Consulting, planning and implementation of individual solutions for commercial kitchens, catering and food industry

Our services are as varied and individual as the multifaceted requirements of our clients, particularly in the food production and catering. As an experienced, globally active partner for prestigious clients, we plan and implement highly efficient projects for the food industry, convenience food production, professional kitchens, company cateringhospital supply and in-flight catering on time and in budget.

60 years of global experience – our foundation for successful solutions for commercial and central kitchens, food industry 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.

Projects in the field of food/catering planning

We provide one-source consulting, planning and implementation to numerous domestic and international clients. Our services include:

Our comprehensive services in the field of food/catering

  • Concept development
  • Consultancy on various production methods
  • Planning of process technology
  • Planning of systems and equipment
  • Logistics concepts for efficient supplies and disposals
  • Supervision of the implementation process
  • Ramp-up management


We offer reliable, productive and efficient solutions that lead to measurable success. Learn more about our successful projects with renowned clients around the world:
  • Azbuka Vkusa

    Task: Concept for new food factory, implementation support Services: Food/Catering planning Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Emirates Flight Catering

    Task: Planning and implementation support for one of the biggest inflight catering facilities across the globe Services: Food/Catering planning, Logistics planning, Project management Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Johannes Wesling Klinikum Minden

    Task: Planning of industrial kitchen for new hospital Services: Food/Catering planning Location: Minden, Germany
  • Mensa Hochschule Bremen

    Task: Modernisation and catering concept Services: Food/Catering planning Location: Bremen, Germany

Meeting the toughest demands in food production and food processing

Safety, hygiene and cost-effectiveness – top marks for io-consultants

In industrial food production and cafeterias, staff canteens, professional 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 synchronized 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

Carefully coordinate, anticipate and effectively monitor: Our professional project management works with this philosophy during implementation and commissioning. And this always in close cooperation with our clients – the basis for truly successful and economical project management.

With io-consultants, our clients can rely on optimal planning that starts in the run-up to the project. We support the client with comprehensive advice right from the decision for a location all the way to compliance with current and country-specific standards. This applies to canteen kitchens in company catering and hospital supply, in modern catering facilities and in the food industry.

Once the decision for the future concept has been made, the profitability has been proven and the financing has been secured, io-consultants accompanies its clients as they move into the next concretization phase. In the case of structural changes, our experts take over the technical planning for the use-specific facilities and, if required, also for the mobile equipment. We supervise both new construction projects and conversion and renovation measures as well as the resulting interim solutions during the conversion phase.

On the one hand, our services are based on sound, up-to-date and especially neutral market knowledge. On the other hand, new scientific findings from leading universities are continuously incorporated into io-consultants' wealth of experience. This in combination with the outstanding experience of complex, multi-layered and interdisciplinary requirements guarantees our customers modern structures and efficient processes in professional kitchens, the food industry and airline catering.

The targeted optimization of processes and workflows in material flow planning leads to economical solutions that simultaneously comply with a wide variety of regulations. Whether HACCP concept, LMHV, Codex Alimentarius or FDA guidelines - they are all taken into account comprehensively in the planning process.

Depending on the individual task and the need-specific situation, our experts weigh the advantages of different production systems during professional planning and select the most suitable manufacturing process together with the customer.

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

    Großküchenplanung Phase 1, Strategieentwicklung
    • Forecasts and growth
    • Location and site selection
    • Feasibility studies
    • Outsourcing / operator models
    • Profitability analyses (make-or-buy decisions)
    • Process analyses
    • Optimization of transport costs
    • Strategy workshops





  • 2.  Concept creation – analyses and evaluations

    Großküchenplanung Phase 2, Konzepterstellung
    • 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

    Phase 3, Feinplanung
    • Detailed design and specifications
    • Budget review and approval
    • Documentation
    • Tendering
    • Implementation scheduling
    • Supplier selection
    • Validation and qualification of food production (according to HACCP guidelines)
  • 4. Implementation

    Großküchenplanung Phase 4
    • Detailed implementation plan
    • Execution planning
    • Site supervision
    • Quality assurance
    • Testing
    • Commissioning
    • Go-live
    • Acceptance testing
    • Final documentation
  • 5. Ramp-up management

    Großküchenplanung Phase 5, Start-Up Management
    • Ramp-up supervision
    • Trainings
    • Ramp-up coordination
    • Optimization of ramp up 
    • Relocation support
    • Risk management
    • KPI monitoring
    • Troubleshooting

Please contact us 

Julius Weis Partner Phone: +49 (0) 62 21 / 379-190

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As a lead consultant, we provide comprehensive services across a variety of disciplines – production, logistics, architecture and IT – and will oversee each stage of your project from the beginning right through to standard operations.

About io‑consultants

io-consultants provides integrated consulting, design and planning services for production, logistics and supply chain management, as well as for architecture and IT projects. Since our launch in 1958, we have been helping our clients improve their supply and value chain with a wide range of services: from developing ideas into strategies to implementing complex industry projects as a lead consultant.