Marren Group has held its first ever food development day to promote the availability of SIX500 packaging that has been specifically designed for use in commercial high-speed ovens.
The service and maintenance specialist has the UK distribution rights for the range, which is developed by American manufacturer HAVI.
Almost a dozen attendees took part at the one-day session at Marren’s Northamptonshire HQ last week, gaining an understanding of the full capabilities of SIX500 and how it can expand the use of their accelerated oven, as well as insight to how it can support all dietary requirements and help reduce the risk of potential allergen contamination.
“The attendees benefited from the opportunity to see and taste the overall results achieved in SIX500 and the scope of menu items that can be cooked in the tray,” said business development manager Kelly Barrell. “We covered breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack dishes, making it relevant to the attendees’ existing menu. A lot of research was done prior to the day to ensure that it was applicable to everyone joining us.”
All of the demonstration work and cooking was carried out by Alison Cullin-Woodcock of Clifton Foodservice Consultants, who is an expert in accelerated ovens. Her background includes 20 years with Welbilt, where she set up and ran the company’s global kitchen facility in Tampa, Florida.
Mrs Barrell said the training day allowed Marren to showcase the full potential of accelerated ovens and the types of food that can be cooked in a very short space of time.
“A number of attending chefs were of the understanding that their accelerated oven was in situ to reheat food and completely unaware of the full usability of the oven. Accelerated ovens can be programmed to run very specific cycles/stages during the cooking processes. For example thawing, cooking and finishing and SIX500 helps with portion control so that when a programme has been set to achieve the optimal results for that menu item and quantity, the results achieved will be the same every time.”
Marren believes SIX500 is the solution to many of the issues currently faced in the food market, including speed of service, variety, food waste, cross contamination, cost control and quality. It estimates there are more than 1,500,000 accelerated cooking ovens in the market place today.