FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award   Sue Calver   FIRA Project Manager
FIRA - Our Aims      To support our members business      To add value to their products and services
FIRA - Long Term Strategic Partners                Ensuring a voice to Government                Understanding the furni...
FIRA - Centre of Knowledge            Shaping national and international standards             on behalf of membership   ...
FIRA – Website – www.fira.co.uk                       • Technical support                       • Industry information    ...
FIRA INTERNATIONAL               –   Service Technicians               –   The Furniture Ombudsman               –   Testi...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award       In 2009 Blum UK, who supply     fittings systems to the furniture     and kitchen indu...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardProject Outcome:• The FIRA funded study for Blum looked into how real-life  kitchens are used...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award                  Observing consumer use                        As competition winners, Blum ...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award              Observing consumer use     FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award project will     form ...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardFIRA & Blum Anniversary Award project aims:To establish a ‘real’ usage of drawers, doors and ...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardThe Austrian project has provided a significant amount of datarelating to:•Loads applied to d...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardApart from counters the following information was recorded fromthe sample kitchens• General v...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardObserving since 1982: 135 rooms, mostly Kitchens    160                                      ...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award                     Age of the kitchens      45                                             ...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award     The FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award extended this project to     the UK     •FIRA and Blum...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award                  Observing consumer use     Key task to be undertaken by:     Blum     • Tra...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award                  Observing consumer use• The first ‘re-visit’ took place six months after in...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award            Kitchen drawers / Contents                                Product-Observation in ...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award                                 Austrian - Hinge cycles by content                          ...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardAlong with the 30 and 50 kg load bearing options, TANDEMBOX plus         BLUMOTION is now ava...
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FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardThe role of standards: BS 6222-2:2009• Domestic kitchen equipment. Fitted kitchen units,  pen...
FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardIn Conclusion• Overall – the results have shown that the way that kitchens are being    used ...
Any Questions               Sue Calver    FIRA Project Manager, scalver@fira.co.ukDirect +44 (0)1438 777 620, Mobile 07535...
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FIRA Project Manager, Sue Calver presented the findings of a study into the real usage of kitchens at kbb 2012 on Monday 5 March.

The FIRA funded study for Blum has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings. The project aimed to review data relating to the usage of drawers, doors and lifting systems within real kitchens. The study compared how kitchens within the UK are used in comparison to kitchen usage in Europe – particularly Austria.
The study has involved FIRA technicians, trained by Blum, fitting the designated kitchens with monitoring equipment, including sensors and 6-digit counters to determine:
• Loads applied to doors and drawers
• Cycles of doors, drawers and lift systems throughout a kitchen lifetime
• Changes in use over time (i.e. moves towards full extension, changing storage options etc)

FIRA technicians have returned to the households to gather results which are focused primarily on the following cabinet areas of the kitchens:
1. Cutlery – main
2. Daily used crockery
3. Daily used glassware
4. Daily used mugs/cups
5. Pots and pans
6. Rubbish
7. Consumables – tins/jars/packets
8. Utensils – spatulas/whisks/fish slicers/ can openers etc
9. Cling film, foil, bags etc



Findings:
Usage -
The study showed that the drawer space is mostly used for provisions, followed closely by utilities, pots and flatware. Results showed that just 3% of drawer space is occupied by rubbish storage; however, the rubbish drawer was the most used part of the kitchen.
Frequency of use - Hinges
Results from both the UK and the Austria sample showed that the cupboard or drawer used for rubbish is the most commonly used part of the kitchen. However, the number of times the rubbish receptacle is used is much higher in Austria, suggesting that people in the UK are more likely to have a standalone bin. Hinge counters in the UK measured up to 165,000 uses over 20 years, with Austria showing usage of up to 286,000 cycles over 20 years. This figures is in excess of the Standard (BS6222 part 2. Domestic kitchen equipment) to which cupboard hinges are tested for – which anticipates that just 90,000 cycles are likely to take place over a 20 year period. This has highlighted a need for the Standard to be amended.
Frequency of use – Drawer Cycles
The study showed that again, drawers containing rubbish were the most frequently used. The Standard for drawers anticipates up to 120,000 cycles over a 20 year period, however, the study showed that drawers were used in excess of this. The estimated average figure for the cycles for the most used drawer in the UK was 300,000 times over a 20 year period, with an estimated maximum of 640,000 cycles. Austrian results were less than this, with an average use of 176,000 cycles, and a maximum use of 290,000 cycles over a 20 year period. This again suggests an amend to the Standard for

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  • 60 years heritage The largest furniture association in the UK. The only one representing the entire supply chain FIRA International is part of the BM TRADA group World renowned centre of excellence and knowledge
  • Labelling schemes – FIRA Gold for furniture and installation. Ergonomics excellence & Innovation award
  • The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) is the furniture industry's dedicated Government lobby group, All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group at the House of Commons. FISP, the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme, run by FIRA Launched in 2006 to support and improve the furniture industry's sustainability credentials, FISP has rapidly become established as the industry forum on all environmental and sustainable issues.
