Mark Hogan, commercial director of FEM, details why now is the right time for the supplier to expand its allergen safety portfolio of lightware:
With the number of people experiencing food allergies on the increase, those in the foodservice industry need to be ever vigilant about how food is prepared and cooked. Operators need to get their allergens strategy right – it’s absolutely vital for consumers’ safety. Dealers need to know what equipment is available so that they can help their customers be allergen aware.
FEM has developed a portfolio of allergen safety products. It includes a wide variety of smallwares, cookware and prep equipment available to dealers to help their customers prevent cross contamination.
It’s a critical issue: there are over 170 foodstuffs that can cause a reaction, and tens of millions of people in Europe suffer from food allergies, while a staggering 44% of British adults suffer from at least one allergy – and the number is on the rise.
Broadly speaking, FEM divides the allergen safety products into four key areas: food storage, food prep, cooking and serving. It’s important to make it as simple as possible for kitchen staff to know they are using allergen-free equipment, which is why all FEM’s suggested products for use with allergens are colour-coded purple, so they are easily distinguished from other tools, preventing cross contamination. Thus storage containers have bright purple lids, measuring jugs have purple markings, and utensils have purple handles.
It’s also important that dealers understand that there are products to cover every area, so they can give their customers the fullest possible advice for dealing with allergens. That’s why, alongside the expected products such as storage pans and cutting boards, FEM offers purple thermometers, purple gloves, purple ladles, and so on. There are even purple prep station mats, printed with useful allergen information, that can be used to designate a safe prep area.
The latest launches that FEM has brought to its allergen safety portfolio are a range of cookware, manufactured by Pujadas, and serving bowls from Vollrath. Like the rest of the allergen safety products, they are designed specifically to ensure diners can eat without risk.
The Pujadas cookware has distinctive purple handles, to differentiate it from general cookware, and is made from stainless steel. The range includes a non-stick frying pan that comes in three sizes, 200, 240 and 280mm, a sauce pot in 6.2 or 15litre capacity, a casserole in 4.2 and 10litre capacity, and a generous 3litre saucepan. Also available are matching lids with purple handles in corresponding sizes.
Vollrath’s attractive bowls are designed for table serving and display and their double-walled construction will maintain food temperature, whether hot or cold. They are made from heavy gauge stainless steel and coloured purple on the outside, so there is no chance of mix-ups when serving allergen-free food. Available in either square or round versions, in a variety of sizes, they enhance presentation while ensuring customer safety.
FEM’s range of allergen safety products has been collated into a brochure, which can be downloaded for free from the company’s website.