The green agenda is amongst the top priorities of many a commercial kitchen project, and the Catering Insight Supplier Sustainability award highlights those catering equipment manufacturers and suppliers which are championing environmental product development and energy efficient products.
Therefore the shortlist is:
With a dedicated ‘Green Team’ inside its workforce to champion sustainability, Brita has placed the environment at the top of its business agenda. The company’s Filter Monitoring team works directly with distributors, providing CRM reports on water usage alongside removing old filters and offering free monthly water quality training to the catering industry. Brita released the Purity C Steam filtration system in 2017 and it contains recyclable plastic and reusable resin that delivers on its zero waste to landfill goal.
DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems
DC’s new Optima series uses the latest technological advances to offer intelligent warewashing while minimising environmental impact and reducing running costs. The OD1450 double hood passthrough, for instance, lowers the temperature in the boiler when the machine is not in use for a prolonged period, while the system knows if one or two baskets are loaded and adjusts the washing parameters accordingly to save water and electricity. In addition, the steam heat recovery unit allows the machine’s rinse elements to be reduced by 4kW.
Hoshizaki extended its naturally-refrigerated Emerald Class range of ice makers this year and claims it is now the largest of its type in the world. With no fewer than 17 Emerald Class models across both IM (cube) and FM (flake) ice machines, distributors have access to a comprehensive range of environmentally-friendly machines. Every Emerald Class hydrocarbon machine uses less energy than its HFC equivalent, with the IM-240, which has a production capacity of 220kgs per 24 hours, 40% more efficient, for example.
A long-time sustainability champion courtesy of its British-produced induction equipment, Induced Energy went one step further this year by introducing its QX range, a line of affordable hobs designed to make induction more accessible. The initial range comprises single and twin zones hobs, a single zone wok and a combination flat zone and wok unit, allowing distributors to specify quality energy-saving induction equipment without being priced out of the market. Induced Energy is committed to expanding the range with an induction fryer, griddle and pasta cooker.
Winterhalter’s Connected Wash system brings new levels of efficiency to the warewashing industry by allowing users to monitor machine functions around the clock, from anywhere in the world. The immediacy of the system, which can be managed through an app, means customers can react quickly to warewash issues, minimising machine disruptions and increasing operational efficiency. Connected Wash also gives cost-optimisation tips to ensure machines are being operated in the most economical way possible and notifies customers when a detergent canister refill is due.