What Do I Need To Set Up A Deli

Setting up a deli is not a complicated process, if it is carefully planned. From getting the food hygiene certifications to purchasing equipment and marketing the business and designing signage, the new deli owner has to have everything in place for the day of opening. Below you will find advice and guidance on purchasing your equipment, including, meat slicers and refrigerators to make the business a success. 

Planning and Licenses

For anyone who wants to set up a deli, it is recommended to check local and government regulations on food hygiene, certifications, and licenses. The business needs to have all the necessary paperwork in order for the proposed opening day. Food handling and supplier check guidelines need to be in place to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Consider a Training Course

Some people who have no experience with preparing food or serving people, attending a training course can be beneficial. Some catering training is provided by the local authority, and they can even help put a health and safety document together, so that employees can confidently operate equipment, just like meat slicers and toasting machines. Customer service training is also beneficial for staff being employed in the deli, and some employees might have to update their health and safety knowledge.

Interior Design

The interior of the deli needs to be clean and tidy, welcoming for guests, and promising a fast service. The owner has to decide where to position the counter, the menu, and where to display ready to go meals. The coffee and tea machine also has to be displayed in a prominent place, so visitors know they can get a hot drink along with their freshly made delicatessen. The chairs need to be comfortable, well arranged, making the most out of the available space. For providing eating in facilities, the owner needs to decide whether to go with the plastic recyclable cutlery and plates, or a more sophisticated china that will increase workflow in the kitchen. 

Menu and Pricing

It is recommended to check out the prices of delicatessen products in the area, and the purchasing power of customers in the area. This will give the deli owner an idea on the menu to put together, and the prices. However, it is important to consider the cost of initial investment as well when creating a price list. Buying all the equipment: chairs, ingredients, freezers, fridges, meat slicers, decoration will cost a substantial amount of money. Creating a return on investment plan can help determine the right price and put together an appealing menu for potential customers. Finally, checking out and comparing the cost of ingredients, contacting different suppliers can help save money and maximize profits. 

Meat Slicers Matter

To make the deli a great success, the right equipment has to be in place for the staff to use. Customers of the deli will be expecting to receive their order within minutes, and this is not possible to achieve without a meat slicer or a fast toaster, for example. When picking a coffee machine, the speed and ease of making a hot drink have to be evaluated, as often staff will have to prepare a sandwich, pack a slice of cake, and make a hot drink for taking away. Making a good decision about deli equipment will make the service easier and faster, and keep staff happy working in the shop.

Crs Epos

From our large showroom we can offer an extensive range of equipment both new & fully reconditioned, thus ensuring you get the right equipment for the job. Our showroom is situated on the eastern side of Ipswich with easy parking.


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