Consulting, planning and implementation of individual solutions for commercial kitchens, catering, and hospital canteens
Our services are as varied and individual as the multifaceted requirements of our clients, particularly in the catering and healthcare industries. As an experienced, globally active partner for prestigious clients around the world, we plan and implement highly efficient projects for hospital canteens and logistics, commercial kitchens and communal catering, convenience food production, in-flight catering, and laundries on time and in budget.
60 years of global experience – our foundation for successful solutions for commercial and central kitchens, gastronomy, and healthcare and airline catering projects
Combined with efficient logistics processes, our expertise in intelligent kitchen planning helps our clients tap valuable potential for saving time and money. Domestic and international clients from all industries benefit from our world market leading status as planners of in-flight catering facilities and our unique experience in highly sophisticated and complex projects.
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Meeting the toughest demands in food production and food processing
Safety, hygiene and cost-effectiveness – top marks for io-consultants
In dining halls and cafeterias, staff canteens, commercial kitchens or catering facilities alike, anyone who produces food items faces several challenges. Product safety and maximum hygiene levels must be ensured, the production environment has to be GMP compliant. At the same time, operations must be cost-effective. Mastering these challenges requires absolutely safe and efficient production processes and perfectly synchronised supply chains.
The planning experts at io-consultants always apply their comprehensive process engineering skills and long-term industry experience in their projects – and always think one step ahead. In this way, you can depend on goal-driven planning and results-oriented investments at all times.
Our offers for you
With io-consultants, you can be sure of optimal planning that already begins in the preliminary stage of the project. We support you with comprehensive consulting, from location scouting to ensuring compliance with the applicable country-specific standards – for large scale support facilities, modern commercial kitchens, convenience food production plants, and cost-effective hospital logistics.
Once the future concept has been decided on, the cost-effectiveness substantiated and the financing secured, io-consultants guides its clients into the concrete implementation phase. In conversion projects, our experts take on the professional planning of facility specific equipment and any related mobile apparatus. We support newbuild as well as reconstruction and renovation projects and any necessary interim solutions during the conversion phase.
Careful coordination, anticipatory support and targeted monitoring – these maxims are followed by our professional project management teams in all implementation tasks and standard operations. Always in close cooperation with our clients – our basis for truly successful and cost-effective project handling.
On the one hand, our services are based on sound, topical and, above all, unbiased knowledge of the industry. On the other hand, we incorporate a constant flow of the latest scientific findings from leading universities to complement our treasure trove of experience. Together with our outstanding know-how of complex, multilayered and interdisciplinary requirements, we can offer our clients modern structures and efficient processes in commercial kitchens, laundries, hospital catering, and airline catering.
The optimisation of processes and procedures in material flow planning leads to cost-effective solutions that simultaneously comply with all the applicable regulations. The HACCP concept, food hygiene directives such as the German LMHV, the Codex Alimentarius, and FDA rules and regulations are comprehensively considered, depending on the project in question.
Depending on the individual task at hand and the specific requirements for your commercial kitchen, our experts weigh up the benefits of different production systems such as Cook & Freeze, Cook & Chill or Cook & Serve, and select the best system together with you.
How we work
Common to all planning projects is that io-consultants follows a structured sequence of events, and uses methods and modules appropriate for each individual situation:
1. Strategy development
- Forecasts and growth
- Location and site selection
- Feasibility studies
- Outsourcing / operator models
- Profitability analyses (make-or-buy decisions)
- Process analyses
- Optimisation of transport costs
- Strategy workshops
2. Concept creation – analyses and evaluations
- Definition of scope
- Analysis of the planning basis
- Provision of basic information
- Solutions and concepts
- Concept evaluation, budgeting
- Documentation and presentation
- Development of HACCP concepts
3. Detailed planning
- Detailed design and specifications
- Budget review and approval
- Implementation scheduling
- Supplier selection
- Validation and qualification of food production (according to HACCP guidelines)
- Detailed implementation plan
- Execution planning
- Site supervision
- Quality assurance
- Acceptance testing
- Final documentation
5. Ramp-up management
- Ramp-up supervision
- Ramp-up coordination
- Optimisation of ramp up
- Relocation support
- Risk management
- KPI monitoring
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