Snow causes chaos for the catering equipment industry

JLA engineers helped to dig their way through the snow. Credit: JLA Twitter account.

The catering equipment industry has been feeling the chill of the UK’s extreme cold this week, with the snow disrupting operations up and down the country.

Twitter accounts were awash with tweets detailing the plight of distributors, engineers and manufacturers as they aimed to go about their usual business.

Servicing specialist JLA posted that it is doing everything to ensure its engineers are on the road and getting its own customers back up and running, accompanied by the above photo of two of its employees digging snow to clear the way for one of its fleet.

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Bidfood Catering Equipment was hard at work too, with its staff taking up shovels to ensure its Glasgow office remained open.

Essex-based Grey Simmonds also tweeted that its delivery drivers were still out on the roads this week.

However, not everyone was so lucky, with logistics firm Keith Elkington Transport being caught out by the weather, as one of its vehicles was stuck on the M80 in Cumbernauld for over 15 hours.

Modular kitchen provider PKL reported that while its office was open as normal, some deliveries may be affected, while Grimsby-based distributor Sylvester Keal had to abandon delivering to Lincoln yesterday as roads were blocked.

Several Nisbets stores were forced to shut, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Norwich, with the Newcastle branch also temporarily closing on Wednesday.

Manufacturer Mechline was expecting severe disruption to its delivery service in affected areas, and although coffee machine maker Franke’s UK office in Barlborough, Derbyshire, remained open, its phone lines were being affected.

Infrastructure issues impacted Cheshire-based distributor C&C Catering Equipment this week too, with a power failure closing its head office.

Elsewhere, engineering firm Normanton Catering Technicians had to completely close its Oldham offices yesterday due to the adverse weather, a fate shared by distributor Main Contract Services at its Grangemouth base.

With more widespread snow forecast for today, there may have to be a lot more contingency plans put into action for the catering equipment supply chain before operations return to normal.

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