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£150m of funding available for Primary School Kitchens


The government have made “giving all children a healthy start in life” an official policy, aimed at providing a universally fair and healthy start for children regardless of social economic background or other factors.

A big part of this initiative is the provision of free, and importantly healthy, school meals for infants. As well as funding for the meals themselves, the government has made a financial commitment to ensure school kitchens are equipped to handle the extra volume of meals being served and to make sure they are geared towards the kind of fresh, nutritionally balanced food this policy is intended to see served in schools.

We want to do our bit to help ensure that this extremely laudable government initiative has an instant positive impact, and that the budget allocated to it goes as far as possible towards creating a healthy start for infants across the country. Catering Appliance Superstore will always try to match or beat the total price for any order, and on top of that we’re pleased to offer an additional 5% off the cheapest item in your basket, for schools and education authorities purchasing equipment to refit or refurbish their commercial kitchen facilities in line with the aims and objectives of the free school meals initiative. We won’t make you jump through any hoops, the discount is available for all primary schools until the end of 2014.

Equipment budget for free school meals policy

What is the funding?

The first welcome announcement in September 2013 that every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools will receive a free school lunch, was followed up in December with a statement that part of this scheme would involve £70 million new money and £80 million unspent Department for Education budget being allocated to improve kitchen and dining facilities. Whichever way you spin it, there is some additional much-needed capital being injected into school catering facilities here, and a total of £150 million for schools to spend on commercial kitchen equipment.

The money can be spent on appliances, general kitchen refurbishments and extra dining facilities where they are needed to increase capacity. The whole point of the exercise, however, is to ensure all infants receive healthy meals and the best start in life, so schools are of course encouraged to make changes that will further this goal. Studies suggest that young children eating a healthy meal together at lunchtime can improve their social development and cognitive skills, which can only be a positive thing for the overall learning experience and student performance.

How do I get funding for my school?

The government has already announced how the capital funding for the delivery of free school meals for infants from September 2014 has been divided into smaller pots for each local authority. The final allocation to each school will be decided by your local authority or Academy Trust.

A full explanation of exactly how the figures have been calculated can be found here. In very basic terms, however, the government have counted all pupils in national curriculum groups Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, (or aged 4-6 as 31st Aug 2012), in all maintained primary and secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units, academies and free schools. They have then used these pupil figures to proportionately divide up the total pot of £150m between the local authorities (or the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund, which manages maintenance capital for Academy Trusts), who will in turn govern the allocation of this maintenance capital to particular schools.

Please note that maintained nursery schools, direct grant nursery schools, independent schools and general hospital schools are not included towards the pupil count so local authorities will not have received a proportion of capital funding to cater for these.

For further information on how the specific funding allocation for your school has been broken down, contact the department or person at your local authority who deals with capital funding for maintenance.

How can Catering Appliance Superstore help?

Catering Appliance Superstore provides equipment for hundreds of primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities across the length and breadth of the nation, and we understand the specific requirements of commercial kitchens in educational facilities.

School kitchens must prep for hundreds if not thousands of meals, and then serve all of them within a single service session of an hour or only slightly more. In very few other food service environments is there such a high demand in such a restricted timeslot. There can be no sacrifice of quality in achieving this daily feat; the food must, of course, be tasty and fresh enough to appeal to sometimes choosy youngsters on the one hand, and be healthy and nutritious enough to supply them with the mental and physical energy they need for learning and to satisfy government policy and public concern over school meal quality and healthiness on the other. Schools also have to serve a respectable range of options each day and vary that range over the course of a week and a term, just as any catering operation needs to provide variety.

Catering Appliance Superstore can help by providing guidance on the most appropriate kitchen appliances and equipment to handle the changes you need to make to meet the requirements of the new government initiative, and we’ll help you financially by offering the best price we possibly can (including the additional discount mentioned above).

Of course, the kitchen team or facilities manager at your school will know best what specific pieces of catering equipment are required to deliver the increased number of healthy school meals for infants, but in case you are still deciding exactly how to refit or expand, we’ve compiled a summary of top product types we think fit the objectives of the government’s ambition to give all children a healthy start in life. Some of the main factors we’ve considered are:

  • Durable, tough, and easy to clean – look for stainless steel construction and fully welded or pressed forms, and easy disassembly for deep cleaning
  • Industry standardisation – purchase catering appliances that are compatible with “gastronorm” pots and containers and that have standard plumbing fittings
  • High capacity in storage, automated preparation, cooking and cleaning – get through your workload as efficiently as possible
  • Effective hot and cold holding that maintains quality – keep food hot and fresh during lunchtime, right down to the last pupil in the queue

Based on these factors, there are a few product groups that particularly stand out:

Lincat Atmospheric Steamers – these were the first products that came to mind when we started looking at suitable equipment for healthy school meals. They can handle great volume, are compatible with gastronorm 1/1 or gastronorm 2/1 size pots, and they get great, healthy results. Steaming maintains the nutritional content of food better than any other cooking technique. Available in gas or electric.

