Over the last three years, Fire Inspired Foods has eliminated the need for 3,600 plastic oil jugs, has saved 60,000 litres of used oil from going out the back door, and has saved $83,000 in the process. And, on top of this, the company has won an inaugural 2018 Environmental Impact Award – one of 10 to be endowed worldwide.
“It’s an awesome award to win,” says Tony Pereira, operating partner, Fire Inspired Foods. “It’s very rewarding to be acknowledged for doing something good for the environment.”
Fire Inspired Foods was able to accomplish all of this by installing Frylow units in its restaurant fryers. At the time, it had 10 restaurants. Today, it has 19 properties, an assortment of Montana’s Cookhouse, East Side Mario’s, and Fionn McCools.
The Frylow is an easy-to-use device that fits inside a deep fryer. Through the use of photo-catalytic technology, the device changes the molecular structure of the oil, which enables the oil to last longer and to operate at lower temperatures (Pereira reduced the temperature of his oil by 25 degrees).
“In addition, food cooked with Frylow absorbs less oil, making it healthier, crispier and better tasting,” says Chris Huxtable, president, Frylow Canada.
Pereira felt the impact of the new technology right away. “We started seeing the results within a month,” he says. Today, not only has Pereira seen the return of his initial investment, but he has also achieved recognition for his environmental achievements.