US-based manufacturer Alto-Shaam is offering a packaged solution of equipment and culinary support that it believes will help deliver a variety of hot food, support the need for ‘on demand’, and overcome the critical issues of labour and waste in the retail sector.
Director of national accounts – retail, Tami Olson, said that Alto-Shaam is listening to the market and responding with practical support: “With the closure of so many self-serve hot and cold food bars, supermarkets and other retailers are recognising they need to step up and fill the void, but some are starting from scratch and have understandable concerns.
“We are looking to work with these retailers in addressing their concerns and showing how quickly they can launch new strategies and install new equipment to give essential workers and customers the quality food they need.”
Central to Alto-Shaam’s foodservice program solution is its equipment, especially Vector Multi-Cook Ovens, which provide up to four ovens in one. Countertop models can be installed anywhere in-store without requiring water, plumbing or ventilation hoods.
Vector ovens are complemented by Alto-Shaam’s Combitherm ovens, which are designed to cook multiple menu options and use 80% less water due to their boilerless design. The combis have a number of safety design features, including SafeVent which automatically vents hot air and steam before the cooking cycle is completed. Combitherm ovens also feature an automatic grease collection system, as well as a self-cleaning function to keep employees safe and reduce labour costs.
For those looking to deliver a hot chicken option, Alto-Shaam’s new rotisserie oven cooks whole rotisserie chickens and self-cleanes, helping to present the food in such a way that it promotes impulse sales.
Completing the system, Alto-Shaam’s hot holding solutions, including cabinets, drawers, merchandisers, and Cook & Hold Ovens should ensure food stays hot without drying out. Casters provide mobility throughout a store – as foodservice programs expand to curbside pickup. Heated shelf merchandisers are able to be customised to the store’s branding and support a better ‘grab and go’ experience that boosts impulse sales.
At the other end of the temperature scale, Alto-Shaam’s QuickChiller blast chillers chill prepared food for cold take-home meals, further supporting sales and reducing food waste.
To complement the equipment solutions, Alto-Shaam also has an experienced team of corporate chefs to help with menu development, cook settings and product training.