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Council ditches old way of working for Moffat system

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Moffat is celebrating a deal to supply its Vangen food regeneration systems to Wolverhampton City Council after the concept was ruled the preferred option for getting meals to clients.

The council has been providing a meals-on-wheels service for the best part of 25 years, but recently switched to Moffat’s equipment after examining the way that it operates.

“We reviewed the whole meals-on-wheels service provision, including delivery issues, cost and quality,” explained Tina Lauchlan, operations manager of Wolverhampton City Council’s catering and cleaning services department. “A variety of systems were brought to the drawing board. However, it was clear that the best value option financially was to invest in the regeneration system offered by Vangen.”

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The Vangen allows caterers to either regenerate or hold cooked meals in the delivery vehicles en route to the customer.

The system comprises the regen oven, which runs off a specially designed inverter, the vehicle and special trays that hold the food safely, with no spills. The trays, like the ovens, are bespoke designs, built to match the client’s specifications.

“The Vangen system ensures meals do not become over-cooked, and we have different program times, dependent on the amount and type of meal,” said Lauchlan. “There is also the facility which will hold the meal at the correct temperature, rather than it continuing to cook.”

The council is currently using the equipment to deliver 1,450 meals a week.

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