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Restaurants, cafes and bars aren’t the cheapest to establish – surprise, surprise... Established eateries can easily cost between a quarter and half a million dollars – not to mention having to come up with a good location, interior design and the council consent process. Even if you manage to spend less than $250,000 on setting up a restaurant, it will most likely fail. Standards today are really high.Read More
Posted in Catering Equipment By Rainie Hebrides

7 Tips For Purchasing the Best Commercial Refrigerator

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:12:27 pm Pacific/Auckland

With all the manufacturers and options available, choosing a new refrigerator can seem like a daunting task. This decision is further complicated when purchasing a refrigerator for a professional kitchen or catering business. For more info to help you make up your mind, check out our guide to learn seven tips for buying the best commercial refrigerator available.

 

7 Tips For Purchasing commercial refrigeration

1. The Best Commercial Refrigerators Will Have Recessed Handles

While this may seem like a minor issue, choosing a refrigerator with recessed door handles makes quite a difference. If you were thinking of buying a fridge with a barred door handle, think again.

Consider how many times per day you and your staff will need to open and close the refrigerator. Barred handles are prone to loosening or breaking off with repeated use. You could need to repair your commercial refrigerator much sooner than you think.

Recessed Door handles will not break because they are incorporated right into the refrigerator door itself. They also help ensure you have an ergonomic way to open and close the door while helping to avoid accumulating dust and dirt.

 

2. Make Sure That the Warranty Has You Covered

Even with the most reliable brand of refrigerator, you will need to have your unit repaired or service eventually. If and when you need to call in the professionals, you should make sure that your warranty will provide swift service and no additional costs.

You need to make sure that any repairs will be covered and taken care of by professionals. To ensure good results, you should make sure to check what each manufacturer's warrant will cover and for how long. Thankfully, the commercial refrigerator industry provides some of the best warranties available, including parts and labor with up to three years of coverage.

Reputable manufacturers also have large networks of skilled workers. These repair professionals will get your commercial refrigerator up and running as soon as possible.

 

3. Look for a Bottom Mount Condenser Unit

If you are looking to buy the best commercial refrigerator, you want to make sure that you are getting your money's worth. Your refrigerator should be as ergonomic as possible for you and your employee's needs. With that in mind, you should consider purchasing a unit with a bottom mount condensing unit, rail mounted for your convenience.

Having your condenser unit mounted on the bottom will make cleaning and maintenance much easier. No one will have to climb a ladder and put themselves at risk.

Additionally, bottom mounted condensers will give you extra storage space on top of the refrigerator. This is very useful in a cramped kitchen.

 

4. Heavy Duty Foam-In-Place Insulation Is a Must

While this feature is not visible to the naked eye, you should buy a fridge with high-quality foam insulation. Doing so will make a massive difference in food storage and quality.

For clarification, Foam-In-Place means that the refrigerator's insulation has been sprayed into the sides and doors from top to bottom. Spray foaming a refrigerator creates a complete seal for the whole unit. This technique creates greater energy efficiency and keeps food fresh for longer periods.

Cheaper refrigerators rely on solid blocks of foam which are cut and fit into the unit. The seal created is not airtight and will cause a higher electricity bill for your kitchen.

When you buy a commercial refrigerator, make sure that that the foam is a premium brand of insulation, such as Ecomate. You should also check that the thickness of the foam is at least two inches for the greatest efficiency.

 

5. Buy a Commercial Refrigerator That Is Completely Stainless Steel

Regardless of the food business, you are buying your commercial refrigerator for, you should be aware of the phrase, "You get what you pay for." One of your first concerns should be that your refrigerator is only as good as the materials that make up its construction. For this reason, you should consider only buying a commercial refrigerator that uses stainless steel for everything.

Plastic interiors are the cheapest and most common option, but plastic can crack and break within a couple of years. Providing a midpoint in price between plastic and steel, aluminum is far less strong or durable than stainless steel.

Aluminum is also far easier to scratch than stainless steel. This makes your commercial refrigerator less sanitary and much harder to clean.

