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September 20, 2021 | 04:00 PM

Bidfood UAE Gears Up for Expo 2020


Serving You So You Can Serve the World   With just 10 days to go for Expo 2020 for what is seemingly the largest event to ever take place in the Middle East, Bidfood is gearing up to serve the market for the 6-month long event. As the UAE is currently the global leader in vaccination rates and COVID-19 restrictions have significantly eased, it comes as no surprise that current reports highlight that the event is set to see over 15 million local and foreign visits. This is a clear indicator that the UAE’s foodservice sector is set to flourish, both, inside and outside the Expo premises.    Bidfood UAE plans to support its foodservice partners that have outlets inside and outside Expo with its wide range of food and beverage solutions. Bidfood boasts of an impressive portfolio – ranging from meat, dairy and condiments to bakery, beverages and more; supported by world-class brands like Heinz, Lamb Weston, Anchor, Bridor, Emborg, Mackas, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna, Red Bull, etc.    “These are exciting times – we have successfully come out the other end of the pandemic tunnel and have been eagerly awaiting the launch of Expo 2020. We look forward to this once-in-a-lifetime event that will enable us to explore, learn, and grow together with our foodservice partners.”, says Hisham Al Jamil, CEO of Bidfood Middle East.    In anticipation of Dubai turning into the “meeting place of the world”, Bidfood has made a significant increase in its stock coverage and fleet capacity. This is a premeditated decision to ensure that their partners across the market are well equipped to serve their end-consumers and create amazing dining experiences.   Their latest digital solution, myBidfood, has gained significant popularity as the Middle East’s first foodservice e-distribution platform, allowing all customers to order 24x7 from anywhere. This robust platform enables suppliers to showcase not only their products but also allows them to include ingredients, recipes, additional specifications, and communicate with customers. Further to this, operators can live-track orders, discover exclusive promotions and manage their cost and supply chain through myBidfood’s menu planning feature.  To learn more about the platform, click here.      Amongst other initiatives, Bidfood is working toward the spectacular launch of a new, innovative and sustainable product in the market. More details will be revealed post the launch of Expo so stay tuned for more.    “We are taking a leap of faith. We are aligned with the UAE government’s vision and what they are bringing to the market with Expo. This event has allowed us to tactically plan initiatives that ensure we are ready to serve our partners and offer amazing dining experiences to the end-consumers over the months to come.”, Hisham echoes.     All in all, the air is electric with the excitement of Expo 2020 and Bidfood is ready to serve you so you can serve the world.     
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September 05, 2021 | 09:00 AM

Bidfood UAE observes International Day of Charity 2021


It is our humble pleasure to share that Bidfood UAE commemorated the International Day of Charity 2021 by partnering with Al Noor Rehabilitation & Welfare Association for People of Determination.    "It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving" - Mother Teresa   Staying true to our corporate values and outlook toward CSR as an organization, our Bidfoodies worked to donate more than 20 fully equipped first-aid kits to the Al Noor organization.     Al Noor is a non-profit organization that has provided a high quality of professional training to the Determine Ones community in Dubai for over 40 years. Our experience partnering with them to enrich the lives of determined students allowed us to reflect upon ourselves and feel grateful for all that we have.     We are humbled to have partnered with this commendable organization that works hard to integrate its students into mainstream society through its tailor-made, personalized learning programmes.     #InternationalDayofCharity #CorporateSocialResponsibility
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August 31, 2021

