Thanks for the hospitality

first_imgDescribed by the organiser as “the ultimate foodservice and hospitality show”, this year’s Hotelympia will feature over 1,000 international exhibitors and an expected 40,000 visitors, plus a host of demonstrations, seminars and competitions. It is a chance for bakers looking to develop hotel contracts to network and learn about new products and equipment.According to marketing director David Girdler of Delice de France (stand S2740), Hotelympia is the UK’s most important business event for the foodservice and hospitality market. The company is using the exhibition to showcase a selection of more than 50 new and improved products. Some 23 new breads will be introduced, including an Italian focaccia studded with cherry tomatoes. Two French part-baked quiches, made with fresh cream and eggs, will join 10 new savoury products. More than 20 new desserts will enhance the company’s thaw-and-serve range, including fruit-flavoured mousses, pre-portioned dessert slices and American-style cheesecakes. Visitors to Bagel Nash (S2320) can sample virtually fat- and cholesterol-free bagels, and The London Bread & Cake Company (S2706) will offer sandwich breads, available as tin loaves and bloomers. A range of chocolates and cookies, including stem ginger flavour, can be found at the Lily O’Briens (SP08) stand, and cookie lovers can also indulge with The Byron Bay Cookie Company’s (S4119) award-winning offerings. Ridings of Yorkshire (S2302) also offers a cookie choice, along with flapjacks.Specialist cake decorating equipment can be seen on the Knightsbridge PME (N1140) stand and baking papers and bags are on offer from Terinex (S2810).Orders can be placed for Melitta’s (N1970) Cafina Alpha speciality coffee machine for a May delivery. Finished in matt silver, the Alpha features a touch-screen control panel and is said to be easy to operate. The modular design includes a separate cup warmer and remote, refrigerated milk container for two types of fresh milk.First Choice Coffee (S2610) is launching The Tiger and Coffee Locket models. The Tiger offers a full range of drinks, including espresso, cappuccino and latté, and features an optional coffee pod facility if required. The Coffee Locket mobile coffee station is a flexible, counter-height unit with lockable castor wheels.Cavity Protection Systems (N3365) offers a cavity plastic liner for microwave ovens, which can be removed, cleaned and replaced in the oven, protecting the entire cavity from grease and food particles. This helps users maintain a clean oven, preventing damage and reducing downtime.Enodis UK (N3250) is launching the first high-speed microwave assisted impinger oven to be designed and produced in the UK – the Merrychef EC402S. Its combination of convection heat, impingement pressure and up to 1,500 watts of microwave power means the oven cooks 10-12 times faster than conventional convection ovens. It also features a built-in catalytic converter, eliminating the need for a ventilation hood and making it operational in almost any environment. The New York Bagel Company will provide bagels on the Hatco stand (N1939), prepared in Hatco’s Toast-Qwik toaster. There’s also a chance to win a trip to New York.Perfect pizzas can be yours in just 90 seconds, says Apuro (N1910), with Whirlpool’s SmartCook Pizza Oven, an enhanced convection oven featuring a patented double-cylinder system to direct heat onto the pizza to crisp the base and melt the topping. Apuro is Whirlpool’s principle UK distributor, and will also be showing the company’s dishwashers.The new Scotsman ice machines will be launched by Hubbard Ice Systems (N3475), offering, says the company, enhanced performance, user-friendly features and greater flexibility through space-saving dimensions. Sister companies Williams and Falcon (N3140) will launch hot cooking and cold storage technologies, with a focus on energy efficiency and food safety. Along with budget-priced non-gastronorm cabinets, Williams is introducing a range of space-saving cabinets; a blown-air version of the Thermowell counter-top ingredients holder; and new models in the Jade gastronorm range.Winterhalter’s (N1630) new MT Series of dishwashers will be unveiled at the show – the company’s first ‘flight conveyor’ dishwashers. They are said to be economical in terms of using less water, energy and staff time. Regular demonstrations of Rational’s (N1610) SelfCooking Center technology are intended to show visitors how the system helps with every stage of cooking – from overnight ‘slow roasting’ of meats to keeping the unit clean with the CleanJet self-cleaning system. A strong corporate image can enhance sales, and Planglow (S2820) says the ‘it’ range of branded café products will help. The range features a Grab it Bag, Choose it 3in1 Menu, Sip it Ripplewrap Cup, Munch it Wedge and Taste it Label. The products are in shades of brown and cream to blend with existing corporate colours.And bugs will be flying scared, thanks to the Insectivoro from Mechline (N1919). Flies are attracted by the powerful light, and sucked into the trap by the vortex created by the soft-bladed fan. The unit offers no chemicals and no smells and is said to be easy to use and maintain.The free [email protected] seminar programme includes a session called Going for Gold, investigating the opportunities offered by the 2012 Olympics, while the Regional Food and Drink Pavilion will showcase some of the country’s best locally sourced food and drink. The Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres Display includes Senior and Junior Pastry and Sugarcraft Sections. The 18 Senior categories include wedding and celebration cakes, tea pastries and works in chocolate, while the nine Junior categories feature decorated and novelty cakes. If it is new skills you want to develop, a trip to the Skillery offers masterclasses in chocolate, modern pastry techniques and cutting edge sugarcraft.HOTELYMPIAwww.hotelympia.comWhen: Sunday, February 19, to Thursday, February 23Where: ExCeL, LondonOpening times:Sun 19: 10.30-17.30Mon 20: 9.30-17.30Tues 21: 9.30-17.30Wed 22: 9.30-17.30Thurs 23: 9.30-16.30Cost: £30; visitors can pre-register for free on the websiteTravel:By tube: ExCeL is connected to the Jubilee line at Canning Town via a three-minute Docklands Light Railway (DLR) journey to Custom House (for ExCeL’s west entrance) and Prince Regent station (for the east entrance). ExCeL is also connected to the Central, Northern, Circle, District and Waterloo & City lines at Bank and the Circle and District line at Tower Hill via the DLR.By train: The Silverlink train service operates between Richmond to North Woolwich via Kew, Acton, Willesden, Hampstead, Homerton, Stratford and Custom House for ExCeL.By road: ExCeL is a 10-minute drive from Tower Bridge and a 25-minute drive from Junction 30 on the M25. The venue is also easily reached from Central London via the Limehouse Link and via the M25, A13, M11, A406 (North Circular), the Blackwall Tunnel and Rotherhithe Tunnel from other parts of the country. More travel information available on the website.Organiser: Fresh RM, tel: 020 7886 3100last_img read more