Any money that you may save by compromising on aluminum or plastic will go towards repairs and maintenance. This will cost you more money in the long run.
Stainless steel is by far the best material for your commercial refrigerator. To make sure that your money isn't wasted, look for a thick gage refrigerator that is stainless steel from top to bottom.

 

6. Buy a Commercial Refrigerator with a Digital Temperature Control Unit

When working with foodstuffs that are prone to spoiling, it can be difficult to ensure that your commercial refrigerator is keeping everything at the correct temperature. With a digital temperature control unit, you can ensure that you have complete control over your whole refrigerator.

With a digital display and the ability to control the temperature in single degree increments, you can rest assured that your food will be properly stored at all times. You won't have to worry or guess what your refrigerator's temperature settings are set at, allowing you to store your food with the greatest efficiency.

 

7. Welded Corners and Standard Necessary Features

One of the best signs of a high-quality commercial refrigerator is whether your stainless steel fridge has welded corners. Refrigerator corners are where your clothes will get caught, where dust will collect and where wear and are often the weakest part of the unit. When you see a commercial refrigerator without welded corners, you should consider not purchasing it.

You should also make sure that your refrigerator has interior lighting, wheeled castors for easy movement and can be locked for security purposes. If the model you're looking at doesn't include these standard commercial features, avoid it and move on.

 

Buying The Best Commercial Refrigerator Is Easier Than You Think

Picking the right unit can be difficult with the sheer number of commercial refrigerators available on the market. With our seven helpful tips, buying your next commercial refrigerator will be a walk in the park.

To get the best deal, check out our special offers today!

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Catering Equipment Checklist: Essential Catering Equipment You Must Have In 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 11:44:54 am Pacific/Auckland

Spring is fast approaching, and that means the next several months will be packed with events and get-togethers.

That sounds like a great business opportunity to us!

Whether you're new to the catering business or you're trying to take your professionalism to the next level, step one is investing in equipment. Here's your catering equipment checklist to help you get started.

Catered Events

 

Essential Catering Equipment Checklist

Before you start making a shopping list for your catering equipment, think about your local venues and your business model.

Do you plan to cook everything in your own kitchen and transport it to each venue? What local venues are you most likely to be catering in and do many of them have full kitchens?

This will give you insight into what you have available already and what you need to buy. In any cases, these are the items you're likely to need.

 

1. Chafing Dishes

Chafing DishesChafing dishes are large serving dishes that have a heater below them to keep food warm. You'll most often see them in buffet serving lines.

Even for seated service, chafing dishes are essential. It takes time to dish up food for dozens or hundreds of people. Chafing dishes will keep the food warm during that process.

Don't forget to stock up on extra fuel cells for heating the chafing dishes. Always assume the fuel cells will last for less time than they promise on the packaging. While you're at it, bring a few extra lighters to light the fuel cells in case you lose one.

 

2. Table Settings for Each Course

Every catering job and client arrangement is unique. In many cases, though, the client will expect you to supply everything the meal requires, including table settings.

As you plan the menu, determine how many dishes you need for each course. In most cases, you'll need a salad bowl, a plate for the entree, and a small plate for dessert.

Remember all the smaller items that go with these courses, too. For instance, you may need serving boats for salad dressing. You also need to ensure that you bring the right flatware for each course, including salad forks and dessert pieces.

Don't forget the glassware as well. You're likely to need water goblets and coffee mugs at the minimum. If you offer wine, don't forget wine glasses.

You don't need to shell out the cash for all the table setting pieces you could ever need at the beginning. You can buy what you need for your first job and then supplement for future jobs as necessary.

 

3. Serving Items

You have everything the guests will need to dine and everything you'll need to store the food. Don't miss the middle stage: getting the food from your chafing dishes to their plates.

On top of a variety of serving utensils and tongs, stock up on serving trays. Have plenty of pitchers for serving beverages, including insulated pitchers for coffee.

It's possible that you may need bussing tubs to clear the tables. However, you wouldn't want to use tubs for classier events, so you can wait to buy them until you have an event that warrants them.

