TEC Line and Fri-Jado team up for Tesco outfit

The new food to go facility TEC Line and Fri-Jado developed for the Tesco Extra store in Llansamlet.

Servicing company TEC Line and its sister supplier firm Fri-Jado joined forces to install cooking and merchandising equipment at the Tesco Extra store at Llansamlet, near Swansea.

TEC Line handled all aspects of the installation and commissioning at the Llansamlet store. As part of a refurbishment of the 80,000ft2 supermarket, the retailer has established a combined hot delicatessen and food to go department, located at the front of the store.

The Fri-Jado UK design team worked closely with Tesco personnel to address specific issues related to the refit, which included limited available floor space, an open plan cooking area and the high visibility of cooked product.

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The company supplied an eight spit rotisserie stacked with a six grid combi oven and a six grid convection oven stacked with another six grid combi. The rotisseries and the combis incorporate a passthrough feature, which allows raw product to be loaded from the rear of the oven and cooked food unloaded from the front, eliminating the risk of cross contamination.

The passthrough feature also creates kitchen theatre, maximising the visibility of the cooking process for customers. The combi ovens were supplied with fat separation systems, which are said to prevent grease passing into the drain, thus eliminating contamination of the watercourse. In addition, Fri-Jado UK installed two pizza ovens stacked, one on top of the other, in what was designed to be a space saving configuration.

For the display of cooked food, the supplier installed an 8ft width two tier serve assisted hot counter and a 4ft width two tier self-service hot counter, both from the company’s HD range. The counters have square glass profiles, which together with internal illumination, should enhance the visibility of the food on display, promoting impulse purchases. They feature a combination of hot air and heated shelving, designed to ensure temperature consistency throughout the cabinet. Operator access for service and restocking is facilitated by sliding drawers and flaps on the service side. These also serve to prevent the escape of hot air, maintaining a stable cabinet temperature and promoting energy efficiency.

In addition to the supply and installation of the equipment, Fri-Jado UK has played a role in the development of the Tesco hot food to go offer, including the establishment of new cooking programmes for the ovens and rotisseries, following trials at its test kitchen. The company has also worked with Tesco and other interested parties in the creation of a 4 day all-inclusive staff training package, which allows operators to become fully familiar with the equipment used in the store’s hot delicatessen and food to go department.

Mike Littlewood, MD, Fri-Jado UK, stated: “Our successful execution of this project demonstrates, once again, our ability to act as a single source of supply for food to go retailers, not only in terms of equipment supply and installation, but also comprehensive after sales support, including menu development, product demonstrations and comprehensive training regimes.”

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