Winterhalter is reporting an increase in demand for its range of utensil washers, as a result of the pandemic.
The company believes the interest is down to two key factors: hygiene and labour saving.
Glenn Roberts, national sales manager at Winterhalter UK, said: “In the past, many foodservice operators would wash utensils, pots and pans by hand.
“We’re now getting comments from customers like, ‘It’s time we got a machine to do the job properly’. There’s no doubt that a quality utensil washer will deliver a more hygienic result than hand washing. At the same time, with staff shortages, a utensil washer will reduce labour requirements and do the job quickly as well as hygienically, so it’s a win-win.”
However, traditional utensil washers were cumbersome machines, taking up valuable kitchen space. But many modern machines are relatively compact. For example, the smallest model in Winterhalter’s latest UF Series of utensil washers, the UF-M, is 775mm wide by 870mm deep. Depending on the level of soiling, it can wash up to 64 large (612mm x 672mm) racks per hour.
The UF Series is designed to take away the job of washing stubborn grime off utensils, and make it easier to collect and transport them to the machine. This is thanks to Winterhalter’s ergonomic rack dolly system. The empty rack is placed on the manoeuvrable dolly, which is wheeled around the kitchen and loaded with dirties. Once back at the UF machine, the rack is pushed off the dolly and into the warewasher.
Another aspect of the pandemic has been the economic impact on operators. Utensil washers can be leased to spread out the costs. Winterhalter also offers UF machines under its rental scheme and has an instalments payment option.
Roberts added: “Utensil washers were once thought of as a bit of a luxury. Not any more. We expect to see demand increase as the foodservice market returns to full operation.”
Winterhalter supplies the UF Series through distributors.