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Purchasing Group turn to Nisbets for Catering Equipment Needs

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Anglia Farmers (AF) was established as the result of the merger of Loddon Farmers and Mid Norfolk Farmers back in 2003. Now with 3,500 full members nationwide and representing over 11,000 farmers, AF  provides an important support mechanism buying everything from agricultural machinery, energy supplies, mobile phones and animal feeds for a range of outlets from farms, golf clubs, leisure attractions and even pubs.

With the promise of just one monthly invoice, no matter the raft of purchases made, members can access many benefits including improved prices, benchmarking services, market information and a support network that takes many of the day to day tasks away from busy desks and farms.


In order to be able to cater for the wide selection of member’s needs, AF relies on the dedication and support of a wide range of suppliers. For catering equipment, there was only one go to supplier to bring on board as general supplies manager Sally Payne explained:

“We started working with Nisbets about 5 years ago and since then we have been treated to prompt reliable service, excellent quotations, a fast response time and nextday delivery to all our members no matter where they are in the UK. We are pleased to say that many members will flick through the Nisbets catalogue or browse the website before calling us up to place the order. As an organisation that relies on a contented membership we are extremely appreciative of the time and effort that Nisbets put into support us and our membership."

There is probably no better recommendation on the catering equipment than the fact that it is the brand of choice in AF’s own staff canteen. As Alison Melville, catering manager at AF explains, the Nisbets catalogue is the first point of call whenever she requires new equipment, whether heavy or light:

“I always use the Nisbets catalogue as the starting point for any equipment purchase. I used Nisbets prior to starting at here and almost know the products off by heart."

In addition to the in-house canteen, Alison is also responsible for the wide range of events and County shows that AF attends. Serving over 1300 members and customers every day at the Royal Norfolk Show, Alison is reliant on a range of Nisbets equipment from Olympia crockery with which to serve the food on, through to Waring Paninimakers: 


“Olympia crockery, whether plates, mugs or saucers have a great weight, stack nicely, doesn’t chip and is always at a great price. Furthermore it is available in a wide range of sizes and formats, making it the first choice for AF both in the canteen and when at events and shows. We also use Olympia cutlery due to its good price and stylish design.”

The other item of preference for Alison is the Waring Panini maker.

“Panini’s are extremely popular in the canteen and being able to put trust in the Waring means that I can be getting on with something else.  The fact that it is good size means that it is portable enough for us to use on our event days.”

Over 90% of Anglia Farmers in-house staff interacts with the canteen every day.

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