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

September 13, 2020

Foodservice Cleaning and Safety Best Practices for the New Normal


Cleanliness is (and will always be) a top priority in the foodservice industry. It’s something that customers expect, and authorities require. But even without these expectations and requirements, maintaining a clean establishment should be something that every food distributor and restaurateur must do. And this has become even more crucial in the “new normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While we know that the pandemic doesn’t generally spread because of food, the food industry – both those serving food and distributing ingredients – are likely to feel its impact in the long run. People will expect stricter compliance with sanitary protocols. To make sure you’re ready, here are four foodservice cleaning and safety best practices that food distributors and food service establishments should follow: 1. Maintaining Strict Personal Hygiene Protocols Personal hygiene practices, like frequent and proper handwashing, are among the most recommended safety measures against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Although good personal hygiene has always been a common practice in the foodservice industry, its importance has been brought to light during the global pandemic. Because they handle food, clean dining spaces, and serve guests, restaurant and food distribution staff need to strictly maintain personal hygiene more than anyone. To keep everyone in your food establishment safe, consider implementing these protocols in your foodservice business as recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA): Highlight frequent and proper handwashing, especially before handling food and items used for food consumption. Washing hands should be done for at least 20 seconds, and this should include rubbing the palms, wrists, fingers, and the spaces in between. Handwashing should be done using antibacterial soap and water. You can also provide alcohol-based sanitizers with a minimum of 60 percent alcohol content for the kitchen and waitstaff to use, but make sure that this isn’t done with unwrapped and exposed food around. Remind the team not to touch their faces, especially their nose, eyes, and mouth without proper hand cleaning first, and to cover their sneeze or cough with a tissue, which is thrown directly to the trash after use. As much as possible, use gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods to reduce direct bare-hand contact. 2. Regular and Diligent Two-Stage Surface Cleaning Two-stage cleaning is a process that consists of regular surface cleaning and disinfection. The first part entails removing dirt and other visible particles on the surface using a multipurpose cleaner. After that, the area is sanitized using a disinfectant solution approved by the local health agency. For the second stage of this process, be sure to read the label and stick to the required contact time for the disinfectant solution to be effective. This should range from 30 seconds to five minutes. Focus on high-touch surfaces, such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, and countertops. It is also best to use disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, especially those with the COVID-19 virus external icon. In the absence of such products, you may also use alternative disinfectants, such as one-third cup of bleach with a gallon of water or 70 percent alcohol solutions. Never mix bleach and other disinfection products. 3. Better Standard Operating Procedures Another way you can make sure that your business is ready to take on the responsibility of keeping your customers safe is to execute better standard protocols. These should be enhanced to strategically deal with the fast-spreading virus that usually infects a person through direct and indirect contact. For direct contact, you can implement the recommended six-feet social distancing protocols as part of your team’s routine. This should also be maintained even with guests. For indirect contact, keep packages handed to customers clean and germ-free through methodical packaging and serving of food, as well as preparation and food and beverage distribution. 4. Implement the Use of COVID-19 Safety Gear Since the COVID-19 virus spreads through droplets that disperse in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks, wearing safety gear specifically made to block these airborne droplets should also be required within the establishment. Some of the essential pieces your team and guests should be wearing are face shields and face masks. All staff members should be covering their mouth and nose – and even their entire face – to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Since masks can be uncomfortable when cooking, you can opt for full-face shields instead. Meanwhile, restaurants should also consider implementing the wearing of disposable gloves in the kitchen, especially when preparing food. However, you also need to remind the kitchen staff, waitstaff, and even guests to avoid cross-contamination. This can occur when they touch money and other surfaces that potentially host the pathogen using the same gloves you eat with. Besides wearables, restaurants and other food establishments can also install transparent shields between spaces where the food staff and customers usually talk. This can come in the form of plexiglass or plastic shields placed on drive-thru windows, host stands, registers or checkout counters, and even restrooms. Stay Safe Amidst the New Normal The world has changed significantly after COVID-19 spread across the globe, giving birth to a “new normal” way of doing things. As such, those in the foodservice industry need to be vigilant now more than ever in implementing cleanliness protocols to keep everyone safe. Here at Bidfood, we understand how vital cleanliness and safety practices are in food handling. Talk to us to learn how you can get guaranteed clean and safe ingredients for your restaurant or foodservice business.
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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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