A few weeks ago we were kindly invited to visit the Skope factory in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is always extremely interesting for us to find out more about our suppliers and their products and see what happens behind the scenes. Having a better understanding allows us to provide you, our customers, with better advice and service.
Located very close to the city center, the factory was nearly destroyed during the earthquake in 2011. Despite recommendations to relocate the factory to a safer place, owner Guy Stewart was adamant that it remains in Christchurch, saving all their employees from losing their jobs.
One of the highlights of this trip was to visit the test chamber. We had previously heard a lot about it and were looking forward to seeing it. As its name implies, the main purpose of this chamber is to test commercial refrigeration and foodservice products before they are launched on the market. Skope invested $1 million in their Research & Development department to build this test chamber and continue to design and manufacture market-leading products.
Made from MISA modular cool room panels, a product Skope imports from Italy, the test chamber measures 11m x 6.2m x 3.3m and can be set to temperatures ranging from 3 to 50°C, with up to 90% humidity. With all these settings available, Skope engineers are able to simulate almost any kind of environment, which is important when refrigeration units need to perform at the highest standard in some of the harshest climates in the world, such as Darwin.
Testing all products in these conditions and over a specific period of time ensures you are guaranteed high quality refrigeration equipment and your customers are guaranteed better service with a cold drink every time they visit your place. Most importantly, it ensures food and safety standards are consistently met. Food stored between 5 and 60°C allows rapid growth of bacteria so it is extremely important to invest in high-quality equipment you can rely on.
Do not be afraid of investing more as you will eventually get a great return on investment. First, Skope products will last longer and will require only low maintenance, if any, so in the long run you will save money. Second, because you will be able to offer your customers a better experience, you will get a higher satisfaction rate and more loyal returning customers.
From under counter chillers to upright freezers, we count over 100 Skope products on Cafeideas website. Browse through their range today and discover you next purchase!
A big thank to the Skope team for having us!
Additionally, you can check this cool video and take the factory virtual tour: