Cumbria-based distributor, Lakes Catering Maintenance, has handed over a production kitchen scheme ahead of schedule for Replenish Kitchen, a food delivery firm.
Replenish offers locally sourced meals delivered to doors across the UK, and its success meant it had outgrown its existing site, kitchen and equipment.
The operator was ready to take the business to the next level and appointed Lakes to provide a new production kitchen which is situated in an industrial unit opposite the old Galgate Silk Mill in Lancaster, the oldest surviving mill in England.
After a successful appointment, Lakes provided a full turnkey solution for this project in just 7 weeks from first site visit, final design and specification.
After receiving the initial brief from Replenish MD, Tom Wilkinson, Lakes felt that an ‘iKitchen’ by Rational was a perfect match for this project.
Following a joint site visit with Adam Binks, regional sales manager of Rational UK, Lakes specified an iVario Pro multifunctional cooking system with pressure cooking along with the iCombi Pro 10 – 1/1 combi-steamer, which is designed to provide a leaner kitchen solution and cover over 95% of all conventional cooking applications with the two units connected.
Lakes’ MD Leigh Howard detailed: “The project was a total blank canvas – there was nothing in place like water, waste, and electrics. We had to plan the infrastructure and services carefully.
“Whilst I cannot deny that the short timeframe was a challenge, with three other projects completing in the same month, the team at Lakes rose to the challenge and turned this project around successfully and to a high standard. It goes without saying that I am incredibly proud of the team at Lakes and the end result for Replenish.”
Replenish’s Wilkinson reported: “Leigh and the LCM team have been outstanding to work with. They have gone above and beyond at every turn to ensure that what started as a dream became a reality in just 4 weeks. The quality of work is unparalleled, they are a credit to our industry and have helped our business go to the next level.”