Uxbridge based provider of foodservice and food retailing solutions, Fri-Jado UK Limited, has installed cooking and merchandising equipment at the Tesco Extra store at Llansamlet, near Swansea. As part of a refurbishment of the 80,000 sq ft supermarket, the retailer has established a combined hot delicatessen and food to go department, located at the front of the store, providing an enhanced and more convenient shopping experience for customers. The hot food to go menu offer includes a wide range of freshly cooked products, including whole chickens, chicken portions, pastries, ribs, pizzas, hot sandwiches and panini.
The Fri-Jado UK design team worked closely with Tesco personnel to address specific issues related to the refit, which included limited available floor space, an open plan cooking area and the high visibility of cooked product.
Fri-Jado UK supplied an 8 spit rotisserie stacked with a 6 grid combi oven and a 6 grid convection oven stacked with another 6 grid combi oven. The rotisseries and the combi ovens incorporate a pass through feature, which allows raw product to be loaded from the rear of the oven and cooked food unloaded from the front, eliminating the risk of cross contamination. The pass through feature also creates kitchen theatre, maximising the visibility of the cooking process for customers. The combi ovens were supplied with environmentally responsible fat separation systems, which prevent grease passing into the drain, thus eliminating contamination of the watercourse. In addition, Fri-Jado UK installed two pizza ovens stacked, one on top of the other, in a space saving configuration.
For the display of cooked food, Fri-Jado UK installed an 8 ft width 2 tier serve assisted hot counter and a 4ft width 2 tier self-service hot counter, both from the company’s HD range. The counters have square glass profiles, which together with internal illumination, enhance the visibility of the food on display, promoting impulse purchases. They benefit from a combination of hot air and heated shelving, ensuring temperature consistency throughout the cabinet, maintaining fresh product over longer periods, without deterioration in quality or appearance. Operator access for service and restocking is facilitated by sliding drawers and flaps on the service side. These also serve to prevent the escape of hot air, maintaining a stable cabinet temperature and promoting energy efficiency.
Fri-Jado UK’s sister company, TEC Line Limited, handled all aspects of the installation and commissioning at the Llansamlet store. In addition to the supply and installation of the equipment, Fri-Jado UK has played a role in the development of the Tesco hot food to go offer, including the establishment of new cooking programmes for the ovens and rotisseries, following trials at its test kitchen. The company has also worked with Tesco and other interested parties in the creation of a 4 day all-inclusive staff training package, which allows operators to become fully familiar with the equipment used in the store’s hot delicatessen and food to go department.
Mike Littlewood, Managing Director, Fri-Jado UK, stated: “Our successful execution of this project demonstrates, once again, our ability to act as a single source of supply for food to go retailers, not only in terms of equipment supply and installation, but also comprehensive after sales support, including menu development, product demonstrations and comprehensive training regimes.”
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