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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.

 

An exclusive Q&A with Foodservice Equipment Journal and Testo’s own Warren Mansfield-Smith

Food safety is imperative for all restaurant chains, but thanks Testo’s range of measurement instruments and paperless quality management solutions, ensuring food safety in restaurants has never been easier. Testo key account manager for food solutions, Warren Mansfield-Smith, is a certified Food Service Professional and has a Level 3 Award in HACCP from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Warren recently spoke with Foodservice Equipment Journal to give his inside view on why measuring in the restaurant industry matters.

 

What sort of presence does Testo have in the UK today?

We have just celebrated our 60th birthday and continue to grow in the UK, with 2017  another record year both globally and locally. The food sector has long been one of Testo’s key markets, and with innovative new instruments being released every year, the UK foodservice market is continuing to recognise that with the right technology, they can not only reduce operating costs, but also increase efficiency.

 

How would you best summarise your current offering for the foodservice industry?

Testo provide a range of instruments and solutions for the foodservice sector. These include waterproof folding thermometers, wireless temperature monitoring with testo Saveris 2, the highly touted testo 270 cooking oil tester, and the newly released paperless quality management solution in testo Saveris Restaurant. We aim to provide the industry with the tools they need to be safe and legal with high levels of due diligence.

 

Testo provide a range of instruments and solutions for the foodservice sector

 

What sets Testo apart from other suppliers of food safety equipment and how well do you compete on price given that cost management is an issue for operators right now?

Testo is a premium brand and all our instruments are manufactured in accordance within the Guidelines for Uncertainty of Measurement (GUM). This means you can be sure that when we state the accuracy of an instrument, it’s guaranteed. It’s true there are a number of very cheaply manufactured instruments available on the market, however, it’s more than likely Testo products will last significantly longer due to the high quality standards we manufacture to. Ultimately, if operators are keen to reduce ongoing cost, they should look to invest in quality over quantity. Equally we have some innovative solutions which have proven to increase savings in terms of both costs and time.

 

You launched the ‘Testo Saveris Restaurant’ solution this year, which combines intuitive software and precise measurement technology. How significant is this development to your strategy?

After 60 years of growth in instrumentation manufacture, Testo realised the world has changed significantly. Technology has advanced at such an astonishing pace we need to adapt or we’ll not be providing our customers with the products and services they need. Testo Solutions is hugely significant in the history of testo and testo Saveris Restaurant is our first ‘solution’ and aimed at the companies in the food service sector to overcome the challenges they face on a daily basis.

 

What sort of engagement do you have with restaurant chains and multi-site operators – and do you see much discrepancy in the way that these companies individually deal with the food safety issue?

We deal with some of the largest restaurant chains on the planet and yes, there are discrepancies in how organisations manage food safety, some are happy with what they’ve got, while others are aware of the weaknesses of their current processes and are prepared to invest to improve, realising the long term cost benefit.

 

Up until now, quality management in restaurants has involved heaps of paperwork and manual documentation. How quickly will we see that change and what will drive it?

It’s changing rapidly and this is evident by the number of companies offering paperless systems. Operators should be mindful however that not all systems are the same. Testo has 60 years of expertise in measurement technology and offer, what we believe, to be the most comprehensive quality management solution available. Once operators realise how much they can save by reducing time, paper, storage and reporting to name a few, then I’m sure the transition to digital will become even quicker.

 

How can restaurants use modern quality management technology to avoid being the next food scandal?

Testo Saveris Restaurant converts your existing paper based quality checks into a digital format. Checks can be allocated to a particular shift and if not completed, an alert can be sent to the manager for instance. This way the operator knows the relevant checks have been completed and any corrective actions can be dealt with immediately. Temperature checks are automated and manual readings are transferred directly to the user control unit reducing the risk of error either accidentally or deliberately. The integrated digital camera can also be used to capture images as proof.

 

What are the consequences of not keeping accurate records?

Put simply, they could be catastrophic! Probably the most high profile case in the UK was where a woman died after eating Christmas dinner at a pub. It was found that records had been falsified resulting in jail for 2 of the pub employees and a £2million fine for the operator.

 

Chefs tend to look at HACCP as a bit of a necessary evil and investing in solutions for this part of the business is not as exciting as say a shiny new oven or the latest cooking suite. How do you overcome that?

A shiny new oven makes the chefs life easier, they can deliver high quality food, quickly and easily and that’s what we offer with Testo Saveris Restaurant. We make their life easier.

 

What’s the biggest misconception that operators have when it comes to buying equipment for food safety?

That it’s all the same! Just because it takes a temperature or you can connect it to a tablet, doesn’t mean it’s fit for the job. Chefs will pay hundreds of pounds for a set of knives but buy the cheapest thermometer they can find. It’s the old cliché… you get what you pay for.

 

What’s the ‘next big thing’ for the food safety instruments market?

