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May 10, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Bidfood UAE Donates 1,000 Iftar Meal Kits To Underprivileged Communities

Bidfood UAE partnered yet again with Taste Studio to cook, pack and distribute 1,000 Iftar meal kits to underpriviledged communities in Jebel Ali Free Zone area.   In line with Bidfood Middle East's commitment to the community and in the spirit of giving instilled within millions around the world during the Holy Month of Ramadan - and beyond, Bidfood UAE has joined hands once again with Taste Studio, one of the leading catering companies in Dubai, to donate 1,000 Iftar meal kits to people in need around JAFZA.      Because everbody deserves to have a warm and filling Iftar to break their fast, nine of our Bidfoodies worked tirelessly together for six hours to prepare meals made with love and packaged with care.   On the menu:  1. Chicken Birayni 2. Dates 3. Cake 4. Water   The day started with preparing the boxes that would carry the food. All nine volunteers sat around a table, dividing tasks to efficiently finish building the boxes in time for the next step. They told anecdotes, craked jokes, sang along, and shared laughs.      Next up, food! Our volunteers split into teams, some handled the sweet station, some the savory. They scooped and packaged - all while showing the true spirit of being a Bidfoodie: working together as one for a greater cause.           Lastly, all nine Bidfoodies formed a human chain to package the delights into the boxes, including a bottle of water, which were then placed into Taste Studio trucks and delivered to those in need around JAFZA.     We are proud of our volunteers (Khurram, Fareed, Pamela, Jihad, Dina, Catherine, Charizma, Samer, and Lynn) for their selfless efforts and for embodying Bidfood's values! Special thanks to Hitesh, Zulekha and everybody from Taste Studio for having us over and for making it an unforgettable day.   Eid Mubarak!   
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April 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Bidfood UAE Sponsors Rotana's Smoke & Flames Amateur BBQ Masters

Bidfood UAE partnered with Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC to create magic with our fit-for-a-master food items in one of the most exciting amateur competitions in the country, Smoke & Flames Amateur BBQ Masters.   14 semi-finalists battled it out in an ultimate journey of meat smoking. seasoning, chopping, and dish creating using Bidfood products including Mackas Australian Black Angus Beef meat, WETFISH TRADING L.L.C. salmon, Cornish Sea Salt Co. Ltd sea salt, Lamb Weston mashed potatoes, and much more!   Michael Graham was crowned UAE’s Best Amateur BBQ Master, taking home AED10,000 and a bouquet of other prizes.   The trail of the exciting competition remains: the special menu (including Graham's winning dish) is now live and running in 5 of Rotana's flagship hotels - JB’s at Amwaj Rotana - Morgan’s at Al Bandar Rotana - Garden by Bayview at Beach Rotana - Cooper’s at Park Rotana - Turtle Bay at Saadiyat Rotana in Abu Dhabi   Congratulations Michael and to all runners-up.   Watch the grand finale below Smoke & Flames - Grand Final - UAE's Best Amateur BBQ Master
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April 12, 2021 | 10:00 AM

Bidfood UAE Partners with Wet Fish via Majority Acquisition

Bidfood UAE has partnered with specialized seafood supplier, Wet Fish, via majority acquisition.    The strategic partnership comes as a step towards developing Bidfood’s protein category, particularly seafood, and unlocking potential opportunities within the two companies to efficiently serve the UAE’s foodservice market.     Wet Fish, a family-run business born in the UAE 16 years ago, was founded by Mark Allan with one goal in mind: to source and supply high-grade fish and seafood to local fine dining restaurants, hotels, and top-end hospitality operators in the UAE. The company established a top-class self-contained facility in Dubai Investments Park where all seafood items go through elaborate processing that saves customers preparation time, cuts unnecessary food waste, and ensures a more consistent end product. The latter includes descaling, cleaning, filleting, pin boning, and portioning, all under safe and hygienic HACCP accredited standards.    “Partnering with Mark and his family at Wet Fish helps capitalize on both companies’ capabilities and available resources to achieve a healthy growth within the industry – which in turn creates value to all stakeholders involved,” says Hisham Al Jamil, Bidfood Middle East CEO. “Wet Fish’s entrepreneurial mindset fits perfectly with Bidfood’s ethos.”    Part of Bidfood UAE’s unfaltering belief – and ultimately its business success – lies in adopting a decentralized organizational structure and preserving the autonomy of business leaders. Accordingly, Wet Fish will continue to be run by its current founding team, yet will benefit from Bidfood’s best practices and learnings for its growth and expansion.     Echoing Al Jamil’s sentiment on the partnership, Allan said, “Bidfood has long proven why they are the leading partner to the foodservice industry. We are certain that combining Bidfood UAE’s capabilities with Wet Fish’s proposition will contribute to the long-term success of the business partnership and lead to our exponential growth in the UAE.”   Bidfood’s vision remains to be - and always be - the leading partner to the foodservice channel, and its investment in Wet Fish is the first of many opportunities to partner with, and boost, businesses of high potential within the foodservice industry in the region.       About Bidfood UAE Bidfood UAE is the leading foodservice distributor in the UAE and a part of JSE-listed Bidcorp Group. It caters to all seven Emirates through an extensive category and brand portfolio of more than 20 brands pertaining to bakery items, dairy products, seafood, protein, condiments, pantry staples, ready-made meals, and beverage items.   About Wet Fish Wet Fish is a wholesale seafood supplier that started as a family business 16 years ago with a clientele of some of the most highly-regarded restaurants around the world. The company established a top-class and highly efficient processing facility in the DIP area of Dubai where fish is stored and processed following strict health standards.   USEFUL LINKS   Wet Fish Website Wet Fish Home Delivery Order Wet Fish on myBidfood (Registered users only)
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March 29, 2021

