Tops Friendly Markets to Install Restaurant Technologies’ Solution in 65 Locations


November 12, 2015

Restaurant Technologies’ total oil management solution to improve prepared-food efficiencies and lower costs for Tops Friendly Markets.

MINNEAPOLIS – November 12, 2015 – Restaurant Technologies has initiated a partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, installing its industry-leading total oil management solution in 65 locations. Tops Markets is a full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont that aims to give customers an exceptional shopping experience.

“Supermarkets are progressively placing priority on grab-and-go options to cultivate consumer demands and trends show that foodservice within these channels is booming,” said Jim English, Director, National Accounts, Restaurant Technologies. “Operators are realizing they must adapt back-of-house operations as prices for supplies and labor are only increasing.”

Tops Markets first tested Restaurant Technologies’ oil management solution in five locations looking to control oil usage and efficiencies that affect financials. Installing a closed-loop oil management system to monitor oil usage and save money while maintaining the grocer’s reputation for food quality was the ultimate solution. Prior to Restaurant Technologies’ installments, Tops Markets had no cooking oil management system in place.

“First and foremost, we were sold on Restaurant Technologies’ system based on the financial benefits. When you look at everything – from saving labor time on manually disposing of oil, to using the right amount of oil – you realize there is real money attached to all of that,” said Mark Defazio, Director of Deli/Prepared Foods, Tops Markets. “Labor isn’t getting any cheaper, so we have to do things more efficiently. Every minute saved from the new oil system means our employees get to spend it accomplishing something else.”

The installations of Restaurant Technologies’ solution began in August and are scheduled to continue through late December, averaging eight to 10 installations per month. Each Tops location is expected to save approximately $3,000 a year with the new total oil management solution.

“Store efficiencies and employee safety are among the top deliverables with Restaurant Technologies’ oil management. We are pleased to help Tops Markets meet the expectations of their customers while cutting costs and labor intensity,” said English.

To learn more about Restaurant Technologies’ automated oil management system, visit

About Restaurant Technologies™
A trusted partner for more than 15 years, Restaurant Technologies is the leading provider of cooking-oil management and distribution services to more than 22,000 national quick-serve and full-service restaurant chains, independent operators, grocery delis, hotels, casinos, universities and hospitals. Restaurant Technologies helps food service operators make their kitchens safer, smarter, more efficient and more sustainable through its automated oil storage, handling, filtration monitoring and disposal management system. Headquartered in Mendota Heights, Minn., Restaurant Technologies is a privately held company, currently operates 40 depots and has more than 750 employees serving customers across the United States. For additional Restaurant Technologies information and news, visit Follow Restaurant Technologies on Twitter @RTIoil, on LinkedIn or Facebook.

About Tops Friendly Markets LLC
Tops Friendly Markets LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y., and operates 164 full-service supermarkets – 159 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 16,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at

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