8 catering equipment brands to check out at Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

The 2018 Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo features a number of leading suppliers with solutions for the quick-service restaurant sector. Here’s our pick of eight you need to meet. 

Innovative compact drinks machine packs powerful analytical punch

At this year’s Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo, BeviLaNatura by Zerica is presenting the Natura Hot ‘n’ Cold — a touchscreen-operated, internet-connected post-mix drinks system dispensing coffee, iced coffee, hot tea, iced tea, hot water, juice and chilled water all from one compact machine.

Using Internet of Things technologies the hygienic drinks dispenser is designed to be fast and integrates real-time information, remote monitoring, personalised video upload functionality and mobile-app-enabled payments, all via an interactive touchscreen. Furthermore, BeviLaNatura won an SCI Equipment Award for Sustainability, Cost Savings and Innovation at Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) in Singapore this year. Stand 1162

Eliminating paperwork from the kitchen environment

Checkit’s digital food safety and operations management solution helps businesses to automate food safety and operational tasks ensuring safe, reliable and efficient performance. It is designed to eliminate food safety paperwork and makes sure all end-user records are accurate and accessible at any time, giving operators HACCP compliance and peace of mind.

The manufacturer’s automated temperature monitoring wireless sensors continuously collect data on temperature, humidity and door close status, eliminating manual checks, protecting stock and reducing wastage and energy costs. Checkit’s customers range from a single site takeaway, pub, fish and chip shop and coffee shop to multi-site restaurants, contract catering and high street chains. Stand 2035

Taking the complexity out of catering design and kitchen ventilation

CK Direct recognises that whether companies are designing a brand new kitchen or updating an old one, the whole process can be quite complex. It is therefore encouraging visitors to drop into its stand at Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo and meet its expert team. They will provide a lowdown on all of the products to ensure the right components are chosen, ensuring the design and delivery of a well-designed, safe and efficient kitchen ventilation system that will last for years.

After success at the Commercial Kitchen Show, CK Direct is showcasing two of its favourite products along with a brand new ventilation system not yet seen within the commercial kitchen ventilation industry. Existing products comprise the Ozocube, claimed to be the most powerful odour control unit in the UK market, and its new Air Jet Canopy including Franke cascade filters. The manufacturer will also be introducing its CK Recirc system. Stand 1931

Jestic fires up its fast food offering for takeaway chains

As the UK’s largest supplier of fast food equipment, the Jestic stand will be showcasing the latest innovative equipment designed specifically for the takeaway sector. For those looking for high capacity frying using the latest technology, the Velocity pressure fryer and Evolution Elite open fryer from Henny Penny are said to deliver outstanding consistency and exacting results, using up to 40% less oil than other leading models on the market.

Visitors to the show in search of a standout pizza offering will be able to check out the latest Edge conveyor ovens, which comprise a range of capacities and can cook pizzas in as little as four minutes. Stand 2250

Design firm NRCE to demonstrate breadth of catering offering

As sponsors of the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo, Northern Refrigeration & Catering Equipment (NRCE) will be showcasing its extensive range of products. Specialising in the bespoke design and manufacture of commercial kitchens, NRCE supplies products and services to all food preparation and retail outlets in the public and private sectors nationwide.

Various pieces of catering equipment will be demonstrated during the show with the NRCE team on hand to discuss any enquiries. There will be free coffee and drinks available, so visitors can pop along to the booth and enjoy refreshments with the team. Stand 2071

Unox unveils ‘game-changing’ cooker and food preserver

Unox UK will be showcasing the latest in professional commercial oven technology with the Cheftop Mind.Maps combi ovens and the newly-launched Evereo. The Evereo is an innovative and technological temperature-controlled cooker and preserver for food.

This means that food can be cooked and held without traditional blast chilling, cold storage and regenerating, and it can be served in a few seconds at any time of the day with zero waiting time for customers — especially suitable for the restaurant and takeaway sector. The Evereo has been described as an industry game-changer, delivering the quality of slow food with the speed of fast food. Stand 2074

Rational slims down for chefs running kitchens tight on space

Rational will focus on using the latest cooking technology to get maximum production capacity out of the tightest kitchen space. On show will be Rational’s smallest combi oven — the SelfCookingCenter XS — alongside the company’s compact 112 VarioCookingCenter. Together they are said to provide every cooking process a modern commercial kitchen could require. Chefs will be cooking live on stand with the SelfCookingCenter XS and the VarioCookingCenter 112 throughout the show. Visitors will also be able to see the latest version of the ConnectedCooking technology, which allows users to monitor and programme Rational appliances remotely via the internet. Stand 1701

Panasonic presses its foot on the foodservice accelerator

Panasonic will be demonstrating how its SCV-2 speed convection oven is winning favour with food to-go-operators that strive to produce high quality food, cooked quickly. Accelerated cooking equipment can mostly offer high speed food with a crisped and browned finish — something that microwave energy alone cannot achieve — but when space is limited, and even without extraction, Panasonic’s super-fast, speed convection oven is a state-of-the-art choice.

It comes with a built-in catalytic converter and is stackable, too. Also on stand will be the new NE-1878, Panasonic’s world-first, all-metal door, professional microwave with inverter technology, launched in this year. Stand 1850

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