Restaurant Technologies Highlights Safer, Smarter Deli Operations at Grocerant Summit 2016
Leader in automated oil disposal and handling helps grocery operators capitalize on growing consumer demand for hot, prepared food by increasing quality, safety and efficiency
MINNEAPOLIS – October 5, 2016 – Restaurant Technologies is a Silver Sponsor at Progressive Grocer’s 2016 Grocerant Summit, Oct. 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill. The second annual event focuses on the unique foodservice needs of grocers while building the ultimate customer experience. Restaurant Technologies is going to be on hand to share with grocery food-service operators how its automated total oil management system eliminates the most unsafe, labor-intensive task in preparing fried foods – handling cooking oil.
“More and more, grocers are seeing new opportunities to increase profits by offering grab-and-go meal options,” said Jim English, director national accounts, Restaurant Technologies. “We’re excited to be at the Grocerant Summit to help grocery operators make the most of this growth area, by helping to ensure their delis are operating as efficiently and safely as possible.”
Feeding the Increasing Appetite for Grab-and-Go Prepared Foods
As the leading provider of automated oil management solutions in the grocerant space, Restaurant Technologies is helping grocery operators address the following key trends and challenges impacting their business:
- Time-starved consumers are fueling grocerant growth.
Today, the fastest-growing foodservice segment is supermarket fresh-prepared foods. Already, three out of five consumers purchase prepared meals from grocery stores at least once a month,1 and sales of prepared foods are expected to increase.
- Grocerants are catching up to restaurants.
More and more consumers are choosing grocers over dine-in restaurants for their prepared-food purchases. Grocerants offer prepared food that’s high in quality at an affordable price. It’s forecasted that by 2022, prepared food purchased at retailers for at-home consumption will grow twice as fast as the increase in restaurant traffic.2
- Grocerants need a simpler success formula.
Grocerants come with their own set of challenges. The delis are located far from the back dock; therefore, oil is transported through store aisles, raising safety and aesthetic concerns. To win over customers, operators need to provide an appealing setting with discreet back-of-house equipment that neither detracts nor distracts.
Answering Grocerant Needs with Automated Oil Management Solutions
Many of the largest grocery-store operators, including Wegmans, Albertsons, Stater Bros. Markets, Southeastern Grocers, Hy-Vee and Tops Friendly Markets, have upgraded their back-of-house equipment with an automated oil management solution to optimize the customer experience and gain a competitive advantage. These grocers have seen a positive impact on food quality and consistency, overall safety and operational efficiency – all key factors in delivering a superior grocerant experience.
Presented by Progressive Grocer magazine, the 2016 Grocerant Summit is an invitation-only event for those grocer retailers who want to create a successful fresh-prepared food program to reach new customers and build loyalty. Restaurant Technologies’ booth is #200, which is located in the Grocerant Solution Center. To find out more about Restaurant Technologies and its role in the grocery segment, please visit www.rti-inc.com/industries/grocery-convenience.
1Technomic 2015 Consumer Trends Report.
2NPD 2013 A Look Into the Future of Foodservice Study.