Tesco calls on Houno for kitchen firepower at latest superstore

Tesco is banking on combi ovens from Houno to provide the firepower for a front-of-house kitchen at a new 31,000sqft superstore in Calne, Wiltshire.

The grocery chain, which yesterday reported annual profits of £1.3 billion, has installed a 6 grid combi oven stacked with a 6 grid convection oven and a 6 grid combi oven stacked with a rotisserie within the food-to-go department, which is located at the front of the store.

The ovens are positioned front-of-house to create kitchen theatre and promote impulse purchases. Tesco is using them to produce an extensive range of freshly-cooked hot food, including whole chickens, chicken portions, ribs, pizzas, panini, sausages, pies and sausage rolls, as well as a breakfast menu.

Houno ovens benefit from a combination of radiant heat and steam injection, together with a nine speed reversible fan, for consistent cooking results. Ease of oven operation is assured via a user friendly digital controller with a selection dial interface.

The ovens installed at the Calne store were pre-programmed for items on the food to go department’s menu, allowing simple and accurate operation.

The ovens supplied incorporate Houno unique passthrough feature, whereby raw food is loaded from the rear of the oven and cooked food is unloaded from the front, minimising the risk of product cross contamination.

They are also equipped with an integrated fat separation system, which diverts grease into a tray mounted beneath the oven. The tray is then emptied into a suitable container for environmentally responsible disposal of the fat. The system helps avoid clogged drains and prevent fat passing into the watercourse.

Houno’s strategic UK retail distribution partner, Fri-Jado UK, supplied the combi ovens in addition to an eight-spit programmable rotisserie oven, a 1.2 metre hot self-service counter and a matching 1.2 metre hot serve over counter.

Houno is part of foodservice equipment giant Middleby and has supplied combi ovens to various Tesco stores for two decades. Around 5,000 Houno passthrough ovens have now been installed in the UK market, according to the company.

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