Heidi Crosby


3rd Annual Catering Insight Awards

Last week we were in Newcastle at the North East England Tourism Awards 2017, sponsoring & presenting an award.  This week we travelled to London, to attend the Catering Insight Awards as a nominee. The black-tie event held in central London was attended by over 300 distributors & suppliers, with a total of 15 awards, all entirely industry voted. It meant a lot to us to be back there this year, after the excitement of last year when we sadly returned without a trophy.. The Catering Insight Distributor of the... Read More


Looking Back at 2015

Looking back at what we achieved during 2015 – what a busy year we had! In January we combined the celebrations of our 25th year with the opening of our new showroom & warehouse, and welcomed customers, suppliers & friends into our new Newcastle premises for a party. This set the year off at a great pace, and after taking on 2 new apprentices we also bought a local competitor and our staff increased to 39! 2015 saw an impressive increase in turnover too, with November seeing our highest ever... Read More


What’s your “can’t do without” utensil?

Food has fashions – like most things do – preparation & presentation trends come and go. I remember the cupboards in our house in the 80’s boasted an electric tip-opener and a pressure cooker! These days we’re more likely to be storing a juicer or spiralizer. But fashion aside, what can’t you do without? Probably something you use daily, like a really good, sharp knife, or a decent frying pan? Having a good quality utensil can make cooking so much more enjoyable. Many’s the time we’ve struggled on holiday with... Read More

Crosbys New Website 02/10/2015

We Have A New Website!

It’s live and it’s a beautiful thing! Have you seen it? Five years after the original launch of we are proud to go live with our new, bright, sleek and user-friendly website. Technology has changed considerably over these past 5 years, and with our striking new logo and increased product ranges to promote it was certainly the perfect time to look again at our online presence. The process has taken 6 months from the first meeting to today’s launch, and has been coordinated by Crosbys very own Nathaniel Bradley.... Read More

Crosbys Chef7 Van 24/09/2015

Our Day at the Universal Cookery & Food Festival #UCFF2015

What a day! Following on from the success of the 3rd Universal Cookery & Food Festival held last year at River Cottage, this year the ‘Glastonbury for Chefs’ came to Northumberland. We managed to bag a great spot at Vallum Farm for our popular Chef7 van, and enjoyed a full day of learning and tasting with some of the best chefs & producers in the UK. Vallum was the perfect location for this year’s festival, and the North East really was on show in all its glory. Every element of... Read More


Catering for Autumn and Events

Moving from salad to soup and from barbecue to stew, as the weather changes so do our ingredients. With root veg, mushrooms and game suddenly in abundance there’s a definite change in the aromas coming from the kitchen. Autumn has arrived with hedges full of sloes and blackberries, and as the tractors finish their harvesting and baling, this season sends us in to the warmth of the kitchen ready for pickling and preserving. While the preparation is definitely underway for another busy Christmas and New Year, the best autumn produce... Read More


Catering for Christmas

Apologies for using the C word, but with less than 100 days to go, we really can’t avoid talking about Christmas! With 59% of businesses predicted to book their staff parties this month, planning and preparation is essential. Every business is different, as is the length of time we all need to plan for this busy period. With decisions to make on menus, dates, advertising and staff rotas it might be the case that the larger the business, the longer it takes to plan the festive offering. With all of... Read More


Choosing the right Crockery and Tableware

How do you navigate the best options when choosing tableware for your business – or indeed your home? When you set out to open, or update a business venue a lot of emphasis will be on the big spends – lighting, furniture, bar etc. but don’t forget the huge impact that crockery, cutlery & glassware have on your customers’ experience. Your chef will have a strong idea on how his food should be presented, and these ideas should balance with those of your interior designer to create a complete look.... Read More


Employment in the Hospitality Sector

Summer – such as it was – has passed by without an opportunity for us to blog about ice cream machines or BBQ equipment! So instead of fun and sunshine, let’s get serious and talk about the staffing crisis affecting our important hospitality sector. According to recent reports, there is a worsening skills shortage evident throughout the industry, with experts predicting that the UK will require an additional 11000 chefs by 2022! Hospitality is the 4th largest employment sector in the UK, and high staff turnover is reported to be... Read More


The Microbrewing and Craft Beer Revolotion

As the brewing revolution “hops” up (see what we did there?), and the debate rages about the definition of ‘craft beer’, now really is the time to take a fresh look at beer. With the Office of National Statistics announcing earlier this year that craft beer has been added to that infamous basket of everyday family purchases that they use to calculate inflation, we can be sure that this is a long term production trend that will develop and grow along with our tastes. Consumers have long recognised the influence... Read More