For almost a century, Angelo Po Grandi Cucine has manufactured state-of-the-art catering equipment for homes and hotels the world over. Hotel Management International talks to its president, Rossella Po, about how attention to detail in form and function allowed the company to transition from its humble origins in northern Italy to become a global supplier for the hospitality industry.
Rossella Po: Our customers consider our history as an asset, and one that cannot be matched by our competitors. The knowledge and skill that came from our firm's origins as a blacksmiths have never been diminished by the excellent position Angelo Po has maintained in the marketplace or by the automation of our production processes. Outstanding performance, excellence in design, remarkable ease of cleaning, functionality and ergonomics - these are the significant characteristics that have always marked out Angelo Po's kitchens. In this framework, our customers perceive our company's long history as testament to our reliability, solidity and ability to effectively respond to trends in the marketplace.
A team of professionals will analyse the specifications set by the customer to deliver a bespoke solution that remains affordable and environmentally friendly. The layout and the equipment are designed to reduce waste and limit hygiene risks, while at the same time increasing the installation's efficiency. By improving our equipment's use of resources, we ultimately create optimal working conditions. Another design element that also has to be considered is ergonomics. For the chef and their team, working in a kitchen can be exhausting, that is why the equipment must be realised to best facilitate their operations and tasks at peak times.
CIR food's decision to work with Angelo Po stems from the knowledge that our company is able to deliver high-performance equipment as well as a dedicated working team. Our staff responded quickly to their requirements and have been working alongside their production division in order to guarantee the delivery, installation and testing of the many kitchen complexes throughout the event.
For the kitchens themselves, Angelo Po has provided personalised equipment best placed to achieve a rational organisation of spaces. We have achieved this through our use of the finest materials and technologies available, thereby allowing the careful planning of meals to improve the availability of finished products. By adopting this approach, CIR food is able to efficiently respond to peaks in demand and cater to the huge number of people present at the event.
Throughout our past, we have never bitten off more than we can chew, and so we have always been able to maintain stable growth. Furthermore, one of our greatest strengths lies in pairing our commitment to quality with an international outlook. Angelo Po Grandi Cucine generates about 65% of its turnover abroad, and runs subsidiaries in China, Spain, France and the US. In addition, the company has sales offices in various countries including Singapore, Dubai and Russia. Despite recent turmoil in the market, we have been able to continue investment in new products as well as open new branches all over the world.