Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado UK, has signed a partnership deal with Danish combi oven manufacturer, Hounö.
Under the agreement, Fri-Jado has exclusive UK distribution rights for Hounö products in the UK food retailing sector, including supermarkets, convenience stores, forecourt outlets and food to go operations.
The rest of the HoReCa sector will still be supplied the Hounö brand through Middleby UK.
Hounö claims to offer a broad choice of combi ovens, including six grid (1/1 GN), 10 grid (1/1 GN), 16 grid (1/1 GN), 20 grid (1/1 GN) 20 grid (2/1 GN) units. For limited space environments, the company offers its compact combi slim models, which are available in 6 grid (2/3 GN), 6 grid (1/1 GN) and 10 grid (1/1 GN) sizes. In operations requiring a larger cooking capacity, modules may be stacked, creating integrated units. The ovens may also be stacked with rotisseries to provide complementary cooking solutions in space saving configurations.
The combis are available with steam generator or steam injection. They are offered with a touch pad controller with the capacity for 500 menu programmes, each with up to 10 process steps. For bakery applications, the product range also includes bake off combi ovens, available in four sizes.
The range includes a pass through model, which allows raw product to be loaded from the rear of the oven and cooked food unloaded from the front, which is designed to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. The pass through feature may also create kitchen theatre, making the cooking process more visible and promoting impulse purchases.
A variety of options are available, including automatic cleaning systems, hand showers, fat separation systems, integrated extraction hoods and core temperature probes. A full range of accessories is also available, including stands trolleys, racks, pans, baking sheets, chip pans and spits.
As part of the agreement, Fri-Jado UK will provide after-sales service, including menu development courses at the company’s in-house kitchen facility and specialist training programmes. Fri-Jado UK’s sister company, TEC Line, will also offer a full installation, commissioning and maintenance service for Hounö products.
The combi oven brand’s business development manager Vincent Van Delft, stated: “Historically, there has been a very solid relationship between Hounö and Fri-Jado UK. The company’s position as a leading supplier to the food retailing sector, together with its knowledge of Hounö products and its extensive after sales infrastructure, means that it is well placed to help us grow our business in the UK.”
Fri-Jado UK’s MD Mike Littlewood added: “The Hounö combi oven range is a good fit with our product portfolio, which includes rotisseries, convection ovens, pizza ovens, merchandisers and service counters. These products, supported by our engineering resources, enable us to act as a single source of supply for food to go retailers.”