Equipment manufactured by Danish combi oven specialist, HOUNÖ A/S, has been installed within the food to go department at a new 31,000 sg ft Tesco Superstore, recently opened in Calne, Wiltshire. A 6 grid combi oven stacked with a 6 grid convection oven and a 6 grid combi oven stacked with a rotisserie were supplied by HOUNÖ’s strategic UK retail distribution partner, Fri-Jado UK
The food to go department is located at the front of the store, providing an enhanced and more convenient shopping experience for customers. The ovens are positioned front of house to create kitchen theatre and promote impulse purchases. The food to go department offers an extensive range of freshly cooked hot food, including whole chickens, chicken portions, ribs, pizzas, panini, sausages, pies and sausage rolls, as well as a breakfast menu.
The HOUNÖ ovens benefit from a combination of radiant heat and steam injection, together with a nine speed reversible fan, for perfect cooking results. Ease of oven operation is assured via a user friendly digital controller with a selection dial interface. The ovens installed at the Calne store were pre-programmed for items on the food to go department’s menu, allowing simple and accurate operation.
The ovens supplied incorporate HOUNÖ’s unique passthrough feature, whereby raw food is loaded from the rear of the oven and cooked food is unloaded from the front, minimising the risk of product cross contamination. They are also equipped with an integrated fat separation system, which diverts grease into a tray mounted beneath the oven. The tray is then emptied into a suitable container for environmentally responsible disposal of the fat. The system helps avoid clogged drains and prevent fat passing into the watercourse.
HOUNÖ’s Business Development Manager, Vincent van Delft, reported that the company has enjoyed sustained success across all areas of the food retailing sector and has been supplying combi ovens to Tesco for over 20 years. He added that over 5,000 HOUNÖ passthrough ovens have been installed in the UK alone. He cites the inherently robust construction of the ovens as particularly suitable for the large volume of cooking experienced in retail operations, over extended trading hours. He added that the company’s extensive portfolio, ranging from 6 to 20 grid sizes, as well as a 16 tray option and a comprehensive selection of CombiSlim models, provides scope for flexible oven configurations to meet desired cooking capacities.
In addition to the three HOUNÖ combi ovens, installed at the Calne store, Fri-Jado UK also supplied an eight spit programmable rotisserie oven, a 1.2 m hot self-service counter and a matching 1.2m hot serve over counter, demonstrating its ability to act as a single source of equipment for food to go operators.