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Sushi Izu kiosk at Woolworths supermarket.

Perfect Fry Testimonial – Sushi Izu (Woolworths)

29 May 2024


“I’m proud of our longstanding partnership. The team and I are very grateful. for your ongoing support and assistance in making Sushi Izu Australia’s most trusted sushi retailer.”

Damien Blakeney General Manager, Sushi IZU

The Results

Increased Product Quality

Decreased Waste

Improved Safety

Increased Fried Food Sales

The Client

In 2011 Sushi Izu formed a partnership with Woolworths to provide convenient, restaurant quality sushi at affordable prices, using the highest quality ingredients made fresh in-store every day. Sushi Izu offer a wide range of sashimi and hand rolls, as well as hot meal offerings, snacks, and platters for catering.

The Challenge

The sushi concept quickly gained popularity. However the benchtop fryer they were using at the time presented safety hazards due to the hot oil, as well as emitting a strong “fry” odour. Sushi Izu engaged Meris to deliver a deep frying solution that mitigated safety risks and reduced unwanted odours in a small, space restrictive workspace.

The Meris Approach

The team considered the customer’s overall objectives, the foods required and preparation process. A number of solutions were presented, and trials were conducted in store as well as product testing at Meris’s test kitchen facility. The Perfect Fryer was selected as the fryer of choice for Sushi Izu stores.

All Sushi Izu locations have the Perfect Fry PFC 5700, which is the smallest Perfect Fry model. This model was selected due to it’s compact size, but also because it’s  ideal for deep frying delicate and crumbed foods. The PFC 5700 cooks up to 18kgs of fried food per hour! and is semi-automatic. The deep frying process is automatic, however the operator removes the basket to add and retrieve the cooked foods. This clever feature is ideal for the delicate foods Sushi Izu offers, such as panko prawns and crumbed products.

Meris facilitated all required approvals including assisting with the development of risk assessments and regulatory approvals. Meris programmed all units to suit the custom requirements of the Sushi Izu concept ensuring automated functioning in each store, and pre-programming to ensure a consistent product across all stores.

The team worked closely with the client to ensure sufficient stock was available ahead of time and the efficient roll out to all stores.

Today, Sushi Izu is Australia’s largest sushi retailer. The Meris partnership continues with more than 200 Perfect Fry’s found in Woolworths supermarkets nationally. The Perfect Fry has empowered Sushi Izu to significantly expand their menu which includes spring rolls, chicken tenders, dumplings, katsu curry, soft shell crab, squid, tempura, panko prawns and chicken.

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