 

4. Commercial Coffee Maker

Commercial Coffee MachinesCoffee is popular at any type of catered function, whether it's brunch or dinner. Make sure you can serve as many guests as possible with a commercial coffee maker that brews large batches.

In most cases, you'll want to offer regular and decaf coffee. To make sure you can brew both at the same time, get two coffee makers or a coffee maker that can brew two pots at a time.

 

5. Clean-Up Items

You have everything you need to serve the meal you're catering, but what about cleaning up?

As a business owner, you want to maintain good relationships with the event venues in your local area, with the hopes that they'll recommend you to their customers. That starts with leaving their kitchens as clean as you found them.

Bring plenty of rags to wipe up spills throughout the event. Bring plenty of garbage bags, including one for dirty rags.

You should also have a broom and mop available. Most venues will have these, but not all will, and you don't want to be in a bind.

No matter what you're serving, you're likely to have leftovers. Plan ahead for how you're going to store the leftovers and give them to your customer.

 

6. Carving Station Supplies

Carving stations are long-time favorites, and you can bet that your customers will request them. Have everything you need in advance so you can handle last-minute events.

At a minimum, you'll need a cutting board, a knife, and a serving fork for your carving station. Most caterers use heat lamps as well to maintain the advantage of meat served fresh and hot.

It's a good idea to have a few additional cutting boards and sets of carving utensils. Some clients will ask for carving stations with multiple types of meat and you want to be prepared.

 

7. Sanitary Supplies

Catering an event is just like running a restaurant in terms of keeping your food service sanitary. The last thing you want to do is prepare a delicious dinner and then end up with a hair in the food.

You'll need rubber gloves for all your staff who is handling the food. For classier affairs, your servers can wear cloth gloves instead.

Don't forget hair nets for anyone who handles the food, too.

 

Hitting the Ground Running

Starting or improving a business is always a thrill, and you want to jump in with both feet. Before you can do that, though, you need to build your stock of supplies.

The catering equipment checklist above will get you started and allow you to begin taking jobs in a heartbeat.

If you're ready to get started, shop for catering equipment with us online.

 

Posted in News By F.E.D.

Ready to Start a Bakery Business?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 6:03:31 pm Pacific/Auckland

Bakeries are found across Australia, they are one of the most popular establishments for bread, pastries and other light meals. Bakeries allow you to express your culinary creativity and expertise, but operating one faces it own unique challenges in comparison to other businesses in the industry.

Here we analyse the different challenges involved with opening and operating your very own bakery and what kinds of bakery equipment you’ll need to operate.

 Ready to Start a Bakery Business?

BAKERY TYPES

There are many different bakery types and the first step is to properly identify what kind of bakery you want to build from the ground up.

Retail bakeries are the most common type, they sell baked good directly to patrons and they can come in different forms. A bakery cafe is the most common retail type and offers small dining spaces for eating in and coffee/tea, counter service bakeries usually only have a front-of-house to serve directly and no dining areas, food trucks stock and sell bread and pastries through a mobile vehicle and a speciality bakery focusses on one type of baked good (wedding cake, cupcakes etc).

Wholesale bakeries, by comparison, stock and sell baked goods in larger venues like supermarkets and delis. They usually need to produce much higher quantities because of bigger demands in these larger establishments.

After identifying what type of bakery you want to operate its then time to move onto the usual business inception processes.

 

STARTING A BUSINESS PLAN, OBTAINING FUNDS and LEASING

Like starting up any other business, it’s important to begin with a business plan. A business plan will help set everything out from the executive summary to the company overview, market analysis, business offerings, management plans, marketing and financial projections.

Next step is to obtain funds for various expenses (leasing, operational costs, staff, management, stock, equipment etc) and finding a suitable facility to start your business. To generate this money, you’ll need to look at the different types of loans available and what one is best suited to help you get a foothold.

Finally, a location and appropriate place for your business is important. Consider key factors like your region’s demographic, the accessibility to your bakery, competition, distance to suppliers, size and space and health/safety regulations.

You’ll also need certain food, safety and handling licenses as well to operate. Many of the steps involved with acquiring these licenses can be found online.

