This year’s CESA Conference, held at the Hilton, Wembley Park, on 12-13 November, yielded some good news for several suppliers.
The FCSI Sustainable Catering Equipment Award was won by Meiko for its Waste Star SC, which is a vacuum waste disposal system. FCSI was particularly impressed that the unit could be retrofitted.
The runner-up was MKN, mentioned for its SpaceCombi MagicPilot combi oven which is said to have the full function of larger combi ovens in a smaller footprint.
Third in this category was Brita for its Purity Steam water filter, awarded for its 100% recyclable materials.
Furthermore, the CESA Outstanding Service to the Industry Award was presented to Ian Garner, who retired as the MD of Hobart UK last year.
Garner joined the manufacturer as a food processing specialist in the north west region in 1975 and after working within the national accounts team for many years became national sales manager in 1990. He became sales director in 1994 and director for sales and marketing 3 years later.
Towards the end of his career he managed the centralisation of the UK operation in Peterborough and restructured the business into three segmented divisions: cooking, warewashing and service.
The CESA Conference was chaired by BBC presenter, Evan Davis, and featured presentations by Dr Mike Walker, head of sustainable energy-using products, Department for Energy & Climate Change, Darren Byford, head of sales for public sector buying group, YPO, and Steve Loughton, EFCEM president.