Frontline International has joined forces with cooking oil firm Cargill to develop the Kitchen Controller automated oil management system.
The solution leverages Cargill’s foodservice experience and oil quality knowledge with Frontline’s smart oil management equipment expertise and customer relationships, providing foodservice operators with an integrated, intelligent approach to oil management.
The Kitchen Controller system is designed to simplify cooking oil management by automating the oil filtering and replacement process.
At the heart of the system, a fry vat sensor gathers oil quality data. The data is then analysed by the Kitchen Controller proprietary software and fed to a touchscreen pad.
Kitchen staff use the green, yellow and red on-screen indicators on the touchpad to take action with the oil. This helps to ensure consistency and quality of fried foods and improves profitability.
John Palazzo, president and CEO, Frontline International, said: “The collaboration between Frontline International and Cargill is a critical component of a multi-year strategic plan for business growth driven by our ongoing investment in emerging technology in commercial foodservice.
“Value is achieved when cooking oil is viewed as more than a commodity, but a key driver of brand value and bottom-line benefit. The Kitchen Controller system literally puts operators in control of their investment in cooking oil.”
Mike Christensen, foodservice category leader for Cargill’s global edible oils business, said: “Proper oil management can have a huge impact on product quality and production costs. Identifying the best times to safely filter and replace oil has significant benefits, yet too often, kitchen staff end up guessing when to do these critical tasks.
“The Kitchen Controller system will be the first of several solutions we’re working on to address industry challenges and help shape foodservice kitchens of the future.”
Frontline International products are supplied to the UK by Jestic Foodservice Solutions.