Lancashire County Cricket Club is hoping that the completion of a major catering project by Preston distributor CHR will stand it in good stead off the pitch for some time to come.
CHR carried out a major upgrade of the bar and banqueting facilities at the famous ground just recently, building on a relationship that it has had with the club for the past 17 years.
On occasions, such as during test matches, more than 9,000 meals in four days are served to spectators, so equipment capable of handling huge spikes in demand was the order of the day.
One of the main priorities of the latest project was to install a robust dishwashing infrastructure, which saw CHR draw on its partnership with Meiko.
The site now features some 12 front-loading glass washers, 10 pass-through dishwashing machines, two rack transport machines and a continuous conveyor flight dishwasher.
An additional front-loading utensil washer and numerous food waste disposal units complete the line-up.
“CHR has worked closely with us to re-design the kitchens to help us improve the speed of service and quality of our food by using latest equipment technology. As a result we have dramatically reduced staff costs while at the same time greatly increasing the numbers we feed,” said Nic Ashurst, executive head chef at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
CHR’s managing director, Ron Neville, said that with the upgrade of the warewashing facilities, the club now has access to Meiko machines that are efficient to run and guarantee a sparkling end result.
“CHR has dealt with Meiko for many years, ever since we started up the business. It is a good quality product and a good quality company,” he said.