Pizza Express is set to start buying British-made coffee equipment after awarding a supply contract to machine maker Fracino.
The chain, responsible for 478 restaurants in the UK and Ireland, will source traditional espresso machines directly from the brand, which operates an advanced manufacturing facility in Birmingham.
The commission follows a successful trial of a 2 group Contempo machine at a restaurant in Kent’s Bluewater shopping complex along with a 3 group Romano at a venue on London’s Southbank.
Aligned with the requirements of Pizza Express, Fracino’s manufacturing facility has further enhanced the machines with features including a fast steam system.
Assia El Kamli, senior purchasing manager at Pizza Express, said the equipment has already proved its value at sites where it is installed.
“Fracino has developed a strong reputation as a multi-award winning manufacturer whose quality machines are installed in the UK and overseas. We’re delighted with the positive feedback we have received from our restaurants to date.”
As the UK’s sole manufacturer of traditional espresso machines, Fracino proudly displays the ‘Made in Britain’ marque on every machine that leaves the factory.
Peter Atmore, Fracino’s global head of sales, said: “We were delighted to be approached and commissioned by Pizza Express, a high-profile and highly respected brand. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”
The majority of components are fabricated in-house and the business exports to over 70 countries.
Its product portfolio includes a range of coffee machines including the fully automatic bean-to-cup Cybercino machine, hand fill compact machines and a range of traditional espresso machines.
It also extends to coffee grinders, dishwashers, glass washers, ice machines a coffee roaster and range of water boilers.
Customers include Living Ventures Restaurant Group, AMT Coffee and Pathfinder pub chains.