Catering equipment firms under investigation

CurrencyBritain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will decide next month whether to proceed with an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in the commercial catering equipment sector.

The CMA has spent the past three months gathering information relating to anti-competitive practices in the UK catering equipment market.

The CMA officially launched the investigation at the end of August under Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 and Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

At the time, it gave few details except to say the case was at an “early stage” and it had not reached a view as to whether there was sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any of the parties under investigation.

Since launching the probe it has begun an extensive information-gathering exercise that is understood to have involved the issuance of formal and informal information requests from the parties under investigation.

Under normal procedures, the CMA will typically arrange ‘state-of-play’ meetings with the companies under investigation once it has reviewed and analysed their responses.

Rumours have been circulating in the market as to the identity of the companies involved in the investigation, although to date the CMA has not gone public with the names.

According to the case timetable issued by the CMA and last updated on October 9, the decision on whether to continue with the investigation or abandon it is estimated to be made in December.

When contacted yesterday, the CMA’s team leader for the case, Carissa Baker, referred us to the organisation’s press office.

A CMA spokesperson told Catering Insight they were not in a position to elaborate on the investigation at the moment, but confirmed that a decision on whether to pursue the case would be communicated before the end of the year.

“We are planning to make a further announcement in December, so we are on [on track with the] timetable as it were. These things sometimes do slip or get put back for various reasons, but at the moment we are on schedule.”

The case reference for the investigation is CE/9856-14 and the market sector it is filed under is ‘retail and wholesale’. The case type is listed as ‘CA98 and Cartels’.

According to CMA definitions, a cartel is an agreement between competitors to fix prices, share markets, rig bids or limit output at the expense of the interests of customers.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, prosecutions may only be brought by the CMA or the Serious Fraud Office, or with the consent of the CMA.

Catering Insight contacted trade body CESA to see if it had been consulted on the investigation. Director Keith Warren said that while it was aware that an investigation was happening, it was essentially a confidential commercial matter between the CMA and the parties concerned.

“Until we know the outcome of the investigation we are not in a position to make any comment on it either way, simply because we don’t know what it relates to or what it is about,” he said.

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TV spot for ‘secret’ six-day kitchen build

Surprise Surprise BrixtonA complete kitchen refurbishment for a charity kitchen in Brixton hit TV screens across the UK this week after it appeared on ITV’s Surprise Surprise show.

The fit-out at Brixton’s Sports and Social Club was made possible by a collaborative effort between catering equipment distributor Inox Equip and a host of CEDA member and partner companies committing equipment, services and support.

CEDA was initially approached to find the expertise and resources to transform the run-down kitchen, which provides free meals to those in need in the local community, and Inox Equip’s project director Mark Kendall came forward to offer his company’s help.

He then drove the project to complete the work in just six days – and in total secrecy!

Kendall said: “On surveying the site I knew this was a heck of task to get a very dilapidated kitchen fit-for-purpose, and fit to be shown on national television, in under a week.

“We had to strip out everything and start with new Whiterocked walls, install new electrics and plumbing, ventilation, a new ceiling, new doors and install and commission a complete set of catering equipment.”

After calling on support from a range of CEDA members and partner suppliers, Inox Equip designed a new layout to maximise the use of space for food prep, cooking and storage.

“We think the result is amazing and would like to thank all the companies that provided logistics, equipment and services to make it happen, and to help make a difference in the local Brixton community,” added Kendall.

CEDA chief Adam Mason said the project was a “classic team effort”, commenting: “When you see the list of those involved from the company providing the taps to the one who gave wall cupboards, and from the refrigeration to microwave, you understand the spirit of co-operation at the heart of the project.”

The story behind the kitchen project featured on Wednesday’s episode of Surprise Surprise can be viewed here.

Equipment and services for the kitchen were provided by the following companies:

– Blue Seal (dishwasher and E31 stand)

– Hobart (Bar Aid 800s stand)

– Valera (2 x upright fridges)

– Mechline (taps, handwash and spray arm)

– Inox (Pantheon oven, fly killer, toaster, hot cupboard)

– EAIS (Racking)

– Manitowoc (Microwave)

– Calder Catering (Ventilation)

– Bioclad (Whiterock)

– DPS Partitioning (Ceiling and lighting)

– Corrigans Service Engineers (Install of equipment)

– Liebherr (Chest freezer)

– Bridge Catering (Sink)

– Sigma Catering (Wall cupboards)

– Keith Elkington Transport (Equipment transport)

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University issues £250k catering equipment tender

University of WarwickThe University of Warwick today issued a tender for the repair and maintenance of catering equipment.

The contract covers the maintenance and cleaning of commercial kitchen hardware and extraction systems at its campus in Coventry.

The estimated value of the deal, which runs over four years, is £250,000 excluding VAT. The contract is not subject to renewal.

According to the tender notice, the scope of works includes the cleaning, disinfection and maintenance of catering area supply air and extraction systems.

It also incorporates the deep cleaning of catering area floors, walls and appliances in numerous catering areas across the campus.

The university said the deadline to submit bids is Monday 8 December 2014.

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The repairs included fitting a new Vitreo Heat Plate.

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