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Chilled but not Shaken – dining in style at COMO The Treasury, Perth

The recently opened COMO The Treasury hotel in Perth Western Australia, located inside the painstakingly restored 19th-century former State Buildings (Treasury, Post Office, Land & Titles), is a spectacular testament to the patience and dedication of its architect, developers and project managers Caterlink who have restored and re-opened a complex that was unused for the last 20 years.

The property was recently awarded publisher Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice for Best Hotel of the Year (Australia and New Zealand) award and the accolade is well deserved.

Brainchild of Perth developer Adrian Fini and Perth-born architect Kerry Hill, the hotel oozes history and charm – from the warm brick facade, elaborate cornices and slate roof tiles to the contemporary whites, beiges and blonde woods of its interiors, all striking against the original jarrah flooring and scattered shadows of the past: steel vault doors, ornate fireplaces, an old boot encased in glass.

No attention to detail has been spared in the creation of the sophisticated 48 bedroom hotel with restaurants Post (in the former Post Office), fine dining restaurant Wildflower, the Treasury Lounge and Bar and the Halford Basement Bar.

Designed to be understated yet something very special, the hotel has plenty of “wow” features. The 20-metre pool on the third floor is surrounded by louvred-glass walls, creating an impressive indoor-outdoor effect. The original concrete staircase in the Titles building cuts a swathe through the hotel’s east wing, with a bronzed stainless-steel cage running up through the centre.

The spacious nature of the original buildings means there is plenty of room for “ease” in this complex, by comparison with the usual hotel world of long corridors with identical rooms, optimised for the maximum number of beds.

The discernment and quality of the design, fittings and materials used in this restoration are also reflected in the selection of SKOPE equipment throughout kitchens and bars of the entire complex.


Among the SKOPE equipment fitted into the kitchens and bars are Irinox blast chillers, SKOPE backbars, wine chillers, gastronorm under-counter chillers, upright freezers and more.

“This was a significant installation for the SKOPE team and we were proud to work with our distributor Caterlink providing quality products for a project of this nature,” commented SKOPE regional sales manager, Western Australia and South Australia, Jason Cook.

Bar Refrigeration has never looked so good

The lights are dimmed. The music is humming. The drinks are poured. And at the bar’s centre is the most elegant element of all – the BackBar X.

SKOPE has worked hard to bring the new BackBar X to the market. Our benchmark barchiller range has been refreshed, reworked and redesigned  to look, and work, better than ever.

BackBar X has been given new attention grabbing looks that complement any bar setting. The unit cover has a sharper, seamless louvre blade design, while the doors have been upgraded to frameless glass and are equipped with sleek easy grip handles.

However, the new BackBar X offers far more than simply cosmetic changes. Not only does it look good, the new unit provides improved energy savings. Users can expect to save up to $200 a year, as the unit consumes 24% less energy than the previous swing door models. The frameless glass doors provide energy efficient condensation protection technology, while the fan blade has been redesigned to ensure beverages are chilled quickly and easily.

An integrated hushkit has been installed to produce significantly reduced noise for quieter operation- by 5 dB when compared to the previous model – and the industrial grade powder coat finish ensures the cabinet maintains its appearance, product durability and
high performance

Combining great appearance with energy savings and cooling performance technology, the BackBar X is an easy choice for any venue. Everything in a bar is planned down to the last detail- don’t leave one of the most important elements to chance.

For more information on the BackBar X visit

BackBar X is available in 2, 3, 4 swing door models. Available in tropical, integral and remoted, black, stainless steel and powder coated finishes. Sliding door currently not available.

Avoid damage when receiving freight

Transport damage is incredibly frustrating for all involved and the difficulty is that it can happen at any point along the supply chain. To ensure that our clients are not penalised, SKOPE has best practice guidelines which are followed every time inwards goods are received.

For starters, SKOPE does not use common carriers to move its cabinets within Australia; we only use private carriers who are experienced in handling fragile freight.

However, Australia has no legislation that details the responsibilities (and more importantly, the liabilities!) of private road carriers. To counter this, SKOPE has negotiated an insurance package with its carriers to cover any damages to cabinets whilst they are being transported within Australia.


There is a condition, though. For the insurance to be applicable, all claims must be received within 48 hours of product delivery and the product must not have been moved elsewhere by another carrier.

Here are SKOPE’S general guidelines for receiving freight:

  • Examine the freight immediately upon arrival.
  • Note any exceptions/damage on the delivery docket. Sign and date the docket and have the driver do likewise.
  • If damage is noted, take photos immediately both prior to un-packaging and after un-packaging.
  • Do not dispose of packaging materials.
  • Immediately contact SKOPE.
  • Conduct your own inspection.
  • Note everything for your records.
  • All damage needs to be notified to SKOPE within 48 hours of receipt (including concealed damage).
  • Take photos before, during, and after unloading and/or unpacking freight.

