Valentine Equipment and Vito UK have shared more details of how their technology collaboration has been paying dividends for casual dining chain Byron Hamburgers.
As first revealed by FEJ in November last year, the pair undertook a mammoth trial and roll-out of fryers matched with Vito’s oil filtration system for the operator.
Valentine were approached by Warminster-based National Facilities Management in July 2018 who were planning to assist Byron with methods of reducing oil consumption, and at the same time offer their customers a healthier and fresher product.
Valentine Equipment and sister company Cuisinequip worked side-by-side with Vito oil filtration systems as both an advocate of the product and reseller in the UK. From this point a demonstration was organised and this then led to a seven-day trial at Byron’s Beak St restaurant in Soho, one of the chains busiest branches.
During the trial a substantial 100 litres of oil was saved as well as considerable labour from not needing to manually filter and replace the oil.
A 60% reduction in oil usage was realised, while overall levels of TPM’s (Total Polar Material) in the oil were minimised, which was another significant goal that Byron had wanted to achieve.
Over subsequent months between November and February both Valentine Equipment and National FM completed the job of introducing the Vito filtration system to the remaining 49 sites, which was done in three stages.
Initially London and greater London were completed before moving out across all corners of Britain to ensure every site had the very highest level of training as well as ongoing remote support via a group chat on WhatsApp.
Steve Elliott, sales director for Valentine Equipment and Cuisinequip, said: “Moving forward, the staff of Byron now have an easy frying and oil filtration system to use which takes up minimal space and time. Also, the Vito system can be used at any period of the day and even with hot oil, without disturbing the flow of service. It ensures their customers receive the very freshest product.
“The Byron project has been a fantastic example of how a distributor and manufacturer can work in tandem to provide first class service and help a high-profile customer with a significant challenge to find the right solution.”