|[February 11, 2013]
Burger King Franchise Serves Up Employee Safety with Clean Kitchens
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
Employees are less likely to suffer from slips, falls, burns or strains
at nineteen Burger Kings because Republic
Foods found a better way to handle cooking oil in its franchise
restaurants. Republic Foods installed an automated oil management system
Technologies, Inc.® (RTI). Now, employees enjoy easily
managing the restaurant oil - because it can be added, filtered and
disposed of, even while hot, without ever needing to touch a drop.
"It's our job to provide a safe work environment for our employees,"
Oppenheim, chief operating officer, Republic Foods, the largest
Burger King franchisee in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
"Installing technology that makes our fried food more consistent and
better tasting, and eliminates liability and risk due to oil mishaps is
Prior to installing the automated RTI system, employees changed out used
cooking oil by manually removing it from the fry vats, pouring it into
barrels and carrying the barrels outside t a grease trap behind the
restaurant. It was difficult work and full of potential dangers:
splashing hot oil, slick floors from spills and the potential for
injuries from handling heavy oil jugs.
With the RTI closed-loop
oil handling system, safety standards have been elevated because
employees can now easily dispose of used oil by pressing a button.
Adding fresh oil to fryers is easy too - employees simply use an
oil-filler wand to add new oil. The RTI
oil management system is comprised of two tanks - one for fresh oil
and one for waste oil - and a secure fill box mounted to the exterior of
"Employees love not being exposed to hot oil during the filling,
cleaning and disposal process," said Oppenheim. "Our kitchens are simply
cleaner. We've seen a tremendous reduction in the risk of injury because
fewer oil and grease spills happen and staff no longer carry heavy
barrels of oil."
While RTI helps keep Burger King kitchens clean and employee safer, it
also offers data on oil usage. The RTI Web-based
Total Oil Management (TOM) portal provides Burger King
decision-makers with store-level visibility into oil-related activities
such as daily usage and optional filtration monitoring tracking, thus
optimizing oil usage and ensuring consistent fried food quality.
"Frying with smoky, black oil is a guarantee for substandard food
quality," continued Oppenheim. "The TOM portal helps us ensure that
employees follow best practices for a more efficient and more profitable
He added, "With the right oil filtration system, any restaurant owner
can provide an exceptional product in a safe environment. It should be
standard operating procedure in our industry."
RTI - Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
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.
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