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Cash Registers

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cash registers are an important topic, worthy of their own chapter.

Cash registers range from very basic to highly computerised with information sent directly from the service point to the kitchen and bar areas.

Which register would you choose

When used correctly they are one of your greatest tools for having a successful business. Basic cash registers tell you how much money should be in the till and not much else. The more detailed the cash register the more data it can give you.

An electronic cash register with departments, individual products and perhaps table numbers allows much greater scope. You can do detailed analysis within your business to find out what is selling and what isn’t. You can quickly change items on your menu that are not selling and replace them with other products that may sell better.

From a customer’s perspective a detailed account at the conclusion of the meal is much easier to understand than just numbers on a slip of paper. If all their purchases are listed under the table number you can quickly realise if mistakes have been made, and perhaps correct them before they become a problem.

They are also useful in stock taking. If the register shows that 50 items were sold and you are out of stock despite buying enough for 70 portions then you have discovered a problem. It could be that food is disappearing from the kitchen, or not being declared at the till. Be careful before accusing anyone; it may be as simple as incorrect key entry at the time of purchase.

These days, as we become more computerised and with so many demands on our time as business owners, it makes good sense to combine your computer with the cash register. This means that you can directly link between the point-of-sale and your accounting program, calculate your GST liabilities and reconcile your bank statements all from the one system with no duplicating.

A good cash register will even help with your ordering. You can calculate how much of almost every item to order based on historical sales.

You may have already guessed but I am highly in favour of detailed cash registers. I like to receive my financial good news and bad news quickly, coupled with the ability to analyse my business from more than one perspective.


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Robot Coupe Food Processors

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Robot-Coupe food processor was created more than 40 years ago in France, in the heart of Burgundy, a well-known region for its gastronomy.

Robot Coupe, a manufacturer of food preparation equipment, offers a wide range of machines adapted to each professional needs of restaurants, institutions, delicatessens and caterers. These include:

Robot Coupe Food Processors

Food Processors: Cutters and Vegetable Slicers

The Product Benefits:

2 Machines in 1! A cutter bowl and a vegetable preparation attachment on the same motor base.

Indispensable: They easily chop, grind, knead, mix and thanks to their complete selection of stainless steel discs, grate, slice, julienne and for R402 and bigger models, dice and make French fries to perfection. They can perform any number of tasks, which you will gradually discover as you use them.

High performance: Less than 2 minutes are needed to make a bowl of mayonnaise, a steak tartare, a carrot puree or a fruit compote.

Robust: Industrial induction motor for heavy duty use guarantees durability and reliability.

Number of covers: 10 to 400

Target Market: Restaurants, Institutions, Caterers.

Efficient, robust and fast, the range of Robot-Coupe Food processors (13 models) will satisfy all the Professional requirements for establishments serving from 10 to 400 covers. It will be a reliable and time saving investment.

Cutters and Vegetable Slicers models include: R201XL, R211XL, R211XL ULTRA, R301, R301 ULTRA, R401, R402, R402VV, R502, R502VV, R602VV, R652.

Vegetable preparation machines

The Product Benefits:

Processing capacity: Large hopper allowing bulky vegetables, such as lettuces and cabbages, to be processed.

Wide variety of cuts: Comprehensive range of 48 discs for slicing, ripplecutting, grating and cutting into sticks, strips or dice (from 5x5x5 mm to 25x25x25 mm) with optimum quality and precision every time.

The single-speed appliance, 375 rpm is ideal for processing delicate foodstuffs, dicing or making french fries, as well as guaranteeing a wide variety of slicing, grating and julienne cuts.

The two-speed appliances, 375/750 rpm successfully blend speed with cutting precision.

Simple, sturdy design: All parts which come into contact with foodstuffs can easily be removed for cleaning, thus maintaining the highest standards of hygiene.

Induction motor for intensive use.

Number of covers: up to 400 covers

Target Market: Institutions, Delicatessens, Caterers, Restaurateurs.

