Cargill, Frontline partner on cooking oil management system

Cargill oil management
The new Kitchen Controller oil management system, developed jointly by Cargill and Frontline International, makes commercial cooking oil management as simple as the touch of a button. PHOTO VIA CARGILL

Cargill has joined with Frontline International to develop the Kitchen Controller automated oil management system.

The foodservice industry is under intense pressure to deliver consistent, quality food on razor-thin profit margins, and the new system recognizes that proper cooking oil management plays a critical role in achieving both objectives, according to a news release. The new solution leverages Cargill’s foodservice experience and oil quality knowledge with Frontline International’s Smart Oil Management equipment expertise, providing foodservice operators with an integrated, intelligent approach to oil management.

“Proper oil management can have a huge impact on product quality and production costs,” said Mike Christensen, foodservice category leader for Cargill’s global edible oils business. “Identifying the best times to safely filter and replace oil has significant benefits, yet too often, kitchen staff end up guessing when to do these critical tasks. The Kitchen Controller system will be the first of several solutions we’re working on to address industry challenges and help shape foodservice kitchens of the future.”

The Kitchen Controller system simplifies cooking oil management by automating the oil filtering and replacement process. At the heart of the system, a fry vat sensor gathers oil quality data, which is then analyzed by the Kitchen Controller proprietary software and fed to a touchscreen pad. Kitchen staff use the green, yellow and red on-screen indicators on the touchpad to take action with the oil, helping to ensure consistency and quality of fried foods and improve profitability.

The new oil management system is the first digital solution offered to foodservice operators under the new Cargill Serve umbrella, an initiative to help customers streamline kitchen management. Other Cargill Serve tools are already in development, including the Kitchen Trainer™ oil management training program designed for foodservice employees and the Kitchen Advisor™ app that recommends prescriptive oil management actions to kitchen staff. Both solutions will be available to foodservice customers later this year.

Learn more about the Kitchen Controller oil management system here.