Ergonomic and Functionality Needs of Restaurant Owners Influence Manufacturing Trends in the Prep Tables Market
In commercial kitchens and the restaurant industry, the right set up of prep tables plays a pivotal role in improving the efficiency of the kitchen. Restaurant owners are becoming more aware of the importance of prep tables in achieving comprehensive business growth in the market. Rising growth of the quick service restaurants (QSR) industry is complementing the development of the prep tables market. Manufacturing prep tables to meet dynamic consumer demands is emerging as a popular trend among market players in the prep tables market.
With the increasing availability of various types of prep tables in the market, consumers are weighing products on the grounds of quality, efficiency, and durability with the ultimate aim of choosing the right prep tables for their businesses. Leading manufacturers in the prep tables market are focusing on the functionality needs of their target customers to produce prep tables with features that are in-line with exact requirements.
Materials used to make prep tables mainly hamper or improve their quality, efficiency, and durability, which ultimately shapes this emerging trends in the prep tables market. Prep tables made of stainless steel, wood, and polycarbonate are commonly available in the prep tables market. However, owing to the corrosion resistive properties and durability of stainless steel, stainless steel prep tables are gaining traction in the prep tables market. Stainless steel prep tables are gaining popularity among pastry chefs and fast food chains. As wood is dough-friendly and warmer, prep tables made of wood are witnessing high demand among bakeries. Understanding the exact consumers’ needs has become one of the most important strategies adopted by manufacturers in prep tables market.
Rise of Micro-kitchens in the Restaurant Industry May Revamp the Prep Tables Market
The past few years have witnessed a spurring trend of compact living, which is driving the demand for compact alternatives to traditional kitchens in restaurants as well. The rising popularity of micro-restaurants is impacting the demand for a variety of restaurant equipment such as prep tables. The needs for maximizing the use of available spaces in micro-restaurant chains such as food trucks and pop-up kitchens are boosting the sales of smaller and compact prep tables. Producing tiny kitchen gear and multifunctional prep tables is becoming one of the latest trends in the prep tables market. Prep tables that suit the micro-kitchen designs, allow freedom of movement and improve the functionality of space are gaining traction in the prep tables market.
Taking into account the popular trend of optimizing the space in restaurants, manufacturers in the prep tables market are adopting innovative strategies to meet needs associated with the restaurant spaces. Prep tables with customizable additions such as shelves, drawers, caster wheels, and a sink are gaining traction in the prep tables market. Manufacturers are following strategies to maximize the storage capabilities and productivity of prep tables to attract larger customer bases. Considering the rising trend of compact restaurants, multifunctional and highly-efficient prep tables are likely to witness tremendous demand in the prep tables market in the near future.
NFS Standards and Regulations Create Challenges for Prep Table Manufacturers While Adopting Competitive Pricing Strategies
While the prep tables market witnesses excellent growth, the emergence of various standards and regulations are impacting manufacturing and marketing strategies of the market players. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) regulates the use of a variety of kitchen appliances including prep tables that are used in commercial applications. Restaurant owners are becoming aware of dire consequences of not conforming to the strict regulations and purchasing only NSF-compliant restaurant equipment.
Manufacturers in the prep tables market are modifying their manufacturing processes and strategies to comply with a wide range of over 75 standards established by the NSF. Apart from NSF food equipment standards, prep tables with temperature control features have to meet the energy efficiency requirements by the U. S. Department of Energy. Also, restrictions on the use of HCFC-22 as a refrigerant are making a significant impact on the manufacturing processes and creating challenges for manufacturers to maintain competitive prices. However, the prep tables market is likely to grow at a healthy pace with the rising use of smart manufacturing technologies.
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