Lincat Opus 700
Atmospheric Steamers – Electric
Atmospheric Steamers - Electric
Lincat Opus 700
Atmospheric Steamers – Gas
Atmospheric Steamers - Gas

High powered preparation equipment from veg prep machines to food mixers, that can handle high volume day in and day out without fail, are essential items in a school kitchen. Here is just a selection of what we can supply.

Potato Peelers
Potato Peelers
Food Mixers
Food Mixers
Food Processors
Food Processors
Food Slicers
Food Slicers
Vegetable Prep Machines
Vegetable Prep Machines

Lincat high capacity hob ovens – ovens with boiling tops are the general purpose workhorses of many commercial kitchens, and the performance models in the Lincat Opus 700 range will provide you with the high power, output and long life you need

Lincat Opus 700
Dual Fuel Ovens
 Dual fuel ovens
Lincat Opus 700
6 Burner Gas Ovens
6 Burner Gas oVens
Lincat Opus 700
6 Plate Electric Ovens
6 Burner Electric Ovens

Hot and cold holding kit – bain maries, hot cupboards, hot scuttles, hot and cold service counters are all excellent products for keeping your food at the right temperature on your front-facing serving line, designed for high capacity storage and to allow easy service

Bains Maries
Bains Maries
Hot Cupboards (Bain Marie Top)
Hot Cupboards (Bain Marie Top)
Chip Scuttles
Chip Scuttles
Serve Over Counters
Serve Over Counters
Heated Displays with Gantries
Heated Displays with Gantries

Gram upright commercial fridges and freezers – gastronorm compatible, extremely reliable and energy efficient, and providing easy storage and access to batch-prepared chilled and frozen meals

Gram Upright Fridges – Double Door
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Upright Fridges - Double Door
Gram Upright Fridges – Single Door
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Upright Fridges - Single Door
Gram Upright Freezers – Double Door
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Upright Freezers - Double Door

High capacity glass and dishwashers – models from Hobart Ecomax like these huge capacity pass through systems will deal with the aftermath of every hectic lunchtime

Hobart Ecomax Pass Through Dishwashers
Pass Through Dishwashers

For further advice and buying suggestions for the free school meals for infants policy on, please see our catering equipment for primary schools page. You can also start building a quote, using our quote system. This will allow you to ‘build up’ a list of equipment over a period of time, then submit it to us to work out a great bulk order discounted price.

Potato Bakers

Jacket potatoes are one of the easiest foods to serve in the catering industry, healthy and nutritious, they are a low cost, high profit margin food that is a popular choice amongst customers. When serving potatoes on mass a potato baker is essential. They offer unrivalled cooking performance through the use of fan-assisted convection cooking and have a capacity to cook over hundreds of potatoes; they make hot, freshly baked potatoes to perfection within the hour whilst the top holding cabinet keeps the potatoes fresh and hot until served.

potato bakers

There are copious amounts of benefits to purchasing a potato baker, these highly efficient ovens not only cook potatoes to perfection but they help free up oven space for all other items which is a necessity in the busy commercial kitchen. These versatile ovens can also be used to cook other foods such as croissants, rolls and pasties.

They are built for heavy duty use with vitreous, enameled coloured panels, solid cast doors and stainless steel interiors. Rounded corners and removable wire shelves make for easy cleaning and maintenance.

The King Edward range we stock is highly visual and attractive, with Illuminated, visual display to both sides of the oven they offer attractive presentation and delicious aroma for your customers to experience, enabling you to maximize your sales.

The compact oven means they take up little counter space, ideal when space is a premium in the workplace. We have them available in different oven sizes to fit your business needs and requirements, and we stock different styles and colours to cater for any décor. Easy to work with in any environment they can be used as a counter-top or a back-bar piece.

The potato baker means you can serve delicious baked potatoes from sandwich bars, convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, outdoor events and just about any other catering establishment you can think of.

We stock both gas and electric potato bakers from top manufacturers including King Edward and Parry. The King Edward CB788 is a high capacity potato oven that has an easy clean interior and illuminated oven and storage area with built in timer for added flexibility.

Wine and Champagne Buckets

Whether you are a restaurant, bar, club or any other business in the hospitality sector you will be sure to need a wine and champagne bucket to chill, display and serve your bottles from. We have an array of good quality wine and champagne buckets including stylish, curved designs or streamline, classic shaped buckets to suit any décor.

wine coolers

Chill, aerate and pour your beverages at the optimum temperature straight from a bucket. Buckets display your wine and champagne impressively and also help to keep it at its optimum temperature for several hours.

