Stephens Catering Equipment awarded gold at this year’s IFEX Innovation Awards

Stephens Catering Equipment awarded gold at this year’s IFEX Innovation Awards

Stephens Catering Equipment has been awarded the top accolade at IFEX 2022 – Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event – for its smart delivery, Pudu Robotics.

The company is Ireland’s largest and longest established catering and food service equipment company and is based in Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

Competing against a record number of innovative products from across the food and hospitality sectors in Ireland, Stephens Catering Equipment was named as the winner of the Innovation Awards by an independent panel of judges that included Adrian McLaughlin, Ex-General Manager of Merchant Hotel; Colin Neill, CEO of Hospitality Ulster; Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Retail NI and Michael Henderson of NI Takeaway Association.

Judges were looking for all-round excellence among the exhibitors’ products with Stephens Catering Equipment walking away with gold for both its Pudu Robotics and also its Falcon Fryer Angel.

Paul Caves, Director of Stephens Catering Equipment, said: “In the post-epidemic era, contactless delivery is becoming increasingly important in the intelligent delivery industry, and we are excited to be leading the way and offering up solutions to the Irish market with the launch of our Pudu Robotics.

“The robots concentrate on delivering customer meals, thereby affording the staff more time to focus on customer engagement and satisfaction. In addition, the robots will help businesses run at maximum capacity.

“It was great to be back at IFEX again, showcasing what we have on offer and meeting with both new and existing customers. With hundreds of products and business solutions all under one roof, we are thrilled to have been awarded two gold awards in the Innovation Awards – one for our Pudu Robotics and one for our Falcon Fryer Angel – helping to showcase both products on a national stage.”

IFEX, which took place from the 29th – 31st March, saw thousands of visitors from the foodservice, hospitality, catering and retail sectors, descend on the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, bringing together some of the most exciting businesses in the industry right now.

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