Global equipment associations draw up key priorities

Foodservice equipment manufacturing associations from all over the world came together yesterday to define five key areas of collaboration, going forwards.

14 trade bodies representing 33 countries took part in this first ever Global Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Leadership Summit, including Europe’s EFCEM, North America’s NAFEM and Australia’s NAFES. The event was held in Milan on the eve of this year’s Host exhibition.

The parties have agreed to collaborate and share best practices on the subjects of data sharing, safety and energy standards, sustainability regulations, global design standards and the education and development of future leaders.

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“We all gather information about our industry within specific markets, but we feel that sharing that and establishing a global measurement of the food equipment industry will allow our members to make better business decisions and to assess the markets,” reported NAFEM president, Michael Whiteley.

He detailed that delegates agreed to try and standardise safety, energy, environmental and design legislation (including BIM) so that kitchen kit doesn’t have to be modified to be sold in various countries.

“We’re very excited that we have accomplished so much in our first meeting. Working together we can accomplish more than we could acting alone,” Whiteley commented.

Steve Loughton, EFCEM president, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for us to join together with other associations around the world in order to leverage the size and growth that we have. It’s much easier to focus on similarities rather than differences.”

NAFES director Greg O’Connell added: “The thing that has impressed me the most about the day was that everyone was an equal at the table. The listening that went on was just as important as the talking.”

To continue the momentum the group aims to meet again next year, possibly at the Hotelympia trade show in London in February, with a view to creating an umbrella group of global associations in the future.

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