Immensely strong, durable, and easy to clean, you will find no other machines to meet your specific day to day needs so precisely or with such apparent ease and efficiency.

Veg Prep models include: CL40, CL50, CL50 ULTRA, CL50 Gourmet, CL52, CL55 & CL60.

Table-top cutters

The Product Benefits:

High Performance: They have been designed to process all types of food and will mix, grind, chop, knead and puree with speed and efficiency, giving consistent high quality end-products in a few minutes for the longest preparation. The 3000 rpm speed is recommended for mousses and smooth-textured mousses.

Precision: Pulse control allows you to maintain the precise cut that you require.

Some models in the range are equipped with a speed variator giving flexibility for a wider range of tasks.

Power and durability: Industrial induction motor designed for heavy duty use guarantees durability and reliability.

Number of covers: 10 to 100

Target Market: Restaurants, Institutions, Delicatessens, Caterers

As inventors and market leaders, Robot-Coupe offers the most complete range of Table-Top Cutter Mixers, a choice of 12 models, with capacities ranging from 2.9 litres to 11 litres.

Cutter Mixer models include: R2, R3, R4, R4VV, R5 PLUS, R5VV, R6VV, R8 & R10.

Blixer®

The Product Benefits:

2 functions in 1! The Blixers® combine the features of two well-known appliances: the cutter and the blender/mixer. The Blixers® will easily realise your pureed, raw or cooked, semi-liquid, liquid or pasty meals.

Efficient: With their large capacity and leak proof lid with built in scraper, these models make it simple to prepare all types of mixed and liquidized food, even for tube feeding.

Reliable: A safety device fitted to the lid prevents access to moving blades and an integral motor braking device ensures operator safety.

Perfect hygiene: Any parts which come into contact with food can be easily removed and cleaned, in compliance with the strictest hygiene standards (NSF).

Number of covers: 10 to 100

Target Market: Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Crèches, Childcare, Restaurants

Blixers® are quick, efficient, simple to use and robust. Add to this a guarantee of a perfectly finished end-product that contains all the goodness and flavour of the pre-liquidised food.

Blixer models include: Blixer 2, Blixer 3, Blixer 4, Blixer 4VV, Blixer 5 Plus, Blixer 5VV, Blixer 6VV, Blixer 8, Blixer 10, Blixer 15, Blixer 20, Blixer 23, Blixer 30, Blixer 45 & Blixer 60.



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Skope Product Selector Tool

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SKOPE has recently launched a product selector tool; this will now allow SKOPE customers to easily filter through products on our website to find suitable options. Interactive, jargon-free and visually appealing – the product selector is designed to offer a richer and more user friendly experience to new and old visitors to our site.

Skope Product Selector Tool

The product selector will help SKOPE customers find the right product based on their needs and preferences. Designed with business owners, procurement specialists, and decision makers within the food and beverage industry in mind, it will help find the right product by asking a series of questions to determine needs and preferences. As users answer the questions the product selection is narrowed and only products that fit the user’s needs are shown.

The SKOPE product selector has also been developed to help deepen the engagement with customers and remove frustration by allowing users to find products quickly and serve up a better user experience on the SKOPE website. If we better inform our users in the digital space, we can assist with streamlining the sales process for our dealers giving SKOPE and our customers a more competitive edge in the marketplace.

Visit Skope Product Selector Tool to see how easy it is to find the cabinet you need.



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HOBART ECOMAX502 Commercial Dishwasher

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For over 100 years, Hobart has been the leader in commercial food equipment providing solid, reliable and cost effective solutions to the catering industry.

With the introduction of the new ECOMAX range of dishwashers, Hobart has taken one step further in the commercial warewash segment. The ECOMAX502 is the only dishwasher at the price point that is Made in Germany and comes fully featured with Chemical dispensers, automatic pump out drain, self-cleaning, and digital touch button controls with temperature displays.

