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Managing a staff canteen

Many organisations find running their staff canteen to be an arduous and time consuming chore. If you aren't in the business of food service it can be complicated to work out exactly what to serve each day to offer tasty but healthy meals while sticking to a budget. Often it's just as easy and cost effective to outsource the running of a canteen to a food services company that specialises in these sorts of tasks. This blog discusses some of the pros and cons of running your staff canteen in-house compared to outsourcing the operations to a specialist company. I hope it's useful other business owners and adminstrators.




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Essential Equipment Needed for Starting a Bakery

by Annie Howard

If you want to start your own bakery, of course you'll need commercial mixers and ovens, and may already know the tools needed for cake decorating and other such jobs. However, there are some pieces of bakery equipment that you might be overlooking and which can make your work much easier and even more successful overall. Note a few of those pieces here so you're sure to stock up on what you need before opening your bakery doors.

Proof boxes

Proof boxes are used to allow bread and other types of dough to rise at the right temperature and humidity levels. Keep in mind that your bakery's kitchen may get very warm as you work, and this high temperature can interfere with active yeast, causing your dough to fall. Proof boxes are often on wheels and can hold several pans and sheets, so you can stack many items in the box and then move it out of the way while waiting for dough to rise.


A sheeter is like a press that creates a specific thickness for dough, fondant, and other such bakery items. Using a sheeter will reduce the number of hours you and your staff might otherwise spend rolling out fondant and dough, and will also ensure that these items are at the same measurement. In turn, your finished products also look even and professionally prepared.

Dunnage racks

Dunnage racks are shelves with short feet underneath them, and they are used for storing bags and boxes of ingredients off the floor so you're in compliance with local health codes. If you don't purchase enough dunnage racks, you may need to invest in rubber or plastic bins for storing your raw ingredients, and also transfer those ingredients from bags and boxes to those bins, which can be cumbersome and costly. Many dunnage racks are interlocking, with adjustable feet and legs, so you can stack them and create a shelving unit as needed. They can also come with caster wheels for easy mobility.

Industrial chopper

If you bake at home, you might buy nuts, raisins, chocolate and other such ingredients already chopped, but for a bakery, these items can be much more expensive than if you bought them whole and chopped them yourself. An industrial or heavy-duty chopper allows you to control the texture and size of such items as you're chopping them, so you can use them in recipes or add them to a finished product as needed.