Bidfood

Changing How We 'Sea' Salt

Bidfood UAE Signs Exclusive Agreement with Cornish Sea Salt

Bidfood

The goodness of nature now available on your table

Bidfood
Bidfood

Changing How We 'Sea' Salt

Bidfood UAE Signs Exclusive Agreement with Cornish Sea Salt

Bidfood

The goodness of nature now available on your table

Bidfood

ABOUT BIDFOOD

ABOUT
BIDFOOD

Bidfood is the world's leading foodservice distribution company outside North America covering more than 34 countries in five continents. Focused on foodservice, Bidcorp comprises a mix of well-established leading and rapidly growing market positions, offering significant future upside. The profile of the customer base is strategically targeted to fully service the foodservice industry’s needs.

 

 

Bidfood Middle East, part of JSE-listed Bidcorp, currently operates in five markets in the GCC (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Jordan) catering to customers as a wholesale food distributor in a wide range of sectors within the foodservice and catering industries. These include hotels, restaurants, cafes, QSRs, sub-distributors, wholesalers, entertainment, as well as many independent operators in the hospitality industry.

Operating Across

5 continents
34 countries

Employees

27,000

Listed on the

Johannesburg
Stock Exchange

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LATEST NEWS

August 04, 2020 | 07:50 PM

Back-to-Business Guide: Reopening a Restaurant After Quarantine


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced thousands of restaurants around the world to close temporarily. Sadly, dining establishments in the United Arab Emirates also experienced the same. And although some continued to operate by offering delivery services, their businesses still suffered significantly since the majority of their income and profits usually came from dine-in customers. The good news is that restaurants in the UAE have already been allowed to reopen since May. This means that they are accepting dine-in customers once again. For many, this signifies going back to business as usual. However, for those in the restaurant industry, it is not back to business as usual. With the coronavirus still a huge health threat, dining establishment owners have to make several changes in their operations to protect their customers, employees, their reputation, and their source of income. Must-Know Facts and Tips About Reopening Restaurants Post-Quarantine As one of the trusted food suppliers in Dubai, we want to help restaurant owners like you get back up on your feet as you reopen your business. We have researched and created a guide you can use as you welcome customers back into your establishment. Below are the important rules and tips you have to follow as you reopen your restaurant in the UAE: 1. Implement social distancing practices The UAE government has emphasized the importance of observing social distancing to minimize the risk of disease transmission. In line with these precautionary practices, they have also implemented stricter policies for restaurants to follow. These rules include: Placing tables at least two meters apart Allowing only a maximum of four people to sit at each table Serving only a maximum of 50 meals per order Not allowing customers to stay in the waiting area to avoid crowding Wearing masks is a must for both employees and customers at all times, except when eating 2. Observe proper cleaning and sanitizing practices Since good hygiene is crucial to lowering the risk of acquiring and spreading the coronavirus and other diseases, your restaurant should take a proactive approach to keeping your restaurant clean and sanitized at all times. The government has implemented these rules regarding cleaning and sanitizing which all dining establishments have to follow: Wiping and disinfecting tables immediately after a customer leaves Using only disposable cups and eating utensils for serving food and beverages. Establishments that have automated dishwashing facilities, however, can provide customers with regular cutlery. Placing hand sanitizers in strategic areas inside the premises Although it is not yet a rule, as a preventive measure, ensure that all surfaces inside the premises are disinfected properly during closing time. 3. Rearrange your dining area With dining establishments only allowed 60 percent of the total capacity, you won’t need all the tables and chairs in your dining area. As such, before reopening, consider redesigning your space. Whether you have a small or spacious dining area, remove some tables and chairs, especially if they block off paths and the entrances or exits to your premises. Also, stagger the seating in the dining area to make it less crowded. This simple step can help you protect both your customers and employees. 4. Rethink your menu When you reopen your restaurant, you can’t expect that your earnings and profits will go through the roof immediately. To sustain your business as you recuperate your losses and avoid wasting money on unnecessary things, such as ingredients you don’t often use, review your menu first. List down the dishes that diners often order and consider removing the ones that are unpopular from your menu. With a well-thought-out menu, you will avoid spending money on supplies that you are not sure will be used. Another strategy you can consider is maintaining a menu mix of proteins, pasta, and vegetarian options but limiting your offerings. In addition, consider the option of introducing a category rotation, with different items offered each week. Also, to minimize costs and workload, speak with your kitchen staff to find ways to reduce the prep time and execution of the menu items you want to serve. 5. Start or continue offering delivery services If you did not offer food delivery service during the quarantine, you could start now. Since many people are still hesitant about going and dining out, it is a great way to reach out to your loyal customers and boost your restaurant’s earnings at the same time. In case you are already offering delivery services, continue providing it even after you reopen. Again, many people will still want to eat in the comfort of their homes, so do not block this extra stream of income for your business. Additionally, inform customers that you also offer takeaways and accept advance orders for faster, more efficient service. 6. Let customers know about your efforts Your investment will go to waste if customers do not know about all the work you put into preparing your restaurant. To encourage diners to visit and eat at your establishment, promote the new measures you have implemented. With people online most of the time, use your website and social media accounts to promote the reopening of your restaurant and the measures you have in place to ensure a safe dining experience. Make sure you put out as much information as you can regarding the reopening of your restaurant. Engage with interested diners as well; answer their questions as promptly as you can. 7. Prepare well for the reopening Finally, to ensure your restaurant reopens without a hitch, prepare well beforehand. This means stocking your pantry and fridge to ensure you have all the necessary ingredients for your menu items. Get in touch with your meat suppliers in Dubai for your protein needs. Order your other supplies from your providers days before your opening as well. Also, ensure you have sanitized the dining area, kitchen, toilet, and furniture the night before reopening. If you need to rearrange anything, do it days in advance. Your employees need to undergo testing prior to your opening as well. Make sure everyone does so and check that they are cleared to go back to work. Reopening your business after quarantine takes a lot of work. You need to continue following the rules and implementing the crucial health measures as well. If you need help with going through the entire process, get in touch with us. We can guide you as you prepare to open your doors and accept diners again.
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July 12, 2020 | 10:00 AM