Hobart Ecomax502 Dishwasher

It does not stop there, as with all HOBART warewashers, the ECOMAX502 comes with Hobarts patented wide angle fan nozzles, creating a ‘knife like’ cutting effect with the water jet, delivering maximum cleaning power, minimising shadowing, ensuring you get a superior clean. The unit also has a unique rack support system which allows you to use and size rack from the traditional 17” x 14” glass rack, right up to the universal standard 500mm x 500mm basket.

Cleaning is a breeze in the ECOMAX502 with built in self-clean on pump out. Simply press and hold the drain button for 3 seconds and the unit will pump out, self-clean, and switch off. The automatic pump out drain also means there is no stand pipe or plug to pull out at the end of the day. This means no more reaching in to pull the plug on your dishwasher removing the risk of operators burning their hands with the water in the wash tank.

The control panel is simple and easy to use with a single button to turn on and fill, cycle selection buttons that activate the wash, and single button for drain out, self-clean, and switch off. The control panel also has calibrated temperature indicators and the flat surface makes it easy to clean.

The ECOMAX502 can be summarised in the following points:

EASY TO USE
  Simple, easily to understand control
  Plug and Play – fully inclusive
  Draining and self-cleaning at the push of a button

GOOD RESULTS
  Top and bottom washing system to distribute the wash water uniformly over the glasses/dishes

EASY TO CLEAN
  Wash and rinse arms can be removed without tools
  Self-cleaning on drain out

ROBUST AND RELIABLE
  Solid design guarantees reliable operation in daily use
  100% build audit ensures every machine is tested before it leaves the factory

EASY TO SERVICE
  Easy front panel access
  Parameters set through control panel

The critical component of any machine is the backup service provided. Hobart has had a presence in Australia for over 80 years and carries over 50,000 parts. They also have technicians in major capital cities which carry part dedicated to the Hobart range and a network of service providers which covers the vast majority of the continent.

For more information on the Hobart range, contact Sydney Commercial Kitchens.



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Fun Friday 24 October

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Monday, October 27, 2014

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The Quietest Commercial Blender in the World

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Friday, October 24, 2014

Blendtec's Commercial Stealth Blender

Powerful and quiet. Now you can have both.

Blendtec Stealth Blender

Blend at the level of normal conversation. A powerful blender is no good if it drives your customers away. The Blendtec Stealth boasts an industry leading 2160 Watt motor, yet it is the quietest commercial blender in the business.

From the beginning, Blendtec has defined the cutting edge in kitchen technology and this tradition continues with the recent release of their newest commercial blender, the Blendtec Stealth™.

Through research and a relationships with foodservice leaders, it became clear that noise is still a huge factor in commercial settings. Blendtec decided that it was time to break the next sound barrier, so to speak. That was the primary driver behind engineering the Stealth.

Blendtec set out to make the Stealth about three decibels quieter than existing commercial blenders. In reality, they accomplished quite a bit better than that. Other objectives included adding advanced, user-friendly controls, USB programmability, and a sleek aesthetic.

The Quietest Commercial Blender

Aside from the fact that the Stealth is way quieter than any other commercial blender, the Stealth is the only one to feature a capacitive touch surface. It’s quite intuitive, the user can perform complex operations with little or no training. The touch surface provides quick access to customized blend cycles and also features a manual speed slider for precise motor control. Additionally, the touch surface is illuminated, making it ideal for low-light environments. Another significant feature of the Stealth is its USB port, which makes customised programming a breeze.

Programmable

What is the Blendtec Stealth blender?

Simply put, the Stealth is the quietest commercial blender out there. On top of that, it’s also one of the coolest. It incorporates technology that’s never been seen before in the commercial blending industry. They believe it is the most advanced, user-friendly blender that has ever been made.

Advanced, illuminated touch control surface.

