Synergy and Thames Water team up as FOG fight intensifies


Active Food Systems, the manufacturer of the Synergy Grill, has agreed terms to become an Official Affinity Partner of Thames Water.

Catering Insight reported last month that the two parties were in discussions about potential ways to work together after the water authority was made aware of Synergy’s ‘zero fat’ technology.

Thames Water spends £12m each year removing fats and oils from clogged-up sewers, with the hospitality industry one of the biggest perpetrators.

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Justin Cadbury, chairman of Active Food Systems, said that gaining Affinity Partner status moved the relationship between both parties to a more formal level.

He commented: “Although many top chefs and restaurants use the Synergy Grill, our Affinity Partner status will further spread knowledge of this new technology and support specifiers who aspire to be environmentally responsible.

“The demands made on the UK drainage system will only increase so it is now important that CEOs of pubs, restaurants and hotels check they are compliant with regulation by using efficient fat and grease handling equipment in their kitchens.”

The new Synergy grill range incorporates the company’s British-designed ‘fat atomisation’ system, which completely eliminates the need for a fat tray.

Rupert Kruger, head of business retail for Thames Water, said he believed Synergy had an important role to play in the context of its business, as it is known that grease from conventional chargrill fat trays can enter the drainage system and cause ‘fatbergs’.

“When our top scientists saw the fat atomise during a demonstration, it confirmed to them that this invention could help save restaurants and homes from the perils of blocked drains,” he said.

“Although our business is primarily water and waste we’re able to promote products that can help save our customers’ time and money through an ‘Affinity Partnership’. This is why we’re working with Synergy, because we believe this grill can reduce the risk of fatbergs and therefore the risk of our customers being flooded with raw sewage.

The Synergy Grill is available in a range of sizes, all of which can rapidly reach correct working temperatures. Using a special heat capture system, the grill is able to promote better safety as well as a more comfortable working environment.

A reduction in fat and grease by-products helps kitchens to remain compliant with hygiene requirements.

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