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SKOPE to Showcase ActiveCore on the World Stage

SKOPE ActiveCore™ taking on the world

SKOPE will attend the world’s leading trade show for the Hospitality Industry, HostMilano, for the first time in October. The progressively international nature of HostMilano see SKOPE exhibiting alongside 2,010 of the world’s biggest suppliers from 47 different countries.

HostMilano is an opportunity for SKOPE to showcase our market leading technology, the revolutionary ActiveCore, to a global audience.

“We’re taking what we believe is the lowest energy, general purpose mechandisers of their size available in the world, to the world”
– Guy Stewart, Managing Director

ActiveCore – market leading energy savings and future-proofed technology

SKOPE’s ActiveCore range of glass door display fridges are designed to be future-proofed. It is the best choice to manage impending refrigerant changes because the cartridge can be easily swapped out to a different refrigerant and any service work can be done offsite, thereby minimising workplace safety risks.

By delivering market leading energy savings, optimal cooling performance, greater serviceability and a future-proofed system, our sophisticated ActiveCore technology will be meeting our customers’ needs for years to come.

In New Zealand and Australia ActiveCore now comes with all the added options too – additional shelves, shelf lighting, solid doors, tropical doors for warmer climates, the full range of colours, a remote refrigeration unit option and more. Learn more here

ActiveCore is currently available in top and bottom mount upright fridges and development is already underway to extend this technology into other ranges.

HostMilano – the premier event for the HORECA industry

HostMilano is a favourite destination for the top players in the hospitality industry. SKOPE representatives from our Design, Sales and Production teams will get a preview of all the latest innovations in technology and market trends.

“We can’t wait to share the latest trends in hospitality and innovation with our customers to help them continue to grow their businesses”
– Keri Thomas, GM Sales & Marketing
HostMilano Quick Facts
  • World’s leading trade show for the hospitality industry
  • Held in Milan every 2 years
  • This year’s show runs from Friday 20th – Tuesday 24th October, 2017
  • 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the show
  • Showcases Equipment, Furniture, Coffee and Food from leading global suppliers
  • 2,010 companies confirmed from 47 different countries
  • 40% of companies attending this year are from outside Italy
  • Germany, Spain, France, USA, UK are the top 10 foreign nations in attendance
  • 151,000 professionals from 172 countries expected to visit the show
  • Over 1,500 buyers from Europe, the Mediterranean, South Africa, the Middle East, North America, Central and Southern America, Russia, Asia and Oceania are attending this year’s show
  • 8 countries, including New Zealand, are making their debut with their own stand this year – Belarus, Egypt, Lichtenstein, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Ukraine
  • Hundreds of events including workshops, training, round table discussions, and demonstrations
Visit SKOPE at HostMilano

Friday 20 October – Tuesday 24 October, 2017
9.30am – 6.30pm
Pavilion 2, Stand T06
Fiera Milano
Rho. Strada Statale del Sempione, 28 20017 Rho, Milan.


Visit SKOPE’s Partner Brands
IRINOX – Pavilion 5, Stand D17 E20
ITV – Pavilion 24, K68 L63
MISA – Pavilion 2, Stand N21

3 Reasons to Visit SKOPE at Fine Food Australia

Fine Food Australia
11-14 September 2017
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour
Find SKOPE at stand HD20

Register here before Friday 8 September 2017 for free entry to Fine Food Australia.

1. Maximise sales


SKOPE BB380X at Chu the Phat, Brisbane

SKOPE are experts at combining form with function. Our range of ActiveCore upright display fridges, BackBar X bar display fridges and VF X series of premium upright freezers share some special features designed to maximise sales.  Attractive modern frameless glass doors, premium energy efficient glass, bright internal lighting and whisper quiet operation will perfectly complement the aesthetics and ambience of any space.


2. Stand out from the crowd

If you want something unique come and check out what SKOPE’s in house design team can do. Our design team, the largest in Australasia, are experts in creating unique solutions for specific requirements. Doors, handles, size, shape, colour, lighting, and finish can all be customised. From curves, wood panelling through to wall mounted, if you can imagine it, we can customise it for you. Visit our stand to see what only SKOPE can do.


Wall mounted SKOPE BB380 at Stop Valve, Melbourne


3. Industry expertise

Brady Wiseman, SKOPE National Project Manager

SKOPE products enable chefs and others in the hospitality and retail sectors to shape the future of the food and beverage industry. As many of our sales team are former chefs themselves, our expertise in this highly specialised area sets us apart.


The SKOPE stand is HD20 in the Catering Equipment section, for more information on Fine Food click here. Register online before 8th September 2017 for free entry. Click here to register.





How to attract and retain food and hospitality super stars

It’s no secret that the tourism industry is booming in both Australia and New Zealand. This coupled with the fact that people are dining out more regularly has created the perfect storm for the food and hospitality industry. On one hand more patrons is a huge opportunity to build your business. On the other hand it is one of the biggest challenges facing business owners in 2017.

