Commercial microwave cavity liners made by Hampshire firm Regale Microwave Ovens are set for global distribution after a deal with the Panasonic Corporation, it can be revealed.
In an unprecedented move for the business, worldwide arrangements will be made to enable distribution of the liner to any catering equipment wholesaler or distributor worldwide.
The liner will be available either fitted within a Panasonic microwave oven, or on its own, where previously only operators purchasing directly from Regale could obtain the pioneering piece of kit, which is designed to prolong the life of a microwave by making it easier to clean.
Regale’s ‘Microsave Cavity Liner’ was developed as a labour- and money-saving device for commercial operations and has been embraced over the years by major brewery and restaurant groups such as Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquitos, as well as a host of independent operations.
It is designed for caterers whose microwaves are in constant use, many for over 12 hours a day, to easily keep their ovens hygienically clean and free from spillages and spills that can lead to damaged ceiling plates, base plates and lens light covers.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Panasonic UK, said the company wanted to underpin its commitment to customers and offer a solution that makes the liner available to the wider market.
“Regale is our number one distributor, has a business ethos that mirrors some or our own principles and invented the liner,” he said. “We have long admired the dedication it shows to its customers so it was a natural fit for us. Panasonic’s professional microwave ovens are built to the highest standards and will offer years of excellent service if they are well-maintained. The Microsave liner offers easy cleaning for the operator and will protect and extend the life of a microwave oven.”
Barry Clark, technical R&D director at Regale Microwave Ovens, said: “This is great news for Regale. We are very proud to be associated with Panasonic and to see that our hard work over the past few years has been recognised by such a top-quality company that produces the finest quality commercial microwave ovens worldwide.
“We recognised that commercial kitchens were using their microwaves for more than just re-heating and defrosting and identified that certain breakdowns were occurring on a regular basis, such as burnt ceiling plates, cracked base plates and penetration by grease into working parts. These breakdowns are not covered by manufacturers’ guarantees, and the cost for repair lies with the operator, so we invented the Microsave as way to help operators avoid down time and costly repairs.”
Mr Clark said the trading agreement will enable Regale to access a much wider audience of international, national and local catering equipment distributors and builds on its relationship with Panasonic.