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!


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


Are Blast Chillers and Blast Freezers suitable for your business?

Food legislation now requires that all food must be chilled as quickly as possible and kept between temperatures of +68°C and +8°C for as little time as possible in order to decrease the risk of bacteria multiplying. This is where blast chillers and freezers come in, they are the best remedy to ensure the legislation is complied with.

Acme offer a comprehensive range of blast chillers/freezers from some of the biggest names in the industry such as Blizzard, Infrico and Williams at the most competitive prices. We supply these to a wide range of industries, are they something your company should be considering? This blog post will outline what blast chillers and freezers are, the benefits and how our customers are using them to their advantage.

So what are blast chillers and freezers?

The main aim of blast chillers and freezers is to rapidly drop the temperature of food within them. They are the most effective way of chilling food safely and quickly, preventing the spread of nasty bacteria.

Blast chillers and freezers are the perfect addition to any commercial catering establishment particularly restaurants, hotels, cafes and school canteens where food is pre-prepared and re-heated at a later date.

In addition to the essential food safety reassurances that blast chillers/ freezers offer, used as part of a well-planned and managed process, a blast chiller/ freezer will also significantly improve service, optimize the preparation process and cooking timescales, while reducing overall production time, food waste and food production costs.

Benefits of a Blast Chiller

Maintains Food Quality

  • Natural bacterial growth during the cooling process means that once cooked, food loses many of its appealing characteristics. In order to maintain food quality it is important to reduce any form of food deterioration by taking control of humidity, time and temperature. Choosing the right blast chiller / freezer will enable you to do this.

Prevents Food Shrinkage

  • Depending on the food type, ambient temperature, humidity and time scales, food can quickly reduce in size and weight through moisture loss. Using the correct chilling programme, a blast chiller can significantly reduce the level of dehydration of products by preventing the natural evaporation that takes place when food is left to cool in a normal environment.

Achieve Food Safety Standards

  • Using a blast chiller / freezer ensures that food items are handled in line with Government Food Standards Agency regulations.
  • Food legislation now requires that all food must be cooled as quickly as possible and kept between temperatures of +68°C and +8°C for as little time as possible in order to decrease the risk of bacteria multiplying.

Improves Shelf Life

  • By reducing the period of time when food temperature naturally accelerates the rate at which harmful bacteria grows, you are able to increase the shelf life of products.

Increase Menu Choice and Service

  • Blast chillers / freezers enable you to prepare food ahead of busy periods, which means that it is more feasible to increase menu choices.
  • Service will also improve, you team will be able to focus on consistently providing a full menu along with carefully presented dishes at all times.

Benefits of Blast Freezers

The benefits of using a blast freezer are the same as those for a blast chiller. There are also some additional benefits to using a blast freezer.

For example, due to the speed of the freezing process small ice crystals form in the food product, this reduces any damage to the structure of the food that can occur during a standard freezing process.

Benefits of Blast Freezers

By using a normal commercial freezer water within the product freezes slowing and transforms into large crystals that expands and tears the structure of the food.

Most frozen food products can then be immediately stored in a freezer for a period of 3 to 18 month depending on the food product.

What range can Acme offer me?

Acme blast chillers are able to chill food from cooking temperatures at approximately +70°C, to +3°C within 90 minutes. The blast freezers can also bring down cooking temperatures of +70°C down to -18°C within 240 minutes. Due to this quick temperature drop the blast chillers and freezers are able to allow you to freeze food items with smaller ice crystals than if done without, thus causing less damage. After the item is frozen you are then able to move it to a more conventional freezer to keep the food frozen.

As well as the preservation of the food quality, the blast freezer will be able to keep contamination of your food incredibly low. This is if you immediately place the food in to the freezer after safely handling it there will not be any spread of contamination throughout.

Take a look at our Blast Chillers and Freezers Brochure for more information.

So what type of blast chiller is for me?

Blast chillers and freezers are essential pieces of equipment for any commercial food operation that requires food to be kept cold or frozen quickly and efficiently after cooking.

The type of blast chiller or freezer suitable for your business depends on various things such as the size of your commercial kitchen, quantity of food to be chilled and the sophistication of your operation.

Smaller kitchens such as café’s, takeaways and bakeries will require less complex chillers such as Blizzard BCS20,this product ensures that 15kg of food can be chilled within 90mins.

On the other hand, larger kitchens such as large restaurants, school kitchens and hotels will need a more complex chiller such as the Infrico ABT7M, this product is designed to blast chill up to 30kgs of food from +70°C to +3°C within 90 minutes.

For more information about blast chillers give a member of our sales team a call today on 01254 277999.


Cheeky Monkey’s Case Study

cheeky monkeys casestudyCheeky Monkey’s is one of the best children’s play and party centres in the Northwest. Their Café – The Watering Hole is a key attraction at the Centre especially for parents who want a bite to eat while their children are playing.

Ian, at Cheeky Monkey’s felt that the kitchen needed a revamp and contacted Acme. Our sales team discussed with Ian the range of options we felt would best suit the sites requirements. After careful consideration Cheeky Monkey’s decided to utilise our rent to buy scheme so that they could pay low cost monthly payments whilst benefiting from full equipment maintenance and upkeep during the rental duration.

The equipment supplied included a 6 burner oven range, an Inoxtrend 207E Combination oven and a fabricated hot cupboard and gantry.

To ensure Acme did not disrupt Cheeky Monkey’s business it was agreed to carry out installation works outside of trading hours. Acme worked with Cheeky Monkey’s to arrange a time suitable for them and our installation team arrived on site early to enable them to complete works and have them done in time to open as usual for the lunch time period.

