Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Testing Agencies In Foodservice

    In the foodservice industry, product safety is a key component of day-to-day business. Ensuring that your restaurant or commercial kitchen is equipped with tools that will do their job safely and with maximum efficiency is an important consideration for anyone buying foodservice equipment. Fortunately, there are testing and certification agencies in place that identify the most safe and efficient options out there for you. These agencies test product after product, running them through their stringent testing procedures to uncover not only the best performers in operator safety but food safety, santitation and overall energy efficiency. Below are some of the largest foodservice agencies to know of with their corresponding product certification marks to look for when making your next investment.   NSF International :: The Public Health and Safety Company,™

    NSF National Sanitation Foundation International

    "NSF", which stands for National Sanitation Foundation, is an agency that is dedicated to protecting the environment and  public health safety across a wide range of industries and products. In the foodservice industry specifically, the NSF approval means a few things in the mind of the customer. First, this listing reassures that equipment has met health standards and has undergone rigorous inspection testing which in turn instills confidence in the end user's purchasing decision. Second, having this stamp of safety on your equipment tells your health authorities that you have made a sound decision by investing in equipment that is constructed with proper sanitation principles in mind. Below are a few of the different NSF "Standards" that have been created to meet various equipment types:
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 3: Commercial Spray-Type Dishmachines
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 4: Commercial Cooking Equipment, Rethermailization & Hot Food Holding & Transportation Equipment
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 7: Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 12: Automatic Ice Machine Equipment
    • ANSI/NSF Standard 18: Food & Beverage Dispensing Equipment
    ANSI = American National Standards Institute    Underwriters Laboratories Inc. - UL

    UL Underwriters Laboratories Inc

    Since 1894, UL has been one of the leading agencies in safety certification with 75 years of experience in the foodservice industry dealing with cooking equipment, refrigeration, food processing equipment and food preparation for manufacturers of gas and electric equipment. Equipment can be tested for a UL listing for Electrical Safety, Gas Safety and Sanitation. This non-profit, independent agency has nearly 20 different UL safety standards just for the commercial foodservice industry. Energy Star®:

    Energy Star

    When people see the blue Energy Star sticker on a piece of equipment, there is a level of confidence that is added to the user experience. Energy Star was introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy as an initiative to help the end-user find products that not only saved energy (and energy costs) but also helped the environment. Originally, this program was solely dedicated to the residential sector, ranging from home heating to home appliances, but in 2001 that all changed. At this time the EPA expanded the Energy Star® effort to the commercial refrigeration equipment sector. Later they rolled out the program to steamers, fryers, holding cabinets and other cooking equipment, and they continue to add this seal of energy efficiency to other categories in foodservice.  

    ETL: Electronic Testing Laboratories {ETL/Semco/Intertek} ETL Listed

    Founded in 1896, ETL is an independent testing agency owned by Intertek that does third-party testing and and certification of commercial foodservice equipment (electric, gas fired, and other safety standards). In a nutshell, an ETL listed item is proof of product safety. ETL is recognized by OSHA as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) like UL, CSA, and other independent testing agencies and it has become a major, reputable source over the years. For a manufacturer to get the ETL approval, there must first be a design review followed by the testing period and finally a regular follow up service to ensure that standards are continually being complied to.
  • Crown Verity Portable BBQ Grills

