Considerations when selecting catering equipment
With the increasing competition in the hospitality industry, restaurants and hotels are now looking for all sorts of ways to reduce their operating costs in order to keep their profits at a sustainable level. One of the key areas where they can cut significant costs is with their catering team. Catering equipment isn’t just about cost. There are many factors that you will need to consider when shopping for catering supplies.
Brand reputation is an important consideration when purchasing catering supplies. The brand gives you a guarantee of quality. Since catering equipment costs a lot and is a big part of your capital outlay, it’s important to make sure you’re spending safely. Before committing to a brand, it’s important to do some due diligence by doing an internet review or interviewing others in the industry.
Warranty and service agreement
Warranty and service agreement are another important factor to consider when purchasing catering supplies. Make sure the catering team has at least three guarantees. You should also look for dealers who offer service contracts to maintain the equipment. The service contract should be quite inexpensive, especially in the first few years after purchasing the catering supplies. It is important to keep warranty records properly in case you need to use them.
The cost of the equipment is a key factor. Depending on your budget, you should work to get the best catering equipment at the lowest price. Once you’ve identified the supplies you want for your business, it’s wise to compare equipment prices with different vendors. The Internet is an easy way to compare prices. You can also order the equipment online and have it delivered to your kitchen.
Output speed of catering equipment
Another important consideration when buying catering supplies is the output of the equipment. Production depends on your projected amount of production once production starts. It is always wise to purchase equipment that can produce around 25% more than anticipated to allow room for business growth. However, purchasing too large a piece of equipment can cost you a lot to purchase and operate the equipment and therefore an optimal size should be determined before purchasing the equipment.
Catering equipment energy savings play a significant role in costs, especially in reducing rapidly rising fuel prices. You will need to determine if you need electrical, oil gas, biogas, or solar equipment, based on the cost and availability of those fuel sources. Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to buy equipment that can be powered by more than one power source in case prices change.
Convenience and ease of use
Another important consideration is the functionality of the catering supplies. Identify equipment that is easy to learn and use. This will reduce output production time. Safety precautions for the equipment are also an important consideration when buying. You should check with the vendor that provides the equipment for the security features available with the equipment prior to purchase.
Team size is also a key consideration. The size may be limited by the amount of kitchen space you have for your catering services. You should try and buy equipment that is small but effective in production. In your own way, you can save space in the kitchen.