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 Commercial Kitchen, 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:

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Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM)
FEM has introduced a raft of innovative light equipment to dealers this year, much of which is exclusive to the UK. Its most successful roll-outs include the EPP Cam GoBox, an insulated transporter that is constructed from eco-friendly Expanded Polypropylene, as well as the Prince Castle Saber King, Cambro allergen food storage and Vollrath gastronorm pan bands. A focus on helping chefs get the most from their kit has led FEM to increase end user site visits and training alongside dealers.

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Lincat’s six-strong range of FilterFlow automatic water boilers with on-board filtration has presented distributors with a new margin opportunity by giving them access to a competitively-priced water boiler packed with features typically associated with premium competitor models. The company has invested in a new facility at its Lincoln base dedicated to training service engineers and introduced the Select Partner programme, entitling dealers to training, sales, service and marketing support.

Metcalfe Catering Equipment
Key launches for Metcalfe this year include the Flexsil-lid, an innovative replacement for plastic film wrap and foil that covers gastronorm and steam pans, as well as Atollspeed high-speed ovens, for which it is now the UK supplier. Metcalfe demonstrated its commitment to servicing its dealer base by expanding its factory and warehouse. The £350,000 project has enabled Metcalfe to modernise its manufacturing and assembly facility, allowing it to hold and manage stock more efficiently.

Mitchell & Cooper
Mitchell & Cooper has added the Nemox Gelato 4K Touch and Nemox Gelato 5L Automatic to its portfolio in 2016. The fast production cycles and automatic storage modes make them a compelling sell for dealers as chefs can turn the machines on and forget about them, freeing up time. Mitchell & Cooper has expanded on the training it offers to sales staff, while the delivery of on-site restaurant demonstrations has helped to convert orders which are then fulfilled through trusted distributors.

Sous Vide Tools
The launch of the iVide Circulator and ‘Smoking Gun’ food smoker have enhanced Sous Vide Tools’ offering, but it’s the investment in dealer support that has really won acclaim. Its website has been expanded to provide a wealth of sales information and downloadable resources while consultant chef Steve Wooldridge has been employed to support distributors. He is assisting with sourcing the right products at the right price and working with dealers to develop equipment concepts.

The electronic vote to choose the winner will open on Monday 31 October, when senior distributor representatives will receive an e-mail invite to participate.

The 2016 Catering Insight Awards is supported by Cedabond.

Tickets are available individually or for tables of 10 HERE.

For more ticketing or sponsorship information, contact:

Mark Harris
0203 176 4226


Anne-Marie Judge
0203 176 5632