Made from durable materials they help easily transport bottles to tables and provide a means to store them whilst customers enjoy the bottle. They are stackable for easy storage and lifting, whereas the handles are made for easy lifting – making these buckets as practical as they are stylish. They can also be used for boating, picnics or simply home entertaining.

We stock a variation of colour, style and sizes so you can purchase the right sized buckets for your business needs. We have a selection of clear acrylic buckets, or you can make an impact with our black acrylic versions. These simple and classic designs are sleek and commercial and bring elegance to any table top attire. You can also show off your champagne in style with our highly polished stainless steel buckets – a timeless addition to any establishment. We also stock a range of stands to hold the buckets in, ideal for the ultimate luxury display.

For flawless champagne and wine etiquette it is essential to have wine and champagne. Our range will be sure to inject a level of luxury and class to any setting.

Counter top fridges

Counter top fridges are a sophisticated and functional appliance in the kitchen, with stylish exteriors and compact interior storage options and compartments; they offer a significant amount of benefits. These space-saving refrigeration units offer innovative refrigeration in the kitchen, extra work space and efficient, easily accessible storage, making serving and operation as easy as possible.

table top fridges

They offer a significant amount of benefits making them a convenient unit in any kitchen, unlike regular bulky refrigerators they have a compact shape and space saving design means they can fit into almost any pocket and makes them the perfect unit for when space is at a premium. The lightweight yet sturdy construction means they are easily portable which is an added bonus in the busy workplace.

They are energy efficient with energy-saving Features so you can preserve your foods without expending excessive energy; the small and compact design means overall lower running costs

They offer additional refrigeration storage space, ideal for when you need extra fridge space to store drinks, fresh meat and other frozen foods. They ensure everything is chilled to perfection.

The copious amount of benefits makes them extremely useful in your workplace making them particularly convenient for hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, bars and other catering establishments

The table top fridge we stock from top brand Lec is ideal for providing extra refrigerated storage in your home or kitchen with its 45 litres of cold storage space, 4 litre ice box and reversible door for flexibility as to not limit where you can put it. The A+ energy rating ensures optimal energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact, added features include adjustable thermostat, bottle shelf and non-slip feet. Manufactured in a crisp white finish which makes for easy maintenance and a clean and hygienic appearance which means it can be used both front and back of house.

Purchase one today for the affordable price of £126.00 and savour its excellent cooling and convenient benefits for years to come.

Convection Ovens

We stock superior quality convection ovens from top manufacturers including Blue seal, Roller grill, Falcon and Lincat, our wide range of stylish convection ovens offer fast cooking at lower temperatures with fan assisted heating for excellent heat distribution and even baking all round. Hot air circulates through the oven cooking food more evenly, ensuring outstanding results and rapid cooking times.

Convection Ovens

There are many benefits to a convection oven that make them a highly efficient appliance to the catering world; these efficient convection ovens can cook food faster and more evenly than a standard oven, while reducing overall cooking temperature. . The fan in convection ovens circulates the hot air resulting in more even cooking, browning, and crisping, and in doing so, also shortens cooking times by about 25%. They are great for a high turnover of cooked foods in busy establishments. Another bonus, you can cook just about anything in a convection oven with amazing results —evenly cooked cakes, perfectly roasted vegetables, evenly browned juicy meats and crisp pastries.

We offer a large range of commercial convection ovens in a variety of sizes and models including gas, electric, counter top and free standing units to suit any size and style of pocket across a range of prices to suit any budget. All our great value convection ovens cover a range of temperatures and power outputs to suit your specific output and catering requirements as well.

Due to its sheer versatility and variety of features these ovens are particularly ideal for hotels, restaurants, bakeries and commercial kitchens that need a versatile cooking option. They are easy to use with simple dial controls and tray lapsing capacities, other features include timer and temperatures controls, digital display, variable program options, non-slip adjustable feet and numerous shelves and oven racks. The robust stainless steel constriction makes them perfect for everyday heavy duty commercial use.

For tastier, perfectly cooked food in shorter cooking times then purchase a convection oven today.

Commercial Juicers

Juicers are not just any ordinary kitchen appliance they are a whole new outlook on life. Extracting juice from fruits and vegetables they provide a delicious and nutritious juice for you and your customers, giving your immune system and body a super-dose of vital vitamins, minerals and enzymes.


These compact and convenient machines are an enjoyable and sufficient way to pack vital nutrients into a tasty and vitamin boosted juice, either for the health conscious and fitness fanatics or for those that just want to increase their fresh fruit and vegetable intake, juicers can be enormously beneficial for your health and business.

