Burger King Franchise Serves Up Employee Safety with Clean Kitchens

  Burger King Franchise Serves Up Employee Safety with Clean Kitchens

Republic Foods minimizes liability and risk of employee injury while enhancing
                  food quality with automated oil management

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- February 11, 2013

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 from Restaurant 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,” said Eric
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 a win-win.”

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 to 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

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 each restaurant.

“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

“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 business.”

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.
Restaurant Technologies, 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.


Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
Tina Swanson,651-202-8523
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