One of Airedale Catering Equipment’s key accounts within the care home/retirement living sector has benefitted from a recent equipment trial.
The distributor is mid-way through a nationwide new build and redevelopment programme of this end user’s retirement living complexes.
Working in close partnership with major UK manufacturer and supply partner to Airedale, Lincat, the distributor carried out an extensive, 3 month trial to ascertain whether Lincat’s new Phoenix induction range could offer significant reductions on the client’s operational costs.
The results of the 3 month trial showed that the Phoenix range consumed 7kW per hour, compared to the existing unit’s 15kWh. With the cost per kilowatt at 14p and a 7 hour operation per day, this meant the full cost per day for the Phoenix was £7, half the price of the previous appliance. This scaled up to £2,475 annually, as against £5,247 for the existing equipment, with the group annual running costs totalling £210, 391 instead of the current £445,992.
This means that Airedale’s client could save a £235,601 per year on its operational costs, nearly 53% more cost effective, equivalent to the cost of over two full average commercial kitchen installations across the estate. Therefore the distributor began replacing these existing units at the end of last year and all current and forthcoming projects will now have this range as standard.
A spokesperson for the care group stated: “I have found using the induction range easier than the hotplate as you don’t have to wait for it to heat up or cool down.
“Temperature control is instant which is what you want. It has also made a huge difference to the heat levels in the kitchen. The oven is 100% better than the old range as the older unit was uneven on one side. Cleaning the Lincat unit is much quicker and easier as well.”
An Airedale spokesperson added: “Operational costs of running commercial catering facilities for any client, but in particular multi-site operators, can become a financial burden, often surpassing the initial savings that could have been made at the time of purchasing equipment. Matching the most appropriate, whole-cost equipment with the operational requirements of our clients is key to the role we play for our clients.”
Phoenix induction oven ranges feature six 1.8kW cooking zones. But when intense heat is needed quickly, zones can be boosted to 3kW. Each hob features an easy to clean, heavy duty 6mm thick high impact resistant glass ceramic surface. The large 6 x GN1/1 capacity twin fan assisted oven enables six different foods to be cooked simultaneously.