EnQuest gives up on production re-start at UK fields

first_imgCost-saving measures  In light of recent developments in the oil market, oil and gas company EnQuest has decided not to re-start production at the Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields located offshore the UK. Thistle platform. Source: RMTEnQuest was in October 2019 forced to evacuate workers from its Thistle platform following an inspection relating to a support element on a redundant subsea storage tank. During the same month, a small fire broke out on the Heather platform and two workers were injured. Production at Heather had been shut down for maintenance prior to the incident.EnQuest said in November 2019 that single compressor operations had impacted production at Heather.Production has been shut down at both platforms ever since. EnQuest previously planned to restore production at both platforms in the first half of 2020.In an update on Thursday EnQuest said it had reviewed each of its assets and related spending plans in light of the current lower oil price environment.EnQuest’s updated working assumption is not to re-start production at the Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields. Total combined production from these fields in 2019 was c.6,000 Boepd. At the same time, the company is implementing a material operating cost and capital expenditure reduction program. This action will significantly lower EnQuest’s cost base, with group free cash flow breakeven targeted at c.$38/Boe in 2020 and $35/Boe in 2021, the company explained.For 2020, the company is targeting base operating expenditure savings of c.$150 million, which would lower operating costs by c.30% to c.$375 million.In 2021, the group is targeting unit operating expenditures of c.$15/Boe. These savings are driven primarily by cost savings at Heather and Thistle/Deveron, but also through the removal of non-critical and discretionary operating expenditures and support costs.The company’s 2020 cash capital expenditure is also expected to be reduced by c.$80 million to c.$150 million. The majority of the group’s 2020 program relates to the recently concluded drilling program at Magnus and the two-well program now underway at Kraken, with approximately $50 million of 2020 cash capital expenditure relating to the phasing of cash payments into 2020.The group’s 2021 capital expenditure program is expected to reduce further, although production is also likely to be impacted as a result.The group retains significant liquidity with cash and available facilities of $268.2 million at February 28, 2019.EnQuest Chief Executive, Amjad Bseisu, said: “Over the last few years, EnQuest has made significant progress in strengthening the business with our three world-class assets in Kraken, Magnus and PM8/Seligi, and a materially reduced debt position.“Given the prevailing low oil price environment, we are taking decisive action to reduce operating and capital expenditure in 2020 and beyond, with a view to targeting cash flow breakeven of c.$35/Boe in 2021. While these actions have reduced our production expectations, free cash flow has improved and with no senior credit facility amortizations due in 2020 and long-dated bond maturities, we are positioning ourselves to manage through the current low oil price environment.”It is also worth mentioning that offshore accommodation specialist, Prosafe, has recently been awarded a contract to provide accommodation in support of the redundant subsea tank removal and safe re-habitation of the Thistle Alpha platform in the UK North Sea.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Emina Hadžiahmetović: I Proved That I Can Still Achieve More

first_imgYoung BiH table tennis player, one of the most talented local athletes, had another excellent performance. At the Balkan Junior Championship in Kikinda she won third place in the doubles tournament with her partner Aneta Maksuti from Serbia.In an interview with Radio Sarajevo, she said that she is especially pleased with her performance, especially since in the last few months she missed a number of tournaments.“It was good and I am satisfied. It is difficult to mentally return to competing after several months of not competing, but I have shown that I could. I was able to convey good rhythm in the individual competition’’, said Emina.The young woman from Sarajevo is expected to perform at the European Junior Championship in Ostrava.“The expectations are very high, and following a good performance in Kikinda I feel that I can do it. Medal? Everything is possible, but I do not see this tournament as the most important because the top 10 tour in Sarajevo will follow, and I will try to be in form for that’’, said Emina.“I love this sport and I look forward to every competition. I want to continue to win and to continue my path towards the top’’, said Emina at the end of her interview with Radio Sarajevo.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more