INDUSTRY NEWS 11.22
GREENE KING ADDS VEGAN FISH AND CHIPS TO THE MENU Pub chain Greene King has added a vegan fish and chips option to its menu. More than 250 Hungry Horse pubs, 160 Greene King Local pubs, and 70 Farmhouse Inns pubs owned by the brewer are now serving OmniTM plant- based fishless fillets, alongside chips and peas or mushy peas with further sites soon to be added. Made with a blend of non-GMO soy, pea and rice proteins, the fillets are said to it retain the flakiness and tenderness of real fish while carrying an ineffable ocean flavour. Containing 349mg omega-3 ALA and zero cholesterol, Omni Golden Fillets are low in saturated fat and free from trans-fat. 1 To marks its reopening after a refurbishment, The Island House Newbridge in Wolverhampton sold fish and chips for just 1p to its first 50 customers
ROBOTS TAKE CARE OF COOKING THE CHIPS
A West London-based company has developed a “family of robots’ that it claims will revolutionise how fried food is cooked. The /FRYR intelligent, high-precision frying solutions from Karakuri, in Hammersmith, enable staff to spend less time in front of the fryer and more time on value-added, customer- focused tasks within the restaurant. Launching with /FRYR210, robotic arms fill baskets with frozen product, drop them into hot oil, lift when ready - even giving a shake - before emptying the contents and starting again. All staff have to do is load the freezer and pack the end product. Handling up to 30 baskets per fry well, /FRYR210 can produce up to 130lbs/60kg of chips per hour. Real-time monitoring and prediction of frozen food levels alert staff in advance when the freezer needs refilling, avoiding costly delays, while patented portion control technology prepares variable basket volumes, ensuring fry baskets are filled with exactly the right amount of product to match restaurant demand. The system works with existing extraction and fire suppression and can be installed overnight with no interruption to kitchen operations. Barney Wragg, CEO and co-founder of Karakuri, says: “With more than 22 billion pounds of French fries eaten each year globally, frying is a massive business. “Every restaurant knows that serving consistently crispy, fluffy fries will keep customers coming back for more. “Our new family of /FRYR automated fry lines is changing the game for QSR and fast casual restaurants. It strikes the perfect balance of food, people and intelligent automation, allowing restaurants to deliver expertly fried food with total consistency and availability, at a price point that works for their bottom line.” /FRYR210 starts at $2,100 per month (around £1,900), which covers supply, maintenance and servicing.
FRIWITE CUSTOMERS HELP THE Q PARTNERSHIP PLANT 4,000 TREES
The Q Partnership has planted 4,137 trees thanks to customers buying FriWite 100% segregated sustainable palm oil throughout September. The fish and chips wholesaler, which comprises Friars Pride, VA Whitley and Henry Colbeck, committed to planting 50 trees for every 100 boxes of FriWite sold in an effort to do its part in combating climate change and helping create a sustainable future. With over 4,000 trees planted as a result of the campaign, over 900k tons of CO2 will now be extracted from the atmosphere over a ten-year period. This is in addition to the benefit the trees will have in protecting against flooding and landslides as well as encouraging biodiversity by creating homes for hundreds of different species of insects, mammals, fungi, and plants. A spokesperson for The Q Partnership said: "Thank you from everyone here at the Q Partnership for your help to plant trees with every purchase of FriWite this September and for your continued support as we strive to be a leading group for sustainability in our industry." Free posters are available to all customers that contributed to the #WeArePlantingTrees FriWite campaign. Any shop that has not yet received its poster should contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with its account number or shop postcode and one will be sent out. FriWite is 100%,
sustainable palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
Free point of sale, such
as posters and digital assets, are also available for shops using FriWite to help communicate the message to
customers that they are frying with 100% sustainable palm oil.
FRY MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER 2022
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