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 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:
The diversity of Cambro’s range is reflected in 2019’s innovative product launches. They include the Wood Grain Century Trays, which look and feel like wood, yet are made of hard-wearing polyester; the CamShelving Flex station, a practical, hygienic mobile display rack for grab and go; and the GoBag, a lightweight, hot/cold food transport solution. The company has also enhanced its GoBoxes range of ultra-light food transport boxes with the launch of the Cam GoHeat Warming Tray. This fits snugly into the boxes and keeps hot food at safe temperatures for extended periods, allowing longer journeys.
Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM)
FEM has once again added a smorgasbord of products to its roster this year, including Hamilton Beach’s CPM800-UK planetary stand mixer, Manitowoc Ice’s Indigo NXT Series modular dice ice cube machine range, San Jamar’s ice scoop alarm monitor and Pujadas Polinorm lids, designed specifically to fit with its allergen-free range of GN pans. The supplier also launched a new website designed to make life easier for its dealers. Alongside clean, fresh looks, it’s also fast and easy to navigate. New features such as pay by card, quick order and spare part finder are a real bonus to dealers.
Mitchell & Cooper
Mitchell & Cooper continued to introduce dealers to its Crustastun product, designed specifically for the humane stunning of crustaceans including lobsters, crayfish and crabs. Recognised by a number of welfare groups, including the RSPCA, the Crustastun’s electro-stun process is completely painless as total anaesthesia is achieved within half a second and despatch ensues within 5-10 seconds. The method targets the brain centres of the animal, with both a saline solution bath and a sponge to conduct the current. The process also accelerates the tenderisation of the meat which leads to a better end texture and improved taste.
Panasonic has launched a range of commercial rice cookers to assist caterers to cook rice who may not have a large combi steamer, and in doing so, also help to eliminate the bulk cook and reheat problem. The rice cooker will also reduce waste as it’s automatic and non-stick and will help save money, as smaller caterers no longer have to use the expensive alternative: the individual portion packs of rice. The product was launched with a rice masterclass, held by Cyrus Todiwala, to which distributors were invited to bring along customers and chefs.
In the last 12 months, Zerica has introduced 3 new water cooler models to cater to a wide variety of market needs. The Sikélia, Kolumna and Kemonia touchscreen operated and use Auxilia, Zerica’s exclusive IoT-enabled remote monitoring and management software with diagnostic function. The Sikélia is an ergonomic, compact and hygienic countertop unit dispensing chilled, ambient, and sparkling water. The Kemonia caters to the same markets, but is compact at just 34cm wide and freestanding with a modern dispensing head. The Kolumna is an ultra slim dispensing unit connected to any Zerica under-sink unit.