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How To Start Selling Fried Foods

22 March 2024

Have you considered introducing a fried food offer?

You have likely heard of the benefits of selling fried foods. But when you consider building or expanding your own hot food offer, it may feel like a giant leap to get there.

At Meris, we specialise in cooking outside of the kitchen. The majority of our customers are not from the foodservice industry and don’t have traditional kitchens. Foodservice is not their bread and butter or at the core of what they do. However, it’s a highly profitable revenue stream for their business.

This includes supermarkets, petrol stations, convenience stores, bars, leisure venues and gaming rooms. Without a Chef or skilled kitchen staff, we work with these businesses to help them create highly profitable and sustainable fried food offers.

How To Get Started

Meris Partner and Sales Director Andrew Brick gives his top 5 tips on how to get started:

  1. Decide on a menu before you purchase equipment.
    Often businesses will purchase more equipment than they need, or it is not fit for purpose. Creating your menu first ensures you are set up for success and don’t overspend.
  2. Start with a small number of menu items and do them well.
    Perfect your product quality and consistency before expanding your menu. Consumers are naturally drawn to high quality products, they know are always readily available. As opposed to an ever-changing menu with average tasting options.
  3. Offer the food your customers want to buy.
    It can be tempting to design a menu around what you like to eat. But the easiest way to see a return is to offer what your customers want to buy.
  4. Don’t fear waste.
    If you’re hesitant to display the product and fear putting too much out, you will never grow your sales. A filled, well-presented display sells more product than a half filled cabinet.  Waste is inevitable and is not to be feared. You need waste to make sales. You just need the tools to manage it.
  5. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
    You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to be successful. This comes back to selling what your customers want to buy. When you are just starting out, stick to the basics and do them well. There is always time to experiment further on in your journey.

How Meris Can Assist You With Your Fried Food Offer

Creating a successful food offer takes more than quality equipment.

For anyone looking to start or expand their food offer, we recommend giving us a call or booking in a complimentary consultation.

To help you create a successful food offer, we consider:

  • Your business goals – what do you want to achieve? What does a successful food offer look to you?
  • Your target customers – are your customers tradies, out-of-towners, busy professionals or families? What foods do they want to eat? How can you attract more of the customers you want through the right menu options.
  • Your layout – The layout of your premises will affect how you prepare and display food. We assist with working out the most ergonomic and efficient layout. Guided by our in-house Chef who has the experience of cooking day in and out.
  • Your team – what skills do your staff have? How can we support them with training and process development to ensure a new food offer is embraced and keeps productivity high.
  • Supplier availability – We work closely with food suppliers and can assist you with developing a menu based around what is readily available in your local area. This ensures consistency of supply.

From here, our team will put together a proposal and quotation that suits your unique business operation, clientele and budget.

This can also include recommended equipment, menus, packaging and merchandising options, staff training and process development.

Ready To Get Started?

We are here to help. Whether it’s an informal chat about your current offering or if you would like to book a complimentary consultation, get in touch today by contacting 1800 265 771 or via our contact form.

Perfect Fry Introductory Offer

For a limited time only, purchase a Perfect Fry commercial deep fryer, and receive a complimentary introductory package with everything you need to get frying.

  • Perfect Fry model of your choice. Choose from the Perfect Fry PFA 7200 or PFC 5700.
  • Complimentary 1hr consultation with our Development Chef, to assist you with putting together a highly profitable menu.
  • Complimentary Perfect Fry training session for you and your staff.
  • Complimentary box of Perfect Fry cleaner, valued at RRP $190.

But hurry, offer ends 4 April 2024!

To obtain a quote or for more information on Perfect Fry , contact Meris today on 1800 265 771 or email [email protected]

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What our clients say

“The FlashGrill is so good. Always such an even cook. Never have to worry about re-heating, it’s always at temp. Super easy to clean and nothing ever sticks. We cover the plate with 30 frozen burgers, cook them, then add another 30 straight away with no change in cooking time between the first lot and the second and get the same great result. It’s really impressive” Katrina Sanderson, Food Operations Manager - Bowser Bean and Vantage Fuels

It enhances flavours by cooking at low temperatures.

"FlashGRILL completes any food. It enhances flavours by cooking at low temperatures. It can perfectly caramelise and grill the products. It is great for white meat and fish. It is very satisfying to cook different kinds of meats and ensuring clients can fully perceive the differences in tastes due to the specific flavour of each product being preserved."Chef Francesco di Maria, - LA FIORENTINA Ristorante-Pasticceria Roma - Italy
“Since I have had the possibility to cook at lower temperatures, meat does not stiffen or burn. It remains evenly cooked and intact, and enhances flavour. Thanks to FlashGRILL, which keeps the temperature even on the full cooking surface, I managed to optimise cooking in my work kitchen. I also use the CLOCHE every day. Thanks to it, I obtain great results with meat and fish, like tuna. I am extremely satisfied.”Chef Diego Asara, - GINGER SAPORI E SALUTE Roma - RM
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Operational costs down, profits up with Perfect Fry...

...Since installing the Perfect Fry, we’re saving $4,500 per week in labour costs by not having the kitchen open for as many hours.Craig Mitchell, Bar Manager - Buckingham Arms Hotel, Adelaide

Perfect fit for our stores - counter top and no smells...

Hot Chips are a universal product that appeal to multiple market segments in all seasons. The Perfect Fryer is perfect for the Wendy’s environment as it has a very small footprint and is able to be used in kiosks due to its in-built filtration system.” “We are looking forward to continued growth and development of the Wendy’s brand with an enhanced food offer”Wendies

Perfect Fryer go great and produce a consistently high quality product...

...We have expanded the range to offer three Perfect Fryers, two are used for chips and the third for other deep fried product.IGA

Five weeks in we are seeing daily food sales growth and are confident we are going to achieve our sales targets...

...The cooking equipment we selected is all automated for a consistent result every time and is safe and simple to use. It has provided us with the opportunity to introduce a diverse range of new food that is proving popular with our customers.Eddy - BP

Delivering a high standard of menu items across all our stores and locations...

...We were impressed with the quality of food the perfect fry producs, right from the trial cooking our chefs did, additionally, all staff members cooking will now be able to produce those results consistently.Mr Marshall - Degani
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The Perfect Fry is competitively priced and has really helped us to grow our food-based revenue...

...We use the Perfect Fry instead of a kitchen for the last 15 years. The machines are incredibly easy for any staff member to use, our roster of up to 26 bar staff utilise the machines on a daily basis. I highly recommend the Perfect Fry.Yohan Karunatileke, Venue Manager - The Welcome Stranger Hotel in Melbourne CBD
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