EQUIPMENT One of the most significant points, if not the most important, is the commercial catering equipment you’ll need for your new bakery. Bakeries typically have their own specific equipment that’s needed to create the bread/pastries stocked and to display your meals, snacks and dishes.

 

OVEN

The first piece of equipment you should consider is a bakery oven. FED stocks a wide range of quality heavy duty ovens suited to bakeries, especially our combi or convection ovens, which can bake your goods or utilise dry heating for bread and pastries.

 

DISPLAY

Open Bakery ShopNext piece of equipment to consider is your display unit. Most bakeries have a display unit situated at the front of their store to showcase their freshly baked desserts and foods. Depending on what types of food you want to present can help solve what type of display unit to purchase. A chilled or cake display is ideal for light meals, sandwiches, breads and small cakes/desserts, while a hot food display or pie warmer is great for sausage rolls, pies and meat-based meals. Many bakeries will use both types, but the decision will rest on the owner/manager.

 

BREAD PROVER

Stainless steel retarder provers or bread provers are used for the final baking process. All bakeries utilise these machines to improve the fermentation process, help the dough rise and provides the optimal temperature and space for your mixture.

 

SLICER

Bread slicers are another unique accessory mostly used by bakeries. These tools slice up freshly backed loaves and bag the slices for purchase or use them for sandwiches and other meals.

 

DOUGH SHEETER

Dough sheeters are great for smoothing or creating lumps out of mixtures of dough for your pizzas, bread rolls and other bakery snacks. Many of these efficient tools come in both manual and electric options and are a convenient accessory for any bakery.

 

MIXER

Commercial mixers or spiral mixers are universally used by every bakery and designed to mix and combine your dough ingredients together. This is a must have item.

 

After purchasing this equipment you can then move your sights onto hiring and marketing your new bakery!

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Create a Kitchen with a Purpose, Not a Kitchen that is Worthless

Thursday, 22 August 2019 12:21:05 pm Pacific/Auckland

The romantic vision of owning and starting up a trendy ‘food joint’ is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The reality is that eateries are hard work and believe it or not, it’s not all fluffy clouds of coffee froth, espresso martini’s and perfectly scrambled eggs. Owning and opening a hospitality business requires thought, business knowledge and planning – all of which are aspects often overlooked by owners, and it really shows in the way a kitchen is designed and produced.

From my experience in the kitchen and hospitality industry, what I tend to see is kitchens that are not fit for purpose. There are kitchens that have huge peek windows which allow smells to get into everyone’s clothes, as well as irritating kitchen staff who feel like they are zoo animals who must be on their best behaviour.

Create a Commercial Kitchen with a Purpose

There are also kitchens which are poorly designed and don’t make sense in regard to what they’re cooking, and the audience they’re wanting to attract.

Kitchens are often designed and built by owners who don’t quite know what they’re doing because they are usually not chefs, which risks their food business being doomed from the start.

They often treat their kitchen space like an art studio instead of a production facility which not only could negatively impacts the success of the eatery, but they could also run into some problems when selling in the future.

As the average hospitality outlet lasts only three years due to overly expensive and ineffective fitouts, as well as owners having sub-par business knowledge, don’t let yourself become part of this statistic. There are ways to enhance and maximise the capabilities, reach and success of your food business, so here are our top tips:

 

1. Think

Food businesses require an immense amount of work. Before you invest many years’ worth of savings into what often looks like the dream, think comprehensively about every aspect that is involved in the running of an eatery.

This includes the costing of materials, décor and employees. If you’ve covered all that, think about the actual style of your eatery and the kitchen design because all these things are useless unless the bones of the kitchen are strong. Know your numbers and be aware of administrative demands.

 

Chef in a Commercial Kitchen 2. Research

Understand your target market by analysing your location. Sit outside your building for a few hours and observe the type of people that go by, how old they are, what nationality they are and even what they’re wearing. By uncovering this information and basing your business direction around this, you will be able to leverage the number of customers you receive. There’s no point in opening a burger joint if the people want dumplings. Look into the other eateries in the area. What food they serve and how much they charge is also a wise idea. Don’t miss out on finding crucial key insights into your area which could help your business succeed.

