One of the UK’s most popular food awareness weeks is fast approaching: National BBQ Week 29th May – 4th June 2017. Are you ready for it?
The UK is Europe’s leading BBQ nation, in 2013 beating Germany into 2nd place for the 5th year in a row. Barbeque brings everyone together. The fire and smell of the food wafting over naturally draw people in to help cook or just watch the coals.
National BBQ Week looks to encourage even more barbecue grilling, by ensuring that everyone; friends & families, retailers, pubs & clubs, streets & hotels fully embrace BBQ culture and really go for the grill! This special food week will help kick-start summer - the prime BBQ season.
BBQ and alfresco eating & entertaining remains a fashionable and cheaper alternative to a visit to the local pub or restaurant. Butchers and farm shops are well placed to supply the needs of those wanting to cook a BBQ.
The sun in the UK will (eventually) make an appearance and the BBQs will quickly be warming up. Make sure you have everything your customers need for the perfect BBQ.
Check out our dedicated BBQ section for all the essentials!
ScobiesDirect offer a wide range of BBQ related products such as rubs, marinades, sauces, etc – right through to skewers, woodchips, BBQ foil bags, BBQ Smoker Bags, etc.
The British are well and truly embracing barbecue culture. BBQ & at-home eating & entertaining is now the UK's No1 summer home leisure activity, with two-in-three households now owning a BBQ grill! With the average number of BBQ’s being held per family during their summer rising sharply from 2.5 per family 10 years ago to now over 9 per family, the popularity of BBQing in the UK shows no sign of abating.
SCOBIES DIRECT BBQ FLAVOURS
Hot and spicy food regions such as South African, the Caribbean, Mexico, North African and Southern US styles such as Cajun & Creole, are all popular on the Barbi.
ScobiesDirect offer a true American BBQ range + different international BBQ flavours for the more adventurous. We have developed a complete BBQ concept for butcher, some of which are shown below, for example our American BBQ range includes:
We supply Cajun products suitable for BBQ meals, e.g. Blackened Cajun Rub - great for chicken tenders.
As part of our true American range we have a great number of products such as BBQ sauces such as Boston BBQ Sauce - This Smithfield Award winning sauce has been quoted by top butchers as 'the best BBQ sauce they have ever tasted'
Plus we have a number or very popular Mississippi Sauces that are amongst our bestselling BBQ products – butchers use these in products they create for their customers (using catering size bottles), plus the butchers, farm shops, delis, etc sell the point of sale range bottles of these sauces too
Finding a hair in your food is disgusting, no question. Unfortunately it's quite common, and something all food businesses should make maximum efforts in preventing.
If you manage a food businesses, whether it's involved in catering, food retail, farm shops, delis, butchers, etc then you need to reduce the risk of your customers finding any hairs in the food you sell. Not only will it damage your brand, it will easily result in a lost customer. Finding a hair in their food quickly destroys any confidence a customer may have in you.
Putting into place appropriate procedures to tackle hair contamination is a wise investment - in money & time. Proper prevention of hair contamination saves money in the long run, since it:
Reduces expenditure on hair complaint fines
Save management time investigating hair complaints
Helps improve your relationship with key customers.
It's surprisingly easy for food to become contaminated with hair, particularly when you consider that 40-130 hairs are naturally shed per person, per day.
Furthermore, as a result of modern haircare practices e.g. using a hairdryer, gel products, hairspray, etc hair is likely to be damaged, so it's possible that people could actually lose a lot more.
How can you prevent hair contamination?
To avoid hair falling on food staff may cover their heads with a clean hat, or go that extra step and use a hair net such as a mob cap, which is a much better option.
However, some hair nets are better than others. There are 2 key steps that all good hair protection must meet:
Fold & hold strands of hair
Contain shed and damaged loose hairs
One way of solving these two steps above is by using HairTite hair protection, which was developed in partnership with the University of Bolton - partly in response to the University’s research that identified that to contain hairs as many as possible need to be held flat with numerous contact points.
HairTite’s unique recoiling structure adapts to an individuals head size and volume of hair, creating more contact points than a traditional diamond shaped mesh hair net.
According to Professor Subhash Anand MBE, Professor of Technical Textiles, Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, University of Bolton. “Non-woven materials such as those often used in mob/bouffant caps should not be used as hair barrier fabrics. Due to the fabrics rigidity, it will neither hold the head of hair or grip hair that protrudes through. Making it a totally unsuitable material."
