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The Benefits of Contact and Panini Grills

Contact Grills are increasingly becoming a ‘must have’ gadget within every commercial kitchen. The grill achieves results by cooking food between two heated surfaces. This method has many benefits over the conventional griddle as it cooks the food quickly, there is no reason for turning and it seals the food more effectively, locking in the juices, reducing shrinkage and improving the overall flavour of the food.

The speed of the cooking means that a relatively small cooking area can triple the output of a griddle of the same size. Generally, cooking times range from one minute to around three minutes depending on the food type and thickness.

Contact and Panini grills are portable and can be used anywhere from cafés and coffee shops to a mobile catering wagon or outside kitchen as well as in a standard commercial kitchen.

They give you the ability to add a wide range of hot snacks to your menu for a minimum outlay. That’s right, there are some top quality machines out there at very small prices.

Take the Blizzard Single and Double contact grill range for example. These machines are light duty with cast iron plates, counter balanced top plates, manual thermostat and gives you the option of smooth or ribbed plates.

Blizzard Contact Grills

And at the small price of £249 – £349 with a 1 year warranty, they are a great addition to any commercial kitchen.

What do you need to consider before purchasing a Contact or Panini Grill?

Cast iron plates heat up rapidly and smooth plates are ideal therefore for sealing in meat juices and flavour. Ribbed plates on the other hand produce attractive branding marks, and are ideal for Panini’s, giving them more versatility, therefore it is important to consider which one will be most suitable for your business.

On the other hand, a model with a smooth bottom plate and a ribbed top plate such as the Blizzard BRSCG2 might provide the perfect compromise.

Capacity is an important aspect to consider and it is important that you check that the outputs quoted by manufacturers are like for like.

The type of foods that you will be cooking is also important to consider, do you serve a lot of vegetarians or halal food? If so it might be worth purchasing and additional machine.

Finally, it is important that you look for a product that meets all current EU safety regulations, make sure that the model is easy to clean and make sure that you purchase your machine from a reputable dealer and always keep an eye out for models that offer warranty periods.

Here at Acme we offer a wide range of grills to suit all situations, contact our sales team on 01254 277999 and a member of our team will discuss the best unit for you and your business.

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National Fish and Chip Day!

Finally! We have a day to celebrate Britain’s signature dish – Fish and Chips.

Fish and Chip Week

The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association is championing the first ever National Fish and Chips day, the nationwide event will take place on the first Friday of June every year and is all about giving fish and chips the recognition that they deserve, as well as helping to secure its position as the UK’s number one takeaway.

Although the event is still in its early stages, it has already gained backing from key industry players and industry bodies such as the Potato Council and the National Federation of Fish Friars.

Fish and chip shops across the country will be sharing the love of our favourite dish with customers and the local community – so nip on down to your local, there might even be a special offer on!

And for all you Fish and Chip shop owners out there, take a look at our Chip Shop brochure with all the latest Fish and Chip Shop equipment from some of the biggest brands in the industry. Call a member of our sales team today on 01254 277999 for our best quotes!

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Acme Acquires Severn Catering Services

Acme acquires catering firm SCS

The Acme Facilities Group, the leading national provider of catering, refrigeration, HVAC and fabrication services announced today that it has further strengthened its National Catering division with the acquisition of Severn Catering Services Limited.

Severn Catering Services also known as SCS are based in Gloucester and have been trading since 1985. They are leaders in their field, providing reactive breakdown service and preventative maintenance cover to a wide range of public and private sector organisations throughout mainland UK.

SCS have a strong network of engineers spread across the country and centred in most major UK cities, in particular, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

“We are delighted with this latest acquisition and welcome Chris and all the SCS employees into the Group. SCS joining the group supports our vision of becoming the customer’s single source solutions provider” said Chris Allen, Group Managing Director – Acme.

“This deal strengthens our engineering coverage and enhances Acme’s expanding catering division while SCS will be able to offer their customers additional services such as the supply and installation of commercial catering equipment, refrigeration and HVAC.”

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I join The Acme Facilities Group and assist their expansion” said Chris Hopkins Director at Severn Catering Services, “I am looking forward to working with Acme and this deal ensures we can continue to deliver the fast, efficient and reliable service the catering industry has come to expect.”

Since 1964, Acme have established a proven reputation as a company delivering solutions to our clients’ specific requirements and this acquisition further strengthens our capabilities. Our success has stemmed from a proven ability to deliver quality and affordable services on a national scale and the acquisition of SCS is part of our ongoing expansion strategy.

Chris Allen,

Group Managing Director