Falcon Foodservice Equipment is planning to open a Customer Experience Centre at its HQ in Stirling later this year to coincide with its 200th anniversary.
The Ali Group-owned outfit, which is one of the most recognisable UK catering equipment brands, reaches the remarkable milestone this year and intends to celebrate with a series of activities.
The Customer Experience Centre will feature both a demonstration kitchen showcasing the latest Falcon technology and a museum displaying archive products and designs when it opens in the middle of this year.
“I think visitors will be truly fascinated by our heritage – our history reflects the history of foodservice equipment in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,” said managing director Peter McAllister.
Falcon traces its history back to the Falkirk Iron Company, which was formed in 1819 to meet the growing demand for cast iron goods. The first records of catering equipment began in 1850, with the company building stockpots and cooking suites.
“200 years of British manufacturing excellence is something we are immensely proud of,” continued Mr McAllister. “We are equally proud of our reputation with chefs, but we certainly aren’t resting on any laurels – we’ve got an R&D department that is leading the way in developing new ideas, and we have major new launches planned for 2019.”
These days Falcon’s standing is based around key product lines such as the Dominator Plus, Chieftain and F900 series, which provide large-scale cooking solutions for commercial kitchens.
Falcon is also the UK distributor of Lainox combi ovens following a distribution agreement that was put in place two years ago.