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Automated plated food caterer serves up its “disruptive” business model in the UK

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Foodservice provider BonCulina – whose business model is based on an automated solution for plated hot meals – has landed its first contracts in the education sector following the recent expansion of its UK operations.

BonCulina offers meals using a patented Torus Pak plating technology, which allows it to operate restaurants and canteens without a kitchen or chef on site.

The company claims its “disruptive” business model brings together hundreds of meal varieties and the very best international manufacturers in just one place. The system enables customers to pick and choose from a range of cuisines without being tied into exclusive contracts and multiple delivery contracts.

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“We aspire to be different in foodservice by delivering cost efficiency and simplicity through our vast central recipe database, from the very best ready meal manufacturers and vegan to free-from, to create a truly global larder of high-quality delicious dishes,” said UK sales and operations director Chris O’Neill.

“This, in combination with optional operating methods offers flexibility and consistency beyond most clients’ needs and requirements. We have seen unprecedented demand for flexible foodservice solutions in an environment of rapid change during the pandemic. Our decision to increase capacity and expand operations in the UK reflects the strength of the market.”

The company’s meals are frozen and packaged individually, which it says allows it to manage fluctuating numbers and safety issues in the new Covid landscape.

Yesterday the company confirmed that it has just won its first two contracts in the education sector, with Rosewood Independent School and Branton Community Primary School in Northumberland.

BonCulina said its solution would help the schools become more efficient in meal planning by incorporating a powerful online tool for use in menu choices. As such, all dietary and nutritional requirements can be easily incorporated.

After menu planning, meals are packaged using the innovative Torus Pak technology, which is designed to support reductions in food waste. Typical dishes include roast chicken, shepherd’s pie, sausage and mash, and fish pie, as well as a selection of healthy breakfast items and desserts upon request.

Last month, BonCulina was selected by Bon Appetit to be its UK food partner. The collaboration will see the rebrand of Bon Appetit machines to BonCulina and give it access to approximately 70 hospitals across the UK.

BonCulina’s automated solution includes a vending machine, scanner microwave and contactless payment technology.

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