A specialist kitchen extraction supplier is seeing a sharp spike in demand for its services off the back of Britain’s pizza chain boom.
Andover-based Chimflue, which designs and fabricates bespoke flue systems, has bagged dozens of contracts with restaurant chains that use authentic wood-fired cooking equipment in their kitchens.
Over the past year it has completed projects with Rossopomodoro, Franco Manca and Home Slice, which between them operate more than 30 branches and are looking at further expansion in 2016.
Other pizzerias it has carried out work for include Sacroe Cuore, Santa Maria, Pizza Union and Pizzeria Apollo, which all have branches throughout the London area, as well as Craft London, which are based on the Greenwich Peninsula.
“We have been installing specially designed flues and water-based filtration systems on pizza ovens, for many of these customers to ensure they have the correct extraction in place – keeping them cooking day and night,” explained managing director Sam Ford. “We hope to strengthen our relationship with all these businesses in 2016 as the industry continues to expand.”
Ford said that while much of its work with pizza chains was done in London, an appetite for nationwide growth meant it was increasingly carrying out installations in cities such as Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool.
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with such an incredible range of customers in the industry and it’s clear to see they have a real passion for what they do. From the larger chains to the smaller independent setups, the common theme we see is a genuine care for good quality, sustainably sourced ingredients and an amazing authentic taste.”
Most wood-fired pizza ovens used by the mainstream chains are often finished in mosaic or tile and form the centre piece of the restaurants.
The connecting flues from these ovens run into a SMOKI water filtration unit, which removes a large amount of soot particles and odour from the smoke.