Buying British catering equipment makes more sense than ever, according to supplier Lincat
The company, a major supplier to the UK pub trade, says a number of factors have made imported kit less attractive..
"To start with the weak pound is making imported equipment much more expensive to buy", said Nick McDonald, marketing director of Lincat. "However it's certainly not just an issue of cost. British designed and manufactured equipment is ideal for British applications."
Large British ovens, with side opening doors, are designed with the traditional Sundar roast roast in mind. European manufacturers tend to stick to shallow ovens with drop down doors. Side opening doors make it easier to reach into deep ovens safely, as well as avoid the serious tripping hazard of a drop down door left open.
"In addition, British kitchens are often limited in terms of size, with the result that a British built 6-burner range, which is typically 900mm wide fits perfectly, whereas an imported model, which is typically larger, does not."
Lincat has also noticed that many organisations and, larger ones in particular, are keen to buy British out of concern for the environment. Policies to reduce the carbon footprint of larger organisations are beginning to reach the kitchen. Buying British and thereby reducing 'equipment' miles is becoming more important.