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With more than 7,000 food & beverage business in Singapore, with various cuisine and dining options available, it is no wonder the consumers are spoilt with choices. Expectations and demands among diners are also constantly increasing, besides food quality and freshness of the produce; plating and presentation, ambiance and experience are also frequently evaluated.
In most restaurants and cafes today, the décor and aesthetics play a major role in gaining public’s interest, and the food and beverage industry plays a vital part in contributing to Singapore’s overall economy. The upward trend in Gastronomy dining, food artisan and gourmet fine dining has also raised the bar for the price of meals we are paying.
With pricey indulgence, diners would expect more from the business owners, and hygiene, cleanliness and food safety is no exception. There have been incidences of food poisoning, presence of pest such as cockroaches, ants and rodents found within food serving or premises and for extreme cases, regulatory penalties and business closures.
Social media, forums and blogging has been the “go to” platform among unhappy and dissatisfied consumers, and the impact can turn viral and damaging to both the business and brand. These scenarios can turn detrimental in media coverages.
We all know in conditions with daily food consumption and preparations, presence of pests are inevitable with the availability of food sources. It is important to ensure quality, adequate and responsive pest control solutions to keep pest issues under control. By understanding how and why cockroaches, ants, rodents and flies are attracted and why it is commonly found in the kitchen and dining area, can help complement control efficacy.
The first step is to identify tell-tale signs of pests, learn practical steps to prevent harborage, and maintaining diligent kitchen cleanliness and sanitation at all times.
The government regulatory such as National Environment Agency imposes stringent regulation and standards, with inspections and quality checks implemented among the food establishments. Businesses should embrace zero-tolerance policy to avoid the risks of being subjected to penalties and financial implications.
Running a food business not only involves high operating hours particularly in labor cost, but intensive operational management. Non-food safety, presence of pest sighted or non-regulatory compliances can be minimized if an integrated control is in place to manage your food environment.
We understand price margins may be challenged in such intense competition with the rising food business in Singapore. Rentokil designs Insect Light Traps that are affordable while efficacy are not compromised. Most owners would think these traps are sufficient to fulfil their food safety. However, the source and breeding of fruit flies are often neglected. The Rentokil Foam Blitz Solution is innovated to in controlling small flies breeding sites in hard to reach spaces, drains, gulley, trolley etc.
Our specialists are trained to recommend integrated pest management solutions for your food business. Get started by assessing the risk level of your premise. Get your pest check done here.