Meiko’s UPster K-M250 rack transport dishwasher has been voted ‘Winner of the 2017 Caterer Product Excellence Awards, Warewashing’.
At an awards ceremony held in London and attended by leading figures from across the UK catering equipment industry, the K-M250 was chosen ahead of entries from the major manufacturers of warewashing equipment – including the two other German makers.
“This is great news for Meiko UK,” said a delighted Paul Anderson, Managing Director.
“What a year for awards…and an absolute testament to our focus in supporting our industry. I am beyond words, thrilled to receive and will ensure we drive the focus further.”
The Product Excellence Awards are hosted by The Caterer magazine, the leading weekly journal for the UK catering industry. Entries for the Warewashing category were shortlisted down to three products: -
• Hobart: Premax FTPi
• Winterhalter: UF Series
Meiko UK’s entry for the award highlighted the design advantages of UPster K, as well as its energy and water saving features.
The entry quoted Paul Anderson, “As always, we continually aim to better ourselves and lead the market in environmentally friendly and energy-saving warewashing products. Even against our own previous K-Tronic generation of dishwashers, which has always been seen to be efficient, the difference in the new range is outstanding.
“Our aim is to offer ‘Future Proof’ solutions, so an investment now brings long term benefits for the user.
“UPster K machines are proving to be more cost-effective, energy and water efficient, guaranteeing minimal running costs alongside a truly premium product.”
The Award judges included chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, catering consultants and FCSI members and catering equipment distributors. In a judges’ statement, Meiko’s UPster was chosen as the winner because:
“The Meiko UPster K Rack has an integral heat recovery system that is standard across the range, which means they do not need a direct extraction system. And although our judges thought that in the main they would specify extraction, this could mean potential M&E savings. Additionally, the judges commented on the colour coded simplicity of the internal parts, which means they can only be replaced one way and they applauded the side access for maintenance.”
Lisa Jenkins, products and suppliers’ editor of The Caterer and awards host said: “It’s an honour to present these awards to such deserving suppliers and manufacturers. They don’t always get the attention or credit they deserve – and it’s an absolute pleasure to be part of the passion, commitment and drive in this sector.”
Jenkins also acknowledged the expertise and integrity of the judges of the Product Excellence Awards, who were:
- Dipna Anand, co-owner and cookery school trainer, Brilliant Restaurant and chef lecturer, University of West London
- Julie Barker, director of accommodation and hospitality services, University of Brighton and deputy chair of People 1st Apprenticeship Board
- Christopher Basten, chef lecturer in Culinary Arts Westminster Kingsway College and vice-president Craft Guild of Chefs
- David Bentley, director, Bentley Consulting UK
- Ed Bircham, director, Humble Arnold Associates
- Mina Booth, marketing director, DMG Energy Events, Daily Mail Group
- Julian Edwards, chair, Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) and managing director, GY5 Catering Consultants
- Kate Gould, owner, KEG Catering Consultants
- Ned Hopkins, general manager, Premier Cheese
- Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, wine presenter, Nespresso coffee sommelier and broadcaster
- Neel Radia, chairman, National Association of Care Catering (NACC)
- Jack Sharkey, managing director, Vision Commercial Kitchens
- Mark Sharland, project sales manager, Willis Jenkins
- Charlie Stockwell, chef, Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Galvin La Chapelle
- Mark Tilling, patisserie chef and chocolatier consultant
- Damian Wawrzyniak, chef and restaurateur
- Carl Weldon, chief operating officer, Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
- Ken Winch, owner, Ken Winch Design