4 tools to speed up throughput

Lisa White, Associate Editor


The need for speed in the foodservice industry has always been priority, but as technology advances, equipment that simply gets the job done isn’t enough. Some busy operators are investing in equipment that can trim the time off throughput.

1. Blenders without the jar

tea blends

New iterations cut down on between-blend times by blending beverages in the same container they’re served in. Some models blend drinks in eight seconds, and they lower between-guest cleaning trips. 

2. Hotter pizza ovens

pizza oven

Packing a lot of heat into a small package, new ovens using independently controlled top and bottom convection heat can reach temperatures up to 842 F. Some can yield 14-inch fresh dough pizza—as well as other foods—in as little as 90 seconds, all while occupying a smaller footprint. 

3. Griddles get a lid

lidded steam griddle

A regular griddle can have hot and cold spots as well as slow recovery time between items cooked, but a lidded steam griddle can reduce cook times up to 50%.

4. One-stop washing

food wash station

Dedicated wash stations can quickly, safely clean produce by washing and sanitizing in fully immersed bays, with many models offering automated loading and unloading for easy retrieval. The systems can cut prep time and labor, and can remove 99% of common food pathogens.

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