Hawaii Edition

Updated: Mar 18

Especially right now, a lot of companies are increasing their frequency of cleaning & sanitizing their foodservice establishments in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The words CLEAN, SANITIZE & DISINFECT are being used somewhat interchangeably but note that these words do not all mean the same thing.

CLEANING is the process of removing grease, dirt, debris & dust off of a surface.

SANITIZING is the process of disinfecting a surface according agency guidelines.

DISINFECT is to use a chemical to rid a surface of organisms

When cleaning a surface, it is important to remember that it is a two-step process. Eliminate one step and it renders the other ineffective. If you don't CLEAN before DISINFECTING you're going to leave behind a lot of debris which could be carrying bacteria still and of course CLEANING does not mean you are SANITIZING a surface.

First you must CLEAN which means taking a soap solution or all purpose cleaner to a surface to wipe away the grease, dirt, dust or debris. After CLEANING you can proceed to SANITIZE the surface with a chemical DISINFECTANT to eliminate any harmful organisms.

Another important step to remember is HOW LONG you let the product saturate the surface. If you don't give the product enough time to do its job, you're not truly disinfecting a surface.

In order to properly use a chemical disinfectant, you have to really wet the surface with the product & let it sit for anywhere between 3-5 or sometimes even up to 10 minutes. If it starts to dry you have to re-wet the surface. This is why disinfecting wipes can spread bacteria rather than eliminate them as it doesn't let the product sit wet on the surface long enough to eliminate bacteria. If you're using wipes you must rewet the surface to make sure the surface remains really wet for how ever long the product recommends. After that it can be left to air dry.

Also make sure you are catching other points of contact such as commonly touched door jams, railings, backs of chairs, light switches, the condiment holders on tabletops and also non-slip mats at the end of the day.

When training an employee to 'clean up' after a guest has left, it is important to emphasis the difference and make sure instructions on your disinfectant chemicals are properly followed.

We appreciate all that everyone is doing to do their part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We're all in this together & we want to do what we can to be of value to you during this time. For other products that can help improve your sanitation practices please give us a call - we are here for you!


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It's often overlooked that ice is food. Most foodservice employees are trained in proper handling of food while ice is an afterthought. Ice is transported in buckets that isn't washed regularly, hands or other objects are placed into the ice bin or no one thinks about when the last time that ice scoop was washed because ice is clean right?

Ice is just as susceptible to contamination, if not more so. While foods can be cooked to temperature, effectively killing any bacteria obviously we have to take stricter measures to take care of ice. The only way to get rid of bacteria in ice is to discard it. Many servers think nothing of scooping ice out of the bin with the glass instead of a scoop. This action can easily transfer bacteria that may be lingering on the glass to the ice or even allow hands to get into the ice itself. Or worse, the glass can chip into the ice causing a potentially life-threatening injury!

For these reasons, ice needs to be treated as food would be. Safe handling procedures must be put in place for the safety of your employees and customers alike. But fear not! Carlisle / San Jamar provides the necessary tools to make it easy to handle ice safely.


The San Jamar Safe-T Ice scoop & Guardian System made from durable polycarbonate NSF certified material features a knuckle guard to help keep hands away from ice. The Guardian can fasten to the inside or outside of the bin with included suction cups, brackets or hardware which keeps the scoop out of the ice when not in use.


- Always use dedicated scoop for ice

- store scoop outside or above the bin

- Never use bare hands to scoop ice

- Never use a glass to scoop ice

- Never throw unused ice back into the ice bin

- Always use a dedicated ice tote to transport ice

- Clean & sanitize ice scoops & totes daily

Also important is to wash hands regularly when handling the ice scoop! Between bussing tables & taking orders then making drinks, its often forgotten to wash between tasks.


