Fairfax Meadow - Transport Statistics 2010
Fairfax Meadow has an ongoing commitment to use only the most efficient technology within our extensive vehicle fleet. In 2010 0ur vehicles completes over 500,000 deliveries carrying over 26 million kilos of meat over 4.5 million miles using 1.3million litres of fuel. Our vehicle utilisation was at its highest ever in 2010 and we trialled both electric and alternative fuel vehicles. Of our fleet of 80 vehicles over a quarter was replaced by new vehicles through our ongoing annual vehicle renewal programme, to ensure that we are using the most fuel efficient vehicles available on the market.
Fairfax Caterbridge Cotswold Lamb Launch
Fairfax Meadow shortlisted for IT in Manufacturing Award
Fairfax Meadow, the UK's largest national catering butcher, has been shortlisted for The Manufacturer IT in Manufacturing Award 2010. The award ceremony will take place at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire on 18th November 2010.
Fairfax Meadow has embarked on an ambitious long term IT strategy to drive operational efficiencies throughout the whole organisation. At the heart of their plan is the implementation of a new ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, which runs throughout the business connecting all functions, processes and departments.
Tony Carlisle, IT Manager for Fairfax Meadow commented, "I am delighted for the whole of Fairfax Meadow that we have been shortlisted for these awards. It is great to see our hard work rewarded. Our new IT model has led to significant gains in the business and ensures that we continue to offer a great service to our customers."
The Fairfax Meadow Board had a very clear vision based around blending advanced manufacturing techniques with the skills of the traditional butcher. Their aim is to deliver the highest quality meat at a very competitive price and they are using IT as a key enabler to making this happen.
Mary Hunter, Managing Director of their IT partner Columbus IT, said "It is great to see Fairfax Meadow shortlisted for this award. From the start they have put the customer at the heart of this project. They have a long term view on how they want the business to progress and how IT can help them".
The BDCI (The Butchers' and Drovers' Charitable Institution) the meat industry's trade charity held its annual festival dinner on Friday 15th October and Fairfax Meadow proudly took staff and customers to this event which this year raised a in excess of £100,000, a new record for the event
Chris Evans, Jools Holland and Alison Moyet proved a huge hit and festival chair Carsten Jakobsen said: "It was absolutely fantastic. I've never seen anything like it. I was very pleased on behalf of the charity"
Chris Evans hosted the auction to which Fairfax Meadow donated a day in our box at Royal Ascot. Chris Evans generously added to offering donating the food for the day. This package was then generously bought by someone for £18,000! A massive boost towards the total for the night.
All in all an excellent night which raised a lot of money for good cause!
Casterbridge Cotswold Lamb launch a resounding success!
On 19th of October Fairfax Meadow launched the newest addition to our Origins range of premium British meat and the second product to be given our highest standard Casterbridge brand, Casterbridge Cotswold Lamb, at a lunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in Mayfair.
The event which was sponsored by EBLEX was a resounding success and the main course of loin of Casterbridge lamb on honey crushed pumpkin with a brioche crusted sweetbread, lamb faggot and creamed celeriac finished with a thyme jus, showcased the product to perfection.
The event was attended by some of the countries top chefs including celebrity chef Brian Turner who spoke of his belief in great British produce and how impressed he was with the relationships being developed between the farmers, processors & butchers. Ultimately meaning chefs' get quality, consistency and great provenence, which is an important selling point in today's marketplace.
Fairfax Meadow supply The Queen Elizabeth
Fairfax Meadow are extremely proud to supply the newest addition to the Cunard cruise fleet “The Queen Elizabeth” The £365million liner becomes the third of Cunard's Queens joining the Queen Mary and the Queen Victoria.
She is the height of luxury and her décor harks back to an earlier era, the centre piece of which is an art deco wooden mural of the first Queen Elizabeth ship designed by the Queen's nephew, Viscount Linley.
Our first delivery to her at the docks in Southampton on the 8th of October carried all the ships meat for the 4 main restaurants and the new concept food stations, so she is fully stocked for her maiden voyage to Vigo and the Canary Islands. Our driver was very impressed with her when he made the delivery and took some photographs for you to enjoy.
Chefs have fun down on the farm
Fairfax Meadow and Eblex recently took a group of Chefs from Devere Venues, to observe and learn what makes Casterbridge Beef so special. The chefs visited Melville farm in Gloucestershire and met Goliath the farms Bull who is in the 5% of all breeding stock in Europe. They had the opportunity to explore the farm and see how the animals are reared and how the grain finishing works.
They also visited the RWM Abbatoir in Somerset where Casterbridge Beef is slaughtered, this gave the chefs an opportunity to observe the beasts being slaughtered and processed so they could see how the greatest care is taken to ensure that the animals do not become distress and that their welfare was paramount throughout this process.