What Is Wagyu Beef? 9 Facts About the World's Most Expensive Steak


If you’ve been lucky enough to taste wagyu beef, you’ll know that this meat delivers incredible flavor and a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth feel. Its beautiful marbling and high fat content means it surpasses other steaks, hands down, for taste and texture. And as wagyu suppliers in Dubai, we know just how sought after this meat is by chefs here and around the globe. Want to know more about what makes this beef special? Read on for 9 fascinating factsabout wagyu. 1. Wagyu beef is a Japanese delicacy Did you know that the word ‘wagyu’ translates as wa-Japanese and gyu-cow? Wagyu beef originates in Japan. In fact, the cattle that produce this delicacy are considered a national treasure. They are so beloved and revered that the export of these animals or their genetic material is currently banned, although their meat is shipped worldwide. 2. Wagyu beef is known as the finest beef on the planet All wagyu beef, once processed at the abattoir, is carefully checked by no less than three inspectors. First, they are looking for the meat to have the perfect marbling that gives wagyu beef its unique flavor. They are also looking for the right levels of firmness, color and texture. Only meat that passes these stringent checks is certified as wagyu. It is these standards of quality control that have helped to build wagyu’s reputation as the finest beef on the planet. 3. Wagyu beef comes from only four breeds of cattle There are only four breeds of cattle that can lay claim to being responsible for Japanese wagyu beef: the Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Shorthorn, and Japanese Polled. Each of these is bred, raised and slaughtered in a specific prefecture of Japan. Only the very best examples of the breed are used to create the next generation of Wagyu cattle. To ensure the very best quality beef prevails, progeny testing is used. This involves examining the characteristic qualities of the progeny of various mating combinations to find the optimal pairings. Outside of Japan, wagyu beef is either exported or the result of small breeding programs happening elsewhere. American wagyu, for example, is the result of cattle bred from a select group of animals exported from Japan in the 1970s when exports were briefly allowed. The beef may be from purebred animals or from a crossbreed pairing. 4. Wagyu cattle were not always bred for their meat Wagyu cattle have been carefully bred over centuries. Modern wagyu cattle are the result of native Japanese breeds being introduced to some European stock. These infusions were closed to further mixing around 100 years ago, resulting in the four pure breeds that we know as wagyu cattle today. Breeding of these cattle originally concentrated on selecting animals for their endurance as draft animals. As it happened, this favored cattle that also produced the famous marbling that makes wagyu beef so delicious and so coveted. 5. Wagyu beef can be traced from farm to fork In Japan, the production of wagyu beef is so carefully monitored and controlled that it is possible to trace back your meal through the cow’s life cycle. Each wagyu-certified animal is given a unique identification number for this purpose. 6. Wagyu cattle are pampered animals Wagyu cattle are exceptionally well looked after. Farmers know that the extra steps they take to nurture their animals will contribute to the exceptional flavor of the meat. Some of their actions are closely guarded secrets, particularly the exact diet the animals are fed. However, it is well known that wagyu cattle spend a lot longer grazing on high-quality grasslands than other beef cattle before going to the slaughter, often double the time. Wagyu farmers believe that a stress-free lifestyle means they will burn less fat thus improving the marbling in their meat. 7. Wagyu beef can be bought in many forms You will have heard of wagyu steaks but have you ever tried a wagyu burger? Wagyu can be purchased in all the same cuts as other beef. At Bidfoods, we offer our clients wagyu striploin, topside, tenderloin, cubes, ribs, and ready-formed burgers, some of which are also available frozen. This means that wagyu is probably more accessible than you might have imagined. 8. Wagyu is healthier than most people realize Wagyu is known for its fat content; that’s where its special flavor comes from. If you are very health conscious this might have put you off before now. However, wagyu is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, which also means it has a good ratio of monounsaturated fats to saturated fats when compared to regular beef. 9. Cooking wagyu steak is easy Given that wagyu is nearly always the most expensive beef option around, many might be anxious to cook it for fear of getting it ruining a valuable ingredient. However, it is incredibly easy to serve up delicious wagyu steaks. All you need to do is season the meat well, brush it with a little oil and sear it for a couple of minutes on each side. All the hard work to achieve the flavor has been done by the farmers! Considering adding a wagyu dish to your restaurant menu? Contact Bidfood, leading meat distributors In Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and the MENA region, to find out how we can help you get started.
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July 12, 2021 | 01:14 PM

