It is advantageous for dealers to be able to offer operators a full range of food preparation equipment so that they can have the widest choice possible and their needs are catered for, no matter the size of the food service site. So are suppliers producing scalable series capable of slicing and dicing to appropriate duty requirements across the board?
One manufacturer which believes it has a vast range is Sammic. Operations manager Adam Krause said: “From mixers, blenders, veg prep, and processors to salad spinners, mincers and slicers, Sammic is truly a one-stop shop for kitchen preparation requirements. We have over 50 different accessories to fit our CA-CK range of prep units, plus more combinations available when achieving the perfect chip or dice. We are also conscious of a customer’s budget and we create lines to suit accordingly.”
The firm has seen a growth in demand for combination machines, in light of the fact that end users are asking for more from their equipment and are conscious of space in busy kitchens. Krause detailed: “Sammic has listened to the market needs and adapted and added models in our combi-range, and will continue to develop with more additions due in the coming years.
We have recently upgraded our CK/KE ranges of prep/processors to include brushless motors. This includes many benefits, not least it will improve their performance as it avoids friction, hugely improving its torque. Other benefits will include the unit’s weight, which is now lighter to improve portability and, in some cases, smaller for space-saving.
“Sammic has continued its policy of offering a 2-year manufacturing warranty on our prep to back up our confidence in the whole preparation range’s reliability.”
Krause reported that clients are becoming more demanding, and so the manufacturer’s team has developed products with many accessory permutations. “We have not just concentrated on the product itself, we have also recognised the needs to show a unit’s capabilities. We have hundreds of high quality videos to support our ranges, showing the importance they have in a busy professional kitchen,” he said. These are available on both the firm’s YouTube channel and its own website.
Plus its team provides demonstrations in end users’ kitchens as well as being in the process of updating its own showroom with a live test kitchen, which will be ready early this year.
Sammic has launched an updated range of vegetable preparation machines with a design evolved from the current range.
The latest models have been developed in collaboration with Sammic’s corporate chef Enrique Fleischmann and Fleischmann’s Cooking Group, with emphasis placed on improving cutting, hygiene and efficiency.
In developing the new range, all the cuts that the different disc and grid combinations offer have been studied in detail.
The new machine is designed with tighter tolerances, together with the improvements to the discs and grids.
This should mean that less force is required for cutting, obtaining clean and uniform cuts with what is said to be practically no shrinkage. The combination of the FC discs and their corresponding FMC grids is said to enable precise and clean cube cuts to be obtained, without generating liquid.
In addition, exclusive SH shredding discs have been developed, claimed to be the most hygienic on the market. These discs can be removed without using tools, which should make them easy to clean in the dishwasher and prevent raw material from accumulating.
The variable speed cutters have a brushless motor. This engine is designed to be efficient, as it should maintain torque throughout the entire speed range. The machine is also designed with the exclusive ‘force control system’: the screen shows the force exerted by the machine at all times, and an acoustic warning can be programmed to a certain force level to optimise the cutting result by only using the correct force on each product.
Brushless motors also occupy less space, weigh less, are quieter and, since they don’t require ventilation, the air/water-tightness on the machines should be better.
As in the previous range, the range of cutters is complemented with combined veg prep and food processor models. They all have the new adjustments, new discs and grids and, since they are all variable-speed models, they have all the benefits of brushless technology.
They are available with different types of cutter head – combi models have a 5.5 or 8 litre hopper and advanced functions