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KFC Reduces Waste and Maximizes Quality by Automating Oil Management

A Central Iowa-based KFC franchisee has deployed Restaurant Technologies, Inc.® (RTI) to optimize oil-management operations with its innovative closed-loop process and services. The RTI Total Oil Management® (TOM) solution eliminates the often messy and time-consuming process of manually handling oil, while maximizing food quality and bottom line.
RTI Total Oil Management automates KFC oil handling, thus maintaining oil at peak freshness and making the handling process safer and more efficient. Operators add, filter and dispose of oil – even while hot – without touching a drop. The closed-loop system comprises two tanks – one for fresh oil, and a second for waste oil – and a secure fill box mounted to the restaurant’s exterior.
The RTI web-based TOM portal provides operators with at-a-glance, real-time visibility via reports showing store-level activities like oil usage statistics, shortening quantities, oil quality, and filtration data. Restaurant managers can access the information with an Internet connection.
The new system also increases worker safety; KFC fryer operators previously had to pour oil from jugs into fryers. The heavy jugs, hot grease and slick floors were a recipe for employee back strains, falls and burns. They also used traditional “grease shuttles” for used oil disposal.
Eliminating the “grease shuttle” removes a kitchen safety hazard. Because KFC doesn’t buy and discard oil jugs and boxes, franchisees avoid storage headaches and improve restaurant cleanliness. Eliminating oil packaging waste also supports the KFC sustainability initiative.

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