Fresh Ways to Increase Restaurant Beverage Sales

Many restaurant owners make the mistake of relying only on their savory and sweet menu items to drive sales and profits. Because of this reason, they end up ignoring another crucial element on their menu: their beverages. If you own a restaurant, food truck, or any dining establishment, remember that many customers often dine out to simply sip their favorite beverage. They want to enjoy a cup of freshly roasted coffee or a tall glass of Frappuccino or fruit juice that they can’t get at home. A lot of customers won’t also hesitate to have their favorite beverages from cafes and dining establishments delivered to their home or office without ordering anything from the food menu. Getting the Most From Your Drink Offerings Since your beverages also play important roles in driving sales and profits, you have to know how to maximize their potentials. The most trusted beverage distributors in the UAE share below the best tips for boosting the sales of your restaurant’s drink offerings: 1. Add customizable beverages to your menu. One of the latest dining trends that is unlikely to go away in the near future is beverage customization. Take advantage of this and include in your menu beverages that customers can have tailor-made to their liking. Provide customers the option to customize their drinks. Add a menu of flavor shots they can add to beverages. Honey, caramel syrup, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extracts are excellent add-ons for hot and cold coffee and chocolate. Recommend these options and other ingredients to your other beverages, including your teas, shakes, mocktails, and cocktails. Also, instruct your waitstaff to suggest beverage add-ons your diners can choose from to increase your sales. 2. Offer more drinking water options. Plain drinking water is now one of the most popular beverage options. This is because more people are conscious about what they eat and drink. Use this fact to your advantage and broaden your drinking water options. Whether you offer free water or not, add drinking water with twists to your menu. Infusing fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables into a glass or pitcher of water is something you can consider. Another option is to add fruit or herb-flavored ice cubes to a glass of water. This simple tip makes this beverage taste better and less boring. Make sure you highlight your flavored water options as fresh, organic, and healthy to capture the attention of your diet and health-conscious diners. Also, price these beverages accordingly. Additionally, sparkling water is another beverage that never goes out of style. Look for San Pellegrino suppliers and sell their products, since this brand is well known globally and a classic favorite. 3. Add seasonal drinks to your menu. Younger consumers, especially millennials, are huge fans of seasonal drinks. A study even showed that many people who love these beverages would order them all year round, if possible. This trend is something that you should not ignore. If it’s your first time to offer this type of beverage, stick to established classic flavors. For instance, for fall drinks, go for apple, maple, and pumpkin-flavored options. Ensure you also add tropical and sparkling cocktails and mocktails to your menu. Offer all these items all year round to ensure your patrons can satisfy their cravings. 4. Offer dessert beverages. A lot of customers order desserts to cap off their meal, satisfy their sweet tooth, or simply to reward themselves. However, since more and more people are now health conscious, many try to stay away from these menu items. Additionally, many diners tend to fill up on appetizers and main dishes that they won’t even think of ordering dessert anymore. You can get more revenue from your beverage menu by combining your sweet courses and beverages to come up with drinkable desserts. Making drinkable desserts simply means adding or combining desserts or some of their elements to your coffee, tea, and other beverages. Examples of these are apple pie and chocolate pumpkin shakes, fruity black tea smoothies, and bubble tea with cheesecake and pudding. When created correctly, you can increase your beverage sales since you are offering something sweet and satisfying to your diners at the start of their meal, which will help them avoid feeling overstuffed that they won’t want to order dessert. 5. Promote your beverage menu. Whether you have completely changed your beverage menu or simply updated it, ensure you let people know about your offerings. Use social media to promote your products. Take photos and videos of your beverages and add text that describes them accurately and will appeal to people. Post these photos and videos on your social media accounts and they will soon gain interest online. Expect to get inquiries about your posts, too. Make sure you engage with people who react or comment on your posts. Additionally, host events where you can highlight your beverages. These events can come as weekly ladies’ night and weekend brunches. During these events, offer discounts on your beverages to get more sales. If you offer set menus, add a glass or pitcher of your new drink offerings or bestsellers. If you set the price right for the meals and beverages, you won’t lose any money, even if you serve plenty of drinks during the event. Moreover, when promoted and managed well, you can ensure these events will attract both your loyal patrons and new customers. If you want to get more from your drinks, follow these tips. And don’t hesitate to ask your supplier for suggestions, since they can offer recommendations that will allow you to turn your beverages into reliable income-generating products. Get in touch with us to know more about our beverage offerings.
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March 08, 2021

