”We needed products that helped us to maintain high levels of hygiene without the environmental impact of traditional cleaning chemicals.”


The University of Chester is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, and currently has between 18,000 and 20,000 students spread over seven campuses. This requires a well-organised catering operation to keep everyone fed..

“We have three catering outlets at our main site, serving about 1000 meals every day. Additionally, there is the residential dining room, which provides catering to 450 students seven days a week,” says Paula Martindale, senior operations manager of hospitality and residential services. “Obviously, health and food safety are priorities, we’re always cleaning something, so we need reliable products that get the results we need, consistently.”

“The feedback we’ve had from our cleaning staff to Pro Green has been very positive. It completely removes all the grease and dirt first time, saving them time. They’re very happy with the results the new chemicals are giving!”


One of the most important factors the university considers when choosing new equipment is its environmental impact.

“The University of Chester is very committed to meeting its sustainability targets,” says Paula. “We’ve been looking at everything we do to find ways of reducing our environmental impact, from where we source our food, to the materials we use.”

This has involved some very innovative thinking. “We replaced polystyrene takeout boxes with recyclable alternatives, which won us a Green Gown award,” says Paula. “We’ve also installed a waste digester which converts food waste to grey water. Changes like these have helped us to greatly reduce our waste output.”

Recently the university changed the chemicals it uses for cleaning. Picking the right products was challenging, as Paula explains. “We needed products that helped us to maintain high levels of hygiene without the environmental impact of traditional cleaning chemicals.”

After careful consideration of the options, they chose the Pro Green range from Bidfood Catering Services, a complete range of environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals created in partnership with warewashing experts Winterhalter.


Each of our customers has their own specific reasons for choosing Winterhalter for their commercial warewashing needs. These are Paula Martindale's main ones :

  • Environmental impact
  • Sustainability
  • Quality results
  • Time-saving
  • Customer service & support

“Previously we’ve found it very difficult to get in touch with manufacturers once they’d got their products in, but Bidfood and Winterhalter have been great – always ready to answer any questions we have, find solutions and make sure we’re happy.”



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