After a hard day the chefs had a traditional cream tea and drove to Northampton where they stayed over night and the following day visited our Derby Factory where they were given a cutting demonstration and practical information and advice on butchery and cuts.
The Accreditation & Ethos
Over the past few decades Fairfax Meadow have always strived to service all of our customers needs, from sourcing new & better quality products to developing vehicles which allow us to be more environmentally efficient, our service to our customers is unparalleled within the industry... more information
Fairfax Meadow trial Zeroed Electric Fridge Vehicle
Fairfax Meadow are trialling the Zeroed Electric Fridge Vehicle within our fleet. These vehicles have no noise, no vibration, no emissions no road tax, no congestion charging & no tachographs and although expensive (they are twice the price of a diesel vehicle), they would seem to be the perfect solution for urban deliveries.
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Our Chefs’ Select Gourmet Beef Burger took home a gold award in the EBLEX run England’s Best Burger competition. Our Burger was judged one of the tastiest in the UK and we are very proud of this achievement. Our congratulations go to our food development chef Alan McGilveray for all his hard work in this competition.
June Product of the Month
Our product of the month for June is corn fed chicken supreme stuffed with tomato & mozzarella and wrapped in prosciutto (65621004 ) Already prepared for you this beautiful product from our chefs’ select range is ideal for banqueting & conferences
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Fairfax Meadow was once again proud to support The Roux Scholarship. The Scholarship gives the opportunity for a young chef to study and learn in Michelin Star environment and may winners go on to open their own restaurants and earn Michelin stars of their own: for more information on the scholarship please visit: www.rouxscholarship.co.uk
Our new vehicles in Kentish town have caused quite a stir in the capital and in the transportation industry. The vehicles which represent a significant investment in our fleet and improve our environmental impact have been the subject of competitions and articles in various trade magazines!
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Fairfax Meadow have entered the England’s Best Burger Competition run by EBLEX , with our Chefs’ secret ingredients that really make it stand out from the crowd, we think our burger has what it takes to go all the way so wish us luck!
Fairfax Meadow are proud to supply the newest ship in the P & O Cruises Fleet Azura.
Azura was launched from Southampton on the 10th of April with much fanfare and some of her star attractions are her dining facilities, the ship has 11 places to eat. She truly is a luxury liner with everything that makes a great holiday all under one roof.
For more information please visit http://www.pocruises.com/azura/
Published: 08 January, 2010
The foodservice and catering butchery sectors have been as badly hit as any other area in thecurrent recession and worse hit than some. Companies operating in the foodservicesector that specialise mainly in meat supply have suffered a doublewhammy, as people aretightening their belts and eating out less, and a shortage of red meat saw prices rocket last year, leading to many restaurants to review their menu offerings. Many have taken one of three routes: they have either cut portion sizes offered, reduced the amount of meat on the menu or, in the worst-case scenario, taken meat off the menu completely. Many restaurants in the middle market have closed.
New Vehicles for Kentish Town
Fairfax Meadow is pleased to announce the delivery of 15 new vehicles to operate out of its’ Kentish Town site. The Agile automatic gearbox 3500kgs Iveco Daily Vans further enhance our existing fleet and are helping us to reduce our carbon footprint by replacing older vehicles with newer, more efficient ones. These new vehicles allow us to increase our delivery capacity improving service for our customers in London & the South East.
MBA for Fairfax Manager
Fairfax Meadow would like to extend congratulations to Darren Dougherty, Planning Manager from Derby on the successful completion of his MBA. We are all proud of his achievement.
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Fairfax Meadow showcase our Casterbridge West Country grain-fed beef.
Published: 20 October, 2009
Catering butcher Fairfax Meadow hosted a lunch for pub chefs to showcase its Casterbridge West Country grain-fed beef. The event was held at the InterContinental Hotel, London, where executive chef Paul Bates prepared a special menu featuring different cuts of the beef.
(From left) Leroy Allen, John Molnar, Nicola Thompson and Christopher Reeve, all of the Moleface
Pub Company, meet Jason Atherton, chef patron of Gordon Ramsay restaurant Maze and
Gerry Wensley, managing director of Fairfax Meadow.
Fairfax Meadow launches foodservice beef
Published: 07 October, 2009
Fairfax Meadow is hoping for success with the launch of a new premium range of beef aimed at the foodservice sector
The company hopes its Casterbridge West Country grain-fed beef, which was launched at a lunch in London, will appeal to high-end foodservice operators.
A spokesman for Fairfax Meadow said the product was aiming for a consistent high quality: “Only English beef, sired from traditional breeds and sourced from selected farms in the six counties of south-west England, is used to produce Casterbridge.”
“Animals are selected to our specifications and we have contracts with each of our supplier farmers to ensure that all animals are finished to the required standards.”