With more states looking to reopen, we are still grappling with what our new world of food service will look like, post Covid-19. One thing we know for sure, is the health and safety of our staff and customers are top of mind, all while creating a unique and quality driven food service experience for everyone. No virus or tragedy of any scale can slow the human desire for a hospitable solution.
As usual, here at Apex, we want to provide you with trustworthy knowledge and information that can help tread through these tough times. As we look to get back to work, three categories are going to be sought after; to-go and or take away solutions, mobile options as well as sanitation and safety measures.
The transition to take away and to-go service can be difficult for those who have never had to operate in that space at an increased level. That being said, I have put together a quick blog and video highlighting some of the important things to consider. This is coming out next week but click here for a sneak peak!
Alto-Shaam Hot Holding:
Keeping quality top of mind, means not only keeping food warm, but maintaining the integrity of the food. Whether you are a restaurant trying to keep to-go orders ready for pick up, a school that needs to offer pre-packaged meals, or a country club attempting to continue servicing your members, a holding cabinet or heated merchandiser is one solution that can help. We have models that are capable of holding around 50-100 meals depending on the size of your container. These can also be outfitted with our G.E.T. ecocontainers, which could be pre-filled with food, taken home/dorm/classroom and returned for washing and sanitizing. More importantly, these can be washed approximately 1000 times!
Sustainable To-Go Options:
In the video above, we mention ways to combat our new world of to-go or off site dining, one of them being the challenge of doing this sustainably. G.E.T. offers a wide range of shapes, sizes and options of their reusable eco container. This is a great way to do your part all while servicing a wide range of industries including schools, health care facilities, college/universities, country clubs, and more. Click here to learn more!
FOH Quality Traditional To-Go Packaging:
The trouble in to-go offerings, is oftentimes matching the quality of the food to the quality of the packaging. FOH steps up to the plate, taking its sleek and modern touch to the take away space with its Servewise line up.
Servewise offers the versatility you need in modern to-go packaging. Choose from ten sizes of platters, plates, bowls and ramekins that are available with lids for convenient serving. In addition there are over 2 dozen total sizes and styles for serving hand held menu items from food trucks or other on-the-go eateries.
The chic look Servewise offers when pairing with the lid that snaps into place is perfect for a wide range of restaurants, from neighborhood coffee shops to high end menu offerings. The lids and covers are durable, stackable, recyclable and feature ventilation holes to keep food fresh for the trip home.
Not only is this a packaging that is unique, but it’s also durable. These single use plates and bowls are microwave and oven safe, allowing for reheating for up to 45 minutes at 350*. Servewise also offers guilt-free packaging. The eco-smart serving solutions are made from renewable woods and papers. Finally there is an earth friendly single-use plateware you can feel good about.
Mobile Transportation and Merchandising:
Many sectors of the industry were already seeing a demand for mobile options, however, our new reality is certainly going to expedite this trend. As we all understand, school food service and college dining will see an uptick in demand as they attempt to solve the complex questions surrounding the feeding of their students. Apex has the ability to offer almost any type of mobile solution from simple, basic needs, to more custom/operation by operation flexibility. Finding ways to take packaged foods to common areas of a building do not have to be complex!
Sally the Robot:
Openly displaying food of any form of self-service offering is looking to be more and more of a distant reality at this point. With CDC guidelines outlawing any form of multi consumer touch points, operators will be struggling to find solutions to these profitable areas of service. Chowbotics and their Sally the Robot offers a unique solution to this. 22 fresh ingredients, from greens to grains, to yogurt, to fresh fruit and vegetable toppings, all behind a closed and refrigerated door, gives consumers not only the ability to maintain their customization abilities, however, it creates a safer environment for fresh and healthy offerings. With a quick “Covid Solutions” package, Chowbotics has maintained fluidity in making Sally an even safer solution than before.
Sneeze Guard and Safety Shields:
We have reached a point in time, where these next concepts have never been fathomed nor was there an action plan to account for it, however, in these times, these types of solutions will be needed. Taking action on providing steps to protect cashier stations, hostess stands, front entryway/front desk team members etc. We have plenty of options that can fit any need including glass and plexiglass solutions to protect anything from the food to your staff. From converting self-service breath guards to full service to raising up the height of your serving counter heights, we are armed with ways to get your customers fed safely.
Hand Washing Stations:
If we have learned anything about Covid-19, we have learned the importance of hand washing. John Boos offers a variety of options from self-contained units that require no water connections, to more flexible options that could replace existing water sources that have lost relevance for the time being, such as an old drinking fountain. These are quick, customer facing concepts that can assist is taking over the consumer confidence piece in your operation.
While the convenience of water fountains and water bottle stations have become staples of most large buildings, I'm not sure this goes on for the near future. As we look towards what our new facilities will look like as students and customers venture back in, hand washing stations could be the new normal.
John Boos, located in Central Illinois, has a few solutions that check this box, made right here in USA. From stand alone hand sinks that could be installed in place of building drinking fountains, as well as mobile hand wash stations for hallways and greeting areas, we are armed to help you instill consumer confidence.
It's no secret that all staff and guests will likely be wearing face masks and we have learned about the importance of sanitizing these masks to maximize the use. Amana has discovered that microwaves can be used to sanitize filtering face pieces up to 20 times without degradation all while staying in compliance with CDC guidelines. Kits are available. Click here to read more about the process!
Everyone at Apex wishes you and your valued team members well during these most interesting of times! Know that we are here to support in any way possible and look forward to serving you however it's needed.