Nando’s reveals strongest energy and cost saving kitchen modifications

Henry Unwin, sustainability manager

Nando’s has revealed that its heat recovery panels and new sanitising solution are some of the most effective equipment changes which have helped to push the brand for sustainability.

Its new sustainability test restaurant in Cambridge is using heat recovery panels behind grills, which Nando’s has used increasingly since 2009 and has found to be one of the most successful modifications. It claims that the cost of installation can be recovered in around a year or two.

At its Cambridge site, it has also trialled a piece of equipment that turns water into sanitiser, allowing the site to remove chemicals from its kitchen.

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Speaking at Commercial Kitchen this morning, Henry Unwin (pictured middle), sustainability manager for Nando’s, explained: “It’s a bit of kit you pour some water into, put salt into it, run an electrical current through it and it creates sanitiser. We’ve removed a lot of chemicals from our cleaning procedures and it works super well.

“It’s all been passed by Cambridge council who are the authority on all that. The training for it is really simple, it’s unbelievably cheap and we’ve removed a lot of chemicals we don’t need. That’s the most unexpected thing that’s come out of Cambridge. There are way bigger things but that’s the most surprising thing.”

Unwin revealed that Nando’s plans on refurbishing 25 restaurants this year and is looking to build 25 new ones. Although the chain is still gathering data and learning from its Cambridge site it hopes to roll-out its sustainability model across it sites in the future.

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