Stepping Back to Take A Step Forward


We had the honour of welcoming Tyrone Reid to the Bidfood Middle East HQ where he shared his story on how he came to be the CEO of Alabbar Enterprises. His role enables him to oversee the evolution of retail, food and beverage and lifestyle concepts in the region. Our entire team of Bidfoodies were rapt with attention towards Tyrone’s history, his learnings and his advice on how to help build a legacy through the power of hospitality.   Early Years Over the course of the hour-long session, one thing became evident – it all begins at home. Tyrone refers to his childhood as the time during which he learned the most crucial lessons. Growing up in a large family as the youngest of 8 siblings empowered him with a strong voice and a sense of morality from a young age. He learned the true meaning of hospitality, humility, and a family bond from his family. He goes on to say that his learnings from his childhood are what translated into his personal and work ethics.   Keeping yourself grounded Growing up in a large home where the centre of all conversations, discussions and decisions took place around the kitchen and with food – it’s no surprise that by the time Tyrone was 7, he decided to be a chef. At 13, he was already had his first job at a restaurant: in the kitchen, washing dishes. He adds – “Even now, on days when we have large events and gatherings at work or home, I do the dishes to remember where I started from – the roots that keep me grounded.” Over time, he realized his passion did not revolve only around food – it centred around people too. This epiphany led to his decision to steer a change in his career by taking a step back. From working in some of the most dynamic kitchens and participating at major events, Tyrone travelled abroad and learned new skills in different kitchens to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.   Reigniting a sense of purpose He says, “Everybody has a purpose, it is the reason we take risks and change our lives. Mine is my wife and son. They are the reason I choose to do anything and everything every day.” His purpose fueled his drive to pursue the unknown. After working with Mitchell & Butler’s for nearly 10 years, Tyrone believed it was time for a change. Once again, he took a step back to move forward. He went from managing over 110 businesses in the UK to moving across the world to join Alshaya Group in Kuwait. The biggest task on hand was to quickly understand the style of business, skills and familiarize himself with the region while handling a completely new brand – Shake Shack.  Tyrone credits his sense of hope and confidence to the book ‘Setting the Table’ by Danny Meyer. A read he claims is necessary whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter. This book's story and philosophy are targeted toward making the reader more efficient and productive, while deepening their understanding and appreciation of a job well done.      Building a business that has a heart Staying true to himself, Tyrone decided to join a family enterprise, the Alabbar Group, and build a business that has a heart. He believes, just like us at Bidfood, that people are at the centre of any business and a leader's role is to see the people's creativity come to life - no matter what designation or role that person may play in the organization. Working with people and doing different tasks every day makes his work less mundane and more exciting. This excitement is what pushes him to always be at the top of his game. Some of his people-driven mindsets and initiatives are: Be There program – conduct CSR activities to build a sense of community not only outside the organization but inside as well Give a personalized birthday card to each employee with a short note specific to that person Set up a talent development program for the future leaders (be a mentor!) Be in the heart of it all, always with your people Work with integrity, honesty and ethics And most of all – have fun! 
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June 27, 2021 | 10:00 AM