If you have any queries on how freight is handled by SKOPE and/or its carriers contact us at customer service team

The Best (Culinary) Show in Town: Bennelong Restaurant

Bennelong Restaurant, Sydney

Showcasing the best of Australian cuisine against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Sydney Opera House is the task of world renowned chef Peter Gilmore at the revamped Bennelong Restaurant.

The concept takes advantage of Bennelong’s multi-level layout by presenting different dining options including The Restaurant, Cured & Cultured and The Bar.

Each part of the restaurant delivers a different dining experience and given its unique location, the entertainment is multi-dimensional – divine food and wines, accompanied by orchestral works or operatic performances.

A perfect example of this multi-dimensional experience is the collaboration between Bennelong’s Peter Gilmore and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Good Food Month. Lunch time diners will be able to enjoy a show-stopping menu inspired by music. Each course will be accompanied by an intimate performance in the restaurant.

roasted john dory, bennelong  seared sea scallops, bennelong

Bennelong was recently awarded two hats and named Best New Restaurant for its high-art food “gently and sensitively executed” in the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – a well deserved honour.

With a virtually blank canvas to work from, the possibilities were endless for Gilmore when designing the new restaurant.

The main challenge was to create a kitchen that provided a functioning layout with a smooth flow, while combining systems that would integrate into the extraordinary architecture of the Opera House.Bennelong Sydney Opera House

Platinum Commercial Kitchens worked with Chef Gilmore to design a kitchen worthy of this Australian cultural landmark.

The brief for the kitchen fit out required an approach that matched the high-end theme of the restaurant design, while maintaining logical functionality and incorporating high quality equipment.

Peter specifically requested cabinets with drawers and Gastro-norm trays in the new kitchen.

Having worked with SKOPE equipment in the past, Anthony Scauso from Platinum knew SKOPE cabinets had the versatility and qualities required for this design and that the aesthetic would be the perfect match for the restaurant’s style.

SKOPE Pegasus cabinets with drawers were chosen as the perfect solution to the specified requirements, while also providing quality and reliability.

“SKOPE was easy to deal with and provided support all the way through from start to finish.Sydney Opera House

SKOPE are reliable and live up to their name in quality, and back up their products with support and a good warranty offer,” Anthony commented.

Chef de Cuisine Rob Cockerill, Peter’s right hand man, said “We chose SKOPE cabinets as they are a great brand that stands up to high-end cooking.”

The bar was fitted with SKOPE backbars, providing a sophisticated finish and perfect merchandising of the selected Australian wines.

The build and fit out of Bennelong was not without its challenges, including having to carry large equipment up the stairs as it would not fit in the service lifts, however the high ratings received by the restaurant since opening are a clear indication of the effectiveness of the fitout in ensuring a smooth running and efficient restaurant perfectly aligned with the quality of its cuisine.

Introducing SKOPE ActiveCore™ – Advanced Refrigeration System

It took a 30-strong R & D team 18 months to develop SKOPE’s revolutionary refrigeration range for the hospitality and retail sector.

We called it ActiveCore and it combines the best energy saving technology on the market, with a number of innovative features designed to deliver optimal performance, efficiency and reliability.

Before starting on this design and engineering project, we spent a lot of time with our customers listening to what matters most to them. Top of the list – as you might expect, was the need to avoid or eliminate downtime or wastage to a business when a refrigeration unit or chiller fails.

We understand the last thing you need on your hands is product wastage, or a repairman in the middle of your cafe or shop trying to fix the problem onsite.

The wishlist also included a desire for quieter fridges that are less obtrusive in a hospitality environment, shelving that’s easy to move and adjust to fit different bottle and product heights, slick modern design and branding opportunities, maximum performance to quickly chill down products and keep them at the optimum temperature – especially when it’s hot outside, and energy efficiency that actually makes a difference to your power bills.TME1000-A

We’ve done it all with the new ActiveCore range

We are confident that the new ActiveCore products will meet the needs of our customers for many years to come – just as our existing technology has effectively stood the test of time.

Interchangeable ActiveCore Unit

Perhaps the most innovative aspect of this new range is the invention of the ActiveCore unit which is the heart of each fridge.

What makes it so unique?ActiveCore Unit

The ActiveCore unit in each chiller can be quickly and easily removed for maintenance or swapped out for another unit. No more waiting for repairs to be completed, no wastage of food, no disruption to your business.

Energy efficiency that makes a difference

ActiveCore delivers improved cooling performance, optimised airflow and redesigned components to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency for years to come.

We’ve done the maths on how much replacing your existing chiller with one of the new ActiveCore chillers can save you in energy costs alone, and you are looking at a 35% – 55% saving in power consumption for a top mounted or bottom mounted chiller.

