Grazing Catering has started a catering service designed specifically to meet the post-lockdown social distancing guidelines.
Called Desk Dine, it will be run alongside the caterer’s existing business operations and will help to keep London-based office staff in their workplace ‘bubbles’ by offering a minimal-risk delivery service.
The move follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s suggestion on Sunday that staff can return to some workplaces over the next few weeks.
Companies will be able to place food orders for their workforce on an ad hoc or daily basis. Everything will be cooked off-site and delivered in safe single drops – reducing multiple courier visits and the need for staff to leave the building during the working day.
As employers are keen to minimise risk of illness and infection, the service will provide a practical solution for multi-tenanted buildings, reducing lift traffic created by staff all heading out to buy individual lunches and reducing contact with building security, loading bay, post-room and reception staff – all of whom have direct contact with external guests to buildings
The meals are cooked and prepared in a central London production kitchen, which, in line with guidance from health and safety experts, has been reconfigured to allow all chefs and staff to work within two-metre work zones.
Customers can place orders through a new online proprietary platform, desktop or mobile site developed by the Grazing team and third-party ordering apps.
The service is being made available for small groups and teams, to whole offices. Initially, it will be available for breakfast and lunch, with plans to launch a dinner option in due course.
Sam Hurst, Grazing’s chief executive, said: “Employers will want to do all they can to keep their staff safe and minimise any potential risk to their wellbeing. This idea that they will need to create Covid-secure workplaces, or safe ‘work bubbles’, is going to be a major step in helping us all to transition back to as close to the normality that we once knew."
- Separately, Vegware has created a 24-page interactive guide to new packaging considerations, to help food service planning for new socially distanced service models.
The company points out the importance of sustainability, as companies shift catering patterns to the following:
Caterers are considering these post lock-down service models and related packaging requirements:
- ‘Al desko’ delivery: Food brought to clients at their desks, pre-packaged and in a bag or carry pack.
- Pop-up pods for grab-and-go: Instead of one large restaurant, smaller pods cater for different areas of the site. Units may include hot drinks, snacks, and a small chiller and hot cabinet for grab-and-go.
- Takeaway: A highly practical solution for distancing, incorporating contactless collection. Carriers and cutlery packs are a must.
- Packed lunches: Many food service settings are finding packed lunches the simplest solution.
- Sitting in: QSR and dine-in contract catering settings are seeking attractive disposable trays and plates as a good temporary solution.
- Delivery: Practical and attractive packaging is key to customer experience, including how the food looks after delivery.
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