From tableware to tupperware, food prep to thermometers, foodservice operations could not function without light equipment. The Catering Insight Awards supplier honour for light equipment, sponsored by The Professional Kitchen Show, rewards a manufacturer who has created an innovative piece or range of light equipment which provides a step change for the industry.
This year’s light equipment stars are:
Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM)
FEM introduced the Hamilton Beach Commercial Quantum 950 high performance blender to the market this year, combining durability, high capacity and quality technology. It also features a 7 year warranty on the motor. Central to the Quantum’s longevity is its Endura motor technology, which uses a brushless motor system. This means that the Quantum lasts two and a half times longer and operates 50% more efficiently than its peers. While its stainless steel blades and all-metal drive coupling feature a lifetime warranty.
Hendi arrived in the UK on the back of success in central, southern and eastern Europe. However, it took the bold decision to set up an autonomous business, Hendi UK, providing sales, service, support and a substantial UK stockholding. The light equipment market in the UK is incredibly competitive so in order to challenge the established suppliers Hendi UK needed to offer the dealer network a complete package. That package included in excess of 1,000 light equipment products supported by a dedicated sales, after-sales and service team.
Metcalfe Catering Equipment
Despite the challenging trading conditions and the approach of Brexit, Metcalfe has achieved year-on-year growth. Much of this is down to the company’s commitment to partnering with respected and trusted overseas manufacturers. The agreement that it made with Swedish food preparation equipment manufacturer Hallde, earlier in the year, is an excellent example of this approach. The deal was 3 years in the making and shows that the company is continually working hard to source the best partners to add to its portfolio.
Mitchell & Cooper
Mitchell & Cooper recently launched Crustastun, a revolutionary appliance designed specifically for the humane killing of crustaceans. In response to more traditional, and increasingly controversial, methods of killing lobsters, crabs and crayfish, the Crustastun provides operators with a quick, easy and safe alternative. Utilising an electro-stunning method, the unit targets the brain centres of the shellfish, interrupting nerve function and thereby stopping the animal from feeling pain. The animal is stunned in less than half a second, and killed within 10 seconds.
Panasonic has shaken up the microwave market this year with the launch of the all metal door NE-1878 with inverter technology. Hailed as a global first, the inverter enables faster, more even, gentler cooking, and is better for defrosting and uses less energy. Lighter by 12kg compared to its predecessor, this lowers shipping costs and means it is more portable and easier to move around for cleaning. Furthermore, the inside of the all metal door has no ridges, seals or film to clean around.