Euro Catering Equipment has taken over the national distribution of several key Standex brands following recent changes to the manufacturer’s UK business.
Euro Catering will now serve as the UK distributor for APW Wyott, BKI and Bakers Pride. It already distributes Giorik, a commercial oven brand that Standex holds a 20% equity ownership position in.
Standex is understood to have closed its UK office in Theale back in December. Calls to its former office number are now diverted to Euro Catering Equipment’s team in Lutterworth.
Owner Tim Charlton confirmed that an agreement to take over the distribution of Standex’s foodservice equipment in the UK commenced on January 1.
He called it a major statement of intent as the business looks to grow its offering in the market.
“Our ambition has always been to become the UK’s leading provider of high quality catering equipment and the Standex brands will represent the missing part of the jigsaw,” he said. “We can offer even greater choice and value to our customers, allowing us to build optimised and bespoke solutions for a diverse set of catering and business development needs.”
The new distribution agreement has created five additionall jobs immediately with potentially more to follow over the next year. It is not believed that anybody from the former Standex UK business has moved across to Euro Catering Equipment.
Charlton added that the new venture supports the company’s aims to become a key supplier to the leading supermarket and QSR chains at a time when consumers are seeking a wider choice and more convenient access to high quality ‘fast’ food.
Euro Catering distributes a number of European and US catering equipment brands, including Olis, Italforni, Palux and Anets.
Standex was approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of going to press.