How to Improve Food Shelf Life: Commercial Kitchen Best Practices

Buying from wholesale food suppliers is one of the best ways to increase your profit margin in the foodservice industry. However, this will only be possible after you master the art of keeping ingredients fresh until you’re ready to use them. Here, we have listed five best practices you should follow to maximize the shelf life of your food supplies in your commercial kitchen: 1. Learn the common causes of reduced shelf life. In any battle, the first thing you need to do to prepare is to know your enemy. And when it comes to keeping ingredients fresh, the enemy would be the causes of premature food spoilage. For fresh produce, the most common factors that affect shelf life include: Exposure to ethylene Extreme or inconsistent temperatures Moisture or humidity Physical harm Microbial growth For other food products, the shelf life may also be reduced because of the type of packagingstrong> used, oxidation, and exposure to light. 2. Use better packaging (or choose a supplier that does). Food shelf life can be maximized with the use of appropriate packaging. Following the example mentioned earlier, fruits and vegetables can be kept fresh using containers that can control the rate of ripening, respiration, and microbial growth. For fruits and vegetables, pallet covers, sheets, and even cartons can reduce their exposure to ethylene. This gaseous compound hastens the ripening rate of fruits and vegetables, causing fresh produce to soften and deteriorate when in storage. Controlling oxidation is also one of the primary purposes of optimum food packaging. This is why meat suppliers and other food merchants opt for vacuum packaging to prevent spoilage from oxygen exposure. This packaging method entails removing some – if not all – the oxygen inside it. Below are other containers and packaging options that are ideal for specific types of food products: Cans Foil pouches PETE bottles (for corn, wheat, beans, and other dry products) Sealable food-grade storage buckets Sealable food-grade plastic or (lined) metal drums 3. Invest in a good freezer. Freezing is probably the easiest and most convenient method you can use to improve food shelf life. It stops microorganisms from forming (or kills them off if the temperature can reach -18 degrees Celsius and below). When buying your equipment, always keep the following considerations in mind: Capacity Overstuffing the freezer can reduce its efficacy in keeping food products fresh and safe for consumption. To avoid this, be sure to pick a freezer with just the right capacity for your commercial kitchen. Organizational features One more important factor you must consider is how to organize food within the freezer. If you’re storing different food items in one freezer, remember to check for layered shelves or partitions that will help segregate them. Defrosting Ice buildup can lead to poor freezer performance, so you might want to go for one with an automatic defrosting feature. 4. Never break the FIFO rule. FIFO – short for “first-in, first-out” – is one of the food storage rules that will optimize your supply usage. This entails rotating stock and using them according to the date they were delivered. You need to use up ingredients and other food products that are delivered first, queuing any newer ones behind them. This lowers the chances of such resources expiring because they were stored past their best-by dates. Besides their storage arrangement and usage schedule, the FIFO rule also covers labeling products with their expiration dates. You should also include this information in the inventory list that should be updated periodically. 5. Keep your storage area organized. From the freezer to the shelves, you must ensure that your food storage area is organized according to the following guidelines: Freezer Keep food stacked neatly, with the biggest flat packages at the very bottom. Don’t forget to mark them with their best-before date and divide according to type – keep beef with beef, fish with fish, and so on. Put older stocks in front of (for shelved freezers) or above (for chest freezers) newer ones to make it easier to follow the FIFO rule. Refrigerator Store similar items in the same group to make it easier to find them (e.g., sauces in one area, meats in the meat drawer, vegetables in crispers, etc.). Use clear containers when storing leftovers and label them accordingly. Always discard food that is past their recommended storage period. Shelves Again, put items that are similar or are under the same category together. Put canned goods on one shelf, baking ingredients in another, and so on. Arrange according to the FIFO rule – old stocks in front and newer ones at the back. Use clear containers for opened items such as pasta, rice, and cereals for ease of access. Better Shelf Life for Cost-Effective Inventory Buying wholesale is only half the battle – maximizing the shelf life of your ingredients and other food supplies is crucial in keeping a cost-effective inventory for your foodservice business. Follow us to stay abreast of commercial kitchen storage best practices and to make the most of your supply purchases.
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March 01, 2021 | 10:00 AM

All Smiles Behind The myBidfood Mask At Gulfood

Our UAE team cut no corners when it came to promoting our latest digital transformation milestone, myBidfood.  Last week, a task force of 10 Bidfood employees donned their myBidfood gear and headed to the largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, Gulfood, on a mission: to meet with key stakeholders and discuss the major potential of the e-distribution platform. Armed with their iPads and masks, our Bidfoodies optimized their pitches at the trade show, and after a week full of energy and enthusiam, came back with siezeable success stories as we take our digital venture forward!     For more information on myBidfood head to our News section.
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