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3 Key Features to Consider When Buying Catering Equipment for Your New Business

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One of the most important steps in starting a catering business is buying equipment and supplies. Some supplies are costly and require one to have huge capital. In an attempt to save money, one may end up with problematic equipment which will not only hurt the business but also lead to huge losses. Therefore, before buying equipment, consider the following key features and requirements.

Equipment meets industry trends

Before buying equipment and supplies for your new catering business, check prevailing trends in the industry. Buying items that meet current trends will give you a competitive edge over other players in the industry. It also simplifies catering work and can save you a lot of money in running costs. Below are some common trends you could consider before making a purchase.

  • Multifunctional cooking equipment
  • Automated equipment that is less labour intensive
  • Equipment utilising smart technology
  • Energy-efficient equipment

For example, a silverware rolling machine can fold hundreds of napkins per hour and save you the money you would spend hiring labour for the job. Energy-efficient equipment saves energy and reduces annual running costs. Don't be afraid of spending a little more on items that will make your work easier.

Equipment is in excellent condition

When starting a catering business, you may be tempted to buy used equipment and save money. While this may seem like a good idea, it can cost you money in the long run. As a rule of thumb, always buy equipment that is in excellent condition. If you can afford new items, so much the better!

If your budget doesn't allow you to buy new items, you can always get used ones. However, observe the following precautions.

  • Look for gently used items, preferably less than three years
  • Test used equipment before buying
  • Look for new dent-and-scratch items that are still under warranty

Before buying used equipment, get it tested and inspected by an expert for hidden faults that could be costly to fix.

Equipment is commercial ready 

Not all catering equipment is suitable for commercial use. Some appliances are designed for low-to-moderate use. Using them commercially reduces the lifespan and increases the chances of malfunctions. For example, a standard kitchen juicer would not last as long as a commercial one.

You need items that can handle heavy-duty use and accommodate changes in your business. For example, when catering to many people, your chafing dishes and accessories should be large enough to handle the volume. 

Consider these important features when investing in catering equipment for your business. Find a reputable supplier for your purchases.

Reach out to an event catering supply service to learn more.