Sainsbury’s cafes profit from customised combi oven tech

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21:  A colleague moves trolleys in the car park of Sainsbury's new Kings Lynn supermarket, one of the retailer's most energy efficient stores on 21 November in Kings Lynn, England. The 72,000sq ft store has created over 400 new jobs for local people and opens on the day Sainsbury's reveals findings that shopping lists, better meal planning and rising expectations signal new fashioned values of post-crunch shoppers.  (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Matthew Lloyd/getty Images for Sainsbury's)

Combi oven manufacturers continue to invest heavily in improving the functionality and automation of their equipment and for national chains operating multiple sites the latest technology is bringing much-needed simplicity to the kitchen.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is a heavy user of combi ovens in its in-store cafes to produce breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

And it credits the personalised settings on the Lincat Opus SelfCooking Centers that it deploys with allowing it to produce food consistently and in large volumes, regardless of who is operating the oven.

Lincat’s development chef, Paul Hickman, has been working closely with the Sainsbury’s team on menu development and the implementation of good working practices.

“Lincat offer free onsite training with every new Opus SelfCooking Center, but Paul’s support to us has always been above and beyond the call of duty,” said Miranda Mardell from Sainsbury’s Café Operations Team. “His training has, without a doubt, been excellent; he has a great ability to adapt his presentation to meet the individual requirements of each of our teams.”

The manufacturer provides Sainsbury’s stores across the country with a tailor-made system for cooking dishes in their Opus SelfCooking Centers, to ensure consistent quality and continuous workflow for breakfast and lunchtime service in cafés.

Meals are categorised and colour coded, with each type of dish having a different preset for climate, time and oven temperature, making it quick and handy for staff.

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