Karakuri unveiled its new family of /FRYR automated fry lines. These intelligent, high-precision frying solutions enable restaurants to save time and reduce waste while ensuring perfectly cooked fried food is available, exactly when needed.
/FRYR210 is the first model in the range of automated fry lines. It combines robotics and real-time data analysis to provide restaurants with optimal fried food production of up to 130lbs/60kg of french fries per hour. Simultaneously, /FRYR210 improves food quality and consistency by ensuring the SOP is adhered to 100% of the time.
/FRYR210's automation works with existing fry wells, extraction and fire suppression to allow employees to spend less time in front of the fryer and more time on value added, customer-focused tasks within the restaurant.
"With more than 22 billion pounds of French fries eaten each year globally, frying is a massive business. Every restaurant knows that serving consistently crispy, fluffy fries will keep customers coming back for more," said Barney Wragg, CEO and co-founder of Karakuri. "Our new family of /FRYR automated fry lines is changing the game for QSR and fast casual restaurants. It strikes the perfect balance of food, people and intelligent automation allowing restaurants to deliver expertly fried food with total consistency and availability, at a price point that works for their bottom line."
Robotics on the Rise
Using AI as much as possible to automate mundane or physically difficult tasks, so that staff can focus on the business of true hospitality, and gain real-world experience with cutting-edge technologies, was a theme echoed at MURTEC and in particular the panel, IT Gets Real With AI featuring CKE, Inspire Brands and Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe.
Among the brands testing robotics: Wing Zonewill make Flippy 2 a part of the chain's standard build for all future restaurant locations. QSR Jack in the Box has teamed up with Miso Robotics to begin pilot for Flippy 2 and Sippy product lines. After a successful test, Chipotle is deploying its Robotic Kitchen Assistant to its first location next month. After a successful pilot program, White Castle will add Flippy to 100 locations.
The /FRYR family combines the company's innovative hardware and software to ensure increased throughput, consistency, and quality - from freezer to scoop.
Key /FRYR benefits include:
- Food waste reduction thanks to Karakuri's patented /APC portion control technology /FRYR is able to prepare variable basket volumes, ensuring fry baskets are filled with exactly the right amount of product to perfectly match restaurant demand.
- Maximised operation efficiency by real-time monitoring and prediction of frozen food levels, /FRYR alerts staff in advance when frozen produce needs refilling avoiding costly delays.
- Reduced energy consumption and increased oil lifespan through dynamic, real-time temperature control of the entire system from freezer to fry well and scoop.
- Easy installation kitchen layout, using less floor space than traditional lines and utilising existing extraction and fire suppression systems, /FRYR210 can be installed overnight to easily replace traditional fry lines with no interruption to kitchen operations.
/FRYR210 is available today via Karakuri's Performance Partnership business model, starting at $2,100 per month.
First /FRYR210 installations in Tier 1 QSR and fast casual restaurants are scheduled for Q3 2022.