 

3.Seek help

Get some professional guidance and support from people with experience in the industry. Particularly with the designing and building of your kitchen, experts can help you create a space that has universal functionality which can optimise effectiveness and efficiency for your café or restaurant, as well as being able to realise a better price on selling day.

 

At F.E.D, we’ve seen many hospitality businesses that have needed to be renovated and gutted entirely because they were designed dismally, so seeking expert opinion and help would be greatly beneficial to your food business.

Posted in News By Rainie Hebrides

Your Next Building Consent is on Us

Monday, 8 July 2019 5:18:23 pm Pacific/Auckland

Starting a new business is exciting!

But, there are a lot of things you need to consider to ensure your venture is a success.

Throughout the process of creating your new cafe, you will have to think about the needs and requirements of your business, how you can meet those needs during the startup phase and how you can position yourself for success.

Luckily, FED Products is here to help you with all the big decisions and to make sure your business begins on the right foot.

Catering Startup Business Needs and Requirements

Needs And Requirements

Unfortunately, you need more than a few plates of great food and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to be successful! 

So, it is time to get practical and lay the foundations of a great business…

  • Try not to let your emotions colour any decisions that you need to make. 
  • Come up with a realistic business plan. You can use that to secure a loan from the bank or even to entice investors. 
  • Explore the legalities of the setup. Do you need permits from your local council or building consent? Also, have you thought about your food hygiene certification and operating restrictions? 

Legalities can be scary business. Which is why FED want to make the process as easy as possible for you. We offer a FREE building consent package that is worth $4800. That means we help you to obtain all the necessary consents you need to start your cafe or restaurant. Get in touch with us now to find out if you could be eligible.

Meeting The Needs

During the startup phase, focus on the right aspects and prioritise... 

  • When designing your space and choosing the equipment you need, focus on the essentials first and the “nice-to-haves” later. FED Products, can help you make the best use of your budget by recommending the right equipment for your needs.
  • Let your creative streak out by building a brand for your business. Branding is more than just your logo, it is what your business will be known for. Think carefully about the style you would like your eatery to be or if you would like to highlight a specific theme.

Meeting Your Startup Business Needs

Position Yourself For Success

Creating a successful brand is more than the right equipment and a consented space. Also think about...

  • Put yourself in your customer’s shoes. Cast a critical eye on your business. Think about how you can show your professionalism, set your cafe above the rest, or how you can do things differently or better?
  • Communication is key to any business - your customers, your team, your suppliers and other key players will expect and appreciate it. 
  • You cannot sell a secret, so get the word out there about your shiny new cafe! There are plenty of methods you can use to do that - online advertising, more traditional methods and word of mouth.
  • Listen to the experts. The team here at FED have plenty of expert knowledge that we would love to share with you. We have helped hundreds of cafes build a successful clientele and business. We can’t wait to do the same for you.

Get in touch with us today to discuss if you are eligible for our Building Consent package valued at $4800.

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10 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Fridge or Display Unit

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 12:01:31 pm Pacific/Auckland

factors of choosing your commercial fridge and display units

Before purchasing a product it's always useful to know what you're exactly buying, especially when it comes to expensive products like restaurant equipment and fridges. Here are 10 factors to consider...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DISPLAY

Display gives you your viewing space, your product range for everyone to see, and it’s important to assess whether it’s more efficient for your store to have a clear display (to see inside), or preference a solid door for sturdiness.

If it’s for customers, clear display is the way to go, but if it’s for staff/stock purposes then either option is a great investment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       MATERIAL

At Federal Hospitality Equipment the vast majority of our refrigeration and display equipment is comprised of sturdy stainless steel material, for peace of mind and longevity.

However, not all of our units are built this way, especially within the interior compartments. Knowing what your product is comprised of will provide you with the best quality reassurance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SIZE

Size is important for your commercial kitchens. Kitchen spaces aren’t the biggest in terms of open space and free movement, so prioritising your space is vital.

