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Proline focus on green credentials

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Most recently within the foodservice industry, it has become extremely important that businesses are considering the issue of energy efficiency and how they can improve their green credentials.

This is something that Proline has successfully implemented into our products with a focus on highlighting the use of energy efficient features, which can also help clients to achieve their BREEAM targets.

Helping the end user to look after the environment whilst saving on costs, the features used within our counters brings a range of benefits to the end user whilst being functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Induction

Induction cooking is becoming more prominent in the UK foodservice market and is something that Proline are pleased to offer within our counters.

Previously, ceramic glass hot plates were used to heat and showcase food, however, induction units are much more energy efficient. As induction only heats the pan, the heat in the servery area is then dramatically reduced when compared to traditional counter displays where the heat comes from both above and below with quartz heat lamps.

Induction can also save the user significant amounts in costs and is also the safest cooking method over gas and electric due to the fact that there are no flames or directly heated surfaces. Using induction also allows for easy cleaning and precise control which means better temperature control leading to consistent results.

LED lighting

Proline provides special lighting within our counters using LED lighting, which lasts significantly longer than standard bulbs whilst being energy efficient. With an 80-90 efficiency, this means that 80-90% of the energy is turned into light rather than heat, which in turn results in a much cooler environment.

They also have little UV emissions and produce very little infra-red light which makes LED ideal for use in storage facilities, such as counters, as they do not degrade stored materials by either UV or heat. LED lights can also work well in extreme temperatures such as cold environments, meaning they are ideal for use within our chilled counter units.

Water cooled hydrocarbon refrigeration systems

Proline actively encourages the use of water-cooled compressors over traditional air-cooled counter units as these can release a lot of unwanted heat into the atmosphere. Water-cooled units, however, are designed to be much more energy efficient and generate less heat, which in turn means a cooler environment.

Water-cooled units also have a greater lifespan and are much quieter when in use compared to air-cooled units. In places such as garden centres for example which are usually warm, the additional heat that comes from air-cooled units only adds to the humidity and can be avoided using water-cooled chillers.

If you would like to find out more about how Proline uses energy efficient features within our products, get in touch today on 0151 548 1976 or email info@prolinecorp.co.uk.

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Proline at The Professional Kitchen Show 2019

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Proline are pleased to share with you that we will be visiting The Professional Kitchen Show at the NEC, Birmingham on January 22nd and 23rd.

The Professional Kitchen Show provides foodservice professionals the opportunity to discover the latest commercial catering equipment and technology on the market whilst being able to network with exhibitors and guests.

The show also plays host to a range of seminars and talks given by industry guest speakers as well as live cooking demonstrations, competitions and walk-through product displays in which visitors can experience the latest innovations in foodservice.

Whilst at the show, Proline will be chatting with visitors and exhibitors as well as supporting our fellow industry colleagues who will also be at the show.

If you’re attending, come and say hello to the Proline team – we’ll be happy to grab a coffee with you and have a chat!

Don’t forget, there’s still time to register by visiting The Professional Kitchen Show website at www.professionalkitchenshow.co.uk where you can register your place for free.

We’ll see you all at the show!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Proline

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The year is almost at an end and now our team are taking the time to look back over a fantastic 12 months!

It’s been such a busy year for all of us here at Proline having completed a series of outstanding projects – but now our team are ready to wind down and enjoy the festivities.

But before we head off, we’d just like to remind you of our Christmas closing times… We’ll be heading on our Christmas break at 12pm on December 20th and reopening on January 2nd, 2019 at 8am.

We’re looking forward to catching up with you all in the new year and hope that you will join us on the next 12 months of our journey.

For now, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please give us a call on 0151 548 1976 or email us at info@prolinecorp.co.uk in the New Year if you have any questions at all.

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Megan’s – London

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Proline have recently completed a bespoke counter and fabrication project at the Megan’s restaurant in London.

The Megan’s Old Town site, which can be found in the Clapham area of our capital is described as one of London’s most romantic restaurants and the recent project was the third one complete by Proline.

Megan’s serves a mix of all-day brunch, pizzas and their famous, deconstructed kebabs and required new fabrication elements which would boost the aesthetics and efficiency of their operation. 

The design and installation team at Proline were tasked with the manufacture of a new coffee bar and counter, which would include a bespoke chilled display and jura beige honed limestone worktop and frontage for an appealing finish. 

A new bar counter was also required and this was created with a knotty pine worktop and Parisian chic décor mix tiled frontage which was chosen to match the aesthetics of the restaurant’s famous interior. 

The stainless steel hot pass was also fitted with the exquisite Parisian chic décor mix tiled frontage, as well as black powder-coated gantry frames.

After receiving design approval for the coffee bar, bar counter and hot pass, the Proline team were given just a two week window to complete the installation. This was the biggest challenge the team encountered when completing the project, as due to the nature of the finishes it was a task to pull all of the elements together. 

Despite this, Proline were able to complete the project – this was even with the creation of the limestone worktop which usually takes three weeks for completion just for that element.

The project allowed Proline to demonstrate their skills and get creative as with the previous Megan’s projects, which have all had their own merits and on-trend finishes. 

A spokesperson from Megan’s was pleased to say: “Well done Simon and team, the speed you have turned this project around is really amazing and appreciated.”

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Welcoming David Russell to the Proline team

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At Proline we’re excited to announce the appointment of David Russell as the firm’s new Sales Manager.

