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Move on up – how to cope with increasing school meal numbers

Moffat’s Versicarte mobile
counters make best use of space in school dining areas

The pressure on primary school caterers is set to increase as the numbers of hot meals served is expected to rise significantly in September, with the introduction of free school meals for all children in the reception to Y2 age range.

Primary schools are looking for ways to increase their dining capacity without encroaching on teaching space or resorting to new build. Moffat's British-built Versicarte mobile servery counters are an ideal solution. They allow caterers to change the layout of the food service area as numbers increase, and, after serving, the Versicarte units can be wheeled away to allow the space to be used for other purposes.

The Versicarte range of modular, heated, ambient and refrigerated units can be used singly or butted together to form a straight or angular service counter. The units are constructed mainly from stainless steel with a wide choice of attractive, but tough, coloured plastic coated panels which are extended down to partly hide the castors. The fascias can also be customised with child-friendly logos to encourage meal take up and fit in with school decor.

Built for durability and ease of cleaning/maintenance, the Versicarte units have a bright polished stainless steel interior, heavy-duty rodded shelves and removable stainless steel sliding doors. Fitted with 125mm diameter castors, two of which have brakes, the units are easy to move about and secure in place.

All heated units have Moffat’s Sahara fan heating system, which maintains food quality and safety while ensuring energy efficiency. Low-level versions of the Versicarte are available for younger children.

E & R Moffat is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of quality foodservice equipment, designing and manufacturing in-house. Based in Bonnybridge, Scotland, the company manufactures standard and bespoke servery, regeneration and storage equipment and runs a full nationwide after-sales engineering team. E & R Moffat is accredited to ISO 9001:2008 and many of the products have gas approvals and are EMC tested.

Posted on Wed 12th March 2014