Planning out your working space and equipment placement enables your kitchen operations to run much more smoothly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         USE

What are you using your unit for? What is the purpose of it? Why are you desiring to choose one particular fridge over another?

Often questioning purpose is a good way to whittle down the options.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       COST

How much are you willing to spend? Analysing your budget is possibly the biggest priority while building your establishment, as money can be scarce.

 If money is an issue then perhaps an economic unit is the way to go, but if you’ve set aside plenty of funds for equipment then you may want to consider a more innovative and advanced alternative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BRANDS

FED services and imports stock from a huge variety of leading brands. We stock only the best brands within the restaurant equipment business, but some brands are more efficient in certain aspects than others.

Find out who supplies the best products suited to your needs and buy with reassurance.                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ACCESSORIES/FUNCTIONS

What extra accessories and functions does your display or fridge come with?

How does it compare with other units currently on sale?

Having a model with extra features or accessories can give you a subtle leg-up in the competition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SPACE

Think about how much stock you’ll need to fit inside your fridge or storage unit.

If you’re only a small business or café a small cabinet might be your most cost effective choice, but if you’re a giant restaurant or chain catering to a large customer base then the larger models would be a better match.

      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cake DisplayACCESSIBILITY

Accessibility to your fridge or unit can save time and ease the pressure on your staff during the fast-paced operations of your commercial kitchen.

It also provides convenience to your customers looking to purchase a product within your store.

                       

       

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

A vastly overlooked factor, checking the energy efficiency of the machine you intend to purchase is highly vital.

Energy efficiency determines how much power your product will drain, and how much of a cost it’ll be to your restaurant/café.

Choosing an energy efficient model may be slightly more expensive, but it’ll prove to be a much more financially beneficial decision for the long haul.

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Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Product

Monday, 24 June 2019 3:34:32 pm Pacific/Auckland

Maintain your stainless steel product

Many of the products we sell here at Federal Hospitality Equipment are built and constructed from stainless steel, a choice that provides durability and longevity. If you’re recently purchased a stainless steel product, congratulations! Now here’s a quick guide to maintaining it.

Stainless steel, with its unique metallurgical composition, is reputed for its unparalleled anti corrosion quality, compared with other metals.

Stainless steel requires maintenance and routine cleaning to look its best, just like any other material, otherwise discolouration may occur.

 

WHAT TO DO

Retaining a sparkling finish on a stainless steel surface only involves a few simple steps. Stainless steel looks its best when it’s cleaned regularly with plenty of water. Sufficient drying is also required so streaks aren’t left behind.

You’ll need water, mild detergent, and a cloth or, alternatively, a soft brush. You can use 1% ammonia solution, but never use bleach. After washing, rinse in clean water and wipe the surface completely dry with a soft cloth. On brushed steel you need to follow the direction of the polish for the best results.

Always rub stainless steel in the same direction as the grain. Rubbing against the grain will spoil the finish and shine. It can also damage the surface by creating microscopic crevices, where dirt can be collected, which can lead to corrosion.

 

WHAT TO AVOID

Maintaining stainless steel products also involves knowing the risks and what to avoid.

Stainless steel can always be vulnerable to scratching from careless handling or overly aggressive scrubbing. Avoid dragging rough items across its surface and be aware that grit may be trapped under other objects when cleaning.

Make sure to be wary of certain salts and acids as certain chemicals can cause discolouration to your stainless steel products. Carbon steel items are another problem to avoid, especially when wet.

Ensure you instil rudimentary hygiene and cleaning practices to bypass these potential chemistry issues.

Never rub or scrap your products with steel wool, plastic scorers or use concentrated bleach/acid-based cleaning products.

Remove any stick labels or adhesives as soon as possible. Gentle heat from a hair dryer or a glue gun can generally soften the glue for easy removal, or you can warm stainless steel pots/pans in an oven before peeling off labels. Eucalyptus oil-based cleaners also work wonders in removing adhesives.

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE’S DAMAGE

Depending on the circumstance of the scruff, mark or issue it can take a few different methods or products to safely have your problem erased.

It’s already been addressed earlier on what the general method of cleaning stainless steel is, but sometimes there’s special cases that require a little extra effort.