'Thriving Through Disruption' With Laura Everest


Written by Lynn Soubra     Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming professional leadership development consultant and international best-selling author Laura Everest to our UAE offices to tell us all about her journey with 'thriving through disruption' and to discuss what it takes to 'win from within.' The Start Before an audience of dozens of gripped Bidfoodies, Laura tales her story, which started on September 11 eight years ago: Just as she was at a place in her life where she thought she had it nailed, on a fateful September day, Laura was invovled in a traumatic accident in Dubai which left her with severe injuries throughout her body - but more importantly - riddled her mind with debilitating emotional scars. This was the beginning of her journey to recovery: she was determined not to give up to the trauma.   Despite the 17 surgeries she underwent and the emotional rollercoaster she was strapped into over the last eight years, Laura went back to work. Unfortunately, shortly after, her father passed away. That was when she was asked a life-changing question "What's the point?"   That was Laura's AHA moment, that's when she realized that we spend so much time just doing, but do we necessarily think about our purpose? It was up until that moment that Laura's life changed from pure survival to downright resilience.       Why Resilience Is A Strategic Process Curious about what resilience truly meant for her and the Human race, Laura worked with the University of Pennsylvania to find out more - these are some of her learnings:   - Strategically, resilience is being able to do something repeatedly when you're in a difficult place, knowing you'll find a way to bounce back. - Every person has a system specific to them; resilience is not a one-off recipe. - When one is emotionally hijacked (i.e., unhappy, stressed, or anxious), all rationality goes out the window. Individuals must find a process of what works for them and that they can rely on. - Rather than looking at deficits, we must focus on what wedo well - that's when the mind opens and moves them away from threat. - Unless we recognize how they're feeling and what it's doing to them, they cannot begin to move forward. - We must push the right buttons to get to where they're supposed to be.    "We Are All Here To Put A Dent In The World" Laura understood that to unlock her full potential as a person and as a professional, she must find, recognize and appreciate her strengths.   Thanks to CliftonStrengths Assessment, she was able to identify Achieving, Activating (don't talk about it, make it happening), and Focusing as her strengths, which she used to her advantage every time she was feeling down. " We are all here to put a dent in the world," Laura insists, "We all have incredible inner resources that we don't know we have." According to her, people are so busy doing what they are conditioned to do that they forget about the incredible amount of talent stored within them, which remains untapped: this leads to our talent being undervalued and underutilized. "We're all born with a predisposition for greatness," she adds.  In A Nutshell The road to resilience and introspection can be summarized into: - Humans tend to get stuck doing what we think we're supposed to be doing without understanding our purpose and strengths - which almost automatically leads to burnout. - Trying to fix a weakness is a vicious cycle - we must find their strengths and make a conscious effort to leverage on them - Success comes from our strengths. Are we tapping the right buttons to make things happen? - We must dissect our issues into tiny manageable pieces - only then will we realize we are a lot more in control of things that trouble us.   Rebuilt To Last: Choose To Flourish A mixture of her personal story and studies to help people in time of stress, Laura's best-selling book, Rebuilt To Last: Choose To Flourish, describes her ever-evolving journey of beating the odds as well as her trials and tribulations along the way: which hopes to help readers recognize that resilience is much more than just 'feeling better' or 'getting over it' but instead, is a personal journey of introspection and effort to stand up each time we are knocked down.     ------------ About Laura Everest v  International Best-Selling Author v  Gallup Certified Strengths Coach v  Master of Resilience v  Leadership and Professional Development Consultant v  Motivational Speaker v  Top 5 Strengths: Maximiser; Achiever; Arranger; Communication; Focus v  Highly energised, passionate about her work; she injects enthusiasm and inspiration into every Keynote and Learning Journey v  Married. 1 cat. 2 kids. 3 dogs. v  A baking fanatic; coffee lover, and loves to have fun   What she does She highlights where organisations and their people are at their best, recognises what makes them uniquely powerful, how to manage what is getting in the way of their success and how to leverage their strengths to develop resilient, authentic leaders and high-performing teams, who thrive in today’s business. She has been working closely with Dubai One TV during the last few months to promote Resilience, Well-being, and Engagement during this challenging time.  Laura Everest's LinkedIn Profile Laura Everest's Website   If Laura could solve her biggest issues, what would her future look like? "Wouldn’t it save you so much time and effort if you knew exactly what buttons to push, the self-assurance in knowing where your greatest potential lies, enabling you to focus on the right things to accomplish your goals?"   THANK YOU, LAURA, FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US AND INSPIRING OUR BIDFOODIES TO "WIN FROM WITHIN"
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June 25, 2021