Paperless quality management with systems such as testo Saveris Restaurant

 

Like some more info?

If you would like further information about testo Saveris Restaurant or any of our Food Safety instruments, please visit www.testo.co.uk or call us on 01420 544433

Want to be in control of all your readings? Download our application example “Monitoring the temperature of foods”

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a company works in, food safety is always a major concern. Monitoring temperature is a particularly important part of this. Incorrect climatic conditions can have devastating consequences, leading to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute.

Within the food industry more and more businesses are opting to use automated temperature monitoring. With systems such as testo Saveris 2 cloud-based WiFi data logger system, continuous monitoring of food temperature during production, processing and sales is now easier than ever.

Download testo’s Free application guide

Want to find out how automated temperature monitoring works? Download our Free application example “Monitoring the temperature of foods”.

 

 

 

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Like some more info?

If you’d like more information on testo’s Saveris 2, or any of testo’s solutions please go to www.testo.co.uk

Register now for your free place at the Food Safety Innovators Forum

Testo will be hosting the first Food Safety innovators Forum on the 3rd of November 2017 at Kings Place in London and would like to invite you to join us.

At Testo’s Food Safety Innovators Forum we will be offering our industry knowledge, with guest speakers and a range of notable individuals in the food sector attending.

We are inviting some of the key people in the industry, to get together and exchange ideas and help shape the future of food safety.

This forum is designed to give you the opportunity to network and discuss current and future topics around food safety and quality management.

We are proud to be presenting key industry experts from NSF, HACCP International and Food Safety Services International, as well as our own Testo Global Food Solutions Team.

About the event

There will be two main content sections on the day:

Section 1: The challenges and threats of food safety & quality management 

Section 2: Food safety & quality management goes digital

Both sections will contain a mix of presentations, workshops and moderated discussions.

For the full agenda and more details on the speakers click here.

Book your Free place now

As mentioned, there is absolutely no participation fee, with the venue and catering being sponsored entirely by Testo.

Places are filling up quickly so you’ll have to confirm by 27/10/17 at the latest to ensure you don’t miss out on this exclusive event.

If you want to secure one of the last remaining places, please contact our event co-ordinator Kerry Finlayson (contact details below).

Interested in attending? Contact our event co-ordinator

Name: Kerry Finlayson

Phone: +441420 544433

Email: kfinlayson@testo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Testo and Prep team up to optimise the life of frying oil

Prep, the high-performance frying oil brand, have teamed up with food safety and measurement equipment experts testo, in a bid to help foodservice customers further extend the lifespan of its range of long-life oils.

As part of the partnership, Prep is using the award-winning testo 270 Cooking Oil Tester in its oil management training, and is now offering the product to food service customers throughout the UK.

The testo 270 enables users to determine in seconds whether oil needs changing, helping to guarantee consistent cooking results, whilst saving customers time, effort and money on unnecessary changes.

Olivia Shuttleworth, Prep brand manager, said: “At Prep, we are committed to helping all our customers to maximise the lifespan of their frying oil, so they can produce great tasting food for longer– saving time, reducing waste and cutting costs in the process.

“When looked after and managed effectively, Prep long life oils last up to three times longer than standard, extended life oils – and regular testing is integral to effective oil management.

“The Testo 270 is a quick, effective way for customers to check their Prep oil, ensuring they get maximum lifespan from every change.”

 

Regular testing is integral to effective oil management

 

The Testo Cooking Oil Tester works by testing the percentage levels of Total Polar Material (TPM) in the frying oil. TPM builds up in the oil during regular use, and measuring these levels is the most reliable and accurate way to measure oil quality and cleanliness of frying oil.

Ashton Baylis, Testo Product manager, said:

“It’s impossible to know when frying oil needs changing simply by looking at it – it needs to be tested regularly.

“The Testo 270 is quick and easy to use, accurately measuring the percentage of TPM in the oil in a few seconds. It provides clear notifications to kitchen teams, so they know when it’s time to make a change. Over time, this can help to reduce oil consumption by up to 20%, whilst guaranteeing you are cooking with clean, effective oil.”

 

The testo 270 allows you to determine the quality of cooking oil faster and more reliably than ever before

 

The Testo 270 offers intuitive operation and a clear, easy to understand monitoring system. The screen changes colour to show when oil needs changing, turning from green when oil is good, to amber when it is approaching time to change, and red when oil needs changing.

Prep offers a comprehensive range of oil management resources, including an oil management guide, oil management equipment and a dedicated oil management app – all developed to helping customers maximise the lifespan of frying oil. Further information and guidance on oil management can be found here.

About testo Food Safety

Testo produce high-quality testing equipment for businesses across a variety of industries. Its food offering includes a wide range of equipment for food safety and quality assurance, designed to help organisations meet the latest HACCP requirements. Instruments include cooking oil testers, paperless quality management systems, temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, and PH meters.

Like some more info?

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