If rust occurs on your product apply cream cleaner with a soft, damp cloth and rub gently. It might be necessary to use proprietary stainless-steel cleaner if this mark won’t shift. These cleaners are usually made with dangerous chemicals, so extreme care is required.

After cleaning it’s important to neutralise the acid with baking powder solution or 1% ammonia, then rinse with clean water and wipe dry. If rust has worn away part of the surface don’t despair! This can be remedied with professional polishing, but it’s important to get advice from an expert before undertaking this method.

If paint damage has occurred you’ll need to apply paint stripper, taking care to follow the appropriate safety instructions. You may need to use a nylon brush or scouring pad, but avoid metal scrapers at all costs as they’ll damage the surface of your product.

Heavy limescale from hard water can be loosened by soaking in hot water and 25% vinegar solution. Rinse well with a solution of baking powder or 1% ammonia and then clean with water. Always make sure to wipe the surface dry.

Cement and mortar splashes will need to be washed off before they set. Mild acids such as vinegar may be required, but never use products that contain chloride rich chemicals. Never use brick cleaning liquids as they contain hydrochloric acid and be wary of any loose particles while you’re cleaning, as they may damage the surface of your machine or product.

Stainless steel wool scouring pads are available for heavy duty work, like removing burnt food from steel saucepans. They’ll scratch the surface, but won’t leave fragments to go rusty.

 

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If you’re looking for some well-built, multi-functional and durable stainless steel products, you can browse our range here.

You can also contact us directly for advice on what stainless steel products would be suitable for your business, or if you require help regarding general cleaning issues in relation to your new purchases.

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We Will Show You How To Put It Together

Monday, 20 May 2019 12:16:52 pm Pacific/Auckland

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But it is hard to look past a really bad cover, right?

 

If you are trying to attract clients to your business, the fact of the matter is, it needs to look good! That is why good design is essential for any business premises.

 

Not only does it have to be welcoming and inviting for your customers, but it also needs to function well, have a great flow and meet any industry regulations.

 

Trying to tick all of those boxes can be really overwhelming for business owners both new and experienced. That is why we offer a professional design consultation process here at FED Products. Even better than that is the fact that you could get a full design consultation with us for free!

 

So, let's look into the importance of good design, how you can set the right tone, and how you can attract the right customers and encourage their loyalty.

 design for shopping experience

The Importance Of Well Designed Business Premises

 

Did you know that interior design can actually improve the way that you do business?

 

It stands to reason that well-designed business premises will attract more customers and allow your team to be more productive. Combined, those things make it easier to be a success.

 

When looking at the design of your business premises it is important to consider two areas - your customer-facing space and the area that your staff will work in. You should approach the design of these two areas in different ways.

 

Customer-Facing Space: Your first focus should be to give customers the right perception of your business. If things are looking a little rundown then customers may associate your business with a sub-par product or food that isn’t up to scratch. This will be a snap decision they make when they walk in. They might decide that before even giving your business a go. However, if your space is light, bright, airy, welcoming, and with a good flow, they will get the right perception immediately.

 

Working Space: A poorly designed space can make it harder for your team to get their jobs done. This decreases morale, increases sick days and basically generates negative energy in your space. This negativity can then spill out onto the shop floor, impacting your trade. On the flipside, a well-designed space will create a comfortable atmosphere that encourages efficiency, productivity and positive morale.

 

So, how can you create this perfect design?

 

 

Set The Right Tone

 

The atmosphere is a huge element of your business success. If customers do not get the right feel when they walk through your doors then they might just turn around and walk back out again.

 

Think about the kind of people you want to attract to your business and what they might want. Will it be trendy, modern, traditional, child-friendly, or out there and quirky? Knowing who you are presenting your business to will help you to set the right tone.

 

Once you know that information, you can then start to think about functionality and flow. If people don’t have somewhere comfortable to sit, or if Mum’s can’t manoeuvre prams in a child-friendly space then it will impact negatively on the atmosphere you are trying to create.