5 Events and Catering Food Trends in a Post-COVID-19 World


The year 2020 was a tough one for all because it was filled with changes, challenges and uncertainties that affected everyone’s routines. Out of all the industries, the event catering business has perhaps experienced the greatest challenges to date. Most events were canceled or postponed; dining establishments were likewise closed. That is why thoughtful contemplation regarding the industry won’t just help restaurant owners, caterers, and food and beverage suppliers like you to cope, but it will also provide you with the opportunity to successfully shape a post-COVID-19 world. Everyone’s fear of catching the virus is the main concern of event organizers and attendees. Luckily, with the widespread distribution of vaccines and various safety measures implemented, events and catering businesses are beginning to operate once again. However, a vaccine is not the only solution that will help events flourish once more. There’s also the need to regain public confidence that you can organize gatherings safely in a way that people won’t feel overly sanitized. If you are thinking about how your food and beverage business can adapt to serving customers in a post-COVID world, here are five things to remember for holding safe and successful in-person events moving forward. 1. Risk mitigation and high levels of cleanliness are expected of you. In terms of figuring out your risk, you have to consider several things. Perception of how you host your event plays a critical role in whether the gathering pushes through. Other important considerations will include attendee demographics, current government mandates and guidance, event venue, and supplier service. With all the risks and restrictions involved, you need to carefully assess whether you will be able to meet your event’s objectives. The well-being of guests must be at the forefront of your events. For instance, you should also adapt to having a visible sanitation staff. The key is to rethink all aspects of the event planning process and incorporate health and safety risk mitigation in each of them, including the menu, attendees, space, decoration, service, and entertainment. 2. Communication and transparency will help address attendee concerns. Having a robust and transparent communication plan in place is crucial for addressing the heightened concern about health and safety standards. The public will want to know if your event adapts to new sanitation and safety protocols before confirming their attendance. Make sure to give all pertinent details to the current situation and anything specific to your event. For instance, there will be setbacks to eco-friendly catering practices because safety will be prioritized. These may include individually packaged desserts or appetizers and condiments, bottled beverages, and use of disposable packaging and dining utensils. Don’t forget to explain your reasoning behind such decisions, as this implies thoughtful consideration is given to ensure their health, well-being, and comfort. 3. Attendees will demand lots of elbow room. Event planners should be more strategic in terms of mapping out the venue space. Food stations, bars, and seating will all need extra space so the attendees and staff can safely distance themselves from each other. The flow of the event should also be considered. For instance, you can implement staggered meal times for events with an agenda to allow for appropriate distancing. Doing this will also minimize exposure to the sub-groups and help you manage the venue better. Wide outdoor spaces will be sought-after event venues because they enable more distancing. Though indoor options may be less preferred, you may need to opt for large, indoor spaces too when hosting events in destinations with a warm climate like Dubai. 4. Technology plays a vital role in your next event. The pandemic has increased the need to integrate contactless technology in different industries, including the food and catering business. The use of tech service strategies for your events will have a practical and long-lasting use in the post-COVID-19 world. Using an event app, for instance, can help you convey the details of the upcoming gathering in advance. You can include details on the agenda or theme of the event, entertainment, food and beverage service, and menu options. It can also assist you with seat assignments and in personalizing service meals and drinks. At the same time, an app can keep guests engaged throughout. They can use it to communicate their dietary requirements when they enter their orders. You can also eliminate long lines because you can serve food and drinks right at their seats, thus minimizing waste and improving customer satisfaction and service. Technology can also help you create connections by allowing your guest to add some personal details, including their pictures. Guests will most likely engage with your app if you provide a seamless user experience. 5. Attendees will still look for a memorable experience. Despite the need for social distancing, you still need to make your guests’ experience memorable. For instance, you can transform the customary self-service buffet into a fun, grab-and-go station. Attendees can still get their desired meals without handling the food selections, thus creating a safer, more comfortable catering experience for employees and guests alike. Should you need to keep some of your staff members to attend to food stations, you may need to install clear glass on one side of the station to limit any contact from attendees as they serve themselves. Another great idea is to elevate the guest experience with motion menus or vertical food stations, such as using a conveyor belt to serve food and beverages. This allows for increased selection and maximized space. Getting creative with your packaging can also enhance your attendees’ experience at your event. For instance, you can opt for bento boxes or wooden takeout containers. While businesses in the event and catering industry still experience the effects of COVID-19, it is crucial for you to look towards a good future in a post-pandemic world. Start by embracing the upcoming changes and bringing innovation in everything you do. As people begin to plan gatherings, they will value the efforts and steps that food distributors, event planners, and caterers take to give a safe and comfortable catering experience.
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