SOME LIKE IT HOT
Uxbridge based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado UK Limited, has claimed a sustained increase in sales of its heated multi deck (MD) merchandisers. The company’s Director of National Accounts, Gary Thacker reports that the trend is being repeated across the broad spectrum of the food to go sector, including high street supermarkets, convenience stores, forecourts, symbol groups and independent quick service restaurants.
“Customers looking for food on the move are no longer content with cold snacks and meals. Diners are increasingly seeking a hot food option, especially during the colder months. The advent of meal deals has further exaggerated the demand for hot grab & go options.”
The Fri-Jado range of self service, heated MD merchandisers is suitable for the display of a wide variety of hot, pre-packed snacks and meal solutions, including whole chickens, chicken portions, panini, pies, sausage rolls, pasties, hot rolls and wraps. The range include models with three, four and five tier displays, each of which is available in 600 mm, 1000 mm and 1200 mm cabinet widths. The upright design of the display units offers a large capacity relative to footprint, making maximum use of sales floor space. The large display area of the cabinets reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequent lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.
The range also includes a two tier, space saving model, on which a four or five spit rotisserie may be mounted, combining food preparation and presentation, whilst creating additional kitchen theatre and promoting impulse purchases.
The heated MD merchandisers incorporate an innovative and patented hot blanket holding technology, which delivers a consistent and food safe holding temperature of 65°C and above, maintaining cooked food at the perfect quality and appearance for at least four hours and reducing the amount of merchandise that may be price discounted or thrown away, due to product deterioration. The MD models also benefit from air curtain technology on the front of each shelf, retaining hot air within the cabinet and recycling it via the canopy. This feature limits warm air spillage, creating an energy saving of some 20%.
The MD merchandiser range has been engineered to deliver a range of food to go focused features. Panoramic shatter proof glass end walls, safe to touch sloping shelves and illumination on each shelf maximise product visibility to encourage impulse purchases. The display units have an illuminated canopy with the facility for signage or branding, as well as EPOS ticket strips on the front of each shelf. Additional features include a bump rail to prevent cabinet damage from shopping trolleys, castors for simple relocation of the unit and optional pass through doors for restocking from the rear.
Gary Thacker added:
“Our heated MD merchandisers provide an excellent standalone solution for the display of hot, pre-packed snacks and meal solutions. They are particularly suited to high traffic food to go operations, providing aesthetic presentation and optimum visibility of merchandise to promote impulse purchases. For larger stores, with a broader menu offer, MD merchandiser models may be suited with our complementary range of chilled and heated, self-service and serve-assisted Modular Counters to create a comprehensive food to go concept.”
Fri-Jado UK’s product range is supported by its sister company, Tec Line Limited, which offers a comprehensive installation, commissioning and maintenance service, providing customers with a single source of supply and total peace of mind for after sales support.