Month: August 2014

Food for thought: Tray Delivery Carts (part 1 in a series)

Cook's Brand TDC1914SS Stainless Steel Tray Delivery Cart

Two-shelf Stainless Steel Tray Delivery Cart

One of our goals at Cook’s Correctional is to be experts in the field of equipment and supplies for the correctional kitchen. That is one of the top ways for us to bring value to our conversations with you.  We need to know what choices you have, what products work and what doesn’t work in corrections, what products offer the best durability, what products are the best economic value, and in general what products are out there that can help you get the job done safely.   Our entire organization has gone through product training to emphasize its importance.

One of the items that is somewhat unique to corrections are tray delivery carts.  While hospitals and other institutions may use tray delivery carts, the products they choose aren’t the same as what is used in a jail or prison.  When we work with a customer who is looking to purchase a new cart, we start by asking them questions about their facility.  It is by knowing how they will use the cart that we are able to best help them get the right product for the job.  Here are the questions that we start with when we are exploring a new or replacement cart purchase with a customer:

1.  What is the security level of the facility?  A higher security level speaks to a need for a more durable cart.

2.  How many inmates are housed at the facility?  This helps us to determine the cart capacity needed.

3.  Feeding method and location?  Knowing the feeding method helps us to determine the best type of cart for your operation.  Do you need a heated tray delivery cart or is an unheated or flatbed cart going to work?  When we ask about location it helps us to determine what features may best suit your operation. If you’re transporting these carts outside and over rough pavement it will influence your caster choice.

4.  Do you have any issues with your current meal delivery process?  This is a great time to evaluate how the cart may be affecting your entire process and if you can improve the efficiency of your operation by changing the cart type or possibly another component of your meal delivery process.

Purchasing a new tray delivery cart type will often affect your entire operation, it’s that important of a component.  It’s also a significant investment, so it’s worth taking the time to evaluate if you’re purchasing the best product to meet your needs.  In our next post, I’ll talk about more ‘specific’ cart questions that you should consider.

Marketing Manager, Cook's

Candace Meneou

Meet me in St. Louis!

The 2014 Annual International Conference for the Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliates is going on right now in St. Louis.  Here’s a picture of the opening reception (courtesy of the ACFSA):

2014 Opening Reception at the 2014 ACFSA Conference

2014 Opening Reception at the 2014 ACFSA Conference

If you would like to see pictures from the show as they are posted – you can go to the ACFSA’s Facebook page (click here:  ACFSA Facebook Page).  You can also learn more about the show itself at http://www.acfsa.org.

We’re excited this year to be participating in a panel discussion that was held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. called  From Idea to Reality:  the Story of a New Product.  The panel discussion features Jeff Breeden, Cook’s Correctional, Cathy O’Shia, New Age Industrial and Mark Easterday, Star Manufacturing in an open forum to discuss how new products are developed and come to market in response to the operational challenges faced by our customers.

We hope it’s a great show!

Marketing Manager, Cook's

Candace Meneou

 

The new Correctional Buyers Guide is out!

Cook's Correctional Buyers GuideWe recently mailed the 2014 Correctional Buyers Guide for August and if you’re on our mailing list, you can be looking for that in your mailbox!  We publish our Buyers Guide three times a year – and in this version you’ll find mid-year product introductions and updates.

Some of the exciting new products that you’ll find in this catalog include the new Cook’s Brand 16 oz. Correctional Tumblers and the

Cook's Brand 16 oz Tumblers

Cook’s Brand 16 oz Tumblers

Cook’s Brand Reusable Meal Tray.  The tumblers are a new addition to our popular Cook’s Brand tumbler line and have all the features that you’re accustomed to in these products.   Available in Orange Copolymer or Clear or Transparent Blue Polycarbonate, these tumblers have a thick-wall construction to provide durability in the correctional environment.  They are textured to minimize surface scratches and designed for easy stacking and separation.  The Reusable Meal Tray was designed specifically to replace disposable Styrofoam trays for a positive environmental impact and a significant cost reduction in operations that utilize disposable trays for meal delivery.

We’ve also introduced the Caterseal Food Pan Gasket, which is a rubber gasket in sizes to fit half or full size steam table pans.  This rubber gasket fits around the edge of your steam table pan providing a tight seal between the well and the pan surface.  This also allows for staff to more easily remove the pans from the steam table.  And this gasket works with bent and dented pans.

There’s more to see in the catalog too.  We continue to strive to put together a collection of products that are appropriate for the correctional kitchen which includes heavy-duty equipment, smallwares and supplies designed to withstand the day-in day-out abuse of the jail and prison kitchen as well as cost-effective alternative commodity products as alternatives to higher priced brand names.   You can view the new 2014 catalog at http://www.cookscorrectional.com by clicking here:  2014 Correctional Buyers Guide.  If you would like a copy of the catalog mailed to you, please give us a call at 1-800-956-5571 or send an email to customerservice@cookscorrectional.com.

Marketing Manager, Cook's

Candace Meneou