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:
DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems
DC Warewashing and Icemaking Systems is always looking at ways to improve the efficiency on its ice machines whilst minimising environmental impact and running costs, which is why it has recently introduced the R290 Gas model into its self-contained Classic Ice machines. The naturally occurring R290 refrigerant has an ozone depletion potential of zero and a very low global warming potential of three, in comparison to other comparable models which are up to 3,922. In addition the refrigerant improves ice production due to its excellent thermodynamic performance.
Hoshizaki’s flagship sustainable range in its Gram portfolio is Superior Plus, which delivers low energy consumption of just 285kW/year. The manufacturer also ensures its own processes are green, prioritising the way it works and reducing its impact on the environment at every stage. It has implemented a number of strategic initiatives such the Hoshizaki ‘Eco Plan’, a long-running programme, upheld around the world by its regional branches, which is intended to counter its demand on the environment, with sustainable solutions and ecological actions.
Hubbard Systems has brought a Scotsman range of icemakers to the UK market that it says are not only amongst the most eco-friendly available, but also produce a wide choice of different ice types. The EcoX range uses only natural refrigerants and complies fully with upcoming European Union F-gas regulations. It includes machines making gourmet, dice and cubelet/nugget ice cubes, as well as flake and scale ice systems. The manufacturer has focused on developing greener machines with a wide choice of ice types.
With the launch of M-iClean H ergonomic pass-through dishwasher, Meiko has brought to market a high economic performance appliance. The conversation that Meiko distributors are having with their customers is moving on to discussing ‘whole life costing’. The environmental benefits of reducing water, chemicals and energy usage are made very real for customers when M-iClean H cost-savings are analysed. Washing 125 baskets a day/330 days per year, M-iClean H with waste water heat recovery and heat retention will pay for itself after just 1.8 years, says Meiko.
The internet-connected Hot’n’Cold by Zerica/BeviLaNatura dispenses a variety of hot and cold drinks with no single-use plastics in sight. It is operated by an interactive touchscreen which can be programmed with environmentally-friendly energy saving periods to minimise and optimise energy usage. The sustainable unit is designed to provide a total drinks solution reducing cost, time and effort for catering staff, distributors and engineers. An electronic pulse boiling water heating system dispenses hot drinks at up to 99°C, and by utilising ‘pulses’ of energy it uses 30% less energy.