HairTite is a stretch to Fit, Fold and Hold Technology. It holds more hairs than traditional mesh hairnets, whatever the wearer's head size or hair volume.
It fits comfortably, which reduces the need to fidget or scratch the head, which can allow hairs to pass through the fabric on many other hair nets.
Hairtite is proven to reduce hair complaints and it is a HACCP Certified head covering.
A double layer?
While mentioned above, using a mob cap is a good start to preventing hair contamination in food, however HairTite can provide double the hair containment of a traditional mesh hairnet. But don't stop there - you can increase the protection by adding another layer.
For example, using a HairTite + wearing a mob cap will increase hair containment 6 fold.
Or you can achieve 11 x hair containment when wearing a HairTite when worn under a KleenCap Max.
Protect Your Business
Insist on the only HACCP International certified hair coverings - The hair nets supplied by ScobiesDirect such as HairTite, HairBarrier and head coverings such as KleenCap, are all HACCP International certified - view our full hair protection range at:
ScobiesDirect - Hair Protection.
Contact us for further information, advice. Lastly, for a short period only we have a number of FREE HairTite samples, so if you want to try one out then get in touch while stocks last.
It’s here: National Butchers Week 2017! It’s a time to highlight the craft of butchery and the expert advice available only from you the butcher!
ScobiesDirect are proud to be sponsoring the event this year, and as part of National Butchers Week we are running a number of special promotions:
HAPPY HOUR: Save 5% off all orders made between 6-7pm Monday 13th - Friday 17th March
DAILY PRIZES: Order over £100/€100 and your will be entered into a daily prize draw to win! (Monday 13 - Friday 17th March) See details below.
DAILY PRIZES (Mon 13th – Fri 17th March):
Everyday this week: Monday to Friday (13th-17th) for every order over £100 / €100 that you make, you will be entered into a prize draw – winners will be notified the next working day:
MONDAY: WIN OUR NEW MARINADES
Order over £100/€100 you get an entry into a prize: Win all of our new Marinades
TUESDAY: WIN A BUTCHERS OUTFIT
Order over £100/€100 you get an entry into a prize: Win a butchers outfit – coat, apron, hat, gloves, shoes and knife.
WEDNESDAY: WIN A SCOBIESDIRECT INGREDIENTS HAMPER
Order over £100/€100 you get an entry into a prize: ScobiesDirect Hamper (filled with various ScobiesDirect INGREDIENTS products) such as burger mixes, sausage mixes, stuffing, meatball mixes, mince mixes, crumbs & coatings, as well as selected Point of Sale products.
The Meal Maker Naturals range is blended using only the finest natural ingredients so you can feel confident telling your customers that your added value product contains; No E-Numbers, No Allergens, Nothing Artificial
FRIDAY: WIN A £250 / €250 SCOBIESDIRECT VOUCHER
Order over £100 / €100 you get an entry into a prize: Win a £250 / €250 ScobiesDirect voucher (which you will be able to spend on the ScobiesDirect website).
The winner of each of the daily prizes will be notified the next working day.
….Don’t forget our Happy Hour all this week – giving you 5% OFF all orders submitted between 6-7pm! (Online orders only).
For further details on National Butchers Week, visit the events website:
We decided to spice things up a bit at Scobie & Junor HQ today, so we started with a little makeover of part of our reception area. We chose a style which pays homage to our company history, as well a tying into one of the areas of our business: blending.
Scobie & Junor have been serving the UK meat industry since 1919. Founded by John Scobie, who in 1922 set sail from Glasgow with the dream of sourcing the finest quality herbs and spices from the Far East. For years he repeated his journey, spending up to six months at a time, constantly seeking to improve and perfect his products.
First impressions are important. Your reception area is one of those impressions you need to get right. When visiting clients come to our HQ they will immediately see a part of our business that is a strong part of our history & identity.
What have you done with your customer facing area, that helps give an impression of what your business is involved with? How have you decorated your business? Send us some pics via Facebook or Twitter, and let us see what you've done at your business/shop.
Scobie & Junor are delighted to have been selected by Scottish Insider magazine as one of Scotlands Top 500 companies. As a company we are very proud of this accolade and would like to thank all of the staff and customers from the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe who made this possible.