Use a pump dispenser for any viscous liquid, either hold or cold, such as nacho cheese, ketchup and hot fudge topping. Pumps are a great way to reduce messes at the condiment station, and also provide more portion control than a ladle dispenser. Pump dispensers are common both in quick service restaurants as well as at concession stands. For instance, a restaurant might have a condiment counter with constantly filled self-serve pump dispensers for ketchup, mustard, and barbeque sauce. These are also common for concession stands at stadiums and food courts, where people tend to order their food and then dress up their burgers, hot dogs and nachos at a separate condiment table. Now movie theatres are even setting out self-serve butter pump dispensers to encourage patrons to pump their own buttery popcorn topping.
Pump dispensers typically use a pouch or inset container to hold the sauce, cheese or butter. Pump dispensers that are heated maintain a temperature of 140 degrees with great accuracy. Full insulation means that the inside liquids stay warm while the exterior of the unit remains safe to touch. These units are easy to keep clean and easy to wipe down if messes do occur.