Electric Heaters For The Foodservice Industry

The foodservice industry relies on heating for food preparation, presentation, and sanitation. In this article, we examine the heating equipment in Foodservice and the advantages of electric power.

The Roles of Electric Heating in the Foodservice Industry

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One of the core heating functions in the food industry is cooking. A properly cooked meal is not only delicious but safe for consumption. So it’s essential that all food preparation equipment uses reliable heating.

For food preparation, heaters should be able to achieve and maintain temperatures quickly and with minimal wasted energy. This results in more efficient and profitable industrial food prep operations. Some of the most common uses of electric heaters for this purpose are in:

  • Fryers
  • Grills
  • Ovens

Food Presentation

In the foodservice industry, there is often an intermediary stage between preparation and consumption. In buffets or locations with precooked food, temperature control is often necessary to maintain quality and/or safety.

To meet this need, electric heaters are often employed in:

  • Warming Cabinets
  • Cold Buffet Tables
  • Radiant Heating


Keeping food storage, preparation, and presentation stations clean and safe is an essential role in the foodservice industry. Sanitation is heavily monitored and only the most reliable equipment should be considered for industrial use.

These heaters need to be capable of achieving the high temperatures necessary to meet sanitation requirements. Some of the common uses for electric heaters in sanitation include:

Advantages of Electric Heaters For The Foodservice Industry

In the foodservice industry electricity is the ideal power source. It offers better, more reliable heat delivery at a lower operational cost than fossil fuel alternatives. As a result, they offer a number of advantages that are specifically beneficial for the food industry.

Accurate Temperatures

When it comes to food preparation accurate temperature matter. Having the right temperature affects the taste of prepared food. It also ensures that food is cooked safely. Electric heaters offer superior accuracy in heating temperatures.

As well, electricity also offers better temperature maintenance. In food presentation, this makes sure the food stays in the optimal heat range.


Electric heating is able to achieve temperatures quickly. In food preparation, that means less time wasted waiting for ovens and grills to heat up. This increases your own efficiency, reducing wasted costs, and offering faster product delivery.

Electricity also has minimal energy waste. Virtually no energy is lost, so the operational costs are lower and there is less of an environmental impact.


There is a greater degree of control over electric power. As a result, there are better options for minimizing risks with electric heaters. High limit switches prevent overheating risks and thermocouples ensure an accurate reading.

As well, electricity is a cleaner energy source. It reduces the risks inside industrial locations and releases no odor that can affect the food product.

Foodservice Industrial Heating Equipment

Immersion Heaters

In the food industry, immersion heaters are involved in all stages from preparation to sanitation. Screw plug, over-the-side, and flanged heaters are all commonly used. Some of the key roles include:

  • Heating cooking oil used in food production.
  • Maintaining an equitable temperature for liquid and gaseous solutions to prevent them from freezing.
  • Heating a flow system.
  • In ringing and cleaning systems.
  • For pre-heating boiler equipment.

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From food sterilization to vegetable oil heating, tubular heaters have a number of important uses in the foodservice industry. Corrosion resistant materials and waterproof designs can help to make these the perfect fit for food preparation.

Purchase Food & Beverage Industry Heaters

Wattco customer-manufactures electric heaters for the foodservice industry. Our team of engineers can help you determine the best design, materials and configuration for your heater. Contact us for quotes or more information.