 

 

Attract Customers And Encourage Loyalty

 

Obviously, the right tone and functionality are going to be the first steps in attracting the kind of customers you want to your business. But it is not the only thing to consider.

 

Customers are attracted to businesses with great offerings. They are not going to visit a cafe with terrible coffee, so a quality coffee machine and beans are a must. Likewise, they aren't going to visit a store where they can't see the stock, so attractive display cases are essential.

 

Think about practicality and what you would look for if you were shopping or eating in the same environment. If you can consistently deliver great service, in a practical and enjoyable way, you will not only attract customers to your business, but earn their loyalty too.

 

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Pulling It All Together

 

There is a lot to think about when designing the perfect space. Unless you are a professional designer, it can be tricky to create the right atmosphere, functionality, flow and look… with the best equipment for the job too.

 

That is why we remove the stress and hassle from the process for you. Here at FED Products, we offer a design consult with one of our qualified designers for free if you spend $25,000 or more. Not only will you get the best resources for your needs, but your entire space will look amazing too!

 

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you make your new or redesigned business a total success.

 

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The Top Ways You Can Save On The Equipment You Need

Thursday, 16 May 2019 5:44:16 pm Pacific/Auckland

Starting a business can be expensive!

 

There is a lot you will need to invest in before the dollars start rolling in to cover those costs. So, how can you make your money work for you?

 

When it comes to sourcing the equipment you need there are a few things that you can do to save some pennies.

 

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The first is to only buy the things that you need to get you operational, then you can shop the specials to see if any of your essentials are on sale, and finally, you can join the FED Products Loyalty Programme where you will instantly make back 5% on your purchases.

 

Let’s look into all these points in greater detail.

 

 

Only Buy What You Need

 

It can be very tempting to rush out and buy everything under the sun that you could possibly need when starting a business. Unfortunately, that kind of spending requires a champagne budget, when in reality, you probably only have a beer budget as a startup.

 

Instead of jumping in guns blazing and credit card waving, try and be sensible about your purchases. Before you hit the shops, make a list of the essentials you need to get your business running.

 

For example, if you are starting a cafe then a coffee machine is going to be an essential purchase. However, you could probably skip the linen napkins monogrammed with your logo for now! Start with the basics and build upwards from there. You don’t want to blow your budget before you have even begun.

 

Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what you need for a new business. If you are unsure, then come and speak to one of our expert sales team. We have masses of experience and will be happy to share our recommendations on the essentials you will need to build a successful business from the start.

 

 

Shop The Specials

 

Often you can find great deals on essential items by shopping the things that are on sale. Just because an item has been marked down does not mean that it is poor quality. Businesses create sales for a number of reasons. The main ones are to clear existing stock to make way for other variations, to sell the last couple of items left in a certain size or colour, or simply because they don’t want to have to count it at stocktake time!

 

This is amazing news for budding and existing businesses. You can pick up great deals on high-quality items that will help you to preserve your budget. We always recommend any of the sale stock at FED Products. It will definitely do the job you need it to, and do it well.

 

 

Join The Loyalty Programme

 

We love to reward our loyal customers at FED Products and to help you to get ahead in your business. That is why we run a loyalty programme for our existing customers.

 

Don’t panic, there are no annoying forms to fill in or cards to lose in your purse or wallet. Every customer that buys from our business is automatically enrolled into our loyalty programme. That means you get great savings simply by shopping with us.

 

You can make use of the loyalty programme in two different ways…

  1. If you shop with us regularly and intend to purchase again, then we will apply a discount to your account. The discount is calculated at 5% of your spend. So, if you made purchases totally $10,000, the next time you shop with us, you would have a $500 credit waiting on your account.
  2. The other way to utilise the programme is to refer friends, colleagues or family to us. If they mention that you referred them when they are making a purchase, we will send you a 5% rebate based on the value of their spend.

 

The loyalty programme is our way of giving back to our amazing community of clients.

 

If you are starting a new business or updating the equipment in your existing business then FED Products can help you to minimise your spend. Grab the essentials from us and be enrolled in our loyalty programme at the same time. AND, if you are an existing customer, you will get 5% of your spend back.

 

Get in touch with us today!

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