David joins the Merseyside-based counter manufacturer with over 25 years industry experience, starting out his career with EMH International where he stayed for 20 years before relocating to the Middle East to join a consultancy company in Dubai.

After returning to the UK last month, David has now taken his enviable experience and industry expertise to Proline, where he will oversee the company’s sales strategies moving forward.

Simon Barnfather, Director at Proline, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed David to our team. He brings with him a massive amount of experience from within the manufacturing industry and has a vast understanding of the consultancy and distribution sectors to call upon.”

David added: “I am extremely excited to have started my role with Proline and I am looking forward to applying the experience I have gained over my career to this new challenge.”

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The effects Brexit will have on the Catering Equipment Industry

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With Brexit on the horizon, Proline have taken a look at the effects of the upcoming political climate on the catering equipment industry and have shared our opinions in the latest edition of Catering Insight.

As experts in quality fabrication for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the cost of raw materials is something which always has an impact on us. However, we haven’t really judged how the raw material costs will be affected by Brexit.

Here at Proline, we won’t be looking to predict anything until a deal or, even no deal, scenario has been finalised. In the last two years, costs have remained fairly static – for instance, steel, which we buy a lot of in sheet and tube form is a commodity that is floated on the stock market so prices can fluctuate.

To find out more, read the full story on Catering Insight… www.cateringinsight.com/e-magazines/catering-insight-october-2018/

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A Solution For Every Scenario

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When it comes to choosing counter equipment, we at Proline know that there are several types of food display products available for catering operations, which is why we have put together some useful tips and advice on choosing the right equipment for you.

Firstly, it is important to make sure you buy the right type of display for the product being offered as some displays, depending on the product within it, can dry out or even freeze.

Before buying any equipment, caterers should consider three vital things – design, lifespan and value for money. Bearing these points in mind will ensure that the caterer is getting the most out of their purchase and will determine whether it is suitable for the operation.

At Proline, we supply a wide range of heated and chilled counter equipment that will suit any kind of catering operation.

From heated displays which are traditionally made using ceramic glass hot plates, to dry or wet well Bain Marie counters which have both bottom heat and quartz heat above for maximum efficiency, there are a range of different counter styles and displays available.

The method of induction cooking is also becoming more prominent in the UK foodservice market, which has seen chefs looking to showcase their cooking in a theatre-style environment. For those looking to implement a theatre element without actually using induction, contact cooled and frost-top displays are also great for visual impact.

Chilled displays are also a popular option and tend to be fan blown for the display of foods such as salad, pizza, sandwich toppings, cakes and other similar foods. For displaying pre-packed sandwiches, cakes and drinks, multitiered displays are ideal for doing this.

All of our displays are designed and manufactured to serve the same purpose and that is to showcase what is on offer whilst still maintaining the food’s temperature.

The more visually appealing the display the better, which is why we have found that UV bonded glass boxes are very popular amongst caterers as they give a full sight of the products on offer.
The use of lighting within the counter equipment can also be an advantage for this, as it helps to enhance product appearance.

Although every caterer has their essential products in the kitchen, this all depends on the diversity of the menu whether it is traditional food being offered or a modern twist on street food.

Whatever the menu style, it is important to make food and drink look appealing and attractive in the displays, whether this is using different finishes such as bright polished stainless steel, colour-coated steel or low ion glass.

So if you’re looking for good quality, attractive counter and food displays, Proline manufacture bespoke displays made to suit what the end user requires, and also offer 12 months parts and labour.

For more information on counter equipment and food displays, call one of the team today on 0151 548 1976.

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Our Hotelympia Success

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We had a fantastic time down at the ExCel for Hotelympia last week, it was great to speak to so many hospitality and foodservice professionals and show them exactly what we can do.

Here at Proline, we are proud of to be one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of bespoke counters and our aim at Hotelympia was to share this with as many people as we could.

Our time at Hotelympia was spent exhibiting a mix old and new styles, from recycled door frontage and mild steel gantries to a refrigeration system that comprised a R290 water cooled hydrocarbon compressor chilling a high capacity multi-tier and a concealed contact cooled frost top under a Dekton worktop.

The high-end finishes including Dekton, brass, a new range of concrete Corian and Proline hanging heat lamps that come in varying colours.

We were also proud to offer a free bottle of champagne to those who placed orders over £10,000 at the show.

We would like to say a special thank you to JDS, Shine, Gratte Brothers and the Airedale Group who all placed their orders at Hotelympia and received bottles of fizz!

Big thank you to all who came to visit us too, it was great to see so many old and new faces. If anyone has any questions please get in touch.

Find Us at Hotelympia 2018

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If you’re attending Hotelympia 2018, make sure you come and visit us on stand 1348!

We’re pleased to be exhibiting at the four day event which runs from March 5 to 8 and can be found within The Professional Kitchen Show which aims to showcase the very latest in catering equipment.

Hotelympia is the UK’s market leading hospitality and foodservice event and has been running for over eight decades – we can’t wait to be there to tell you all about what we at Proline can offer.

Our team here at Proline are proud to be specialists in the design and manufacture of quality counters and those who visit our stand will see us showcase the very best in the bespoke equipment we develop from our HQ.

As leaders in counter innovation within the UK market, we will be on hand to discuss your ideas and the methods behind what you do, and perhaps begin the journey of turning your ideas into a reality.

If you’d like to visit us at Hotelympia, make sure you register for your chance to attend now – visit www.hotelympia.com to find out more.

If you have any questions about the services we offer, please get in touch by giving us a call on 0151 548 1976 or email us at info@prolinecorp.co.uk