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Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Freezer to Fit Your Needs

Thursday, 30 January 2020 5:34:33 pm Pacific/Auckland

The demand for commercial refrigeration equipment will experience an increase of 4.5% per year through the year 2022. The primary reason for this rising demand is the fast expansion of the foodservice and food retail market.

But what do operators of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, and other businesses involving food storage and production look for in a commercial freezer? The top requirement is a fridge with the ability to preserve food and guarantee the safety of customers.

The great news is there’s a wide range of commercial freezers that provide efficient ways to freeze items. But how do you go about purchasing a freezer that’s a perfect match for your specific needs? We’ve made the job easy for you.

Tips for Choosing Commercial Freezer

In this article, we'll give you several smart tips for choosing the best commercial freezer for your restaurant.


Assess Your Storage Needs

How much refrigeration space do you have? The amount of room in your commercial space is a huge determinant of the type and size of the restaurant equipment you choose.

For businesses with a limited floor area, it’s best to make use of the vertical space by buying an upright freezer. This way, you can maximize the amount of stock you can display or store. If, on the other hand, you have ample floor space, then you have more options when it comes to the size and kind of freezer you can choose.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to install extra cold storage that you may require as your business expands.


Decide on the Type of Commercial Freezer You Need

Now that you know how much commercial space you have, it’s time to pick a specific type of freezer. The most common examples of freezers in the market include:

  • Reach-in commercial refrigerators – these have shallow shelves that allow you to grab items easily. They're typically upright and have one to four doors.
  • Worktop commercial refrigerators – these refrigerators feature a workspace across the top in addition to underneath refrigeration storage. They're essential for the prep line.
  • Roll-in commercial refrigerators – these units feature no interior shelving. They sit directly on the floor and have a minimal cabinet floor, allowing racks on castors to roll directly into the cabinet.
  • Walk-in commercial refrigerators – they're ideal for storing large quantities of food items. They let you move around in the refrigeration space freely and have easily accessible shelves.

So which of these four kinds of commercial refrigeration do you think is best for you?

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Consider the Door Configuration

Freezer doors can either be solid or glass. Both types come in full or half heights. How do you determine the best door configuration for your freezer?

Look at the pros and cons. For instance, solid doors feature better insulation. They're much easier to clean compared to their glass counterparts.

Glass doors allow your customers and staff to see the contents of the restaurant freezer easily, eliminating the need to open and close the unit unnecessarily.

Freezers with half-height doors are usually more energy-efficient. Those with full height doors tend to have more storage space.


Opt For Energy-Efficient Freezers

How much do you currently spend on energy bills? At a time when electricity prices are rising, an energy-efficient refrigeration system is a requirement for any business.

Energy consumption can significantly differ from freezer to freezer. Sure, most energy-efficient models tend to cost more than the other models, but the energy savings can add up with time. Moreover, many energy-efficient commercial refrigeration systems qualify for tax breaks.


Research the Freezer Brand

Why does a commercial freezer brand matter? The fact is, there are numerous freezer manufacturers out there, but not all are trustworthy. Focus only on the brands with an excellent reputation for producing top-quality products.

So what should you look for in a brand? First of all, check their warranty and service history. Leverage the highest quality for the best price.

If you can, go for commercial freezers with the Energy Star emblem, as these are up to 30% more energy efficient than their counterparts.

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Think About Reliability

When selecting a freezer for your business, reliability is key. The freezer needs to be able to keep food items cold 24 hours a day.

Commercial freezers that experience frequent failures can prove extremely costly as a result of spoilt stock and disappointed customers. Veer away from models with a reputation for unreliability, especially those with suspiciously low prices.

Of course, even the most reliable freezers require regular maintenance and occasional repairs. To minimise any risks, keep the contact details of a trustworthy repair and maintenance technician on hand.


Consider Functionality

How easy is it for your staff and customers to use the commercial freezer you're considering? Customers like freezers they can easily open and close. They need to be able to access any products with ease.

As for you and your employees, the freezer needs to have units that are easy to pack, unpack, and clean. The temperature controls of the system should be easy to access and operate.


Know About the Freezer’s Power System

The majority of commercial freezers use 115-volt power systems when freezing food items. Others use up to 230 volts for the same purpose. Why should you understand what power system a freezer uses?

