KBP Foods Quantifies Efficiency of Cooking Oil Usage Through Automated Oil Management at KFC Franchises
KFC Franchises Turn to Restaurant Technologies Total Oil Management™ System to Maintain High Food Quality at Reduced Costs
MINNEAPOLIS – Dec. 18, 2012 – Every franchise group manager has an “efficiency” goal – how do you run locations better, maintain great food and happy employees while doing more with less? For Matt Hansen, senior vice president of operations at KBP Foods, adding an automated oil management system was the answer.
KBP owns 163 KFC restaurants across the U.S. Each location had a basic system to monitor oil usage, but managers didn’t have access to centralized reporting, oil-usage monitoring over time, or data to help use oil more efficiently. To remedy this situation, Hansen decided to install the automated oil management system from Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI). Since then, all of KBP’s KFC locations have been upgraded, with the newly purchased Virginia locations being the most recent.
The patented RTI closed-loop oil management solution automates fresh oil delivery, storage, handling and disposal of used oil. Employees use a wand to fill and discard oil in the fryer. RTI technicians supply fresh oil and collect the used oil via a secure fill box mounted to the exterior of each restaurant—eliminating the need for “grease caddies” and other antiquated oil-handling practices. RTI also provides a full training program, in which the employees and managers of each store receive in-depth coaching on the system from RTI personnel.
For Hansen, the best feature is the Total Oil Management™ (TOM™) online portal. Using TOM™, managers can monitor oil-related data for single or multiple restaurant locations, analyzing oil quality, usage and other statistics. Managers have visibility into employee compliance with standard operating procedures and oil data including the volume of oil used at any given time.
“It’s a brilliant way of measuring efficiency and ensuring we provide our highest-quality food,” said Hansen. “If our oil usage is too high, we’re wasting money. If it’s too low, we’re probably serving a product not up to our standards. TOM™ automatically computes all of these numbers in every store for us. Essentially, the system pays for itself.”
“We can now maximize our oil usage – getting the most out of it without wasting or overusing it,” said Hansen. “This has the potential to offer significant savings because behind chicken, cooking oil is where we spend the most money.”
Hansen also knows that implementing the RTI system has helped make KFC general manager jobs easier. Aside from eliminating grease caddies and creating a cleaner atmosphere, managers like having access to more robust data, training tools and reports.
“When KBP Foods walks into a room of general managers and says we’re going to put RTI into their restaurants, we get a standing ovation,” enthused Hansen. “It’s that important and that impactful.”
About RTI – Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
Restaurant Technologies, Inc (RTI) is the leader in smart, safe, sustainable oil and operations management technology for the food service industry. The company’s patented, fully automated oil storage, handling and disposal management system helps increase worker safety, improve restaurant cleanliness and minimize frying oil inconveniences. RTI data management solutions provide restaurant decision-makers with increased visibility into oil usage for better food quality and consistency. Headquartered in Mendota Heights, Minn., RTI serves more than 18,000 customers via 40 oil depots throughout the U.S. Visit RTI online at www.rti-inc.com.