Radisson equips 48 kitchens with cost-saving filtration systems

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Radisson Hotels is installing the latest oil filtration equipment at almost 50 of its UK properties to improve the quality of fried product from its kitchens.

The hotel group’s parent company Carlson Rezidor agreed a deal with Germany-based oil filtration specialist Vito AG that covers the UK as part of the roll-out.

Initially the systems will be introduced to 48 Radisson hotels in the UK and Ireland, confirmed Iain Addison, director of Vito UK.

He said: “We will deliver and install each site, working with the head chefs and their kitchen teams to go through the operational procedures and risk assessment. Each site will then sign a handover form to confirm they are confident in operating the equipment safely and correctly. We’ll also offer re-training packages as there is always a high turnover of staff.”

No filtration system was implemented by Radisson previously, so the chain is expecting to see the results of its investment fairly rapidly.

“Apart from the obvious financial benefit and the initial CAPEX expenditure being paid for very quickly, the consistency they will achieve with their fried product is extremely important,” continued Addison. “It is also a very green product that fits all the health and safety requirements — there is no need to drain and clean fryers so often, therefore saving on labour costs.”

News of the agreement comes as Vito prepares to roll out a brand new product that will bring its equipment to operators previously confined by space restrictions.

The Vito XS, which is best described as a half-size version of its popular X1 model, is aimed at high volume frying sites with not enough work space to accommodate the X1.Vito XS

“This came about when some time ago we presented the X1 to a high-class restaurant establishment in Central London,” explained Addison. “They absolutely loved the machine but because of the limited space they had, storage was an issue. We looked into this issue in more detail and decided to approach Vito AG with an idea to build a smaller version of the X1, and here we are.”

New features incorporated into the XS include a hose on the side of the fryer so that it can be stored underneath standard catering benches, a built-in heater to melt any solidified oil in the hose and larger wheels with brakes for easy transportation.

Addison said the product would officially be launched at next month’s Restaurant Show.

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