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As the first signs of winter kicked in, catering equipment wholesaler RB Distributors extended its next-day delivery deadline to 5pm, giving dealers an extra two hours to place their orders after some had said the previous cut-off was restrictive to their business.

CESA moved to help the industry get to grips with BIM by revealing it has teamed up with Schematic to create a package that will provide a way for manufacturers and designers to produce BIM-compatible 3D models of their products in order to have them specified.

Hobart unveiled its dealer-only cooking brand Wolf as it bids to replicate what it’s done in the warewashing space with Bar Aid and Ecomax, and Adande invested in new Somerset facility that will allow it to accelerate development of its Aircell refrigeration technology.

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It emerged that catering equipment which meets high standards of energy efficiency could be in line for government tax relief. The Energy Technology List has only ever featured commercial refrigeration products, but the Carbon Trust confirms that it is now investigating the viability of adding warewashing and cooking to the list due to their levels of energy consumption.

Electrolux opened its new £250,000 UK innovation centre to distributors, Trident appointed TAG and Space as official distributors of the Mibrasa charcoal oven range and YCE Catering Equipment launched an e-commerce arm. And as Catertech is hit by a £3,500 credit card scam, dealers share their experiences of online and telephone fraud.

A leading children’s food charity kicked off a campaign to build a comprehensive picture of catering equipment in the education sector by launching a national school kitchen consensus. The Children’s Food Trust said it wanted to ensure the nation’s school catering equipment was up to speed to deliver on the aims of the recently-unveiled School Food Plan.

Italian cooking equipment brand sprung a major surprise by appointing Euro Catering Equipment as a UK importer, prompting existing partner Universal FSE to confirm that it was severing its ties with the brand.

Birmingham dealer Bourneville Catering Equipment celebrated 10 years in business, Commercial Catering Spares (CCS) expanded its partnership with Fagor by taking on the after-sales care for all warranty parts in the UK and Ireland, and Dawson launched its own culinary hotline for clients to call if they require any assistance with operating its equipment.

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