Catering Insight took a look back at the achievements of the UK catering equipment industry over the last 12 months with the Dealer’s Choice initiative.
We put a call out to senior distributor executives to find out what their favourite lockdown launches would be and nearly 300 were invited to demonstrate their ‘Dealer’s Choice’ for products in 11 categories.
However, we were so overwhelmed with entries and with just a few winning slots available, the Catering Insight team picked out a couple of innovative products that we think are also worthy of recognition as ‘Catering Insight’s choice’.
These were the Metro PrepMate multistation and the Hatco Flav-R 2-Go Locker.
The Metro PrepMate is a multifunctional workstation from Metro which is designed around the operator to eliminate space constraints so they can perform a multitude of tasks faster and more efficiently in a space saving footprint.
These workstations are based on Metro Super Erecta commercial grade shelving systems with 1” shelf adjustability and an 800lbs shelf load capacity. Four total-lock casters provide a stable work surface by locking both the caster wheel and the hub for maximum stability – whilst the PrepMate Multi-Rail design holds a standard cutting board above standard food/steam table pans.
The unit can be set-up for multiple employee heights and tasks.
While the Gamble-supplied Hatco Flav-R 2-Go Locker System conveniently holds multiple hot or ambient food orders with quick and secure access. Customers and delivery drivers can arrive, access their specific locker and leave without waiting in line or disturbing the flow of business.
Each locker features a timer to hold packaged foods for up to 45 minutes. The lockers are pre-programmed at 66°C, with a high-temperature range up to 93°C, and individual lockers can have the heat turned off for ambient food holding.
The F2G is available as a countertop, built-in or floor-mount model as well as pass-through or one-sided access.