Your power bill (per fridge) can go from $1,125 per year to just $509 per year – that’s a saving of more than $6,000 over 10 years.ActiveCore Chiller savings

And yes, we are confident that your ActiveCore fridge will still be working
hard in your business after 10 years, just like previous SKOPE products, which are still working hard for their owners.

Find out more information about the ActiveCore range, spec sheets and options here, or talk to your local SKOPE dealer.



An exciting new autobiography by SKOPE founder Sir Robert Stewart

“Sir Robert Stewart may have been born into a successful manufacturing family, but he had to set up his own company the hard way, using his own money, courage, street smarts and creativity”, from Determined to Win.

The year 2014 was a year of milestones for SKOPE founder Sir Robert Stewart, who was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit to manufacturing and the community. Earlier in the year, Sir Robert struck another goal off his “bucket list”, when he launched his autobiography, Determined to Win, published by Random House.

Sir Robert’s account of starting SKOPE, manufacturing, exporting and holding on to the family business is a lively memoir in which he shares insights into being successful in one of the most challenging business environments.  It tells the story of a man who, over five decades, led the business through economic ups and downs, tough times and highlights, to become one of New Zealand’s leading manufacturers and exporters.

A dedicated husband, father and grandfather, between times spent in the office, on the factory floor and building partnerships and reputation offshore, Sir Robert has led a fulfilling life outside of SKOPE  – racing cars and building yachts and enjoying his recreational pursuits with his wider family and friends. Along the way, he has started a radio station, helped drive the 1974 Commonwealth Games, become president of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, and chair of the Canterbury Manufacturer’s Association and the government’s Health Research Council.  He has also been honoured as an Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur.

“I’ve enjoyed reading the history of Dad’s professional career, it’s half a James Bond story and half a business text book. I more fully appreciate the difficult barriers to market he encountered and appreciate now how complex entrepreneurism was in his day,” says daughter Alexandra Stewart.   

An entrepreneur who has never been afraid to think outside the square, Sir Robert left school at 15 to take up an apprentice electrician role with the Government, going on to work at Christchurch Airport and at Paparua prison.  His passion later took him to England, where he studied engineering at Cranfield College.  On his return to New Zealand, Sir Robert worked for his father’s company, PDL Industries, for five years.

At 25, Sir Robert purchased Christchurch-based Robat Avon Industries, which he rebranded to SKOPE Enterprises. It was from here that he went on to build the country’s leading heating company, expanding the business to include commercial refrigeration products and building an international export market.

Having exited the heating market, today SKOPE Industries is a global player in the commercial refrigeration market.  Two of Sir Robert’s children, Guy and Alexandra, share their father’s drive and passion for the family business and have taken over the helm of SKOPE, which now employs more than 300 people and has a far-reaching global presence. Sir Robert remains an active member of the company’s Board and is thrilled to have his book hit the shelves.

Sir Robert’s account of starting SKOPE, manufacturing, exporting and holding on to the family business is a lively memoir in which he shares insights into being successful in one of the most challenging business environments.

Sir Robert’s account of starting SKOPE, manufacturing, exporting and holding on to the family business is a lively memoir in which he shares insights into being successful in one of the most challenging business environments.

To purchase a copy of Determined To Win call SKOPE on NZ 0800 947 5673 or AU 1800 121 535.

ISBN: 9781775537311
Published: 05/09/2014
Imprint: Random House NZ
Extent: 372 pages
Price $39.99

SKOPE wins award at CCA Supplier of the year awards

When it comes to helping Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) get more value out of the products and services it purchases, no-one knows how to rise to the challenge and exceed expectations better than Christchurch-based SKOPE Industries (SKOPE).

For the fourth year running, SKOPE has won the Trade Equipment category at CCA’s Supplier awards, with fierce competition from more than 100 strategic suppliers over an 18 month period leading up to the awards ceremony held in Sydney’s Town Hall.

Nigel Chapman, SKOPE’s Design Manager, says the company has been working hard for CCA to develop CO2 solutions for its commercial refrigeration, pointing to SKOPE’s success in this area being a key factor behind the award.

“This is an outstanding achievement and highlight’s SKOPE’s commitment and ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions to our customers year on year.  While there are many different aspects of the joint business plan that we get measured against with CCA, our achievements with CO2 developments to date are outstanding and have been acknowledged not only by CCA but at a very high level within The Coca Cola Company globally,” says Mr Chapman.

SKOPE continues to support CCA’s move to CO2 refrigerants, reducing MEPS energy consumption of existing models through a CO2 Global cassette. Together, the two companies are working to reduce CCA’s total cost of ownership, with cost down and reliability improvement initiatives.

SKOPE Managing Director Guy Stewart says that despite it being a challenging year for CCA Australia and SKOPE, the company is proud to be recognised as Equipment Supplier for the fourth year running.

