Piloted by business caterer Charlton House and Direct Line Group, the healthy eating and lifestyle initiative was designed to incentivise, educate and inform employees on healthier food choices and encourage and promote health and wellbeing.

Working in partnership with nutritionist Amanda Ursell and Dr Jason Thomas of Aston University, research highlighted that meals high in fat or carbohydrates decrease mental performance, larger meals link to lapses in attention, skipping breakfast has a negative impact on mental performance and consuming meals infrequently is linked to lower energy levels.

Consequently, the pillars of Fuel Alive were based on; regular meals, plenty of fruit and vegetables and correct portion sizes. Employees were educated and incentivised with; FREE breakfast (poached eggs on toast or porridge), veg, fruit and salad side portions, protein accompaniment for soups, 30% discount on Fuel Alive main courses, discounts on pick and mix salads and nut snack pots, wholemeal replacements for pasta, rice and bread, 1% fat milk as standard, unlimited vegetables and snack packs for employees on late shift.

The scientific results showed INCREASES of: • • •

7% in concentration • 2% in customer interaction

The results are shaping the catering offer across the DLG organisation, helping them to encourage and educate their employees on making great food choices both at home and work.

18% in food sales (replacing fast foods bought from the local area) 19% in alertness


New Hygienic Design air/water heat exchangers from Rittal are ideally suited to the food industry, where hygiene standards are exceptionally stringent.

Hygiene is an absolute must in the food industry: machinery, plant and components must readily withstand daily cleaning with pressure washers and jet steam cleaners. All surfaces must also be easy to clean, and/or designed to prevent contaminants from adhering to them.

Liquid cooling of enclosures offers a number of benefits: Because water has a higher thermal capacity than air, liquid cooling can dissipate large quantities of heat. What’s more, industrial environments often already have a central cooling water supply available that can be used for enclosure cooling.

Rittal has revamped its air/water heat exchangers, and can now offer its clients in the food industry two variants of Hygienic Design. The hygienic design reduces the risk of contamination in the food industry, thus helping to ensure product safety.

The enclosure is made from stainless steel with a brushed grain size of 400, producing a surface roughness Ra of less than 0.8 µm. The smooth surface finish is easy to clean and disinfect.

The silicone seal between the enclosure and the case prevents the transfer of colourants, flavourings and unwanted odours.

The seals are available as spare parts, and are easily replaced in the event of mechanical damage. The seals are dyed blue in accordance with FDA Guideline 21 CFR 177.2600, making them clearly distinguishable from contaminants such as food residues. Tweet us @TomorrowsFM

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