  • Active in all main standards organisations - FIRA's new Standards Plus service allows you to search through an extensive standards database.
  • www.fira.co.uk - on you bookmark
  • Business within FIRA offer specialist expertise
  • Tell you about the project – 60 years 2009 award £20,000 innovation project - To establish the “real” usage of drawers, doors and lift systems in UK Kitchen Furniture. To combine this data to the ongoing project that has already been underway in Europe for 25 years.
  • In simple terms we (FIRA and Blum) would locate up to 20 individual households (covering a wide range of kitchen types). Following training, given by Blum, FIRA’s technicians would visit each of the research households and install monitors and sensors to each kitchen (the equipment would be provided by Blum). These monitors/sensors are designed to store all relevant usage data. Thereafter, periodically, it would be necessary to revisit each household and record readings. These readings would then be “fed into” the total project data and form a new part of the ongoing research
  • In simple terms we (FIRA and Blum) would locate up to 20 individual households (covering a wide range of kitchen types). Following training, given by Blum, FIRA’s technicians would visit each of the research households and install monitors and sensors to each kitchen (the equipment would be provided by Blum). These monitors/sensors are designed to store all relevant usage data. Thereafter, periodically, it would be necessary to revisit each household and record readings. These readings would then be “fed into” the total project data and form a new part of the ongoing research
  • This has given us a significant amount of data relating to; Loads applied to drawers and doors Cycles of doors, drawers and lift systems throughout an entire Kitchen lifespan Changes in use over the years (i.e. moves towards full extension, changing storage options, etc)
  • Background is the project conducted over the last 30 years by Blum - Beautiful Austria – centre for research mixture of Swiss, German & Austrian culture
  • Read
  • RED = new in last 12 months, BLUE kitchens in continous assessment, Grey no longer under observation
  • Rolling programme - 24 Kitchens new to project are less than 3 years old current technology, 18 under 3 years continuous assessment. Kitchens over 10 year old no longer assessed as their use is unlikely to change
  • By far 4 people live in homes interesting equal number of occupants 2 or 3
  • So lets get onto the FIRA project
  • Working together - Equal commitment to the Award by FIRA and Blum
  • Image of sensors
  • The award finishes in 2012 but Blum’s intention to continue rolling program like in Austria a number of new kitchens have been added this year
  • Image of a simple kitchen and the journey around the room
  • Examples - talk
  • Examples - talk
  • Examples - talk
  • Examples - talk
  • Examples - talk
  • Examples - talk
  • More houses like this
  • Lift system new to project in UK
  • Examples - talk
  • From Austrian research division of Materials in kitchen drawers Therefore, drawer space is mostly used for provisions, followed closely by utilities, pots and flatware/china. Results showed that just 3% of drawer space is occupied by rubbish storage, however rubbish storage is the most used part of the kitchen
  • Testing of hinges to general level 30,000 cycles approx 7 years or approximately 80,000 - 90,000 over 20 years This shows the use in Austrian survey over 20 years? Garbage is over 286,000 well in excess of the level G requirement. Level H is 60,000 = 7 years or 180,00 =20 years Level H =180,000 20 years Level G = 90,000 20 years
  • Testing of hinges to general level 30,000 cycles approx 7 years or approximately 80,000 - 90,000 over 20 years This shows the use in UK extrapolated to over 20 years? Garbage is over 165,000 well in excess of the level G requirement. Level H is 60,000 = 7 years or 180,00 =20 years – so close
  • Results from both the UK and the Austria sample showed that the cupboard or drawer used for rubbish is the most commonly used part of the kitchen. However, the number of times the rubbish receptacle is used is much higher in Austria, suggesting that people in the UK are more likely to have a standalone bin. Hinge counters on rubbish receptacle in the UK measured average of 165,000 uses over 20 years, with Austria showing average usage of 286,000cycles over 20 years. This figures is in excess of the Standard (BS6222 part 2. Domestic kitchen equipment level G) to which cupboard hinges are tested for – which anticipates that just 90,000 cycles are likely to take place over a 20 year period. This has highlighted a need for the Standard to be amended.