Always use a freshly cleaned bucket when transferring ice. Never use a bucket that has been laying around for who knows how long. This is a prime way to contaminate ice. Instead use the San Jamar light duty Ice tote to transfer small amounts of ice & the Safe-T tote for larger quantities up to 25lbs. These totes can be attached directly to the ice bin for easy filling and raised handles to avoid contamination from the floor. Also indents in the base leave an area for hands to easily tilt ice out of the tote. Made from durable polycarbonate NSF materials and has exclusive Tri-Grip ergonomic handles for easy lifting & pouring. Comes in 2 sizes 5 gallon & 6 gallon designed specifically to fit into commercial dishwashers.


Carrying 25lbs of ice back & forth between the back of the house to the front can be tiring and just too heavy for some people. Avoid costly work related injuries from ice transport with our San Jamar Safe-T ice cart. It can hold 2 Safe-T totes filled to the max and folds down when not in use. 2 models are available for the 5 gallon & 6 gallon totes.

If you need more storage then opt for our ICE ONLY container which is made with an ergonomic handle for easy handling, deep hand holds on base for controlled tipping & reinforced lids that snaps down to seal.

Also don't forget our Carlisle portable ice caddy with its extra thick foam insulation to maintain temperatures, rounded inside corners & removable lid for easy cleaning. Stainless steel reinforced hinges prevent rusting, heavy duty casters for easy rolling & NSF rated. Remember to wash and sanitize this bin as often as any other ice storage container!


Of course no matter how careful you are, it all starts with clean ice and that means a well maintained ice machine. Specially trained Refrigeration Technicians are available to do this service for you if you cannot do this yourself as taking apart the machine to scrub can be a daunting task.


- Empty & clean/sanitize your ice machine & ice bin every 2-4 months to reduce risk of contamination, eliminate odors and improve taste of ice.

- Completely clean & descale your ice machine every 6 months

- Use a water filter! YES it does make a difference in taste, ice quality as well as cleanliness of the ice machine itself

- Vacuum the coils & air filters of your ice machine regularly

- Install your ice machine in a well ventilated area away from cooking equipment, refrigerators and other appliances that can cause cross contamination

- Think about getting a UV protection system if your ice machine is within close distance of beer, rice making or bread making.

Carlisle makes a wide range of sanitation supplies so ask us for some assistance or browse their catalog to see more! We're always here to help our foodservice community in anyway we can.


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With the effects of the COVID-19 hysteria looming over our Hawaii foodservice industry, a lot of small businesses are having a hard time dealing with the lack of customers at a time of year when business is usually pumping. Cancellations of events are felt not just by restaurants & hotels but also flower shops who do all the floral arrangements or leis for venues, non-food suppliers who supply the foodservice establishments, all the way down to the farmers who work hard all season to grow fresh crops. Instead of sitting back & worrying, a lot of businesses are fighting back and coming up with brilliant ways to get them through this rough patch. Here are some ideas that I thought were worth mentioning:


Of course everyone is pushing for customers to call in for take-out but a lot of restaurants who may not have advertised this in the past such as 3660 on the Rise are now offering curbside pick-ups. Also restaurants like Fete Hawaii offer online ordering along with curb-side pick up. Many other restaurants offer this service as well so make sure you ask your favorite restaurant how you can order take-out either by phone or online.


island olive oil company reminds people that you can still shop there for your pasta instead of making a run on your local grocery store. Also beef Jerky is a nutritious food that keeps well for long periods. If Costco is out of your favorite Jerky go check out small businesses like Snack addicted for their amazing beef Jerky. Supporting each other by supporting local businesses.


Not only are restaurants starting to have convenient services such as online ordering & google reservations, they are creating non-perishable goods to sell for pick up or online. From sauces, oils to jams and even meat! Butcher & Bird offers a 'Baller Pack' of $250 worth of USDA prime meat that is vacuum packed and ready to throw into the freezer or right onto your grill. They will vacuum seal any order small or large. A great way to get cuts of meat you want if your local grocery store is out. Not to mention, supporting a local small business!

