A big well done to Amy Joanne Thomas (main winner) Megan Elizabeth Thomas and Krystal King - Amy Joanne Thomas was selected at random to win the Catering Competition. You and two friends have won the food service kits worth £450. Each kit consists of; 3x 34cm High Heat Spatulas, 2x 30cm Tongs, 2x 7.6L Square Containers (23.14 x 22.34 x 22.20cm), 2x 7.6L Square Container Lids and 3x Chopping Boards (38cm x 50cm). I am sure you will make full use of these in your kitchens.
We will look forward to seeing your winning images when they come through. We would like to thank you all for entering the competition but unfortunately there can only be one winner. Please keep checking back to our Facebook and Twitter pages for further competitions coming soon.
We are pleased to announce the launch of our Catering & Hospitality Catalogue. It features many additions including more sustainable options than ever before, helping its customers to make environmentally friendly choices, at affordable prices.
To cater for this current high demand for eco-conscious products and wrapping, Jangro has introduced a brand-new sustainable food packaging range. Perfect for takeaway foods, these containers are made from recycled board and are recyclable, compostable and fully bio-degradable. The catalogue also features Jangro’s innovative Enviro range of cleaning and sanitising products, which include smarter packaging single use ‘sachets’, to avoid the use of traditional plastic bottles.
Other additions include a new FDA/EU approved hygiene brushware range; and allergen labels and kitchen equipment, including purple chopping boards. As well as offering commercial equipment, Jangro has also designed a smaller budget range to suit rental accommodation, such as student housing. This collection includes products such as kettles, toasters, microwaves and irons. There is also a commercial range of steam cleaners for deep cleans available.
Jo Gilliard, CEO of Jangro comments “We are thrilled to launch our new Catering Catalogue – not only is it packed with everything a catering business needs, it also offers many products designed with the environment in mind. We are committed to helping our customers make more sustainable choices wherever possible. This means that we need to offer high quality, effective, and eco-friendly products, which are affordable.
“Our network’s increased buying power means we can offer excellent products at consistent, competitive prices, and since our independent members are strategically located around the UK and Ireland, we also offer national coverage combined with local, fast and reliable delivery service.”
The catalogue features all the essentials required for catering, leisure and hospitality businesses – including kitchen hygiene, utensils and equipment, cleaning chemicals, tableware and glassware, washroom supplies, work wear, janitorial and waste management.
For more information, or to order a free copy visit Jangro.net or call 01204 795 955.
October typically marks the beginning of the dreaded cold and flu season. Jangro CEO, Joanne Gilliard, discusses how cleaning and hygiene can limit the spread of seasonal viruses, and boost health and wellbeing this winter.
Each year, at around this time, we are warned of the dangers of influenza (‘flu’). Reports state that almost three times as many people died of the flu last year, compared to 2016, and that GPs also saw a major rise in patients suffering from flu-like symptoms. Not only is it an unpleasant experience for the patient, but there is also an impact on businesses too, when you consider the number of days lost due to illness, and its knock-on effect on productivity. One study estimated that, when looking specifically at the flu season, influenza cost the UK economy £1.35bn annually in lost working days.
When it comes to infection and viruses, the old adage “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer. Bacteria can travel so easily; studies have shown that contaminated hands can sequentially transfer some viruses to up to seven surfaces, and fourteen people can be contaminated by touching the same object one after the other . It has also been proven that pathogens can live on surfaces for days, weeks and even months! It is clear to see how one person’s illness can spread so quickly and widely!
However, the cleaning industry can play a key role in preventing the spread of these germs. By putting some simple infection control procedures in place, we can help break the chain of infection and prevent the spread of germs, boosting health, wellbeing and productivity.
Clean hands prevent cross contamination
Good hand hygiene is the primary, most important method of preventing cross contamination and the spread of bacteria. This simple act can prevent contamination in catering workplaces, protect visitors and patients from infection at healthcare facilities, and even help fight the increase of antibiotic resistance. Facilities should look for hygiene products which confirm to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727, and which can tackle pathogens effectively.
Having a range of options available can also increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. Touch-free dispensers are becoming increasingly popular as they intuitively sense the hands and dispense the right amount of product. The fact that they are also touch-free enhances their hygiene rating. We also believe that it is important that children learn the importance of hand hygiene from a young age, and having a specially developed range of hand washing dispensers, such as the Jangronauts range, can help this be achieved in a fun, interactive and educational way.
Breaking the chain of cross-contamination
Cleaning operatives are key to breaking the chain of infection, by ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of surfaces. By hygienically cleaning common surfaces, pathogens can be destroyed at the source, and prevented from transferring to, and infecting susceptible people. It is crucial, however, that the risk of cross-contamination is eliminated by adopting a colour-coding system. This will ensure that certain cleaning tools and equipment are only used for specific areas or tasks, and will stop, for example a mop that has been used in a toilet, also being used in a food preparation area. Although there is no legislative requirement to operate a colour-coded cleaning regime, ideally all equipment within the different areas will be suitably colour coded.