The Stealth offers an industry first: an illuminated, capacitive- touch control surface. It’s highly intuitive and features a slider control for the most advanced, fine-tuned motor control ever.

Blend Wizard online programming tool.

You can now go online to create your own customized blend cycles. Add your own motor speeds and durations, and then download them to your USB device.

Versatile USB interface.

Keeping the Stealth updated and current with your latest menu programming is easy. Simply download the programming to a USB drive and distribute to all your blenders at the same time.

All Blendtec blenders are programmed with popular cycles that are perfect for many recipes. But extensive experience working in the commercial industry has shown that there’s no single blend cycle that fits every need and some customers want to customize their blend cycles. Stealth owners can hop online, use the Blend Wizard app to create their own blend cycles, and then download the cycles to a USB device. Then, simply plug the USB into the blender and upload the new programming. This feature is getting a lot of positive feedback, especially from large franchises that need to deploy custom menus quickly and accurately.

More Powerful Motors

Blendtec uses the most powerful motors in the commercial blending industry. For businesses, that means the smoothest, most consistent blends available.

Features

POWER

Blendtec blenders The Blendtec Stealth boasts an industry leading 2160 Watt motor, yet it is the quietest commercial blender in the world.

CONTROL

Blendtec blenders Capacitive touch illuminated control surface with speed slider
Blendtec blenders Blue LED display
Blendtec blenders 42 preprogrammed blend cycles
Blendtec blenders Customizable blend cycles using Blend Wizard™ online app

QUIET

Blendtec blenders Fully enclosed, easy-to-clean blending station
Blendtec blenders Advanced sound enclosure blends at the sound level of normal conversation

VERSATILITY

Blendtec blenders Compatible with Blendtec’s patented FourSide™, WildSide®, and Twister™ jars



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Save your Money with Silver Chef

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Future is Bright with Silver Chef Equipment Funding!

Silver Chef Promo Reduced Bond

With nearly 30 years of experience and industry knowledge, Silver Chef is Australia’s only dedicated hospitality equipment funder.

Any new or existing customer that applies for finance from 1st October – 28th November 2014 is eligible for the reduced bond.

With Silver Chef as your equipment funding partner, there’s no limit to where your business can go!

Get started today, simply call 1800 191 684 or APPLY NOW

*Standard terms and conditions apply and are subject to clear credit conditions

Work Smarter and Save your Money with Silver Chef

We are all busy thinking of what we can claim on this year’s tax return as well how can you continue to grow your business whilst saving money as well.

The vast majority of business owners agree that starting up a venture costs more than expected. You have to consider rent, electricity, marketing costs, staff wages, fit out costs and equipment costs. But what happens if you get an unexpected pipe leak, or a piece of your equipment breaks?

You’ll need cash immediately, and what better way to combat these expenses than to have the cash quite literally sitting in your bank account?

Silver Chef’s funding models free up your capital, preserves your cash and lets you get on with your dream.

With the Rent-Try-Buy® Solution, you aren’t locked into a long-term contract. Instead, we offer a 12-month agreement, so your business can be PURRE and flexible:

  Purchase at any time during the 12 month period and receive 75% of the net rent you have paid.
  Upgrade at any time during the 12 month period to something BIGGER and BETTER, so you are not paying for the equipment you don’t need or use!
  Return the equipment after the 12 month period.
  Rent – continue to rent the equipment without being tied into any contract, meaning you can return the equipment anytime!
  Easy Own – rent for another 3 years after your first year is up, which offers you a decreased weekly rent by 30% and by the end of the 3 years you can buy out the whole contract for $1.

Call Silver Chef today on 1800 337 153 to get started!



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Brema Ice Machines

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ice-making since 1985.

Brema ice machine range

Since 1985 Brema have been making ice with constant care and attention to detail. Ice-making is their passion. It is also a commitment to their customers, who must always be provided with optimal, timely solutions for all their needs.

