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Hygiene and sanitation in food service

Innovative hygiene solutions to help food and beverage businesses ensure high hygiene standards to protect staff, customers and equipment.

Initial provides an integrated hygiene programme to help food and beverage establishments ensure the highest hygiene standards, protect food safety and reduce risks of cross-contamination.

In the food and beverage industry, it’s essential to maintain hygiene standards in compliance with food safety regulations. Failure to put in place and adhere to appropriate hygiene procedures, particularly in food preparation areas, can result in cross-contamination and the spread of pathogens throughout the facility.

This can go on to have an enormous social and economic impact on a business, resulting in closure of premises, loss of profits, hefty financial penalties and damage to brand reputation.

More significantly, these contaminants can cause serious illnesses and compromise customer and employee safety. Foodborne pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter result in 600 million cases of foodborne diseases and around 500,000 deaths each year.* Implementing the right hygiene practices, monitoring hand-hygiene compliance and introducing a culture of food safety throughout the business can help reduce this risk. 

*WHO estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases, 2015

Supporting restaurants, bars and cafés during the coronavirus pandemic

With innovative hygiene expertise, Initial can help food and beverage businesses deal  with the effects of COVID-19 and keep employees and customers protected from the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Delivering hygiene with complete confidence

Reassure employees and customers that your premises are not just clean, but hygienically safe too.

Helping you be prepared for the new world

Download our return to work ebook for help getting your office ready for the ‘new normal’.

Specialist disinfection services

We offer disinfection services, though our sister company Rentokil, tailored to your office’s needs.

Highest standards of hygiene in food and beverage businesses

Our industry-leading solutions are backed by data and scientific evidence. We provide innovations such as intelligent no-touch dispensers, industry-leading consumables and highly effective air hygiene solutions that can help protect the health and safety of your customers and staff.

Hand hygiene

An award-winning range of hand hygiene products, as well as hand soaps and sanitisers, formulated to be highly effective against bacteria and viruses.

Surface hygiene

Our surface hygiene services disinfect and sanitise surfaces, equipment and floors with effective solutions that can kill 99.99% of bacteria and viruses.

Air hygiene

Clean, safe air is more important than ever. Our air purification solutions can remove up to 99.85% of airborne particles including respiratory droplets.

myInitial: your online hygiene portal

Discover our easy-to-use online customer portal that supports hygiene management of single or multiple sites.

Ensuring high levels of hygiene in restaurants, bars and cafés

Restaurants, bars and cafés all operate in a transient – often high-traffic – business group. Here, close contact between customers, staff and surfaces makes the spread of pathogens more likely and increases the risk of infection.

Good hygiene practices are essential for disrupting the transmission of germs and protecting premises and the people in them from further risks, especially at cross-contamination hotspots.

Entrances and exits

Germs can be brought into your business by customers or staff. Hand sanitisers that kill germs can be positioned in the most convenient locations, such as entry points, to promote frequent use.

In your whole premises

High levels of footfall, close contact between people and surfaces, and the storage of different food materials mean that surface hygiene and air care solutions across your entire premises are vital to help avoid the spread of germs.

Frequently touched objects

Frequently touched objects such as door handles, dining tables and chairs can facilitate cross-contamination. Surface hygiene solutions can reduce risks of infection by sanitising these touchpoints

Staff and customer hand hygiene

Poor hand hygiene severely increases the potential for cross-contamination. Ensuring effective hand hygiene facilities – for handwashing, drying and hand sanitising – are available both inside and outside washrooms can help protect your staff and customers.

Tills, self-service and payment areas

Self-service containers, payment screens and card readers can harbour germs. Self-serve sprays and wipes and hand sanitisers can kill bacteria and viruses in these areas to help reduce germ transmission.

Commercial kitchens

Staff working in the food preparation areas can transmit bacteria and viruses onto equipment, surfaces and the food itself – compromising food safety. Effective hand hygiene facilities and surface hygiene programmes are crucial in these locations.

Restaurant, bars and cafés insights

Our mission is to protect our customers from the risks of poor hygiene in these extraordinary times. Our experts deliver an ongoing service that’s both reliable and hassle-free, leaving you to focus on the operations of your business, secure in the knowledge that your staff, visitors and customers are safe.

Understanding the journey of the germ in food preparation

Food handler personal and hand hygiene is essential in preventing the spread of germs within food premises and cross-contamination to food.

How do you reassure your employees that they are hygienically safe?

People now have a far greater expectation of what needs to be provided for their safety at work

How air hygiene can protect workplaces from COVID-19and other viruses

Filtering pathogens from the air will be a necessary first step to prevent infection, reduce ill-health and keep you safe at work.

Pest control services

Innovative pest management solutions from our sister company, Rentokil to support your business needs.

Comprehensive, tailored hygiene solutions to protect your people and enhance lives.