However welcome the increase in business might be, it has resulted in a serious shortage of trained staff in Australia and New Zealand. Chefs and bakers are on the skills shortage lists in both countries. Competition to attract and retain the best staff has ramped up across the industry. As you know, you can’t run a successful business without the right staff so we’ve put together a list of our top tips to help you secure the best staff.

4 top tips for how you can recruit and retain the best in the industry:

1. Dedicate time to the recruitment process
Don’t just think about talent when recruiting new staff. Spend some time identifying the candidates with real sticking power too. If you’re serious about reducing staff turnover and securing someone for the long haul it’s worth investing some time in the recruitment process. You could do this yourself by advertising online, via social media or searching LinkedIn for potential candidates, or you could enlist the help of a recruitment agency. It’s also worth considering offering slightly more salary to keep ahead of your competition. Make sure you attend the interview yourself so you can get a feel for whether the candidate is really passionate about the job or whether they’re just filling in time before they go back to uni or using hospitality as a stepping stone rather than a career path.

2. Provide a real career path for your staff
The best talent want to know that your business is going to offer them a real opportunity, especially if the position is lower level. People want to see how your business will help them progress their career. If you’ve got staff who have worked their way up the ranks tell candidates their story, or better yet, get them to share their story with candidates themselves. A lot of people will take a low level position if they can see where it could take them in the future.

3. Promote the benefits of working for you
It’s no secret that working in food and hospitality involves accepting long, unsocial hours, a busy working environment and often lower than average pay. But, there are a lot of other great things about working in a fast-paced, dynamic, exciting industry. Identify what those things are in your business and start promoting them in every interaction with potential staff. Don’t forget, your competitors will be doing the same so have a really hard think about how the benefits of working for you are going to make your business stand out from the rest.

4. Start talking to your local food and hospitality training provider
The saying ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’ has never been more accurate. Making contacts with the staff at your local training provider is key to securing the best up and coming talent. You could get a group of students into the kitchen for the day, head into their training kitchen to do a demonstration, get yourself on the faculty advisory board or whatever else you can dream up. Whatever method you choose, get your name out there. You’ll find that staff start sending their best and brightest your way.

SKOPE has been supporting the food and hospitality for the last 50 years. If you’re looking for premium quality, reliable commercial refrigeration with superior warranty protection you can depend on SKOPE. Visit our website for more information.

SKOPE Classic 2017: Revs, Racing and Records at Ruapuna

SKOPE Classic is acknowledged as one of the best classic car race meetings in New Zealand by car enthusiasts and drivers alike.

In its 26th year, SKOPE Classic attracted a record 300 competitors from around the world. Taking to the track at Ruapuna this year were motorsport legends; Australian based Jim Richards, Italian Gianfranco Brancatelli, Swedish Ulf Grunberg, and local hero and Patron of the Canterbury Car Club, Trevor Crowe. This year also marked the first year that SKOPE Classic featured historic Formula One cars from the legendary 1970’s James Hunt era.

Another personal record set
Another legend of the 1970’s is the Porsche 911 IROC replica (1974) which is driven by one of SKOPE Classic’s biggest supporters, Guy Stewart, SKOPE’s Managing Director. The 911 IROC has been around the track every year since SKOPE became a sponsor 16 years ago but 2017 was a year for a new personal best in this car:

“I set my fastest time in IROC at this year’s SKOPE Classic at 1:34.93, so that’s pretty cool.”
– Guy Stewart, SKOPE Managing Director

No stranger to competitive racing
The 911 IROC was built by John Warring from a 1973 911S and “… is an amazingly competitive car given its age and 3.4 litre engine,” Guy says. IROC had another great year, placing second in the Ron Silvester 5 lap and 6 lap races and third in the Stanton Bros Sports and GT’s race, before Guy’s weekend was cut short by an impact that damaged a suspension strut.

Well acquainted with the driver’s seat
Guy started racing 16 years ago and has never looked back. Not only has Guy competed in club races and shorter endurances races (one and three hour) in New Zealand, he has also competed in longer endurance races. Guy raced in the ADAC 24 Hour (Nürburgring) three times, the Dubai 24 Hour twice, as well as a VLN 4 Hour (Nürburgring) and the Bathurst 12 hour.

An update on the GT2
For those of you wondering where Guy’s Porsche GT2 was this SKOPE Classic, it is undergoing an engine rebuild and was not available in time. Hopefully we will see this ex “Racing” Ray William’s 850HP GT2 back on the track soon. To get a sense of how fast it is have a look a the video below to see it in a handicap race against a group of muscle cars starting one minute after the first cars leave.

Bring on SKOPE Classic 2018
Planning for the race schedule in 2018 is already underway. Guy plans to compete in SKOPE Classic 2018 for the 17th year in a row as long as it doesn’t clash with a possible drive in the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race. Can’t wait to see what new records can be set next year. See you there!