Fryer management specialist Filta Group says the vaccine roll-outs and exiting of lockdown phases have directly boosted demand for its kitchen services.
The company, which maintains fryers and grease traps for restaurants, said it is experiencing an increase in business within all of its operating territories.
In the UK, the reopening of the leisure and hospitality sector has been more cautious than in some of the other markets it serves, such as the US, but is now gathering momentum.
The company credited its decision to focus on supermarkets and fast food chains with driving revenues while traditional hospitality venues have been closed, resulting in an increase in equipment installations and a robust sales pipeline.
This shift has also supported the uptake of its newly-launched Cyclone grease interceptor.
In line with Filta’s transition to a more capital-light model for the provision of its services, much of the FOG service work in the UK is now being performed by franchisees rather than by directly-employed technicians.
In Europe, although the vaccine roll-out has been slower, the hospitality and leisure sectors are now beginning to reopen.
In the past month alone, Filta has installed several new Cyclone grease interceptors, marking the introduction of Filta’s FOG business into mainland Europe.
Although it currently represents less than 2% of group revenue, the company believes it is in the process of developing a strong platform from which it can generate growth on the continent.
Jason Sayers, CEO of Filta Group, said: “The success of the vaccine roll-outs is certainly helping to drive the reopening of our markets and to instil greater confidence in the restaurant and hospitality sector.”