21.10.2022 Author: Patricia Buchholz
As the industry struggles to cope with rising energy costs, Wayne Bennett, our VP Sales and Marketing for UK and Ireland, sets out some of the energy saving features of MKN’s innovative cooking solutions that can help make a difference in the kitchen and on the bottom line.
The energy crisis in the UK has put a new focus on energy efficiency and kitchen running costs. From independent operators to large contract caterers and restaurant chains, the hospitality industry is looking for ways to minimise energy consumption and mitigate the energy cost increases that have hit so many, so hard.
One survey by UK Hospitality – albeit before Liz Truss announced a cap on annual business energy costs – shows that hospitality businesses are experiencing an average energy increase of 238%. Three in five operators said that they feared they may not survive as a result.
And it’s not just the businesses who are seeing their bills increase, of course. Even those who can afford to keep their appliances running are concerned whether customers will have the disposable income to eat out in a major cost of living crisis. The Business Leader Survey 2022 by The Caterer and CGA shows just 40% of leaders in hospitality feel optimistic about the industry’s prospects in the next year, compared to 80% in 2021, with food inflation also adding to concerns.
We believe manufacturers have a role to play in minimising energy use for operators.That’s why, as part of our wide-ranging sustainability strategy across the business, we are committed to continuously developing products that consume as little energy and water as possible, operating reliably and efficiently for many years.
Some of our innovative features to minimise energy use include:
In addition, MKN is one of few manufacturers with the technology that enables its appliances to connect with and optimise in line with an energy optimisation interface, using the latest technology to reduce the peak demand of the kitchen in line with the Standard DIN 18875 Equipment for Commercial Kitchens - Interface for Power Optimization.
If that’s not enough, we’ve also introduced a wide range of measures to reduce the carbon footprint of MKN’s operations, in turn ensuring we help minimise supply chain emissions for end users. We use local suppliers where possible with 100% production in Germany at only one location, which has enabled a 35% reduction in CO2 through new production sites and technologies. In addition, cardboard consumption is down 10%, paper down 50% and styrofoam down 100%. Other measures include more efficient packaging, automation of production and training methods, as well as the use of renewable energy across our manufacturing facility.
We’re very aware of the challenges faced by our end user customers and we’re committed to working with dealers to deliver practical solutions that help minimise energy bills in commercial kitchens.
Whether you’re a dealer looking to support your customers, or an end user interested in how product innovation can help reduce your energy bills, speak to our team on 01329 757890 for more information.