“There has been no other supplier to win three years consecutively and overall Supplier of the Year in New Zealand and Australia, so in my opinion this makes us unique in the CCA system. I’m proud of SKOPE, and our design and production teams for all their help with turning CCA’s requests into a reality and to all those who help directly or indirectly with our successful relationship with CCA,” says Mr Stewart.

SKOPE has the largest design and innovation centre of its kind in Australasia.  As well as offering a comprehensive range of ‘off the shelf’ products, SKOPE also leads the way in the custom design and build of commercial refrigeration solutions, whether they are complete product designs for global companies, such as CCA, or one-off adaptations of existing products for smaller hospitality businesses.

White Tie Catering Feels the Chill!

Turning out beautiful, fresh and delicious food for hundreds and sometimes thousands of people everyday is no joke, but it is part of the daily routine for Christchurch based caterers, White Tie Catering.

Delivering the best quality food on time and within specified guidelines is essential for this growing company, and since late last year, the assistance of an Irinox blast chiller at kitchen HQ has proved a godsend.

Source: Sarginson Photography

Source: Sarginson Photography

We spoke to White Tie’s food services manager and executive chef, Lil Huckle, about the business and the impact installing the Irinox has had.

Lil has more than 20 years’ experience in food including mentoring at the New Zealand School of Food & Wine. She is in charge of developing new recipes, working on menu ideas and managing White Tie’s team of 10 permanent chefs and the many more part-time and casual chefs that work in their kitchens.

(Not to mention the mounds of paperwork that go into running 15 events, four kitchens and feeding more than 15,000 people per week.)


Lil has been with White Tie for three and a half years and has had a blast chiller on her wishlist since using one in kitchens overseas.

“We successfully tendered for the Forté Health catering contract last year, and as part of the Ministry of Health accreditation process, our consultant recommended we purchase an Irinox,” Lil says.

“Being able to rapidly bring food down to a safe temperature for storage was essential for us to meet the Ministry criteria.”

But the benefits for White Tie of having a blast chiller that can also cook at very low temperatures didn’t stop there.

“We use it for a whole range of low temperature cooking, from the best ever sous vide to tempering chocolate, proving bread, braising meats and even caramelising condensed milk!”

“Braising meat like beef cheeks or beef bourguignon is very simple, we just place a temperature probe in it and then leave it to cook. Because it cooks very gently we get up to 15% higher yield due to less moisture loss, and the food holds its shape much better.”

Lil says that the benefits of using the Irinox also include savings on power bills because less heat extraction is required in the kitchens, and being able to whip up ‘last minute’ orders for things like potatoes dauphinois that would previously need to be pressed and chilled overnight.

“We also freeze down meat trimmings until we have enough to use for a dish, getting a result that is almost as good as fresh meat. We blast freeze all of our baked goods too and get a much better result than with a traditional freezer.”

The White Tie kitchen team have taken quickly to using the Irinox, finding it very easy to clean and work with, and coming up with new ideas for menu items that make use of its unique features.

“Most importantly, we get a super consistent, high quality result; we no longer need to hire in ovens because we can use the Irinox overnight; we are cutting our power bill (which is one of our major overheads), reducing wastage and gaining a higher yield on a number of products.”

Quality Control is key

Quality Control is key.

Read more about Irinox Blast Chilling Teechnology and how you can benefit from it.

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Supermarket Business saves on their power bill using SKOPE

Sydney is a melting pot of diverse cultures with the largest number of Asian Australians of any city in the country. The Chinese population is no exception making up the city’s 4th largest ancestry(after English, Australian and Irish).

It is no surprise that Asian stores like Eric Yuan’s ‘In Zone Hurstville’ abound in every suburb in the city.

Eric opened the doors of his store six months ago. His supermarket specialises in food imported from China and other Asian countries including snacks, cooking sauces, rice, noodles, drinks and frozen meat and vegetables. Eric also sells fresh fruit and vegetables.

Any small business owner knows that keeping costs down is of utmost importance. So when it came time to look for appliances for his store, he knew he would need chillers and freezers to keep his stock items fresh. One of the factors he looked at  in deciding which brand to go for was power consumption.

Eric looked at the energy usage of chiller and freezer brands available in Australia. He found that SKOPE’s energy usage when compared to other brands was the most energy efficient. Yes, he is aware that SKOPE is more expensive compared to its competitors but Eric was looking for the savings he would get on his power bill in the long-term.

SKOPE chiller and freezers only use a third of the power when compared to other brands. According to Eric, this was the main reason he purchased SKOPE. While SKOPE was expensive compared to others, it was still in the affordable range. He also knew that SKOPE had a reputation he could trust and would gladly recommend the brand to other businesses.

Eric installed 4 Vertical Freezers (VF1000 – 2 Door display freezers) and 4 Display Chillers (B1200 – 2 Door Chillers).