Food transportation and bulk food specialist BGL Rieber was assisted by the brand’s German headquarters during the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK supplier for the manufacturer has worked throughout the crisis to supply UK hospitals, care and nursing homes with urgently needed food transport boxes, hot and cold meal delivery systems and large combi cooking kettles.
MD Gareth Newton detailed: “While we had a larger than usual stock of product in the UK to prepare for Brexit, the demand from catering equipment distributors plus existing hospital customers and the new Nightingales quickly ate into our reserves as they adapted to their new circumstances.
“The professionalism, dedication and sheer bravery of the care sector has been clear for all to see.
“But I also want to pay tribute and thank the Rieber team at the manufacturing base in Germany. While others were cutting or even stopping production, Rieber quickly re-organised its workforce, focused on key lines to create faster delivery, so we are still able to supply ex-stock to meet the current high demand to feed those in isolation or to cater for the new hospital facilities.”
Newton continued: “A core part of what BGL Rieber does is offer advice and training. The choice of Thermoport food transport boxes, for example, is large and often bewildering, especially if you are a restaurant owner looking to start delivery for the first time.
“Distributors have been asking for delivery solutions for all types of food; food in bulk, frozen food, chilled and hot plated meals, and boxes than be fitted to the back of motorbikes or into car boots. We have even discussed powering heated Thermoport boxes by the electrics of a van!
“We in the UK have been able to maintain full functionality, meeting the needs of our customers, thanks to the Rieber factory in Germany which has done us proud, thank you.”