Bidfood UAE Signs Exclusive Foodservice Distribution Agreement with Cornish Sea Salt


Bidfood UAE signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Cornwall sea salt company, Cornish Sea Salt   A successful partnership debut at Gulfood 2020 – Cornish Sea Salt was featured in Bidfood Middle East’s regional stand – yielded rave reviews from customers and trade show attendants, a positive overture to the company’s foodservice range in time for the market launch in the UAE via Bidfood’s sales, marketing, and operational forces.   Commenting on Bidfood UAE’s latest partnership, Bidfood ME’s Chief Commercial Officer, Wael Al Jamil, said: “With a company as passionate and as invested in their products and vision as Cornish Sea Salt, it was an easy decision to make for us – we know that onboarding the brand would only add value to our portfolio. In today’s world, cheaper table salts are taking a back seat to artisan salts with both the health benefits and culinary versatility. We are excited to take sea salt to great new heights together with Cornish Sea Salt’s team.”   Echoing Al Jamil’s sentiment on the partnership, Cornish Sea Salt Group Sales Director, Suzanne Skerry, said: “Meeting the Bidfood team at Gulfood back in February, I immediately knew that our product was in good hands for its introduction to the Gulf. We look forward to making the most out of Bidfood UAE’s network of chefs, culinary professionals, and foodservice outlets to grow the brand and to help people ‘sea’ salt differently.”   The range includes six foodservice-sized (1.5kg and 1kg) sea salt tubs ranging from core flavors to blended salts like smoked sea salt flakes, chili sea salt, garlic sea salt, and lemon and thyme sea salt. The salts can be used for bakery, on protein (chicken, meat, and fish), in marinades and mixology, or as a finishing salt, making for a versatile rang with unique culinary attributes and health benefits, for chefs and culinary professionals to naturally enhance the flavor and quality of their menu items.  
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June 24, 2020