Brema design and manufacture machines according to the highest standards. So, they use the best materials and the most advanced technologies. A crucial factor, however, is their highly qualified team, whose members constantly upgrade their skills and know-how.

Brema ice machine range

This means constant effort and research, in order to more fully understand and anticipate the developments of the market and produce constantly upgraded product ranges by adding new products year after year.

Quality with no compromises

Every machine represents a challenge – quality without compromise and full customer satisfaction, even beyond his own expectations. Customer input is vitally important for Brema and they monitor feedback daily by means of the most modern communication systems.

They also organise in-house training courses for our customers at our Villa Cortese offices. These meetings are an occasion for them to get to know their customers and compare notes on respective experiences and tasks.

Quality cut in the ice

The machines manufactured by Brema Ice Makers are extremely reliable, functional and safe. International certification of Brema Ice Makers products includes the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 standard and the CE mark.

Following IMQ (Istituto Italiano del Marchio di Qualità) conformity mark approval, the entire range of ice-makers has received approval from all European and non-European certifications bodies.

As proof of Brema’s quality across the world, its products have also obtained the following approvals: NSF, ETL Listed Mark, ETL Sanitation Mark, GOST, KTL, IRAM, the Swiss Safety Mark, HACCP e C-TICK. Brema’s attestations also include BSI (OHSAS) 18001:1999 workplace and workforce safety certification.

The ice test

All Brema products, from concept through to the finished product, are manufactured for efficiency. Efficiency criteria include energy and water saving performance ratings and ease of cleaning and maintenance.

The manufacturing process is carefully monitored. Materials and components are selected in full conformity with project specifications. The later stages are monitored by means of a computerised system that records the results and frequency of all intermediate machine tests.

The data is included in the control document accompanying the machine right up to the final inspection certification stage.

Ice in all shapes and sizes

Brema ice shapes

Ice Cube: the cold taste of flavour

With its simple, elegant form and crystalline purity Ice Cube is the most frequently requested ice. You’ll find Ice Cube fans all over the world.

Ice Cube is a sophisticated product that makes every drink special, while its discreet cooling action enhances the flavour of the drink.

Ice Cube machines are equipped with broad-section metal sprayers designed for ease of disassembly, providing a liberal flow capable of dealing with very hard waters.

The production cycles are regulated by a thermostat and internal timer.

Models:

CB series
Fresh Maker, IW45 & DSS42

Fast-ice: for all enjoyable breaks

Fast-ice is instant cool. It‘s small, and its light structure means it‘s quick to make, and quick-acting too. It‘s perfect for fizzy drinks – a must for bars and fast-food outlets.

Fast-ice makers are equipped with a vertical evaporator. One by one, the cubes fall off, perfectly separate from each other and of equal size.

Fast-acting, the machine is double-mode (“full” and “economy”) for optimal consumption levels and energy saving efficiency.

Models:

VB250A

Ice finger: a touch of freshness

The very special, fascinating form of Ice Finger is more than just looks – the broad surface of this highly functional ice format is designed to cool drinks thoroughly and for a long time. Flavoursome, right down to the last drop!

Ice Finger is produced by means of refrigerating stalks immersed in a water vessel.

Ice Flakes: or exibition ice...

For fruit and fresh foods, Ice Flakes makes all the difference. It looks good, thanks to its versatility, and tastes good, thanks to its freshness.

As a practical cooling medium, Ice Flakes also has great potential for use in the pharmaceutical industry and scientific labs in general.

The flakes are produced by machines that can be installed anywhere. The mechanism is simple. Costs are low. The machine is also designed for speedy maintenance operations.

Models:

GB series

Pebbles Ice – Multi purpose ice

The main characteristic is its shape: a compromise between the cube and granular ice, with a low consumption, both electrical and in water. This is the ideal ice throughout the day, from the daylight up to night time!

Great for breakfast: makes cheeses, fruits and yogurt look more welcoming.

At midmorning it is served with fruit juices and beverages.

