The Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA) has broadly welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Boris Johnson which essentially reopens the hospitality industry on 4 July following the coronavirus lockdown.
John Whitehouse, chair of FEA, said: “This is welcome news for the foodservice industry. It’s a ray of light after a very grim period.”
He emphasised: “The decision underlines the importance of effective collaboration – the trade associations and other bodies who represent the industry have been lobbying the government together, and the strength and passion of their argument have been heard.”
“Getting the hospitality industry moving is critical to everyone, none more so than the foodservice equipment supply chain, where sales have dropped by 80% or more.”
However, Whitehouse cautioned: “Of course, it’s not over. We still need government support if we are to have a successful industry – and an effective supply chain – at the end of the crisis.”