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An insight into the Grab and Go market

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‘Grab and go’ is a market which has recently become hugely popular amongst customers who need a quick and filling lunch whilst on the go or during break times at work when time is limited.

Both the hot and cold grab and go market in the UK is worth approximately £20 billion per year and will most likely continue to grow as we, as a nation, becoming increasingly busier. Simply picking up a sandwich, drink and a snack and paying with the swipe of a card or even your phone is becoming the quickest way for us to eat on the move.

The growing popularity of grab and go

In years gone by, the option for a lot of grab and go style establishments would have been simply a sandwich and a drink. Today, grab and go displays are in use 24-hours a day, with products varying during those times to keep up with customers’ expectations. If you visit any establishment which has a grab and go section, you will now find a wide variety of products that are on offer providing breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks within supermarkets, cafes and work canteens.

There are a multitude of products currently on offer from chilled and heated displays including the likes of sandwiches, wraps, salads, pasta, sushi within the chilled displays and pies, pasties, chicken, burgers, noodle dishes and ribs in the hot units. Products that work best in the grab and go offerings have proved to be the ones on a quick restocking turnaround.

This upturn has caused an improvement in the grab and go displays being manufactured to make them both more appealing to the customer and to highlight the products in a much more eye-catching way, as well as being more efficient energy wise.

Promoting grab and go

Being bespoke counter specialists, Proline have previously carried out counter projects within grab and go type establishments including cafes, canteens and restaurants across a wide range of sectors, so our team know quite a lot about this popular ever-growing market.

To increase turnover, the use of ticketing strips is a good way for operators to highlight their meal deal offers and show clearly to the customer what products are included in the offer. Lighting within the units can also benefit operators by enhancing the products as well as using distinct colours of LED lighting, which Proline can offer to customers if this is something they require.

Using enhanced lighting and clear identification on ticketing strips will benefit the customer in being able to choose the right product if the goods are displayed correctly. A lot of units now have identification on bulkheads above the displays identifying hot and cold choices, which make it easier from a distance for the customer to choose their product.

Getting the grab and go offering right

In order for grab and go to work successfully, no matter what operation it may be located in, there are certain things to consider. From a product perspective, it is important to stock the right products at the right time and always look for the next best seller. There is a lot of competition within the grab and go market and being ahead of the game is vital.

From a display perspective however, Proline recommend considering a range of features that you can incorporate into your counter or display which we are pleased to offer customers. Features such as lighting and having a section for ticketing strips, as mentioned above, which are bright and bold, can all work really effectively in drawing the customer in and purchasing products from the grab and go section.

If you would like to find out more on how Proline can assist you with your next grab and go project, get in touch with our team on 0151 548 1976 or drop us an email at info@prolinecorp.co.uk

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Proline completes work at Stansted Park Garden Centre

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Proline has recently completed work for Stansted Park Garden Centre where the team designed and installed a brand new servery for the garden centre’s cafe during a recent overhaul.

Located on the Hampshire/West Sussex border, the garden centre is set within the beautiful grounds of Stansted Park Estate and offers a wide range of plants, gardening tools and much more at great value for money.

The cafe, named The Gardener’s Kitchen, was somewhat tired with a limited food offering and required a fresh look as well as a new roof structure to attract both new and existing customers.

Working alongside HCE Foodservice Equipment who designed, supplied and installed a brand new restaurant catering facility, the overhaul included the installation of new coldrooms, kitchen and servery equipment and extract ventilation.

Within this overhaul, the servery was of particular importance and needed to look both attractive and inviting to be able to meet the fluctuating demands of the operation, including being able to operate in both high and low customer throughput with the right amount of staff at any one time.

The servery had to incorporate a high-output refrigerated ‘grab and go’ section which needed to meet the requirements of the DDA. This was to include both hot and cold food including salad, ice-cream, a ‘farmer’s table’ display for ‘help yourself’ home made cakes and two beverage stations.

Taking into consideration both the noise and potential heat that can often be generated within garden centres during the summer, the refrigerated ‘grab and go’ counters were all fitted with external remote compressors, as well as the cold and freezer rooms.

The project was a huge success and was completed to programme, with the servery in particular providing a real stand-out piece in the cafe which both the Proline team and the client were delighted with.

Although the project went extremely well overall, the team faced a slight challenge as there were insufficient electrics available for the project which meant that an electrical generator had to be temporarily installed until a new supply to the garden centre could be provided.

Paul Richards, joint MD of Stansted Park Garden Centre, commented that the work completed was great and was clearly delighted with the outcome.

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Proline celebrates 16th year in business

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Did you know that Proline is now into its 16th year of business? We can’t quite believe it either and with this in mind, it got us thinking.

