The University of East Anglia is reaping the benefits after its catering department chose to replace some of its porcelain dishes with a selection of durable and colourful Flexepans from Primeware Ceramics. The Flexepan range of non-stick, unbreakable and lightweight pans was chosen by the catering team not only for cooking but also for display on the food counter where it is already proving a popular choice.
Logistics and procurement manager Karen Gallant is particularly impressed with the quality, having suffered constant breakages with porcelain: “We were using porcelain in a variety of sizes and makes but it was very costly due to the many breakages and the high cost of replacement,” she explains. “We noticed a magazine advertisement for the Flexepan range and tried a sample. We were immediately sold on the idea, and loved the colour options too, so we stocked up on 11 x 1/1 GN, and about 36 x 2/1 GN dishes.
“The beauty of the Flexepan range is that it doesn’t chip, is stackable, and is easy to clean. The dishes don’t stain like the previous white porcelain ones either, which is an added bonus. We get really good use out of them too as they are used at breakfast, lunch and dinner for cooking a wide range of dishes including lasagne, pasta bakes, cannelloni, pies, gratins, moussaka, enchiladas and burritos. Other items, such as vegetables, we decant into the Flexepans, which highlights their versatility.
Karen is confident that the Flexepans will pay for themselves very quickly because of the reduction in breakages: “In the long run they will certainly be a cost effective investment and they are also extremely versatile, not to mention attractive for food presentation,” she adds.
The five sizes of Flexepan, in five colourways, can be used to bake, freeze, reheat and serve. The 100% food-grade silicone pans can be taken from freezer to oven, where they promise an even bake, and are quickly cool to the touch once removed. They are also dishwasher safe and stain resistant.
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We met with Harvey Herrmann, founder of Primeware Ceramics in Chiswick, West London recently to gain a better understanding of the business. The interview provides an insight to the business and can be seen here