IMC system curbs spiralling food waste costs

Commercial catering equipment maker IMC has officially taken the wraps off of what it is billing as one of the most significant product launches in its 100-year history.

The UK manufacturer has developed and rolled out a new WasteStation that it believes will solve the challenge of managing food waste for hospitality operators nationwide. The launch comes at a time when food waste management remains firmly under the spotlight due to changing legislative measures.

Steve Witt, managing director of IMC, said the company was very excited about introducing WasteStation to the market.

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“With the changes in regulations, particularly in Scotland, any commercial business can benefit from the savings it offers and it answers caterers’ demands on every level,” he remarked.

“WasteStation is IMC’s most compact and efficient food waste management system to date, with truly innovative technology that delivers major benefits to anyone that produces food waste.”

The system works by first macerating the food waste and then forcing out the excess liquid to give a reduction in volume of the waste by up to 80% and reduction in mass by up to 60%.

This, says IMC, directly results in a reduced number of collections that have to be made to remove the waste from the premises, resulting in lower transport and collection charges for users.

Sue De Clancy, sales and marketing director at IMC, said that the savings the unit deliver will quickly pay for the cost of the machine.

She commented: “The new WasteStation has a footprint size of only 0.7m2 and takes up just 0.63m3 of space, yet has a throughput of over 750kg of food waste per hour, ensuring it is more compact, faster and more cost effective than comparable competitor units on the market.”

IMC designed and manufactured the system at its UK base in Wrexham, North Wales. It said the product is the first in a line of major developments that it is bringing to market, with standalone dewatering and remote units also close to launch.

IMC has invested £5m upgrading its facilities and plant over the past decade in order to ensure that its factory remains at the forefront of its operation. Around 40% of the equipment it manufactures is exported overseas, while 60% is sold in the UK.

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