The catering equipment supply chain is having to think on its feet to survive during the global coronavirus pandemic and are implementing creative solutions to meet demand.
At ventilation ductwork cleaning firm Swiftclean, it is diverting some of its engineer teams to provide two new services in response to the current situation. To assist building managers in minimising the risk of cross infection from the Covid-19 coronavirus, the company will offer two new dedicated services, ventilation ductwork deep cleaning, and environmental cleaning for hard surfaces.
Swiftclean engineers will deep clean all the inner surfaces of ventilation ductwork to leave them clean and virus free, using a medical surface disinfectant which is said to kill Covid-19 and almost all other known viruses and bacteria. Secondly, Swiftclean will offer a hard surfaces environmental clean for areas in which there has been a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19.
At maintenance specialist FSW Gas Services, MD Frank Winterbottom posted on LinkedIn that although the company will officially be closed for the next 7 days, its reactive department will still be available to attend emergency works. “This will only include key business needs ie, schools supporting key workers – care homes and hospital kitchens.
“All outstanding or return visits on reactive service jobs will continue on our return.
“We will be looking at re-opening our business as soon as I feel or am advised it is safe to do so I hope that all our customers and suppliers can understand and support us in this decision and we can all get back to business as usual at the earliest possible time,” he said.
Elsewhere, Lincat has today launched an equipment and support package for takeaways, to support the outlets that have been compelled to switch to offering this service.
The ‘mix and match’ package of light-duty equipment is designed to help sites deliver new menus as quickly as possible. This comprises a range of compact, countertop items including a convection oven, fryer, pizza oven, contact grill, bain marie and hot cupboard – all of which Lincat says can be delivered in 24 hours and with minimal investment.
In addition, Lincat is offering culinary support to outlets looking to diversify through its new Chef-line telephone service.
Elsewhere, Mechline Developments has reported a surge in in orders for its new HyGenikx air and surface steriliser since the coronavirus outbreak began.
The manufacturer reports that the units are proven to eradicate harmful bacteria and viruses, including those in the same family as the latest Covid-19 pandemic. This claim is endorsed by microbiologist Dr David Webber, who said: “HyGenikx units have been shown to kill a wide range of microbes that are more difficult to eradicate than viruses, including bacterial species that produce endos pores (Clostridium difficile, Geobacillus stearothermophilus), Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, S. epidermidis, Listeria monocytogenes and L. innocua) , Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), and moulds (Aspergillus fumigatus) in both the air and/or on surfaces.
“SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the same group of viruses that cause colds and influenza. The use of similar technology in call centres and offices at an NHS Trust has been shown to reduce the incidence of illness-related absences; particularly reported cases of colds, coughs and influenza, as well as reducing other chest and respiratory problems.
“Without testing HyGenikx against SARS-CoV-2 (or a suitable surrogate) I cannot categorically state that HyGenikx can kill this coronavirus: however there is a great deal of scientific evidence that this technology can kill a wide range of other microbes that are much more difficult to eradicate than SARS-CoV-2.”
While Mechline marketing manager Kristian Roberts commented: “The advanced and compact wall-mounted HyGenikx unit is a plug and play option that will quietly go about its business – keeping staff, customers, food and surfaces protected from viruses and bacteria, even in the hardest to reach areas. HyGenikx utilises a combination of the most effective air and surface sterilisation technologies available to produce Superoxide Ions and Plasma Quattro, which are proven to target and kill biological hazards, including Salmonella, E.coli, Norovirus, and other primary sources of infections.”