Ian stated after installation was completed that “I would just like say how impressed I was with the install team from Acme. It is refreshing to see a job started and finished with a keen eye on the clock to assist my business. The team were attentive to the situation, creative in terms of how they would get the old kit out and finished what they started enabling me to reopen the kitchen within the lunchtime window.”


Acme are Hiring!

Acme are Hiring!

Acme are hiring, we are looking for dedicated and talented individuals to join our team! We are currently looking to recruit; Service Engineers, An Estimator, Service Administrator Manager, Service Coordinator and a Maintenance Manager.

We offer a range of careers for individuals looking to work in a busy, challenging environment at our main offices in Blackburn, Lancashire and also around the UK in our field based roles.
Since day one, our staff have helped the company develop into the business that it is today and we only look to recruit the best talent into our company.
The skills and attributes our staff can bring to the business is the most important aspect of our recruitment process and we recruit solely on these skills and attributes in accordance with our equal opportunities policy.

Why start a career at Acme?

– 50 Years of experience and knowledge within the trade
– So you can trust we know what we are doing
– We have the commitment and ambition to build a positive reputation
– You will develop with people who want to share their decades of industry knowledge and experience with you
– You can be part of a team of people who are a pleasure to work with and have pride the career they have chosen
– Leaders of innovation in our field, we constantly strive to be at the forefront of technology
– We are part of Pentland Group PLC, a truly international brand
– We want our employees to progress, that is why we provide training and qualificatins regualy
– We recognise the importance of staff benefits and offer our employees competitive rates of pay along with other benefits such as a contribution pension scheme and private medical insurance.
– We don’t offer jobs, we offer careers

Check out our website for more info; http://bit.ly/1HeLx7f


Acme had a great time at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show 2015!

Northern Restaurant and Bar (NRB) returned to the beautiful Manchester Central Convention Centre on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th March 2015. NRB is the largest Hospitality show outside of London, now in its 14th year, NRB aims to celebrate the hospitality powerhouse of the North and what a great job they do of it!


NRB reported that they had record breaking visitor numbers this year, with over 7,000 hospitality industry professionals attending and spending big with the shows 270 exhibitors. They state that the surge in business reflects the booming Northern hospitality scene, as operators look to refurbish their sites and pursue expansion plans with new launches across the region.

The Acme team arrived at the NRB Show bright and early on Tuesday morning to make the final touches on the stand we set up the day before.

As we walked in you could feel the excitement in the air, the whole room was buzzing with chatter and anticipation, people greeting friends they hadn’t seen since the previous show, co-workers talking about the busy day ahead and everyone rushing around to make the final touches to their stands.

There was a wide range of exhibitors, everything from artisan food, wine and ice cream to tableware, furniture, menu designers and commercial equipment suppliers. And some of the stands looked outstanding! It was really surprising how creative people got with the smallest of stands.


We were very happy with the final results of our stand, we managed to best utilise the space we had and our fabrication team did a magnificent job of designing and creating our stainless steel equipment stands. We showcased our very own Blizzard Catering Equipment as well as our Blizzard Air Transfer unit and these attracted a lot of attention from the crowds.

The exhibition wasn’t just about exhibitors showcasing their products/ services it was jam packed with highlights including a Gabriel Boudier cocktail competition in Drinks Live, industry legends such as Nigel Haworth and Daniel Clifford in the Chef Live theatre and even a surprise visit by Ryan Giggs (yes, the footballer!) He is now director of GG Hospitality and recently opened ‘Hotel Football’.

The widely anticipated NRB Top Fifty 2015 was also announced with some of Manchester’s top chefs and restaurateurs  named among the top 50 power players in the northern food and drink industry at the NRB’s Top Fifty event.

The Top 50 list, in association with Kutis, celebrates the best northern hospitality operators. The annual list of the most influential people in hospitality can be found here. And includes Living Ventures bosses Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts and celebrity chefs Simon Rimmer, Andrew Nutter and Simon Rogan.

Our special offers were such a hit that we are releasing them to everybody for a limited time only. We showcased our brand new Blizzard Catering Equipment Range, Offering customers 3 for 2 on all catering equipment within the brochure. We also had a great offer on Blizzard Catering Starter Packs, a great way for small businesses and start-ups to purchase a range of equipment at an affordable price.

And finally, we showed customers how to save up to 30% on their annual cellar cooler electric bill. We know how expensive it can be to run cellar coolers, and that is why we came up with our very own Blizzard Air Transfer Cooling Unit.

It is not your average cellar cooling unit check it out here.

The whole team had a fantastic time at the show and we all hope to exhibit next year too. We met a lot of great people and gained some very promising leads that we are already in the process of following up, the show was definitely a success! The events the organisers had set up set it apart from other exhibitions we have been to.

If you would like to take advantage of our special offers or you would like to know more about the products and services we have to offer give a member of our sales team a call today on 01254 277999.

Did you attend the NRB show? What did you think, let us know your thoughts!


Acme are celebrating National Butchers Week!

It is National Butchers’ Week! From Monday 23rd March to Sunday 29th March National Butchers’ Week will be urging consumers to turn to the experts for their meat with the message that #butcherisbetter.

National Butchers Week

It has now been eight years since Meat Trade Journal first announced Butchers Week. They wanted to promote the skills of butchers throughout the UK and they have done this by making the week exciting and setting up various activities that get people more involved with their butchers.

The aim this year is to encourage butchers to focus on making themselves more visible to younger age groups.

Butchers everywhere will be holding events to showcase the knowledge they have to offer as well as information about getting value for money.

You are the experts, but we have the tools to get you there! Acme have created a Butcher specific brochure with a range of commercial equipment such as mixers, slicers and refrigeration to ensure that your business is the best it can be.

For more information have a look at our brochure or give a member of our sales team a call today on 01254 277999.