At lunch and dinner, it is together crustaceans, fish and salads.

During the Happy Hour it appears between the appetizers, cools wine & champagne bottles.

Finally, all night long, it will attend you through bars, discos cooling your cocktails.

Models:

TB series

Extruded Ice

Brema have also realised machines for the production of pebbles ice, obtained through a simple coupling between the screw and extruder, all installed on a strong structure stainless steel made. This simplicity ensures low costs and very fast maintenance. Always attentive to the needs of their customers, they have created these machines in both modular and self-contained versions, making them suitable for installation in any environment.

Cold flakes: long term cold.

Cold Flakes ice sets at -5°C and -10°C. Flake thickness ranges from 1.5 mm to 3 mm. The flakes are very cold, with considerable staying power.

Cold Flakes is ideal for the food industry (fish, dairy products, meat cutting, baking firms, etc.) and for the chemicals industry.

The machines are flexible and can be put to various uses. The flexible format makes for efficiency at all times, even in high ambient temperature conditions. The compressor is airtight (for the larger machines, semi-airtight).

The designers of Brema Ice Makers, using high-tech instruments, find the ‘made-to-measure’ solution, while observing all the relevent international standards while ensuring lower electricity and water consumption.

And who wouldn't want that?



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Fun Friday 17 October

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Monday, October 20, 2014

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Keeping Accurate Records for your Business

Posted by: Neil Willis |  Thursday, October 16, 2014

As with any advice on book and record keeping it is important to check with your professional accountant to clarify what system they prefer.

From day one it is important to keep proper records for your business. The reasons for this are:
1. Accurate records are the best way to clearly understand if your business is succeeding, or failing.
2. You are required by law to keep accurate records so that your business can pay the correct GST component by the due date.

The best time to do the books is when everything is fresh in your mind. If you delay book keeping until you have time it will always cost you money. You are likely you will forget some important legitimate deductions which would have reduced your business’ taxable income.

The more self reliant you are with your book keeping, the greater the understanding of how your business is doing. In my various businesses I have always kept my own books, though I always use a professional accountant for lodging of business and personal income data. For the last 20 years I have been using MYOB, although there are many other software packages that you can use.

KEEPING ACCURATE RECORDS

When I run my business I always have a simple weekly summary sheet I can use and print out so that I instantly know where my business is at financially.

GST

The cost of an accountant completing your BAS statement will be crippling to most small businesses. My recommendation is learn to do it yourself.

There are two ways of paying GST, either Cash or Accrual. Your accountant will tell you which method best suits your style of business.

In Australia many of your purchases in the food industry will be GST exempt, yet everything that you sell will have a GST component. This means that you will have few tax imputs to offset your GST collected.

Because of this it is important to keep your GST liabilities in a separate bank account from your business trading account. At the very least you should keep track of GST as it really isn’t your money to spend. You are just holding the funds for the government until it is time to hand it over.

If you don’t have your GST liability when it is due the government will go to extraordinary lengths to collect it, not to mention giving you a substantial fine.

You must ensure that what GST you have paid out of your business is offset against the GST that you have collected. It is your right to do this and to slip up here is like stealing money out of your own pocket.

Since the introduction of GST I have always upgraded my MYOB to the latest version. This allows me to enter all my expenses GST inclusive into the accounts. However I still use a simple Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to give me the individual totals that enables me to easily enter the details into MYOB and ensure that I claim all that I am entitled to for GST. I use this for both my monthly cash expenditure and also my visa payments that are business related.

Breakeven point

It is important to know your business breakeven point. In real terms it is when your income equals your expenses. This is all the more reason therefore to complete a Weekly Profit Sheet. When your income exceeds your expenses then you get paid. If you increase your staffing levels it also tells you how much extra business you will require just to cover costs.

To determine your breakeven point, simply add all of your expenses for the month, multiply by 12 to give you a yearly figure then divide by 52 to bring it back to a weekly figure.


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