and talk through the latest trends and innovations in the food service industry.

The show itself is organised by our partners Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment, who you can be certain will bring their own ‘Trend Set’ innovations programme to the event to showcase the latest trends in the preparation of food and drink from around the world.

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The UK’s largest catering equipment show!

Hosted at London’s Olympia the Catering Equipment Expo will feature:

  • Expert advice on Tabletop, Back-of-House and Heavy Equipment
  • Technical demonstrations and cost-saving seminars from leading experts
  • Exclusive product launches from leading brands
  • Incredible show-only deals and special offers
  • Over 60 leading catering equipment manufacturers on display

For an interesting day out coupled with a chance to see all the latest products, solutions and cost-saving tactics in the industry why not pop over to the show next month.

 

Interested in Testo’s Food Safety Solutions? Come speak to us on stand CE24

Testo offer a wide range of instruments for food applications which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance your methods are safe. Whether it’s for spot checks or long-term monitoring, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Here is some more information on some of the products we will have on stand:

 

Saveris 2 – Wireless Temperature Monitoring System

Testo’s new and improved Saveris 2 makes temperature and humidity analysis both easier and more accurate than ever before. By using a Cloud-based monitoring system it allows information to be stored and accessed remotely.

This means users can monitor and react to issues from anywhere in the world. This will help to reduce pressure, relieving the need to be constantly on-site to keep measurement values under control.

 

Cooking Oil Testing

The award winning Testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether oil needs changing.

 

This will not only make sure you’re cooking with clean oil, but is also proven to save you money on cooking oil costs.

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Our practical folding thermometers are your insurance between the kitchen and the counter. These handy companions are always ready to use and are ideally suitable for fast temperature checks at a buffet, for instance.

They are waterproof and dishwasher-safe, and therefore absolutely fit for use in kitchens.

 

Interested in attending?

Click here to order your Free tickets for the Catering Equipment Expo

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For more information on Testo’s food safety solutions please visit our website: www.testolimited.com/food-safety

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Testo Wins the Product Excellence Awards 2015

Last night (03/12/2015) the Testo 270 Cooking Oil tester went all the way and won the Product Excellence Awards 2015.

A  little under 2 months ago the testo 270 cooking oil tester was nominated for the Product Excellence Awards, hosted by ‘The Caterer’. This was for the category ‘Food Preparation Equipment’. A particularly competative division, this was judged on labour-saving credentials and ease of use.

testo-270-cooking-oil-tester-product-excellence-awards-winnerWinner! The testo 270 takes home the gold

 

The best the industry has to offer

The night included some of the biggest names in the food industry, with the likes of Bidvest 3663, Quorn Foods, Compass Group and Brakes all present. Innovation, sustainability and energy saving in product development were all recognised during the awards, held at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.

The awards themeselves, which recognise excellence and innovation in food drink and equipment products within the hospitality sector, represent the very best examples of product development in the industry.

They also provide an opportunity for the suppliers and manufacturers behind these products to get together and celebrate their success; and with product sourcing vital to business success, the innovations recognised on the night are a real reflection of the rising expectations in the market and the fierce competition among operators.

 

Every Drop is Valuable

The judging sessions took place over five days, with the winners decided by industry experts from across all sectors of hospitality. The judges tasted more than 150 products and debated nearly 100 pieces of equipment as they sought excellence in flavour, design and innovation.

Although up against some stern compatition the testo 270 proved to be the victor, with the panel of experts judging it to be the most effective and impressive instrument in it’s category.

Testo’s own certified food safety professional Warren Mansfield-Smith accepts the award

 

A fantastic night for all involved

The awards were presented by Lisa Jenkins, products and suppliers editor of The Caterer and Oliver Cock, managing director, commercial, for Compass Group UK & Ireland. Cock said: “We had a superb shortlist with some very deserving finalists listed. The winners represent some of the best food, drink and equipment products in our industry today.”

Close to 120 suppliers, manufacturers and award judges were present at the awards celebration to recognise the achievements of the winners.

 

Want to find out more about how cooking oil testing works?

If you’d like to know more about cooking oil testing why not visit our website www.testolimited.com/testo-270-cooking-oil-tester or give us a call on 01420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

About Testo

Testo offer a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your HACCP requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Testo measuring instruments for food have obtained the HACCP International certification and are therefore judged to be “food safe”. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and much more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job.