Temporary business transformation: Food producer/ Farmers
The key in choosing the right kit is what the need is for your business: if you are moving raw food to pubs, cafes and food manufacturers, then simple refrigeration is in order and perhaps some display refrigeration to show off your wares.
If you wish to sell raw meat, fish or vegetables, a vacuum packing machine could be a quick and hygienic way to prepare it for sale – this also gives customers confidence in your professionalism.
If you are creating a new retail space in your premises, make sure it can be made presentable and is very clean (although food safety regs remain, they are relaxed at the moment, but customers will still judge a mucky on unsanitary sales space).
If you don’t have space in your own premises, or your premises is inaccessible to the public, perhaps you could work with those you supply already.
A number of initiatives have been started during the crisis where pubs have turned themselves into local shops, selling produce directly from their suppliers – could you collaborate with your list of customers and help your business and theirs? It’s a simple process to add some display refrigeration to a premises and they could be up and running in minutes – if you can supply them.
Temporary business transformation: Cafes
If you are changing from selling freshly cooked food to selling takeaway, consider buying some heated serveries to reduce your production time for each dish.
If you are going to be delivering hot food, consider a delivery bag or box – possibly a heated bag would be a good option too.
If you are thinking about offering food for cooking or heating up at home, consider a blast chiller to protect your customers and your business from food poisoning. If you are considering this route, a vacuum packer will, again, boost your business’ reputation and protect you and your customers against unhygienic practices.
Also, consider adding a significant retail element to your business – do your existing suppliers offer household items such as cleaning materials, loo rolls or perhaps even tinned goods? You could help their business and yours at the same time by adding some more unusual items to your order.