Also worth mentioning is Garlic Lime Chili or @garliclimechili808 on instagram which is now offering a 20% discount for online orders from March 15th to the end of the month with promo code: COVID-19. Such a great way to get peoples attention and a promo code you CAN'T forget!


Many businesses in this industry in combination with the high cost of doing business in Hawaii in general, work off of VERY small margins. Gift cards & certificates can offer businesses a small reprieve to get through this slow time. Noodle club of Waimea is advertising their gift certificates to give to a friend in need or to keep for a later date. That way when things settle down you can go in & redeem them for their awesome services!


Some restaurants such as Buzz's steakhouse in Kailua have opted to limit their seating by taking away tables & barstools to minimize the risk of spreading the infection in conjunction with upping their sanitation practices. They are also recommending to call them for take out if you don't want to dine-in. This is a bold move but this will not only reduce the task of having to sanitize many surfaces but also reduces the risk of large crowds. A commendable move for the safety of their employees & customers.

Verde Hawaii in Kauai has also announced that they are practicing social distancing by alternating tables for their dine in customers. This limits seating but at least gives customers some distance between each other & gives employees time to sanitize tables between parties - very creative!


A lot of smaller businesses who rely on the open markets & pop-up food truck style events to sell their products are trying to figure out ways to keep afloat. Farmers are sitting on perishable goods that they don't want to see go to waste! I see some farmers setting up tables where they can such as empty schools on the weekend or other empty parking lot areas so as not to create too much of a crowd.

Some small bakers are asking department stores or shopping malls to set up small tables to display their baked goods they had prepared for an event that was cancelled. When events are cancelled at the last minute, not only do the vendors have to worry about getting their booth fees back but now they are sitting on product they had to buy ingredients for.

Other companies like Punaluu Pastures in Kailua is asking their customers to pick-up fresh eggs directly from their farm because of cancellations. If you have a favorite vendor you pick up perishable goods from please contact them to see if you can pick up direct or where they are setting up their tables.

One very savvy business owner Dipped By Dee who has made it known that her location is hard to find because of all the food trucks that sit parked in front of her little store, is advertising trunk sales where she drives out to locations across Oahu. If customers can't come to her - she will come to them!

Other companies are offering FREE delivery as well so keep an eye out for these options.


In an email sent out by Doordash, they are now offering a no-contact option for delivery. In the delivery instructions you can indicate you want 'no-contact'. Once your driver is assigned, you can text the driver to remind them of the no-contact option and an image of the delivery location. Your 'Dasher' will confirm with you once the order is delivered along with a confirmation on the app. Just one way these meal delivery services are trying to adapt to the current situation.


It is well known that in Hawaii, when we prep for disasters the first thing we grab is spam, bottled water & toilet paper. You can't blame us because we are water locked and all our supplies have to be brought in via barge or airplane. But it's funny how it has swept the nation - did we start this trend? Quite possibly but now the people who actually need toilet paper cannot get! This lack of supply for common items has caused more hysteria.

Some companies are taking advantage of this situation with clever marketing. Like Purve donuts who have posted a contest offering the winner a 6-pack of toilet paper if they subscribe to their instagram, like that post & tag a friend. Contest ends Sunday 3/15 but they not saying when so hurry up & get those comments in!

Other companies have made cheeky posts about trading a roll of toilet paper for a beer or ON THE WALL's post says "there's no Corona here, only Local beer!"

In all seriousness, this situation will only get worse so if we can help share some ideas to help companies pivot & adjust to this new way of doing business or inspire others to get just as creative with marketing and offer solutions, that's what we're here for. We at PAC RIM REPS are not on the front lines of the foodservice industry but we are very much a part of it & feel the stress as much as these business owners do. #notsponsered Even if you don't buy anything from any of the amazing Foodservice Manufacturers we represent, we still want see everyone get through this together & succeed.

- PAC RIM REPS, Honolulu HI

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