Magazine article Corrections Forum

Some Foodservice Products for Thought

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Some Foodservice Products for Thought

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The corrections market offers a foodservice segment like no other - and it is one of plentiful opportunities when it comes to equipment and services. Despite the many challenges it presents, including rising costs, safety and labor issues, the corrections food service market continues to be a growing and viable segment. In fact in 2012, Technomic, a Chicagobased food service market research firm, reported the corrections market had a retail sales equivalent of more than $4 billion.

"'Challenging' best describes product trends for food service operations in a correctional facility for 2013," observes Curt Benson, VP Sales & Marketing with FWE/Food Warming Equipment Co., Inc., Crystal Lake, 111. "The goal in correctional food service is to serve high volume quality meals with portion control within a limited cost and with maximum security. In addition, to serve meals within a scheduled timetable with restricted meal time and limited personnel. Food service needs to be streamlined with focus on food safety for the inmates and security for the personnel."

"Correctional food service is moving away from large common dining halls and moving towards smaller, more localized pods where inmates live and eat," points out Catherine Vu, associate marketing manager at Cambro, Huntington Beach, Calif. "Smaller transporters are especially convenient for holding hot or cold food and can be easily multiplied in quantity to accommodate the number of inmates at each of the pods, offering the utmost in flexibility."

In addition, the corrections segment continues to seek more simplified equipment that is easy to use. Inmates are often enlisted to assist in the operation of kitchen equipment, therefore safety and durability are major determining factors in selecting the proper equipment. Tamperproof correctional packages are needed to meet the safety requirements of this unique environment. The cooking apparatus also needs to be able to stand up to rough treatment it may encounter - and many manufacturers that service this industry offer specific lines of heavy-duty equipment designed for this application.

Here is the latest serving of new products for the corrections foodservice equipment market:

Heated Holding Compartment and Mobile Refrigerator

FWE's UHRS-8-8HR allows users to hold, transport and serve all from one unit. Independently electronic controlled compartments. Unit offers lift-off door hinges and recessed tubular handles on both sides and also features a heavy-duty paddle latch that is easy to grip. A work shelf drops down and is recessed out of the way during storage or transport. It is fully insulated to retain temperature and isolate compartments. Full perimeter bumper with non-marking replaceable vinyl cushion 6-caster configuration allows for tight turns and easy maneuvering, 1.800.222.4393

Food Service Management Systems

Computation provides innovative food service and clinical management software systems that give you the tools to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and streamline your operations. /ContactComputrition.aspx, 1.800.222.4488

Hot Holding Cabinet

Cambro's latest addition to its line of insulated transport products allows unlimited versatility in holding sheet pans, GN food pans, trays and even pizza boxes. The Combo Cart Plus Electric model safely holds hot foods for as long as is needed, while maintaining food quality and texture. Thanks to high-density polyurethane insulation throughout the cabinet, hot food can safely be held out of the danger zone for up to 4 hours, even when unplugged. …

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