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YORK, Pa. — Rutter's Farm Stores is partnering with Restaurant Technologies to install the automated Total Oil Management system at all 55 of its convenience stores that offer fried food options.
Upon completion of a 60-day test run at three locations, the Total Oil Management System reduced oil usage by approximately 15 percent, according to Rutters. Company managers also reported significant improvements and consistency in food quality due to the new requirements to filter the oil once a day for a minimum of five minutes, keeping the oil clean and fresh.
"The Total Oil Management system has completely transformed the way we manage oil. It eliminates the need for our employees to manually handle fryer oil at any point in the process. This modernizes our operations and greatly boosts our labor efficiencies, allowing staff to focus on the customer and more productive tasks," said Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter's.
In the past, Rutter's manually managed fryer oil the traditional way, shuttling 35-pound jugs of hot, used oil to the rendering tank outside the building and pouring equally heavy jugs of new oil into the hot fryer. This led to labor inefficiencies and raised employee safety concerns, the company stated.
Automated oil management also contributed to the cleanliness of Rutter's locations by eliminating oil spills and dirty rendering tanks. Restaurant Technologies' Total Oil Management utilizes a permanent setup that delivers oil to the fryer through pipes. The system tracks oil usage data, allowing operators to cut down on waste, as CSNews Online reported.
"The increased demands for quality, on-the-go meal options has accelerated the adoption of the Total Oil Management system across the C-store segment. It's an honor to support Rutter's as they continue to improve their fried-food quality and operational efficiency to meet consumers' expectations," said Kevin Thorne, national sales executive, Restaurant Technologies.
In the future, Rutter's also plans to use the technology at all of its new stores.
York-based Rutter's is a family-owned convenience store chain operating more than 60 locations throughout central Pennsylvania.