Travelodge is trialling a hot food-to-go vending unit for guests staying in hotels where it has limited kitchen facilities.
The company is testing the equipment in 15 sites where it doesn’t have the capacity for food prep after seeking the expertise of catering consultancy Pro-Position and supplier RH Hall’s Foodservice Solutions division.
The bespoke vending unit is integrated with RH Hall’s iWave cooking solution for heating through a range of snack foods, including paninis and toasties from Abbeydale Foods and a pie range from Pukka Pies.
The initial 15 trial units, which also incorporate a small freezer, went from design to manufacture and completion by the RH Hall Fabrications team in just four weeks. Each of the new cabinets was also branded before reaching the sites.
Nicola Dixey, F&B manager at Travelodge, said the hot food self-assisted vend trial is now underway at selected lodge hotels.
“We know our guests want hot food when they stay with us but many of our hotels don’t have the capacity for food prep or eating areas,” she explained. “This simple self-serve solution has been developed by RH Hall for our guests to get something hot and tasty to eat 24 hours a day and provides the flexibility to be eaten in room or on the go.”
Mrs Dixey said the chain was excited about the potential of the equipment and looking forward to seeing “the sales rolling in!”
“The team at RH Hall have worked around the clock to design, build and deliver the concept, which looks fantastic and I personally can’t thank them enough for their professional and innovative approach,” she added.
Tony Aram, managing director of Pro-Position, who helped to develop the concept, said he was very happy with the development work that had gone in to creating the self-serve unit. “I have been impressed with the great teamwork to get the roll out done in the very tight time scale,” he commented.