The green agenda is amongst the top priorities of many a commercial kitchen project, and this Catering Insight Supplier Sustainability award will highlight those catering equipment manufacturers and suppliers which are championing environmental product development and energy efficient products.
Therefore the shortlisted companies are:
Ventilation energy management specialist Quintex heavily focuses on sustainability, being a Carbon Trust accredited supplier. Its Cheetah demand control ventilation is the only system of its type listed on the Energy Technology List for enhanced capital allowance, while Ecofix is an automatic duct cleaning system that uses environmentally friendly, food-safe products. The company strives to use local suppliers, with two of its key suppliers located on its industrial estate. Working with distributors in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, Quintex promotes its energy saving products to them and encourages them to use local suppliers for generic parts.
Rational’s latest Growth and Sustainability Report confirms that its appliances use 90% recyclable materials and its packaging is 97% recyclable. Its VarioCookingCenter multifunctional cooking system is designed to save energy by replacing multiple appliances and cooking up to four times faster than conventional equipment. Plus the latest version of the ConnectedCooking cloud-based networking solution helps service suppliers to ensure Rational appliances are operating at optimum efficiency levels. Sustainability also features in Rational’s comprehensive dealer training programme. The manufacturer runs training courses for all its distributors on a regular basis.
Synergy Grill Technology
With sustainability being at the very core of the brand, Synergy Grill Technology ensure exceptionally sustainable standards from production and design, right through to the actual grilling process. Using the latest patented burner technology and natural ceramics, Synergy Grills use on average 59% less gas consumption and produce less CO residue compared to commercial gas grills of similar sizes. An industry-first Carbon Trust accreditation further differentiates Synergy from standard chargrills, by combining improved food quality with environmental excellence. Plus its main components are manufactured in the UK, meaning carbon footprint levels are kept to a minimum.
From the solar panels used to power Unox’s Italian factory to the fact that the company manufactures 97% of its own parts in house, minimising carbon footprint and enabling it to be the fastest manufacturer of new models from concept to design, shows that sustainability is a cornerstone of the firm’s philosophy. The combi oven specialist constantly develops patented technology to minimise energy and water consumption, thanks to the almost 50 research and development technicians it employs. Plus its Data Driven Cooking artificial intelligence system identifies opportunities to improve appliance efficiencies and eliminate waste.
Winterhalter is at the forefront of developments in sustainability. Operationally it remains the only catering equipment manufacturer to have achieved carbon footprint labelling. Its service division has developed innovative systems that are designed to deliver the most sustainable service provision, using new technology, training and closer relations with customers to extend the life of warewashers and minimise downtimes. Winterhalter continues to develop innovative technologies that deliver a more sustainable warewasher. The new UC Excellence-iPlus Masterpiece is typical of this ethos: by offering both RO and water softening, it dramatically reduces water use.