Halton Group has signed an agreement to manufacture British company Reco-Air’s, patented air recirculation units under global licence.
The idea is to integrate the solutions with Halton’s commercial kitchen ventilation systems. Along with the partnership, Halton will extend its offering to cover environments that do not allow the use of traditional kitchen ventilation solutions due to missing or restricted kitchen-based ventilation ducting for air exhaust extraction in the building, or where new ducting would be prohibitively expensive. The accredited technology of the solutions should also enable them to be used in high-risk venues such as shopping malls and passenger terminals.
Along with the new partnership agreement, Halton feels it will provide its commercial kitchen customers and stakeholders with new business opportunities boosted by certain consumer trends.
Georges Gaspar, director of Halton Foodservice, commented: “In recent years, the focus in eating out has shifted towards eating while travelling which is associated with commuting, business trips or holiday travel. At the same time, the popularity of conveniently situated smaller grocery outlets that are rather focused on selling take-away meals than seating a lot of customers has increased.
“We are very happy about the new partnership agreement with Reco-Air and that in the future, we will be able to support the development of restaurant service offering and the realisation of innovative foodservice concepts serving people’s needs in all kinds of indoor environments.”
Nigel Dickens, co-founder and CEO of Reco-Air, said: “We are delighted to expand our already established and successful collaboration with Halton to a global platform. Reco-Air has developed key relationships with global food and beverage operators, and we can now further support our valued clients through our Halton colleagues worldwide.”
Combining Halton’s ventilation systems with Reco-Air’s air recirculation technology should enable the effective control of kitchen emissions, the extraction of food preparation odours, and the management of fire safety, as well as the provision of a comfortable and safe environment for staff and customers in restaurants of all sizes. Furthermore, use of the air recirculation technology should dispense with the need for ducting, which could also make kitchen design simpler, faster and more flexible.
The technology is applicable in kitchens with all electric appliances. Halton and Reco-Air’s complementing technology is also said to enable complete ventilation solutions where gas or solid fuel appliances are present.
The collaboration agreement between Halton and Reco-Air was signed on 24 July 2019 and covers the manufacture under licence and distribution of a total offering of Reco-Air’s Air recirculation solutions. Halton will start the licenced manufacture at the end of the year. Reco-Air will also continue to manufacture and sell directly to its customers.
The companies formed an earlier distribution partnership in 2014.