The festive period is one of the busiest periods for the hospitality and catering industry. Whether you run a catering company, work in a restaurant business, or are part of a large non-profit organisation, the festive rush before Christmas and New year can be demanding. With so many parties and gatherings, it can be difficult to keep up with the rising demand.
This guide gives a few tips on how you can keep can prepare ahead of the festive rush and ensure you have a storage solution.
Start Planning Early
Prior planning is essential to keep up with festive demands in hospitality. This will ensure that customers are kept happy as their requirements and specifications can be taken into consideration well in advanced. It allows you to plan meals and events such as weddings months before to prevent chaos from arising. Investing in additional storage will allow a smoother Christmas catering period and provide extra room for addressing any issues.
It is useful to ensure that you have everything pre-considered to allow for a smooth catering experience and stress-free work period.
Some important questions to consider prior the festive period:
- Do I need to hire more staff to meet Christmas demand? Although, this can be a tight financial period and extra expenses are not something you may want to consider, hiring extra staff may help meet customer demand.
- Do I have enough storage space to match an increase in customers? Increasing storage capabilities temporarily over the festive season can help add back-up and increase storage to meet demand.
- Do I have an emergency back-up plan for unforeseen circumstances? Predicting what will happen is impossible, so ensuring a back-up plan is in place for ingredient or space shortages is vital.
It can never be too soon to start thinking about staff or storage expansion. Ensuring you have properly planned for the festive period will help the busy day go with more ease.
Health & Safety
Addressing general hygiene can include looking at everyday situations working in a kitchen. This can include: hand-washing, personal hygiene, de-contamination and taking precautionary measures when dealing with food.
In the run up to the festive period, reminding employees about stock rotation can prevent wastage of food, spread of unnecessary bacteria and stop food from going out of date.
Cold Storage and Freezer Sanitation
During busy periods, cross contamination can be a genuine threat to the catering and hospitality industry. Regular cleaning and disinfection of storage is required to prevent any issues from arising.
Food Storage Best Practice
Improper storage of ingredients can also lead to cross-contamination. It is important to keep raw and cooked produce separately and ensure products are well-sealed.
During busy periods, meeting high demand and ensuring you have planned well in advanced can seem like the main priority. However, making sure food is stored safely in cold storage is also important.
Upgrade your Storage Capabilities
As Christmas and the New year is a period of festivities and parties, it is one of the best times to increase business profitability. Investing in additional cold storage can help increase business opportunities within the festive season. Whether you are looking for temporary storage to meet high festive demands or looking to expand and cater to customers on Christmas day, cold storage may be the most suitable solution to meet your business needs.
Call CRS Cold Storage today - 0800 085 2298, and speak with one of our cold storage experts to find out what options you have to increase your storage capacity in time for Christmas.