  • Level G - pan drawer 20,000 cycles; general drawer 40,000 cycles; cutlery 80,000 cycles, approx 7 yrs 20 years = pan drawer 60,000 cycles; general drawer 120,000 cycles; cutlery 240,000 cycles, Austrian Results 20yrs Garbage = Ave over 176,000 up to 290,000 Level H general drawer is 50,000 7yrs, about 140,000 20 years still well below the recorded level
  • Level G - pan drawer 20,000 cycles; general drawer 40,000 cycles; cutlery 80,000 cycles, approx 7 yrs 20 years = pan drawer 60,000 cycles; general drawer 120,000 cycles; cutlery 240,000 cycles, UK Results 20yrs Garbage = Ave over 300,000 up to 640,000 Level H general drawer is 50,000 7yrs, about 140,000 20 years still well below the recorded level
  • The study showed that again drawers containing rubbish were the most frequently used. The Standard for drawers anticipates up to 120,000 cycles over a 20 year period for a general use drawer, however, the study showed that drawers were used in excess of this. In Austria the average figure for the cycles for the most used drawer was 176,000 times over a 20 year period, with 290,000 cycles being the highest recording in Austria. UK results were even greater than this, with an average use of 300,000 cycles, and an estimated maximum use of 640,000 cycles over a 20 year period. This again suggests an amend to the Standard for drawer systems. Does this show a tendency for UK to have more drawer systems
  • Austrian results - Shows 600mm wide drawers in purple, 30 and 50 kg load bearing options normal weights in drawer. This shows just under 30Kg maximum weight in a drawer which was a drawer >600mm wide containing rubbish, closely followed by the provisions drawer
  • 30 and 50 kg load bearing options, normal weights here include up to 55 kgs but a crockery drawer, then electrical equipment which comes in just under 40kgs
  • It was found that the weight of items kept within Austrian kitchen drawers was within the 30 – 50 kg scope which the BS6222 part 2 Standard tested for at level G. However, the results showed that in the UK, kitchen users placed much heavier items in their drawers, such as crockery. Findings showed that some drawers held in excess of 50kg of crockery, where as the average ‘general use’ drawer contained up to 35kg of items. Next slide - In response to this, Blum are now offering a drawer system designed to hold up to 65kg of weight.
  • In response to this, Blum are now offering a drawer system designed to hold up to 65kg of weight
  • New to project in UK is lift system BS 6222 level G around 7 yrs 20,000 cycles, level H 40,000 7 years envisaged as being small over appliance/oven – this shows a recorded average 15,000 and 60,000 max in 20 years Lifting systems are becoming increasing used in the UK, in comparison to Europe. Results for the FIRA / Blum study suggested that the most used cupboard which employs a lifting system could be used up to 75,000 times in 20 years, again prompting a revision of the standard for kitchen lifting systems.
  • Based on standard devised in 1997 revised in 2009
  • Drawers, doors and lifting systems; a study into the real usage of kitchens

    1. 1. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Sue Calver FIRA Project Manager
    2. 2. FIRA - Our Aims  To support our members business  To add value to their products and services
    3. 3. FIRA - Long Term Strategic Partners  Ensuring a voice to Government  Understanding the furniture industry and identifying future trends  Driving the environmental agenda through the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP)
    4. 4. FIRA - Centre of Knowledge  Shaping national and international standards on behalf of membership  Ensuring advance notice of changes, helping with new product development  Expert interpretation and advice instantly available
    5. 5. FIRA – Website – www.fira.co.uk • Technical support • Industry information • Over 3000 pages of technical information at your fingertips •Suppliers Directory – sales leads (373 since 2006, 42 in 2009) •Manage your membership •Promotion of your products on our web-based suppliers directory •Full access to FIRA website – and links from it to your website •Sales and marketing support
    6. 6. FIRA INTERNATIONAL – Service Technicians – The Furniture Ombudsman – Testing and Certification – Research and Consultancy – Training – EquipmentPlease visit us in Hall 18 Stand N81
    7. 7. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award In 2009 Blum UK, who supply fittings systems to the furniture and kitchen industries, won the FIRA 60th Anniversary Design and Innovation Competition7 © Julius Blum GmbH
    8. 8. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardProject Outcome:• The FIRA funded study for Blum looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings.• The project aimed to review data relating to the usage of drawers, doors and lifting systems within real kitchens.• The study compares how kitchens within the UK are used in comparison to kitchen usage in Europe – particularly Austria.• The project will review concrete data relating to the real use of Kitchens in real households.8 © Julius Blum GmbH
