BREAKING NEWS: Steve Loughton to retire from the catering equipment industry

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Steve Loughton is retiring after 45 years in the UK catering equipment industry.

Well-known UK catering equipment industry figure Steve Loughton is to step down from his role at Hoshizaki UK as director, UK and Ireland, on 1 October.

After 45 years in the sector, Loughton is set to hang up his metaphorical chefs’ whites and retire. During his career he has worked for major brands such as Garland, Welbilt, Kitchen Brains, Manitowoc Foodservice, Standex, Jestic, as well as his most recent role at Hoshizaki, where he helped to guide the integration of the Gram brand in the UK.

Uwe Reimer, director of sales, EMEA, at Hoshizaki Europe commented: “We would like to thank Steve for his hard work over the last 2 years, in what has been an important transitional period for both the Hoshizaki and Gram brands, as well as Hoshizaki Europe as a whole.

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“We would like to wish Steve a very long and enjoyable retirement and all the best for the future.”

Stepping into the vacated role will be current director of sales and chain accounts and past CESA chairman, Simon Frost.

He brings over 20 years’ experience in the industry with companies such as Falcon, Manitowoc Foodservice and Wexiodisk. Frost will officially take on the role in October, but both he and Loughton will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a seamless handover.

Hoshizaki Europe’s Reimer continued: “We are delighted to have the perfect successor to Steve already part of the existing Hoshizaki UK team.

“I am confident that Simon will build on the foundations that Steve has already laid and would like to congratulate him on his appointment as director of UK and Ireland, Hoshizaki.”

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  1. Steve you will be a real loss to the industry but wish you all the very best for the future with your feet up.
    I enjoyed working with you over the years especially our time on CESA Council.
    Andrew and Alison

  2. Will miss a true industry gent having worked with Steve both a an employee and a customer you will be a real miss hope you have a Great retirement and look forward to catching up soon

  3. enjoy your well earned rest. Thank you for all your advice and guidance over the years. It was a pleasure and an honour to work with you.
    ps who is the simon frost guy is he any good !! lol

    Regards John

  4. It seems a very (very!) long time ago that you were at Garland and I had just made the transition from meteorology to join my dad in the world of commercial kitchens….. So, on length of service alone, this is a golden moment to savour. Well done Steve for the huge contribution you have made – your presence in the world of catering equipment will be sorely missed and I wish you all the best for a happy retirement. Very best wishes. Dave

  5. One of the industries most knowledgable, kindest and sincere personalities.

    Thank you Steve for all your guidance and help during our working time at Enodis/Manitowoc.

    Happy Retirement My Friend.

  6. Steve
    Having known you for far too long and through the many Avenues we have both walked down, May I say it has always been a great pleasure to work with you on both sides of the market
    Enjoy your well earned retirement
    Best Wishes
    Graham Harrison

  7. Steve
    I will miss the – ” I wonder if I will bump into Steve Loughton moments at the U.S. Trade Fairs ”
    in the brief times I have been in your company I can honestly say I have always come away with a smile on my face
    I wish you a long and Happy Retirement
    All the best

  8. Steve “Sir” Loughton. It was my pleasure to work directly for you during your tenure at Standex Food Service Equipment. Like many of my industry colleagues we have all had the pleasure of gleaning those little nuggets of “Loughton” wisdom and industry knowledge from you over the many years you have been involved in this great industry. You are one in a million Steve !
    You are going to be surely missed “Matey”
    I wish you and Fran a happy retirement .

  9. Thanks so much to so many people that have taken the time to leave a message.
    Some really great thoughts in there from all of you.
    Feel quite humbled.

  10. Hi Steve, You have made a massive contribution to the industry we all love, and also to many people (me included) and so you definitely deserve a well earned retirement.
    Enjoy life, family and cars!!
    All the best and a sincere thank you for all the support and words of wisdom you shared with me over the years



  11. Congratulations on your retirement, Steve. I’m sure you will find plenty to fill your days. Good to work with you over the years both with company and CESA. Enjoy some well earned ‘me time’ . Cheers, Mick

  12. Hello Steve,
    Although our paths have crossed only a few times over the years, you are one of the few people I know who have dedicated their whole working lives to this great industry. You have been a real part of the “engine of change” that has made catering in the UK the highly professional business it has become and you should be very proud of that. I hope you have a long and happy retirement, there’s no doubt that you have earned every day after 45 years of dedicated work.
    Best wishes from Andrew Fordyce and all the team at Ifse.

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