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Dessert Menu


The food service industry is a ferociously competitive arena. Thousands of new restaurants launch every year, but sadly, studies show that only 50 percent of these remain operational after the two-year mark. According to industry specialists, one of the main reasons behind the closure of some dining establishments is the lack of innovation. Quite often, it's not enough that the menu items taste wonderful. They need to be memorable, too. Therefore, there should be a continuous effort to improve and present something unexpected yet delightful. Some of the best items on the menu to experiment with are the desserts. This is evident enough in all the Instagram "food-tographs" that pop up in the Explore section. Also, desserts are sweet indulgences that are easy enough to elevate in terms of appearance and taste.  So, if you are looking for a way to refresh your restaurant offerings, work on amping up your dessert menu. Do this whether you prepare the desserts from scratch at the restaurant or simply purchase frozen cakes and other sweet treats from reliable distributors. 8 Effective Ways to Improve Your Desserts According to professional bakers, patissiers, and photographers, you don't need to take the complicated route in leveling up your dessert menu. Simple tricks will do the job. Shared below are eight ideas to try. 1. Update flavor combinations Desserts, as delicious as they are, can be sickeningly sweet for some. Therefore, it's nice to add another layer of flavor to them. For example, if you have a popular vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting on the menu, it's perfect by itself. But, you can make people consume more of it if you add salty or savory flavors. Consider crushing salted pretzels and sprinkling them generously on the frosting or decorating the cupcake with two strips of bacon. The combination may seem weird, but people with a dynamic palate may enjoy the contrasting flavors. 2. Create miniatures If you don't have a lot of small desserts on the menu, start including them. "Cute" is an enormous draw factor, and you can't overlook the fact that a lot of diners prefer small morsels that do not require fancy utensils to eat. Some of the miniature desserts worth including in your menu are cheesecake bites, mini cream puffs, and pies.  3. Add seasonal items This has got to be one of the easiest ways to switch things up for your dessert menu. Celebrate the changing seasons by including seasonal offerings.  Say, during the fall, include spiced desserts in the selection. Meanwhile, for Christmas, make sure to add Santa Claus-themed sweets such as Santa-shaped beehives, butter cookies, and cupcakes. And during the summer, add more recipes that feature summer fruits such as apricots, berries, melons, and pineapples. 4. Experiment with herbs Herbs are not often used for desserts, but they can actually give classic recipes a whole new appeal. Tarragon, thyme, mint, and rosemary can make sweetened fruits for pies more appetizing. Plus, sprigs of these herbs make desserts more visually appealing. 5. Come up with hip presentations You'll create a more desirable dessert menu if you make every item pretty. Take new pictures of the selection and glam up every item. An elegant presentation will make petits fours and other sweet morsels more desirable. Here are two presentation tricks to try: Place small cakes in a shallow bowl, then cover these with a crystal goblet turned upside down. Surround and sprinkle desserts with edible flowers. 6. Play with liqueur Spiked desserts are quite popular, and they're worth including, especially if your restaurant has a diverse clientele. A lot of people just enjoy the light and rebellious feeling they get when they eat desserts they know have added liqueur. Plus, certain liqueurs and spirits can truly enhance the flavors of ingredients. For instance, rum chocolate fudge is delicious, and it feels like a real treat, especially if a single order just comprises three nuggets. Margarita ice cream is another enjoyable dessert for gastronomes. These kinds of options will make your dessert menu more exciting. 7. Pair special beverages with certain dessert items Reach out to gourmands and sommeliers to find out what types of wine would be perfect for matching with your dessert menu’s top-selling items. Pairing desserts with wine is a lovely chance to create a luxurious experience for diners. But it's not just wine that you can pair with desserts. Teas, and tea blends, as well as carbonated beverages and coffee concoctions, make attractive compatible matches as, too. 8. Come up with unusual names Make poring through the menu a fun experience for your diners by giving your desserts quirky names. For example, a homemade recipe that's been passed down to your family can be named "Nannie Dolly's Delicious Mistake." Or, if you offer a decadent chocolate cake that makes use of high-end chocolates, how about calling it "ChoCo Chanel?" Get Your Dessert Essentials From Bidfood These are just eight strategies worth trying to improve your dessert selection. More than any of these strategies, however, the tried and true surefire way to amp up your dessert menu is by using only the finest ingredients in your products. You can get this quality assurance from us at Bidfood.  We are the most trusted food and beverage company in the UAE. We have imported ingredients for dessert recipes and also sell wholesale sweet treats like cakes, cookies, and pastries.  You can order from us online, and we'll have what you need delivered to your restaurant right away.
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