Ex-Olympic catering equipment goes on the market

Portable kitchen and hire firm PKL Group has begun selling off excess items of catering equipment from the Olympic Games.

PKL provided almost 100 kitchens for the Olympics and supplied hire equipment to dozens of caterers involved in corporate events linked to the Games.

Stock that the Gloucestershire-based outfit no longer wishes to reuse is now being channelled through Mid West Catering Equipment, a division of the company that was re-launched in 2011 to sell ex-hire and surplus commercial catering equipment.

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Mid West currently claims to have over 2,000 items available for sale, including ex-Olympic equipment bought new in 2012 and a huge variety of refurbished ex-hire equipment.

It says the kit is available at “competitive prices” and includes brands such as Williams, Angelo Po, Lincat and Falcon.
All of the equipment is thoroughly tested and commissioned to ensure that is compliant with UK health and safety regulations and in good working order before leaving its premises.

Mid West is presently advertising a selection of ex-Olympic kit on its website that it describes as ‘once used catering equipment, bought new in 2012’.

Current deals include a Burco beverage boiler priced at £75, a Falcon electric solid top oven range for £1,300 and a Williams 610 litre upright fridge for £750. All prices exclude VAT and delivery charges.

Speaking to Catering Insight earlier this year, PKL’s managing director Chris Irving said that the resale of surplus hire equipment was something that the company “periodically looks a” but for the most part it will look to reuse the kit on jobs.

The London Olympics was one of the biggest projects that the company has ever been involved in. Prior to the start of the Games it revealed it had set aside 4,000 pieces of equipment for the summer period to cope with demand.

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