    If you or someone you know is a grilling enthusiast, chances are you've heard of Crown Verity and their commercial-grade outdoor grilling equipment. (If you haven't yet then you are in for a real treat.) crown1 Crown Verity is a brand that's made their name by manufacturing state-of-the-art Outdoor Grills and Charbroilers but they also have a number of other types of equipment, from steamers to fryers and patio heaters- Check out the whole product line here! crown Crown Verity's line of professional series portable BBQ grills is the focal point of this discussion and they are designed for the most discerning grill enthusiast. Convenience, durability, mobility and quick fire up times are just a few of the things that make them different from the competition, bringing a "stainless reputation" and a whole new level of performance to the user experience. Plus, by making commercial chefs a central piece of the puzzle throughout the design process, Crown Verity is able to deliver a product that not only solves day-to-day challenges but also conveniently creates opportunities that are unparalleled in the industry. Untitled-2 Why Choose A Crown Verity Professional BBQ Grill?
    • Crown Verity Gas Grills are constructed of high quality 300 series stainless steel throughout, from the legs to the water pans, the bolts and connector pins to the lighter tubes. Even the cooking grates are made of #304 stainless steel as opposed to competitors' grills which are made of 400 series stainless steel, cast iron, chrome/nickel plated or porcelain coated grates-all of which will rust over time. These fine materials will simply make your grill last the longest amount of time possible while making for easy cleaning.
    • Crown Verity Grills are shipped on a wooden crate fully assembled and ready to go. That means no tools required- simply unpack, connect to gas and start grilling!
    • Independent s/s burners, each at 15,000 btu take the grill to its fullest cooking potential in under six minutes!
    • Want to customize your grill? Not a problem. Crown Verity has numerous accessory components , from the roll tops to vinyl covers and shelves, upgrading the experience and usability of the grill.
    • Movability is a huge selling point with Crown Verity Grills thanks to the large, lockable casters for simple portability.
    • All water pans are removable which makes for easy cleaning while eliminating flare ups caused by dripping grease and fat.
    • Available to you in a number of sizes: 28'' wide, 34'' wide, 46'' wide, 58'' wide and 70'' wide in both natural and LP gas. That's a size everyone from serious home chefs to volume feeders like resorts and country clubs can take advantage of.
      All images courtesy of Crown Verity
  • For the Love of Flatware

    When designing a restaurant, every little detail counts- particularly when thinking about your customers' experience. Picking the best tabletop supplies for your front of house is a prime example. One of the most widely used and commonly reordered tabletop items in the restaurant business is Flatware. Needed in just about every dining application, flatware ranges in style, weight, quality and aesthetic to fit your needs. It is also one of the most commonly reordered items for restaurateurs given its high usage and high turnover, making it important to find a flatware selection that is both reasonable in price and aesthetically pleasing. 472618bcd393104b510a9e01af5b2f37  Here are the top considerations for you to take in when investing in flatware: APPEARANCE: Does it fit the decor of your establishment and compliment your tabletop? At Mission we stock a large assortment of flatware from the most basic designs to elaborate patterns. COST: Is the cost justifiable for not only the initial purchase but replacement purchases down the line? WEIGHT: Since the weight of flatware is a true sign of its quality, are you purchasing flatware that will make a good impression in the mind of your customer? DURABILITY: Will the flatware you choose weather the test of time with heavy commercial use? Stainless steel flatware is the most popular kind in the foodservice industry and it comes in many varieties for you, the most common being 18/0 and 18/8 or 18/10. The numbers represent the amount of chromium and nickel that are in the steel alloy. Chromium in effect is what gives the stainless its "hardness" and luster while nickel is what is adhered to the base metal to resist corrosion. Chromium also plays a major role in resisting corrosion. Here is the basic break down: 18/0 stainless: 18/0 stainless is the best economical option for the price-conscious customer. Here are some features of 18/0 stainless steel:
    • 18% chromium 0% nickel
    • Subject to staining
    • Soft Shine
    • Light Weight
    • Cost-Effective
    Untitled-1   18/8 or 18/10 stainless: By adding nickel to the equation, this type of stainless flatware is going to be a step above the 18/0.
    • Durable
    • Brilliant Luster
    • Rust-Resistant
    • Easy to maintain
    • Ok in chemical sanitizing dishmachines
    Get the best variety and the best wholesale prices on Stainless Steel Flatware for your restaurant business or your home when you shop at Mission Restaurant Supply! 

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  • What's In a CamSquare?

    In every foodservice facility, there is a need for safe, adequate and reliable food storage containers. Cambro is a master at manufacturing just that and they are pushing the boundaries, creating containers like the CamSquare® that will bring more to your business, including 33% more space than your traditional round containers! Untitled-2 Purchasing Food Storage Containers is an inevitable investment which is why we hope you'll weigh out the various options available to you. Take a look at the CamSquare® food storage containers by Cambro that have been newly-added to the site and save on our specially-marked pricing!

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