Pubs and restaurants might be counting down the hours until they can resume indoor contact with customers again – but 17 May also represents a significant date for many suppliers, including Jestic Foodservice Solutions.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that hospitality businesses can welcome back customers inside, Jestic will be fully reopening its development kitchens in Paddock Wood, Kent and Manchester.
Although the company has been able to deliver virtual training when it hasn’t been able possible to host visitors on-site during the pandemic, it is looking forward to delivering equipment demonstration and training sessions in person again.
Culinary director, Michael Eyre, said: “Demonstrations and training are crucial ways in which we can help to support operators, consultants and our approved dealer network, so we are delighted to be able to welcome current and potential customers back to our development kitchens in Manchester and Kent.
“Both our kitchens are completely covid-compliant and we will be controlling visitor numbers to ensure that social distancing is maintained.”
“Nothing beats face-to face-interaction and for customers to be hands-on with the equipment themselves. The really big win is that customers can once again see, taste and smell the delicious food the fantastic equipment in our portfolio can produce.
“We would also encourage any customers and dealers to make use of the dedicated meeting facilities at our Manchester and Paddock Wood offices if they are looking to arrange a gathering offsite.”
For customers who are unable to attend either of the two development kitchens in person, Jestic is still offering demonstrations through Zoom using a multi-point live camera system.
Product demonstrations are also held throughout the year at trade events like the Cedabond Forum and at customers’ own premises on request.