Versatile Food Former
with optional detachable
product feed tray
Select a popular mold shape, other shapes
available. Adjustable product thickness up to
3/4" on all Molds.
Oval Nugget 282RB- 8-17
Health & Wellness
Focus on Fresh
are shoppers more likely to make themselves a fresh salad
after walking through the produce section, or will it better
catch their attention near the sandwich counter?
“This can be achieved by use of modules that can be
attached together; modules that are dotted around the
store at target locations; island-type pieces of equipment
on legs or even on casters for ease of use, cleaning, service
and shopper offering at [a] particular time [or] place in the
store,” Goettsch says.
Are Meal Kits the Food Bar’s Enemy?
As more and more retailers experiment with meal kits,
such as Kroger’s Prep+Pared program, are they also diluting the hot bar’s relevance for dinner occasions? Chidley
believes the two concepts may be in direct competition
with each other, and operators may need to make a choice.
“Retailers will ultimately need to decide which
deserves the investment—hot bars or meal kits—because
the shopper may not be able to associate the grocery with
two different easy-meal offerings simultaneously,” he
says. “The shopper will weigh in on this over the next 12
months with their wallets.”
Keeping It Clean
Food bars are a great solution for a quick
meal—as long as it doesn’t make shoppers
sick. Retailers must ensure their food bar
equipment is properly cleaned before
stocking it and throughout service. Kaivac
Cleaning Systems, a Hamilton, Ohio-based
manufacturer of cleaning solutions, dished out
some tips for keeping food safety standards high.
Kaivac’s Anne Baley says employee training
is the first step to keeping food bars clean. She
recommends instructing staff to spray cleaner
onto a rag before wiping down surfaces, because
airborne chemicals can contaminate open food.
Baley says the best way to prevent customers
from spilling is by providing large serving utensils
and wide-mouthed carryout containers. The floor
should also be cleaned every half-hour or sooner.
She says to provide the best utensils for each item
and monitor the situation to keep food from falling
into the wrong container.
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