Fri-Jado inks exclusive partnership agreement with Houno

Houno ovens

Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado, has signed a partnership deal with Danish combi oven manufacturer, Houno.

Under the agreement, Fri-Jado has exclusive UK distribution rights for Houno products in the UK food retailing sector, including supermarkets, convenience stores, forecourt outlets and food-to-go operations.

Houno claims to offer the world’s broadest choice of combi ovens, including 6 grid (1/1 GN), 10 grid (1/1 GN), 16 grid (1/1 GN), 20 grid (1/1 GN) 20 grid (2/1 GN) units.

For limited space environments, the company offers its compact combi slim models, which are available in 6 grid (2/3 GN), 6 grid (1/1 GN) and 10 grid (1/1 GN) sizes.

In operations requiring a larger cooking capacity, modules may be stacked, creating totally integrated units. The ovens may also be stacked with rotisseries to provide complementary cooking solutions in space saving configurations.

Mike Littlewood, managing director of Fri-Jado UK, said: “The Houno combi oven range is a good fit with our product portfolio, which includes rotisseries, convection ovens, pizza ovens, merchandisers and service counters. These products, supported by our engineering resources, enable us to act as a single source of supply for food-to-go retailers.”

Houno combi ovens are available with steam generator or steam injection. They are offered with a user-friendly touch pad controller with the capacity for 500 menu programmes, each with up to 10 process steps. For bakery applications, the Houno product range also includes bake off combi ovens, available in four sizes.

Vincent Van Delft, business development manager at Houno, said: “Historically, there has been a very solid relationship between Houno and Fri-Jado UK. The company’s position as a leading supplier to the food retailing sector, together with its knowledge of Houno products and its extensive after-sales infrastructure, means that it is well placed to help us grow our business in the UK.”

The Houno range includes a unique pass through model, 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, maximizing the visibility of the cooking process and promoting impulse purchases.

Houno combi ovens provide infinite control of humidity and radiant heat to deliver of consistently high standards of cooked food quality with reduced shrinkage for maximum yield. The models include an extensive variety of features for operator safety, food hygiene and high efficiency.

As part of the agreement, Fri-Jado UK will provide a comprehensive after-sales service, including menu development courses at the company’s in-house kitchen facility and specialist training programmes.

Fri-Jado UK’s sister company, TEC Line Limited, meanwhile, will offer a full installation, commissioning and maintenance service for Houno products.

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