    9. 9. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Observing consumer use As competition winners, Blum was awarded a £20,000 prize fund, The winning application was to investigate the actual use of kitchens within the UK and to compare them with usage in Europe by: • Observing consumer use in the market to create a detailed overview of the installation conditions products encounter in practice, and the strains they have to cope with. • For over 30 years Blum have been observing kitchen environments and have accumulated data from the trials9 © Julius Blum GmbH
    10. 10. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Observing consumer use FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award project will form an extension of a worldwide project that Blum has been operating for the last 30 years, and involves the monitoring of a broad selection of kitchens over a long term period, in this case a minimum of three years. The monitoring involves recording the layout of the kitchens, the number of times a drawer, door or lift mechanism is opened in “real use” and also the weight and types of stored contents..10 © Julius Blum GmbH
    11. 11. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardFIRA & Blum Anniversary Award project aims:To establish a ‘real’ usage of drawers, doors and liftsystems analysis for the UK Kitchen Furniture. To combine this data to the ongoing project that hasbeen underway in Europe for 30 years.11 © Julius Blum GmbH
    12. 12. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Germany Blum observe households Lake of Constance in Vorarlberg, Austria. test kitchen Switzerland Austria12 © Julius Blum GmbH
    13. 13. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardThe Austrian project has provided a significant amount of datarelating to:•Loads applied to drawer and doors•Cycles of doors, drawers and lift systems throughout an entirekitchen lifespan•Changes in use over the years (i.e. moves towards full extension,changing storage options etc)•The results of the data collected have always formed an integralpart of Blum’s own quality standards.13 © Julius Blum GmbH
    14. 14. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardApart from counters the following information was recorded fromthe sample kitchens• General view of the kitchen•Length and height of doors and drawer fronts•Weights of the drawers•Stored Goods•Type of hinges and drawer runners14 © Julius Blum GmbH
    15. 15. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardObserving since 1982: 135 rooms, mostly Kitchens 160 as per: 08 / 07 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 Kitchen Bathroom Livingroom Bedroom new 24 - - - continious 48 3 - - finished 73 7 4 4 © Julius Blum 15 GmbH
    16. 16. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Age of the kitchens 45 as per: 08 / 2007 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 0 - 3 years 4 - 5 years 6 - 10 years 11 - 15 years > 15 yearsnew 24continous 18 14 16 - -finished - - 11 29 25 © Julius Blum 16 GmbH
    17. 17. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Number of people living in households of continious observation (48 kitchen) as per: 08 / 2007 20 19 18 number of POM-kitchen (continious) 16 14 12 10 9 9 8 6 6 4 4 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 number of people17 © Julius Blum GmbH
    18. 18. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award The FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award extended this project to the UK •FIRA and Blum located 20 individual households geographically spread and covering a wide range of kitchen types. •Following training by Blum, FIRA’s technicians visited each of the research households and installed monitors and sensors to each kitchen (the identical equipment as used by the Blum project). •These monitors and sensors are designed to store all relevant data. •Thereafter, periodically, it would be necessary to revisit each household and record reading. •These readings would then be ‘fed into’ the total project data and form a new part of the ongoing research18 © Julius Blum GmbH
    19. 19. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Observing consumer use Key task to be undertaken by: Blum • Training of technicians • Supply of equipment • Location of relevant households/kitchens (JOINT task) FIRA • Location of relevant households/kitchens (JOINT task) • Installation of monitors and sensors • Re-visit to take readings • Maintain records of data19 © Julius Blum GmbH
    20. 20. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award • Counters and sensors give us the respective information • Constant examination allows the exact counting of use/movement of each individual element. • Additionally visual changes and We observe… signs of failure during the product life time can be recorded • Defects and mishandling of the product can be detected early, therefore creating the basis for improvement measures and new products20 © Julius Blum GmbH
    21. 21. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Observing consumer use• The first ‘re-visit’ took place six months after installation. This gave us some concrete data that could be absorbed before the completion of the anniversary year.• Thereafter FIRA revisited each site every 12 months on an ongoing basis.• The project has been carried out over 3 years, and continue through until 2012• Each year after FIRA have visited all the sample kitchens the accumulated data would be incorporated into the latest International data.• This data would not only provide an insight into real use of functional components within UK kitchens but could be added to the pool of data compiled in Europe to date.21 © Julius Blum GmbH
