MARKET TALK: A peek inside prison kitchens, cutting reoffending through catering and roadmap-inspired equipment orders

In this week’s episode of Market Talk, Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity and Ross Gibson, sales director of Pro Foodservice Reps (PFR), join us to discuss the latest developments in the market. 

The Clink’s aim is to reduce reoffending through the training and rehabilitation of prisoners, which it does by providing prisoners with an opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications in catering and horticulture.

Mr Moore details how the charity plans to deliver training in up to 70 prison kitchens over the next three years and outlines the resources needed to help offenders achieve qualifications in hospitality and gain employment upon release.

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The Clink also operates four restaurants and one cafe that are situated within working prisons, with all food prepared and served by prisoners in training. Those sites have had to close in line with the restrictions imposed on the hospitality industry, but Mr Moore reveals when it intends to reopen them again.

Mr Gibson is sales director at Pro Foodservice Reps, a UK-based foodservice equipment manufacturer rep group. He shares his experiences of the last 12 months and what the opening and closing of the hospitality sector has meant for supply chain businesses, particularly with Brexit thrown into the mix as well.

The company has also just been appointed the UK importer for Italian cooking manufacturer Spidocook, which is part of the Unox group. He explains the significance of the brand’s new UK structure to its own business model and where its products fit into the changing market place.

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