The UK catering equipment supply chain is continuing to help key sectors in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The generous offers created include microwave specialist Marren offering sizeable discounts on the Marren ISM-1800 1800W commercial microwave oven during the coming months to help support the NHS and frontline workers.
Scrambled egg maker manufacturer Scraegg UK has gone even further, with partner Malcolm Bell posting on LinkedIn: “We were so inspired by the efforts companies are making to help our wonderful front line carers, we wanted to do our share. Although we only started in January 2019 last year in the UK, we are fortunate, as a company to be able to give back.
“We decided to provide a £60,000 release of machinery to frontline staff to keep them fed through this awful time.
“We were blessed that Hotel Football and the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester allowed us to supply two of our machines to feed the NHS staff staying there, with scrambled eggs, porridge, soup and other foods that can be made fresh in a matter of 15 seconds. Thanks so much to e-foods for organising this.”
He also called for the sector to help Scraegg find more worthy causes to supply its machinery free of charge, with full support provided.
Similarly, Valentine Equipment and Cuisinequip put out an appeal on LinkedIn saying: “If you are providing food for frontline NHS services then we would like to hear from you. As our demonstration pasta making machines are not currently being used, we would like to offer them on a free loan to those of you catering for people in the health sector.
“Making fresh pasta is a cheap and easy way to provide healthy hot food where it is needed most, so let’s work together to keep everyone fed.”
Elsewhere, shelving and storage specialist Craven & Co reported that as it is on the NHS supply framework, it is currently working around the clock to provide the NHS with much needed medical equipment. As a result, the company’s factory is fully operational as usual.
While Italian cooking equipment manufacturer Ambach is helping the effort in its local area, having delivered 500 masks to the Hospital of Bolzano.
“These masks are a donation to Ambach and to the Hospital of Bolzano by TFP, the leading kitchen consultant with a main office in Shenzen and our valuable partner,” said Maurizio Vianello, MD of Ambach Ali Group.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the whole of TFP for having arranged this important initiative in such a short time.”
Thomas Lai, founder and principal of TFP, said: “Since this January, in China, we have suffered dramatically because of coronavirus.
“The situation here is now much better and we must also thank Italy for its help and support during the crisis.”
Back in the UK, CEDA is leading the support crusade for the national catering equipment supply chain itself.
The association tweeted: “We’re running a series of HR support webinars relating to Covid 19.
“CEDA members, partners and associated who would like to participate should contact us asap as numbers are limited to six per session.”
The sessions are scheduled on 1 April at 10-11am and 3-4pm and 3rd April at 10-11am and 3-4pm.