Hollywood Bowl Group is switching to induction fryers in a move aimed at reducing energy costs and improving the quality of food across its venues.
The group operates 59 centres across the UK and is the largest ten-pin bowling business in the UK, with an F&B offer that spans classic American diners, licensed bars and Costa Coffee outlets.
The company has been exploring new energy efficient equipment and given approval for catering equipment supplier Rexmartins to supply induction fryers to selected Hollywood Bowl Group centres.
It awarded the contract following a three-month trial at a Hollywood Bowl site which demonstrated the performance and energy benefits of the induction fryers compared with traditional gas and electric models.
Michelle Sims, food and drink operational support manager at Hollywood Bowl Group, was keen to evaluate the energy-savings which could be achieved with the induction fryers as it complements its culture of promoting sustainability.
“During the trials, we found the Rexmartins induction fryers delivered excellent quality fried food within the tight timeframes needed to keep pace with peak demand. Compared with our existing fryers, they cooked faster, gave excellent crispy results and were easier to clean,” she explained.
Mrs Sims said there were clear cost and operational savings to be made from switching over to induction.
“The fryers consumed 50% less energy than our existing models and generated less heat into the kitchen, making for a more comfortable working environment. We also found that oil life was doubled.”
Rexmartins offers four induction fryer models: single and twin tank versions in either counter top or floor standing designs. Powerful induction generators create heat directly across the base of the fryer tank. This, combined with highly accurate temperature control, delivers energy savings and extends the working life of the oil.
Hollywood Bowl Group currently has an ambitious national investment programme in place. It most recently completed a £250,000 rebrand of a site in Wigan, its ninth investment project within the last 12 months.
The Wigan refurb saw its food and drink offering upgraded with the installation of a brand-new Hollywood Diner. A newly-developed menu features gourmet burgers and hot dogs, freshly-made thick shakes and signature desserts.