When asked why The Big F&B Forum was important to him, Vikas Malhotra, managing director of Innovative General Trading (IGT) says: “A platform of high calibre individuals motivates everyone to step out of their silos and encourages discussions on key challenges encountered by one and all in the foodservice industry.
Innovative General Trading (IGT) has been trading and distributing meat, fruits, herbs and vegetables, and importing and distributing natural mineral water and juices, in Dubai since 2003.
Vikas says: “It is our endeavour to partner with the Chef’s and F&B managers of the hospitality industry to provide innovative products and solutions with a competitive advantage, so adding value to our customers operation through improving efficiency, reducing costs, conserving energy and at the same time being environment friendly.”
He adds: “This event provides us the opportunity to construct a platform to bridge the ongoing issues faced by the industry by encouraging open discussions and knowledge sharing through the transfer of ideas and creative problem solving. By rubbing shoulders with the key stakeholders of the hospitality industry we aim to understand the key issues faced by them. This will enable us to understand their needs and help build an innovation pipeline.
“It inculcates transparency and drives us to identify and find appropriate solutions through open discussions.”
Having established IGT with the mission of providing environment friendly solutions, Vikas is keen to present Chafo, IGT’s new environmentally friendly Eco Burner, which uses refill gas as a greener alternative to the gels and wicks currently being used extensively in HORECA channels today.
Vikas adds: “These conventional methods have been known to be unsafe not only to the food but also its handlers and environment as they cause carbon deposits on the chafing dishes thereby considerably increasing consumption of chemicals, detergents and wax for cleaning purposes.”
For safety, the Chafo burner extinguishes when overturned and shuts off when overheating. The device remains cool to touch throughout its operation and is wind resistant making it user friendly for both indoor and outdoor catering functions. The Chafo also has a unique regulator to control heat output, lasting up to 7.5 hours (once full), and heating food at a considerably lower cost compared to conventional methods.