Subway’s UK and Ireland stores have begun to take delivery of a bespoke coffee machine designed for it by manufacturer Fracino.
It is the second customised machine that the coffee equipment supplier has produced and launched for the chain following the success of the ‘SUB1’ model currently used by hundreds of Subway stores.
IPC Europe, the non-profit making organisation that is owned by Subway franchisees in Europe and shapes equipment buying decisions for the chain, invited Fracino to produce a machine suitable for its higher volume sites.
The SUB1 was designed to meet the changing needs of franchisees and is installed in over 500 sites across the UK, Ireland and Poland. The SUB2 is a state-of-the-art espresso machine which delivers the convenience of a ‘bean to cup’ fully automatic machine with the simplicity of a traditional espresso machine and has the capacity to produce two drinks simultaneously.
Over the next few months around 40 machines are expected to be operating in sites across the UK and Ireland.
Subway is among a raft of chains that use Fracino beverage equipment. Patisserie Valerie, Living Ventures Restaurant Group, Druckers coffee shops and Pathfinder pub chains are also customers of the brand.
Fracino’s accolades for the SUB1 include a 2016 Silver ‘Smart Product’ award from the EEF manufacturer’s association, as well as the 2016 ‘Made in the UK Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Award’, which acknowledged the manufacturer’s innovation, creativity and speed in designing and supplying the machine.
The equipment has proved such a hit with Subway that it recently named Fracino its ‘2016 Innovation Partner’ for the work it undertook in developing the SUB1.
Richard Mills, equipment support at IPC Europe, said: “For both the SUB1 and the SUB2, Fracino conducted a rigorous development and testing process – taking an adaptable approach with the design and working effectively with us to develop bespoke machines that meet Subway franchisees’ requirements.”
Fracino’s 58-strong team produces more than 5,000 machines annually and exports to over 70 countries.
The company’s managing director, Adrian Maxwell, said: “The success of SUB1 has been tremendous, and we were honoured to be asked by IPC Europe to produce another bespoke machine for franchisees in sites which require thousands of cups of coffee on a daily basis.”
Fracino was established in 1963 and the family-owned and run business is home to three generations of the Maxwell family.
The company claims to be the UK’s “sole” manufacturer of cappuccino and espresso machines – a market traditionally dominated by Italian and Spanish manufacturers. Its portfolio currently includes 55 products, including coffee grinders, dishwashers, glasswashers, ice machines a coffee roaster and range of water boilers.
MAIN IMAGE: Left to right: Caroline Wilkinson, Subway assistant manager, Richard Mills, IPC Europe, and Peter Atmore, Fracino.