OPINION: Elevating pub grub in a safe and Covid-secure way with Hoshizaki equipment

Roz Scourfield, national sales manager

Adding freshly-baked goods to pub menus is no longer complex with the latest equipment, writes Roz Scourfield, national sales manager at Hoshizaki UK…

Gone are the days where a small selection of frozen ‘pub grub’ dishes ticks the boxes with customers; modern-day customers simply want a variety of freshly made dishes when eating out of home, particularly when it comes to baked goods such as breads and pies.

However, despite freshly baked goods being a desirable addition to the menu, for many pub caterers the historically time-consuming craft of creating and baking goods on-site is what prevents them from tapping into this growing area.

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However, thanks to recent convenience-focused developments within the equipment sector, adding freshly baked goods to pub menus has never been simpler.

Take Hoshizaki’s brand-new GA 950 for example. Designed to help caterers keep their cool, this innovative refrigerator boasts pioneering baking-specific technology and individual program settings which ease bakery preparations, the most desirable of which is the GA 950’s pro profile.

Not only does this innovative profile allow pub caterers to achieve a perfect dough rise, but it can be set to prove outside of a caterer’s working hours, thus allowing pubs to reduce the amount of staff within the kitchen at one time.

This is thanks to the GA 950’s unique proofing profile, which can be set to prove dough outside of working hours, thus allowing for safe social distancing measures to be practised.

Going the extra mile to ensure an easy baking process, the GA 950 also features an intuitive 7-inch touch display which provides caterers with a clear overview of the current process status at all times.

In addition to this, the operator is able to choose between eight pre-set standard programs, as well as create their own profiles.

Temperature, humidity and time settings can also be adjusted thanks to the GA 950’s technology being backed by a powerful steam generator — a unique combination which automatically takes the dough through all processes, no matter if its frozen or chilled, being proved or retarded — while an expert air circulation system prevents issues such as skin-forming and drying-out of products, meaning caterers can ensure the highest quality goods.

Designed to help reduce touch-points thanks to the inclusion of an automatic closing door and pedal opener, the Gram GA 950 truly is as practical as it is hygiene-led, allowing pubs to get ahead of government guidelines, ensure safety of staff and customers, and of course, helping operators to combat the challenges conjured by the Covid-19 pandemic in a practical and profitable way.

Hoshizaki specialises in commercial refrigeration equipment. For more information on the Gram GA 950, or to find out more about Hoshizaki-Gram, call 01322 616 900 or visit

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