There are a hundreds of juicing recipes and juices to try, mix up your own combinations or you can cater for specific customer needs or special dietary requirements.

Easy to use you simply slice up the fruit and vegetables and place it in the juicer, then high speed and powerful motors extract the juice from the fruit. Pulp containers help extract all pulp and fibre from the fruits so you are left with smooth, frothy and extremely tasty juice.
Added features include drip trays to keep work tops clean, low noise displays which mean they can be displayed front of house, variable speed motors for both soft and hard fruits and removable stainless steel baskets for easy cleaning. Whether its wheatgrass, green vegetables, root vegetables or fruit, you name it, these quiet, powerful and durable machines can juice it.

We stock a wide variety of juicers for both domestic and commercial use; The Santos K275 Classic Citrus Juicer we stock delivers hassle-free juicing in a fraction of the time to fit with the demands of the modern kitchen.

With healthy eating and lifestyles on the rise juicers are a sought after piece of equipment in the catering world and kitchens. So purchase one today.

Commercial Rice Cookers

We all know how tricky and time consuming it can be to get perfectly cooked rice each and every time. Purchasing a rice cooker can eliminate this stress; it cooks different types of rice and each grain of rice to perfection in a fuss and worry-free way.

Rice Cookers

A useful appliance for both the commercial and domestic kitchens, a wide scope of rice based meals such as boiled rice, fried rice and pilau can be made very quickly and simply. Simply add water and ingredients to the cooker, turn it on, and electronically controlled heating and timing elements enable you to leave the cooker to its own devices. The cooker is automatically programmed to shut off once the rice is cooked or automatically switches from cooking to the ‘keep warm’ setting.

Preparation time is minimal which is key when time is precious in the commercial kitchen, cook’s involvement in cooking rice is significantly reduced to simply measuring the rice and using the correct amount of water. You don’t have to worry about the rice being too firm, soft or sticking and you don’t have to monitor the water or temperature throughout cooking as the rice cooker does this all for you, so you can use this time to busy yourself with other tasks.

Additional features include the ‘keep warm’ function, allowing you to keep the rice warm until it is ready to be served. Cleaning and care is low maintenance with easy clean nonstick inner pots and stainless steel lids and body ensure heavy duty constriction for use in commercial kitchens. The Buffalo CB944 Rice Cooker we stock can cater for a whopping 60 portion cooked rice capacity.

Rice is inexpensive and the base to lots of fast, healthy and nutritious meals, a rice cooker enables you to cook perfect rice in minimal time and with minimal effort. Cooking rice can now be easy.

Commercial Oven Accessories

Any owner of a commercial oven knows just how vital they are within the commercial kitchen; they are the heart and soul of the catering business. The versatility and flexibility of the oven is remarkable and it is therefore no surprise that there is an array of additional commercial oven accessories available to help tailor these ovens to suit your precise requirements. We stock a wide range of commercial oven accessories including stacking kits, finishing systems, oven stands, oven racks and oven rails that can enhance your commercial ovens functionality.

commercial oven accessories

We offer commercial oven combi-duo stacking kits to enable the full and efficient use of the commercial oven stacking abilities and all at competitive prices. You can purchase the Lincat OCA8302 Combi-Duo stacking kit model 61E-G on 61E-101E standard with rollers for as little as £571.00 from us today.

By far the most talked about accessory is the commercial oven finishing system; a new dimension to food preparation it makes even the largest of banquets a hassle free motion. It enables food to be cooked and then stored and chilled in special mobile plate racks until required. Shortly before serving, the food is finished in the finishing system, regenerated perfectly and ready to go to customers. Allowing chefs to prepare food well in advance in a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere and then serve it later piping hot. All our systems contain all the important accessories needed to start up a banqueting operation, consisting of a mobile plate rack which can allow up to 100 plates to be finished at any one time, insulated thermo cover to ensure food can be left in the racks and kept at the optimum temperature for up to 20 minutes, and a transport trolley.

We also offer robust stainless steel commercial grade oven racks in numerous different sizes to suit any size of oven, they are durable, easy to clean and flexible to suit any model of oven; a huge accessory for any commercial oven when it comes to serving large volumes of plates of food.

Another accessory not to be forgotten is our sturdy stainless steel commercial oven stands with adjustable feet that are specifically designed to be heavy duty, food safe and offer an ideal working height for the commercial oven in the busy kitchen.

We also know how important it is that commercial ovens deserve some tender love and care every now and again so we also stock a wide range of specially developed care products to keep your ovens sparkling clean. Our wide range of heavy duty cleaning agents, tablets and de-scalers will help to ensure that your ovens are not just hygienically clean but are maintained in the best possible condition too, delivering intensive cleaning power without damaging the oven.