Pub and brewery chain Marston’s has specified the use of Lincat heavy duty prime cooking equipment throughout its 1,600 pub estate for a further six years.
The specification – based on a three-year term with a three-year extension – is part of an exclusive supply deal worth an estimated £7.5m.
Marston’s first began using Lincat equipment in 2013. Today the specification list focuses largely on items from the Opus 800 range, including oven ranges and high-efficiency Vortech fryers and chargrills, as well as Opus combi steamers and FilterFlow water boilers.
Andy Kershaw, Marston’s group head of facilities and Capex, said the decision to stick with Lincat was in part based on the quality and performance of the equipment used in its kitchens.
He explained: “It has proven itself over the years to be equal to the challenge of our busy kitchens. But the decision to extend our supply agreement with Lincat has been based on a whole range of other factors too.
“These include the quality of the Lincat team’s account management, skilled support of new menu development and ability to develop bespoke equipment to meet our needs. Added to that, they have continued to impress us with their speed of delivery for new equipment and the quality of their after-sales service.”
Marston’s is the latest success for Lincat’s Opus 800 range of heavy duty equipment in national accounts.
It is also specified by Spirit, Greene King, Sainsbury’s, McMullen’s, JD Wetherspoon, SA Brains, JLP/Waitrose, Asda and Debenhams among others.
Christian Jones, managing director of Lincat, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased that the hard work and commitment we have put into our partnership with Marston’s is being rewarded by a six-year extension to our contract. And what could be a more powerful endorsement for our equipment and service than being chosen by one of the UK’s most successful pub businesses.”