Winter warmers market to heat up

Atosa Catering Equipment is one of the main companies manufacturing soup kettles.

According to research company, 360 Market Updates, the soup warmer sector is one to watch out for in the coming years. The firm projected the market to grow at a CAGR of 6.62% during the period 2017-2021.

The company says the global commercial countertop soup warmer market was valued at £205.76m/$289.64m in 2016, owing to the increase in demand for countertop models with improved features and innovative technologies. For instance, Roband Australia provides countertop soup warmers with a cauldron-shaped design and glass-filled nylon outer casing so that the heat transfer is reduced and burn injuries to the operators are minimised.

360 Market Updates believes one driver in the market is improved sensors and controls. The commercial soup kettle manufacturers are ensuring the controls enable consistent and good quality soup to be dispensed.

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For instance, CookTek offers induction soup warmers with spring-loaded sealed temperature sensors, which are in direct contact with the soup insets. These sensors should provide accurate temperature control when the soup inset is nearly empty, which is designed to minimise burning the soup.

In addition to this, the soup warmers are also provided with sensors that can measure the difference in food temperatures and trigger the stir indicator, which informs users to stir the food item. For instance, The Vollrath Company provides induction rethermalisers with sensors that instruct the operator to stir the liquid. The models with improved sensors and controls are relatively higher priced than their standard counterparts. 360 Market Updates believes the increase in demand for this equipment with advanced features will directly propel market growth during the forecast period.

Another trend is said to be a growing preference for dry warming of soup. Foodservice establishments around the world that serve soups are looking to procure soup warmers that can warm the soup without using water. In these wet applications, operators need to add water in the equipment and pre-heat the water so that soup inset can be kept warm at the optimum temperature. Manufacturers are looking to provide dry warming technology to minimise the extra effort put in by the operators for wet warming. For instance, The Vollrath Company provides an induction soup rethermaliser that is developed for dry application. The heat is provided by the induction coil, designed to eliminate the need for water. The equipment should also provide even heating on the surface of the soup inset.

The research firm feels that the key vendors operating in the commercial soup warmer market space include Admiral Craft Equipment, APW Wyott, Star Manufacturing International, The Vollrath Company, and Atosa Catering Equipment.

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