The green agenda is amongst the top priorities of many a commercial kitchen project, and the Catering Insight Award for Supplier of the Year – Sustainability, sponsored by Hotel, Restaurant & Catering, highlights those catering equipment manufacturers and suppliers which are championing environmental product development and energy efficient products.
2021’s runners and riders are:
Warewasher supplier DC Products showed its green credentials by creating the DC Tree Initiative. Through this, the company plants trees to offset some of the CO2 produced during the production of its machines. This allows environmentally conscious consumers to choose a machine that aligns with their ethics. Furthermore, its warewashers use innovative technology that minimises power use, reduces thermal and acoustic emissions and saves on water, electrical and chemical consumption. At least 55% of noble metals within its machines are recyclable, while all packaging uses recyclable materials wherever possible.
Almost all of Filta’s solutions are designed to support sustainability in the kitchen, including its FiltaFry fryer management and oil filtration service that helps prolong equipment lifetime; FiltaSeal refrigeration seal replacement that maintains refrigeration equipment efficiency; and the FiltaFOG range of solutions to support FOG compliance. This year, the latter category was enhanced with the launch of the FiltaFOG Cyclone grease recovery unit, which offers two-stage FOG separation and recovery to recover approximately 2,000 litres of quality oil every year, worth £400, with less than 25 parts per million FOG at outlet.
Quintex has environmental passion running throughout the company, becoming a part of multiple groups promoting net zero carbon and sustainability, with MD Emma Brooks heading up the FEA’s Net Zero Carbon forum. Adding to its existing demand controlled ventilation system, Cheetah, that reduces energy and carbon usage within commercial kitchens, this year Quintex added Enjay’s Lepido energy recovery system to its portfolio, specifically for challenging kitchen extraction ventilation systems. Rather than just losing the heat from a kitchen extract, the system recovers the heat and allows that to be re-utilised within the building.
Ramco’s raison d’être is supporting the circular economy, handling surplus catering equipment for reuse or clean disposal. In 2020 alone, Ramco Foodservices collaborated with more than 20 new clients in the foodservice/catering sector, preventing in excess of 26,000 pieces of catering equipment from going to landfill. This year it has ensured that sustainability is at the top of the industry’s agenda by launching a series of ‘Kitchen Conversations’ video interviews with sustainability experts to highlight green issues affecting the foodservice sector.
In 2021, Unox launched EmiXion 2030, a new multi-million-pound plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions across the global business by 2030. The strategy includes a series of initiatives including the introduction of electric vehicles, biogas trucks and on-site renewable energy generation at its Italian headquarters. In the UK, Unox expects to move into new, sustainable headquarters in early 2022, built to a carbon neutral specification including solar panels on the roof, electric car charge points, heat pump and other eco-friendly features including carbon neutral paint and floor coverings.
The winner will be announced at the gala ceremony on Thursday 18 November at London’s 8 Northumberland Avenue. Buy tickets to the event HERE.