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.

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