Uxbridge based provider of foodservice and food retailing solutions, Fri-Jado UK Limited, has installed cooking and merchandising equipment, within a combined delicatessen and hot food to go department, at the new 10,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer (M&S) Foodhall in Chichester, West Sussex. The department’s range combines traditional delicatessen products, including salads, patés, cold cuts, traditional pies and ready meals, with a selection of hot cooked meat, such as chicken portions, whole chickens and pork ribs.

Fri-Jado UK supplied a 5 m chilled counter and 1.25 m hot counter from its custom range, with an exterior finish to the M&S house style. The assisted service counters are suited in an in-line configuration to provide complementary merchandising of hot and chilled product. A feature of the counter units is their one piece square glass design, which eliminates the need for a metal framework, providing an unobstructed view of food for increased sales. Internal illumination further enhances product visibility. The glass fascia lifts up within its own space for ease of cleaning and customer safety.

In keeping with M&S’s commitment to the environment, the chilled counter runs on a CO2 refrigerant system, which is not only energy efficient, but also demonstrates zero ozone depleting characteristics and a negligible global warming potential. Similarly, the hot counter is inherently efficient, benefiting from a combination of hot air and humidity control. Triple glazed side panes ensure excellent insulation, which prevents heat transfer between the hot and chilled counters. The efficiency of the hot counter’s heating and humidification systems also has positive implications for temperature consistency throughout the unit, allowing product to be held for up to 25% longer without deterioration in quality or appearance.

Fri-Jado UK also supplied a Multisserie, which has the capacity to cook 60 whole chickens in just 50 minutes to cope with even the busiest periods of service. Its combination of convection heat and steam ensures consistent delivery of succulent chicken. For kitchen theatre the Multisserie features a 270° glass fascia, maximising the visibility of the cooking process for the customer to promote impulse purchases. The inherent flexibility of the Multisserie also provides M&S with the option to cook other meat products.

The Multisserie, which incorporates a fully automatic cleaning system, was also supplied with an integral extraction hood, overcoming the problem of installing a costly central ventilation system.

Fri-Jado UK’s sister company, TEC Line Limited, worked closely with the contractors at the store in the the installation and commissioning of the equipment supplied. In addition, Fri-Jado UK personnel spent several days on site, before and after the store opening, providing hands-on training to ensure that M&S employees were fully familiar with the equipment used in the store’s hot delicatessen and food to go department.

Mike Littlewood, Managing Director, Fri-Jado UK, added: “This project demonstrates, once again, our ability to act as a turnkey provider of state-of- the-art equipment for food to go retailers, not only in terms of supply and installation, but also comprehensive after sales support and training.”


Tel: 01895 272227

Email: uk.info@frijado.com


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