Cooking equipment manufacturers are at pains to point out their products’ green credentials, but is this enough to convince dealers to specify a particular appliance? Catering Insight talked to a number of industry suppliers to see whether environmentally friendliness is an attribute that wins fans in the distributor community.

One firm which has the insider view on both sides of the fence is the Advance Group, being both a kitchen design house and an equipment supplier. It provides a range of 20 Thermodyne precision heat transfer units which can be used for slow-cooking, pre-staging and regenerating food.

“Thanks to Thermodyne’s ‘patented fluid shelf conduction technology’, rather than convection, caterers are able to reduce energy costs by up to 79% compared to standard convection oven, resulting in our table top models cost less than 50p per day to run,” said Darryl Pannell, commercial director, Advance Group.

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“At Advance we believe that taking into consideration the whole life cost of equipment is an important value driver when considering equipment specification. Innovative, energy efficient solutions such as Thermodyne with low whole life cost are often key in delivering projects with operational efficiency, capacity and simplified maintenance costs.”

Over at Electrolux Professional, it aims to reduce the amount of energy its products consume without affecting their performance.

According to Stuart Flint, training and demonstration manager for Electrolux Professional UK and Ireland: “For example, our air-o-steam Touchline combi ovens feature a built-in efficient self-cleaning system to simplify maintenance while saving energy, water, and rinse aid; and can also be operated using a half-power function.

“Furthermore, our High Speed Grill (HSG) automatically goes into a low-consumption standby mode after being out of use for 5 minutes, but can then be turned on in a split second for grilling.”

However, he believes: “It is still quite common to see end-users look out for the words ‘energy efficient’, but then still base their final decision on the cost price of the equipment in question. Whilst much of our product offering is able to provide some discernible energy-saving benefit, it is often the case that the most energy efficient products do carry a premium when compared to those that offer standard performance. This is with good reason, because the features themselves will offer significant savings over the long term.”