    22. 22. FIRA &FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Blum Anniversary Award, Kitchen Storage22
    23. 23. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award23 © Julius Blum GmbH
    24. 24. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award24 © Julius Blum GmbH
    25. 25. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award25 © Julius Blum GmbH
    26. 26. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award26 © Julius Blum GmbH
    27. 27. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award27 © Julius Blum GmbH
    28. 28. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award28 © Julius Blum GmbH
    29. 29. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award29 © Julius Blum GmbH
    30. 30. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award30 © Julius Blum GmbH
    31. 31. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award31 © Julius Blum GmbH
    32. 32. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Kitchen drawers / Contents Product-Observation in the market quantity of kitchen drawers other garbage 9% provision 3% bottles 19% 4% textiles 5% cutlery 6% utilities kitchenware 18% 8% flatware pots 14% 14%32 © Julius Blum GmbH
    33. 33. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Austrian - Hinge cycles by content (max, min, average) 450.000 400.000 350.000 300.000 286.408cycles quantity 250.000 200.000 150.000 100.000 50.000 35.886 29.893 26.615 0 garbage dishes food glasses
    34. 34. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award
    35. 35. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award (max, min, average) 450.000 400.000 350.000cycles quantity 300.000 286.408 250.000 200.000 150.000 100.000 50.000 35.886 29.893 26.615 0 garbage dishes food glasses
    36. 36. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Austrian - Drawer cycles by content (max, min, average) 350.000 300.000 250.000number of cycles 200.000 176.672 150.000 100.000 102.008 50.000 44.499 45.885 37.059 29.340 25.652 17.396 13.310 0 ry s es ts e ls es od s ce ag ile si tle po sh ttl fo n en xt rb cu bo ia di te ga ut pl ap
    37. 37. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award
    38. 38. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award 350.000 Austrian - Drawer cycles by content (max, min, average)number of cycles 300.000 250.000 200.000 176.672 150.000 100.000 102.008 50.000 44.499 45.885 37.059 29.340 25.652 17.396 13.310 0 s e e s ry s s s g c il ts d le e le e a s n o h o ti tl tt n rb a fo is p x o u te li a te d p c b u g p a
    39. 39. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Austrian - Drawers Weight Average weights according to the contents Product-Observation in the Market average drawer weights 30.0 2 8.0 2 7.4 2 3.7 25.0 2 1.4 2 1.4drawer weight (kg) 19.4 19.7 20.0 17.1 16.7 15.6 15.1 15.2 14.8 15.0 13.4 12 .4 12 .6 all draw ers 9.7 8.9 9.0 10.0 draw ers > 600 mm 5.0 0.0 Rubbish Cutlery Utensils Provision Bottles Pots Textiles Food Crockery AV blenders etc 39 © Julius Blum GmbH
    40. 40. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award
    41. 41. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award Product-Observation in the Market average drawer weights 30.0 2 8.0 2 7.4 2 3.7 25.0 2 1.4 2 1.4drawer weight (kg) 19.4 19.7 20.0 17.1 16.7 15.6 15.1 15.2 14.8 15.0 13.4 12 .4 12 .6 all draw ers 9.7 8.9 9.0 10.0 draw ers > 600 mm 5.0 0.0 Rubbish Cutlery Utensils Provision Bottles Pots Textiles Food Crockery AV blenders etc 41 © Julius Blum GmbH
    42. 42. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardAlong with the 30 and 50 kg load bearing options, TANDEMBOX plus BLUMOTION is now available with a 65 kg solution
    43. 43. FIRA & Blum Anniversary Award
    44. 44. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardThe role of standards: BS 6222-2:2009• Domestic kitchen equipment. Fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars. Performance requirements and test methods• Specifies performance requirements and test methods for the strength and durability of various types of kitchen units. Specifically, it covers domestic and residential fitted kitchen units, peninsular units, island units and breakfast bars
    45. 45. FIRA & Blum Anniversary AwardIn Conclusion• Overall – the results have shown that the way that kitchens are being used is evolving, with heavier items being kept in drawers, and lifting systems being used more and more.• The study has led to the realisation that kitchen usage in the UK is different to usage in other parts of Europe. Therefore product developments need to take this in to consideration.• Most importantly for FIRA, the study has highlighted that the current Standard for kitchen equipment (BS6222 part 2. Domestic kitchens equipment – structural strength) is in need of revision – particularly in terms of lifting systems and the weight of drawer contents. This is valuable information for when kitchen Standards are amended.• The kitchens involved in the study will continue to be monitored for a number of years to come
    46. 46. Any Questions Sue Calver FIRA Project Manager, scalver@fira.co.ukDirect +44 (0)1438 777 620, Mobile 07535 681104 www.fira.co.ukPlease visit us in Hall 18 Stand N81

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