Well, it's essential to choose a freezer that can provide enough power to keep all of your food items cold efficiently. If the freezer system you select cannot do so, you risk major losses in terms of spoilt stock.


Buy the Right Commercial Freezer Today

Finding the right commercial freezer is a major step when you’re setting up a food business or replacing your current refrigeration system. There are many factors that you need to consider as you go about deciding what type, size, and model of unit to buy. Paying careful attention to all of these factors can put you on the right path to making the right decision.

Are you in the market for a commercial refrigeration system for your business? We have a large variety of top-notch commercial freezers you can choose from. Contact us today or visit our website for more details.


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Commercial Juicer Explained

Friday, 20 December 2019 2:11:53 pm Pacific/Auckland

When it comes to creating the freshest and ripest fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies, many rely on a commercial juicer. Juicer machines are most commonly seen within health food stores, bars and cafes and are always a highly popular choice for customers due to their fresh and yummy taste, combined with the essential health benefits of fruit and vegetables in a drinkable form.

Juicers differ from many similar appliances, like blenders, as they separate the juice from the pulp instead of mixing ingredients together. Asides from health food drinks juicers can also be used to create cocktails in bars and night clubs, adding even further versatility, but with so many types of different juicer units available, we here at Federal Hospitality Equipment have broken down the main types of juicers and the benefits of each.

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These types of juicer machines feature a powerful motor with a fast juice extracting rate. Juice is squeezed from your fruit and then rapidly channelled into a glass or jug. Citrus machines are highly efficient and save you both time and labour through their fast production and process.

Many citrus juices can also be referred to as orange juicers or orange juice machines, as they are the most common type to produce orange juice and other citrus-oriented fruits as well like grapefruit, lemons and limes, hence the name.



Centrifugal juicers utilise high speed, spinning blades and force to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice and pulp are sometimes even further separated into different juicer storage containers.

These units are very easy to clean and feature simple operations and controls, so any of the staff within your bar, club or café can use these appliances.

Centrifugal units can fit whole items and foods for extraction and are easily the fastest juice producing machines on this list. The downside to these types of juicers, however, is that during this fast process they often lose nutrients during extraction, they can also generate a lot of unnecessary loud noise and heat.



A masticating juicer, or a commercial cold press juicer, uses a slow-moving drill/corkscrew to crush the juice from your fruit and veg. Masticating juicers are by far the slowest juicers on this list, as they feature a slower motor and generate less heat during extraction.

These juicers are much more beneficial in other ways, in that they provide an alternate option to those who preferred slow juicers for their superior extraction.

Masticating provide more nutrients for your smoothies and juices, more juice (up to 35% more in comparison to your centrifugal models, especially with vegetables), more colour, less noise and less foam, but may require more manual force and labour by contrast.

FED Commercial Juicer BlogMany cold press juicers are heavy duty made using stainless steel, meaning they often last the longest out of the three juicer types on this list.


You can narrow your selection down considering these factors as well: Commercial/Domestic (what is your chosen juicer more suited to?), Chute (is the chute of appropriate size?), Power (is time and speed a factor?), Lid (Does the unit have a top for safety and less spillage?) and noise (Will the juice irritate customers? Does it produce lots of noise?).

These are the three main types of commercial juicers currently available on the market, each one applying different benefits and suited within different kitchen environments and food establishments. Any of these juicers can be a highly efficient and rewarding appliance to own within your business.


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The Top 10 Commercial Kitchen Trends of 2019

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:42:35 am Pacific/Auckland

Australia's food service market is expecting to reach USD 80.7 billion by 2024!

Not only is it growing, but the food service industry is ever-changing.

As a restaurant owner, you have to keep up with the demands of customers, but you must also pay attention to kitchen trends to stay ahead of your competition.

Many commercial kitchen trends are driven by food or diet trends, so pay attention so that you can recognize fads versus phenomenons. Keep reading for an overview of the top 10 commercial kitchen trends of 2019.

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1. Dealing with Waste in a Sustainable Way

Around the world, reducing food waste has been a concern for some time. Ever since Silo in Brighton Britain declared itself a"zero waste restaurant," others have been racing to follow suit.

Silo's Birtha, an aerobic digester, can condense 60 kilos of wasted food into compost in only 24 hours. Birtha digests eggshells, vegetable and fruit peelings, and even bones.

