Suppliers say that ‘recommissioning’ talks are beginning with fast food operators as the industry slowly starts to open up again.
The likes of KFC, Burger King and Costa have reopened multiple stores for delivery as they start to mobilise their enormous estates for the first time since lockdown measures were enforced in March.
McDonald’s plans to open 15 sites next week after carrying out an operational exercise to see how its kitchens might operate under limited conditions.
Taylor UK, which supplies ovens and ice cream machines to a number of big groups, said talks about recommissioning equipment have advanced.
Marketing manager David Rees said: “We are in close communications with the major chains and their franchisees. Alongside discussing recommissioning kitchen and front-of-house appliances, there’s also considerable interest in longer term ‘peace of mind’ service packages, which is an interesting development and may reflect changes in attitude in terms of how businesses will operate in the ‘new normal.’”
Amongst the key fast food appliances that Taylor UK supplies are soft service ice cream machines and clamshell grills.
Meanwhile, sister company Hubbard Systems supplies Scotsman ice machines to the fast food sector.
Mr Rees said the company was fully prepared to provide fast food customers with the technical expertise they will need as they fire up their kitchens again. “We are poised to support the fast food sector as it turns back on,” he said.