Guide: An Introduction to Catering Equipment

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In our 20 years in the catering industry, we have been asked many questions about catering equipment. So we have put together this introductory guide to help newcomers get a basic understanding of Catering Equipment. You can use the links below to quickly navigate to any section.

What is Catering Equipment?

Catering Equipment is used to describe appliances and equipment used in the Foodservice Industry.

Catering equipment is used in a commercial setting, where food is provided to customers or employees. For example, when making food in restaurants, hotels and cafes. As a result, catering equipment is an essential part of any commercial kitchen.

Catering equipment can be broken down into subcategories, such as:

  • Appliances
  • Tableware
  • Furniture
  • Clothing

Some examples of catering appliances include:

Where can I buy Catering Equipment?

There are thousands of catering equipment suppliers throughout the UK. You should look for reputable businesses that have positive reviews from genuine customers. In addition, many suppliers sell their products online, allowing you to browse their stock from the comfort of your own home. 

It is good practice to speak to the supplier before making a purchase. They will be able to help you choose the right equipment for your business. As a result, you save time and money by avoiding ordering the wrong equipment.

Reputable suppliers will also offer flexible payment options, helping you to spread the cost and avoid significant upfront costs. This is particularly useful if you need to purchase a large amount of equipment and open multiple sites. 

We can recommend an excellent catering equipment supplier – ourselves 🙂

Equipment rental

You can avoid the enormous upfront costs associated with purchasing new equipment by renting. Many suppliers offer flexible contracts aimed at small and medium businesses. You pay a monthly fee over an agreed period of time. At the end of the agreement, you can continue to rent the equipment, purchase it outright or upgrade it.

An effective way to find the best deal is to search for the equipment you want. Once you find the right appliance, get in touch with the seller. Ask them what financing options they can offer you. Remember to speak to more than one supplier, which will help you negotiate a better deal.

How often do I need to replace Catering Equipment?

Catering and refrigeration equipment can be an expensive investment; as a result, you will only want to replace them when needed. Most recognised manufacturers provide high-quality, robust equipment that will work efficiently for years.

Catering Equipment prepares food in high quantities quickly. As a result, the amount of use your equipment gets will impact its lifespan. In addition, it’s essential to have a regular cleaning plan in place to prevent the build-up of grease, which may shorten your equipment’s life. Furthermore, a robust maintenance plan from professional catering engineers will help to ensure your equipment run efficiently and will help to lengthen its lifespan.

We will cover maintenance plans in more detail in the next section.

Repairs and Maintenance

Unfortunately, catering equipment can break down like any electric or mechanical appliance. Breakdowns are expensive to any business, not because of the repair bill but of the potential loss in profits from a faulty piece of equipment. 

Established foodservice businesses typically have a catering equipment repair business on their preferred supplier list (PSL). It is important to have a reliable service provider who you can be confident will repair your equipment quickly. Additionally, your supplier is also likely to offer a maintenance service. 

Maintenance services help you to ensure that your equipment is fully operational all year round. As a result, your business isn’t interrupted by unexpected breakdowns. Likewise, allowing you to ensure your customers aren’t disappointed. 

Catering Equipment Engineers often provide a range of maintenance services that can be scaled to meet the needs of your business. One effective service is Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM). PPM helps you to spread the cost of unexpected repairs while maintaining your equipment for a single monthly fee.

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