Foster restarts manufacturing as fast food kitchens spring back to life

Chris Playford, market and development director

Refrigeration maker Foster is stepping up production at its UK manufacturing facility in King’s Lynn in response to the reopening of fast food chains across the country.

Foster and sister company Gamko mainly serviced demand from the NHS and healthcare sector during March and April, with orders being fulfilled from stock built before shutdown.

But now it is starting to see activity from a broader range of customers in other areas of the industry, leading it to make plans for the safe return to work of an increasing number of staff.

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Chris Playford, market and development director at Foster, said: “Our operations team have put in place a number of health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of our staff. These include single direction walkway routing around the plant and sectioned-off workstations, in combination with rigorous cleaning regimes and queuing systems for shared amenities.

“In addition, members of staff able to work from home are being encouraged to do so in line with government’s advice.”

Mr Playford said that opening the manufacturing operation once more allows it to be more flexible with supplying the exact product specification the customer requires.

“We are pleased to see that the level of demand from the market is increasing which is beginning to safely adapt to the changing situation. Household names such as Greggs, McDonald’s and KFC have all announced plans to begin a phased reopening programme through May and June for their takeaway services, in line with the necessary social distancing requirements.”

Mr Playford added that the company would be doing all it can to support customers in these times, including the continuation of its 0% interest free credit offer for those with limited cash availability.

“This trusted financial help allows anyone who finds themselves in the position of needing to buy new equipment the means to afford quality refrigeration by spreading the cost over 12 equal monthly payments – and this can even include additional services such as extended warranties or delivery and installation.”

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