BGL Rieber claims its Thermoport 10 insulated containers have been a hit with the prison service after being used to feed Muslim prisoners during Ramadan.
Prior to using Thermoports, fasting prisoners were served sandwich-based meals or hot soups or stews in vacuum flasks. Both methods required extra labour and supervision by the prisons to ensure the food was served at the right temperatures, as vacuum flasks, for example, will only hold hot food for a few hours.
Rieber’s Thermoport 10 insulated food containers keep a meal hot for more than four hours, saving time and labour for the prison service.
The boxes are filled and sealed during the usual lunchtime or evening meal service and then collected by prisoners.
Adele Rouget, catering manager at HMP & YOI Bullwood Hall, said: “We cook the food in them, placing the food directly inside the stainless steel containers and then steam them in the oven. Before we used vacuum flasks and fed the prisoners late, but that kept staff back. Now we serve the main meal and then hand the boxes out to those fasting. It’s so much easier. We use them all year round — there’s usually one or two fasting all the time.”
Peter Bird, catering manager at HMP Onley, said he had been recommended other boxes by the prison service but the Rieber boxes had proved their worth.
“They keep the foot piping hot. We carried out a test starting at 86degC. Four hours later they were at 78degC. The catering staff are happy and the Imam and prisoners have given rapturous applause.”