It’s fair to say that a lot has changed over the last 16 years and with this in mind, we thought we would take a little trip down memory lane to see how the business has changed over the years and to look back at the achievements and success of Proline…

Our background

Proline Corporation was established in 2003 and is based in Liverpool at our state-of-the-art factory, which has 20,000 square feet of space. Starting off as a small, local business with minimal staff, we now employ in excess of 70 people and operate 24 hours a day. All of our staff are highly qualified in the counter manufacturing industry and are skilled experts in the design, build and installation of catering counters for foodservice establishments.

At Proline, the bespoke manufacture of counters and displays is what we’re best known for. Since the business began, we have always made sure that the customer is able to choose from a wide range of options and possibilities with their counter or display, and these are second to none. Although the counter finishes have changed considerably over the years, the quality still remains and we have always placed our core focus on the customer to provide an excellent service to ensure that their requirements have been met.

Clients and projects

Over the past 16 years, our client base has grown rapidly and we have been fortunate to work with some of the most well-known brands and businesses in retail, travel, hotels and more. Proline’s major past clients have included the likes of John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Hilton Hotels, Virgin, Etihad UK and worldwide as well as many more.

Alongside this, Proline has also worked on a number of projects within the education sector for schools and universities as well as within the healthcare and legal sector. We take pride in being a manufacturer that so many businesses across a range of industries can rely on and trust with their counter and display projects, and we will continue to keep up this reputation for many years to come.

Industry trade shows

As a business within the large and diverse industry that is foodservice, Proline have attended many big trade show events over the years such as Hotelympia in London and the Professional Kitchen Show in Birmingham to name just a couple. Trade shows are a great way to meet and network with new people in the business, as well as discover new innovations, products and technologies.

Proline love hitting the road to attend trade shows which are always good fun and really insightful for our staff to learn even more about the industry. They also provide us with the opportunity to promote our unique design and manufacturing services we offer, and to showcase some of our products to the public. Proline will most likely be attending more trade shows in the near future, so make sure you keep an eye out for more information on this.

Supporting local charities

Most recently in the business, Proline have shown support in working with local charities in the area. Last month, we held an old mobile phone sale and a ‘dress down day’ in the office to raise money for Stick ’n’ Step charity and the Vital Signs Foundation. This is something that we decided to do in order to give back to the community and support local charities within the Merseyside area.

After the success of last month’s efforts, Proline are aiming to continue our efforts with supporting local charities by holding regular fundraisers in the office every month. All of the team at Proline very much enjoyed the ‘dress down day’ we had so we will be aiming to do this on the last Friday of each month, after we raised £290 for both charities back in March which we were delighted with.

A lot has changed for Proline over the years and we have made some positive developments within the company since we first established. No matter how much things have changed however, Proline will always continue to be a company that focuses on manufacturing totally unique and bespoke products for our customers.

Here’s to the next 16 years!

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Proline proud to support local charities

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At Proline, we are extremely proud to support local charities within the area and have recently raised money and donated to two fantastic charities based in Merseyside.

Recently, Proline had an old mobile phone sale and held a ‘dress down day’ in the office to raise money for the Stick ’n’ Step charity in which staff came to work in hoodies, jogger bottoms, jeans and trainers. Everyone who took part donated for the cause and overall, £290 was raised which we were delighted with.

Stick ’n’ Step is a charity which works with children and young people who have cerebral palsy from across North West England and North Wales. Formed in 2002 by a group of parents of children and young people with cerebral palsy, the charity was established to deliver free education sessions as well as supporting administration, management and fundraising.

Proline also recently donated £290 to the Vital Signs Foundation, a charity set up in memory of Chris Haw, son of Southport FC’s leading goal scorer, Steve Haw, after he passed away in 2006 due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at the age of just 25.

On average, around 12 young people die each week due to SCA despite being relatively fit and healthy, which is caused by an undetected heart problem. Vital Signs Foundation offers free professional heart screenings to young people aged between 16-35 which are quick and pain-free and could potentially save the lives of more young people.

Proline were also featured on the ‘Fundraising’ page on the ‘Charity News’ section of the VSF website on our recent fundraising event, visit the link here www.vsf.org.uk/fundraising/paul-and-proline-nail-it-for-vsf/

The work that both charities do is outstanding and Proline are thrilled with the amount of donations we have received. To find out more about both charities, visit www.sticknstep.org and www.vsf.org.uk.

We are thrilled to be continuing our efforts with supporting local charities and we aim to hold a ‘dress down day’ on the last Friday of each month, with donations raised from our next fundraiser going to the Hop Skip & Jump Foundation based in Knowsley.

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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/