This year, restaurants are beginning to take action to demonstrate to loyal customers that they're being waste-conscious. They know that if they fail to do this, customers may go elsewhere over environmental concerns.


2. Enabling Allergy-Friendly Food Preparation

Food allergy safety is now a significant focus in the food service industry. Customers with food allergies are turning towards restaurants they trust to keep them safe.

That means commercial kitchens must be equipped to handle multiple food allergies to operate efficiently. Cross-contamination is a big issue, so numerous surfaces that can be cleaned quickly are a must. There also needs to be a staging area reserved only for allergy-friendly dishes.


3. Using Less Energy

Commercial kitchens use a lot of energy, and new technology is aimed at reducing energy consumption. Reducing our carbon footprint is good for the environment, but it also saves restaurant owners in energy costs.

More and more new equipment is being marketed as energy efficient. This year, expect to see commercial kitchens adopting warewashers and other appliances that use up to 50 percent less industry compared to older models.


4. Showing off Equipment That Delivers Style

With more restaurants offering chef tables, the "back of the house" isn't under wraps anymore. Diners want to feel like they're apart of the experience.

Showcasing your kitchen means you have to have equipment that delivers style in addition to delicious food.

One trend you should expect to see more of this year is visually appealing cooking equipment. This means ovens, fryers, and refrigerators in bright colours and unique finishes. Some of these designs will also incorporate touchscreens instead of traditional buttons and knobs.


5. Choosing Appliances That Boost Efficiency

Top restaurants are introducing appliances that boost efficiency and reduce labour.

This trend has come about because today's kitchens are shrinking. The restaurant experience is more intimate than ever before, so it makes sense that restaurants are paring down. In order to fit in the space, equipment must run smarter, smaller, and more manageable.

Equipment that consists of easy-to-learn technology and training is on-trend in 2019.


6. Introducing Multitap Water Dispensers

Multitab water dispensers are taking the food service industry by storm.

These devices allow restaurants to offer sparkling and tap water, as well as a variety of syrups and flavours. This water is delivered at various temperatures.

Multitap water dispensers are making water profitable again, and this is intriguing to most restaurant owners looking to gain revenue.


7. Switching to Automated Technology

Just like they do in every other industry, diners expect personalized, convenient service.

More and more restaurants are installing kiosks and touchscreens. Artificial intelligence (AI) is now a way of taking orders from various platforms or tableside. Guests want the ability to order and pay without interacting with servers.

Restaurants can gain a lot from this technology. As well as keeping the customers happy, automated technology allows restaurants to collect data on those dining in those establishments. With this data, they will create targeted marketing campaigns to keep their diners coming back for more.


8. Moving Towards Mobile Equipment

Don't like the layout of your commercial kitchen? 2019 says to switch it up. And then do it again.

The industry has seen a move towards flexible, movable equipment solutions. This way, your kitchen can adapt to menu changes and emerging cooking methods.


9. Incorporating Nitro Equipment

Nitrogen gas has long been associated with the food service industry, but its use in coffee beverages has increased over the past year.

While nitro equipment is familiar to the bar industry, it's just now breaking into restaurants and cafes. Nitro is currently making its way into specialty coffee drinks and desserts.

New equipment is emerging to produce smaller systems used to create nitrogenated beverages. These are easily implemented into commercial kitchens looking for an edge.


10. Using Bluetooth to Control Equipment

Bluetooth has worked itself into every other facet of our lives, why wouldn't it end up in our kitchens?

This next-level equipment gives restaurant owners the ability to synchronize activity between appliances. This technology is used in thermometers, ovens, ice machines, commercial refrigerators, and more.

Not only does this increase efficiency, but it makes cooking more accurate. It can also warn you or a vendor of equipment malfunction, saving you time and money in the long run.


Time to Update Your Commercial Kitchen?

Kitchen equipment is continually evolving, and because of this, so will your commercial kitchen design.

If you're a restaurant owner, you want to remain relevant to keep your customers happy. The best way to do this is to recognize new commercial kitchen trends as they occur.

We try to stay ahead of the next big thing in the foodservice industry, so visit our website to check out our new arrivals today!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 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.



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.

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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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.                                                                                                               


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.


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.




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.



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.



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.



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.



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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