Training for a healthier environment
All cleaning companies must ensure that their operatives know which products to use, and when and how to use them – Jangro offers a specific training module for this, as part of our award-winning e-learning platform, the Learning Management Solution (LMS). Offered free to all of our customers, the LMS offers versatile training, and can be accessed ‘on the go’ from smart devices as well as from PCs or laptops.
Once the concept of colour coding and how it effectively contributes to the prevention of infection is fully understood by cleaning operatives, you will be well on the way to ensuring a safer, healthier and more productive working environment.
Take the Infection Control and Colour Coding course by visiting our Jangro LMS website: www.jangrolms.net
As seen in October’s Tomorrows Cleaning.
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Due to the rise in demand for environmentally conscious products and packaging, Jangro, the UK and Ireland’s largest network of independent janitorial distributors, is now offering its national account customers the latest sustainability innovations as a core benefit.
All products from Jangro have been comprehensively assessed with a low overall environmental impact in mind, from the raw materials used, to logistics, packaging and recycling. There is also a dedicated range designed to reduce users’ carbon footprints. The Jangro Enviro Concentrates collection are high concentration and low dosage products, which minimise the amount of product wasted, and significantly reduce amount of plastic packaging sent to landfill.
Due to their superior buying power – there are currently 45 members in the network – Jangro is able to offer these sustainable, high quality cleaning products at consistent, competitive prices. Jangro can also help reduce customers’ overall spend, by rationalising products required and building a smaller, and more cost-effective range for sites.
Jo Gilliard, CEO of Jangro, comments, “Sustainability is an important issue for our industry, especially with the recent crackdown on plastic packaging. Supporting our customers to make sustainable choices remains high on our agenda, and so we are always innovating to offer high quality, more environmentally conscious products and packaging, without undue price increases.”
Other key benefits of being a Jangro national account holder include:
- A unique health and safety compliance solution called site manager, containing Safety Data Sheets, COSHH risk assessments and process risk assessment documents.
- A high quality of service at all times. Jangro offers one point of contact, for ordering, invoicing, or any enquiries so there’s never any confusion about who to speak to.
- A state-of-the-art e-commerce ordering system that can integrate with big name ERP systems such as Sage, SAP and Merlin.
- A budget management system, to keep track of funds and spending power
- Access to Jangro’s award-winning e-training platform, Learning Management Solution (LMS)
- National coverage combined with a local, fast and reliable delivery service, thanks to the strategic locations of Jangro independent members across the country.
To qualify for a Jangro National Account, customers must have multi-sites across the UK and Ireland. For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.jangro.net/national-distribution, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01204 795 955.
A recent analysis of Jangro’s Learning Management Solution (LMS) shows a sharp rise in courses completed, including its NEW Manual Handling module and the introduction of three new Task Cards
A recent analysis of Jangro’s award-winning online training programme, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (Jangro LMS), has demonstrated that commercial cleaning companies are realising the benefits of training their workforce.
Jangro’s fully interactive e-learning platform has grown phenomenally since it launched; and is offered free to all its customers and their staff. Data highlights that over the last year, there has been a huge spike in completed courses (an increase of 175%), and if you take into account courses that are close to completion, the figure is over 300%.
This is not just a UK trend either – the analysis highlights a growing awareness internationally, with a 10% rise in overseas training, from countries including Ireland, France, USA and Australia. The most popular courses completed were COSHH training (25%), and, in second place with 12.7%, was Jangro’s new course on Manual Handling.
Joanne Gilliard, CEO of Jangro, comments, “The analysis of our LMS makes for fascinating reading, and is a microcosm of our industry. It has highlighted that companies really are taking a key interest in the health, safety and well-being of their employees. It also shows that operatives themselves are eager to learn, and with the rise of smartphones and tablets, online training has never been more accessible to them”.
The Jangro LMS offers courses with varying lengths that allow users to train remotely at times that suit them, and to dip in and out of sessions as required, and is optimised for all devices. Jangro also offers a versatile system to ‘train on the go’ with their Task Cards – brief, highly visual documents containing step-by-step instructions for product usage and safety information. Operatives may now also sign in with their social media log-ins, making it even quicker and easier for them to access best practice and advice.
Another three of these bite-sized guides have recently been introduced, bringing the total number of Task Cards to six:
- NEW Guide to Cleaning Wash Basins & Taps
- NEW Guide to cleaning stainless steel
- NEW Guide to cleaning glass and mirrors
- Guide to cleaning a toilet
- Guide to cleaning and organising cupboards
- Guide to mopping a floor
The Jangro Learning Management Solution is designed to give their customers the tools to get their teams fully trained quickly, so that they can offer the very best cleaning service possible. For more information or advice, please visit http://jangrolms.net/