Panasonic is poised to enter the accelerated cooking arena with an oven that was initially designed and used by Starbucks but which has now been adapted for the UK market.
The electronics giant will be targeting visitors from the food to go sector, a market estimated to be worth £16.1 billion in 2016 when it launches the SCV-2 Speed Convection Oven appliance in June.
With the food to go specialists (worth £4.6bn) in growth, and convenience and forecourt operators (worth £2.5bn) introducing dedicated food to go counters in stores, there is a need for a cost-effective alternative to the accelerated cooking options already available.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager, Panasonic UK Ltd, said the product would officially be launched at the Commercial Kitchen show in Birmingham on 6-7 June.
“Our Speed Convection Oven was originally designed in conjunction with Starbucks in Japan and has been used across their estate for the last two years. After consultation with UK operators, it has now been developed to suit the British market. The SCV-2 Speed Convection Oven is an exciting launch for us as it adds a new dimension to our existing range of commercial microwaves and gives us the opportunity to offer an affordable solution to those seeking an oven with excellent build quality that will perform in a high throughput environment.”
The SCV-2 is fitted with a catalytic converter for extraction-free cooking and has two inverters, cooled by four fans. A full accessory kit includes a ceramic base tray, wire rack, ceramic plate, non-stick basket and a pizza paddle, and the oven can store up to 1,000 cooking programmes, with images, on a removable SD card all of which is accessible via the easy to navigate, touch control panel.
The compact oven (dimensions: W 474mm x D 565mm x H 412mm) is designed for kitchens where space is at a premium. It benefits from an easy-access, front mounted filter, operates at a temperature range of 180°-280°C.
As well as launching the SCV-2 with cooking demonstrations on stand, Panasonic will be displaying its range of commercial microwaves, including the ever-popular NE-C1275 3-way combination oven and the Gastronorm ovens that can accommodate a full 1:1 Gastronorm dish, perfect for high turnover, multi-portion or multiple single portion operations.