The consequences of the pandemic have permanently changed the working environment in the restaurant and catering industries. The increasing popularity of take-away, delivery services and self-service options is placing new demands on restaurants, canteens and hotels. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find employees to work in this industry. On the one hand, process automation and standardization will become more important as a result; on the other, companies will be forced to create jobs that are as appealing as possible for applicants. Our FoodService division supports our customers not only by offering products for food preparation and presentation, but also by helping them to create sustainable working environments.
The FS division’s main focus is North America. The Hubert and Central sales brands operate independently in the market. Similar to I&P in the year under review, market and customer-related functions that are critical for success will be gradually integrated in the FS division in the US in 2023 in order to create synergies:
- In the US and Canada, Hubert offers equipment for the food service industry and food retail sector as well as merchandising products. The customers mainly include operators of large cafeterias, food service businesses and food retailers. Products include buffet equipment such as serving platters and food baskets.
- Central is a leading provider of kitchen equipment and supplies, serving foodservice operators with an extensive range of essential products for small to mid-sized establishments. Central also excels in full contract and bid services, specializing in larger projects like school, hospital, resort and military installations. Their comprehensive approach ensures efficient, tailored solutions for diverse industries and customers. Some examples of products are kitchen stoves and freezers.
- XXLhoreca, an e-commerce direct marketing specialist for food service equipment based in the Netherlands, mainly supplies hotels, restaurants, cafeterias and catering companies. The range focuses on large appliances such as refrigerators and freezers.