Spotlight on: 7th Street Café by Puma Fuel
The days of the bland petrol station snack stop are behind us as Puma Energy rolling out its new artisan café concept 7th Street café across the country.
Customers visiting service stations now have quality food and services you may have previously only expected from high street cafes. With freshly made baguettes and wraps, dough boyz donuts, pizza, fried Asian snacks to name a few, the food at Puma Energy’s 7th Street cafes is second to none ! They are also providing espresso coffee to keep you going on those long drives and other value-added services such as complimentary wifi and phone re-charging.
Meris are proud to have worked with the team at Puma Energy to assist in making this innovative concept come to fruition and look forward to seeing more 7th Street Cafes on the highways soon !
Chris Keras - making good food fast !
Chris Keras isn’t about making the food he serves at his highway lounge restaurants just fast, he makes sure it’s good quality too.
Launching Ozzy Burgers at a number of petrol stations, Chris ensured the quality of the burgers, fries and coffee he served to his customers would keep them coming back for more. The burgers contain 100% ground Aussie Angus beef, tomatoes are locally sourced and freshly cut, free range eggs are carefully sourced and even the lettuce is leafed and cut daily. In his own words, the food at Ozzy is “Good, honest grub !!”
Ozzy Burgers is a family run business and has a strong emphasis on being eco-friendly. They source all products from sustainable sources and ensure all of their product packaging is fully recyclable.
Chris has now extended his food retail business to new concepts including Milk or Sugar, Fast Fish, Mrs Snaggs and Dough Boyz Pizza.
Look out for one of his fast service restaurants near you soon and experience that fast food CAN be delicious and tasty too !!
For franchise enquiries for Ozzy Burgers please email: [email protected]
Recipe: Classic Fish n Chips
This classic recipe appeals to all and is appropriate in multiple environments including bars and clubs, service stations, cinemas and cafes. It is also easy to adapt to suit your specific customers with the addition of different items such as calamari rings or prawn cutlets.
The recipe is simple to serve with little preparation required, no waste and handsome profits. As the fish and chips are cooked straight from the freezer there is no compromise on quality and freshness.
2 flathead tails*
Condiments & garnish (aoli or sauce)
*We use Edgell Supa Crunch chips and I&J battered Flathead Tails
1. Take fish and chips from freezer and put into the Perfect Fryer.
2. Cook at 180 degrees for 3 minutes 10 seconds than drain for 14 seconds (The Prefect Fryer can perform this automatically when programmed)
3. Plate (or box) with your favourite condiment and serve !!
250g chips $0.69
2 flathead tails $1.84
Condiments/ garnish $0.24
Packaging/ Plating $0.16
Sell Price and Profit
Your sell price will vary upon your plating or packaging so we have provided two options as follows:
Option One: Plated in bar/ club or cafe
Sell $12 = Profit of $9.15 or 76%
Option Two: Take-away box, suitable for convenience, cinema, service stations.
Sell $7.50 = Profit of $4.65 or 62%
You can adjust the quantity of chips and fish to suit your customers' tastes.
Same great menu in a kiosk environment thanks to the Perfect Fryer !
The latest Degani Café opening, is a kiosk located in Westfield Doncaster. "This is one of a few kiosk layouts that Degani currently have, however they are looking at expanding over the next couple of years said James Marshall, National Store Development Manager for Degani. "The kiosk format is one of models that we see real growth potential in. We are looking to open 40 more Degani outlets over the next 12 months alone throughout Australia."
Meris Food Equipment have supplied some of the equipment for the latest fit-out, which includes a Perfect Fryer. In a kiosk environment there is less infrastructure such as exhaust hoods and reduced kitchen space. The Perfect Fryer was suggested as it enabled Deganis to produce the freshly fried food options on their menu despite the non-typical environment. “Given Degani wanted to include some of their most popular fried menu items, even in this smaller format store, the best solution was the installation of a Perfect Fryer, said Andrew Brick at Meris Food Equipment. We worked with the Degani team through the design process to come up with the best solution to meet their business needs”.
Aside from the small footprint and being completely self-contained, the Perfect Fryer has the added benefit of being automated to produce a consistently high quality product. "We were impressed with the quality of food the fryer produced, right from the trial cooking our chefs did, but additionally, all staff members cooking will now be able to produce those results, said Mr Marshall. That is imperative to us, as our customers expect the same high standard of menu items across all our stores and locations”.
Degani started back in 1999 and have grown the number of venues predominantly in Melbourne but also some in Queensland. Degani sells over 100,000 cups of coffee a week. They continue to work on expansion and have multiple projects for store development. If you have any franchise enquiries for Degani they can be contacted on (07) 3373 1090 or email [email protected]
Wendy's add hot chips to the menu
The roll-out of Perfect Fryers into 150 Wendy’s stores was successfully completed in October and early indications are extremely positive.
“Based on sales from the trial sites and sites that installed machines prior to the roll out, the return on investment is potentially going to be very fast for many owners” according to Michael Brick, General Manager of Meris Food Equipment
Wendy’s was purchased in mid 2014 by Supatreats Australia. Supatreats introduced a range of new products, including hot chips, to assist in revitalising the brand and appeal to a broader target market.
“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.” said a Supatreats spokesperson.
“We are looking forward to continued growth and development of the Wendy’s brand with an enhanced food offer”.
BP Smeaton Grange
We are proud to have been the food equipment supplier for the new BP site at Smeaton Grange, operated by Eddy Nader.
Eddy engaged a retail designer for his new site and the brief was to create a modern, customer focussed “café” feel that would drive increased food sales for the surrounding industrial businesses and passing traffic.
The greenfield site afforded Eddy design flexibility. A long food counter was designed that enabled the cooking equipment – Perfect Fryer, Speed Oven and Regular Oven to be located at the back of the counter. The display equipment – Kentucky Hot Display for unwrapped cooked product, Cossiga heated cabinets for pies and pastries and refrigerated cabinets for sandwiches and cold pastries is on the front counter enabling customers to clearly see the range of food on offer. “This design enables console staff to serve and cook food with ease.” said Michael Brick of Meris Food Equipment.
“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” said Eddy. “ Five weeks in we are seeing daily food sales growth and are confident we are going to achieve our lofty sales targets”
We wish Eddy and his team the best of luck for continued success !!
View the recent article on BP Smeaton Grange in C&I here
Fine Foods Australia - Sydney 20-23 Sept, 2015
Come and see us at stand HC44 at this month’s Fine Foods in Sydney Sept. 20-23. We will be sampling delicious treats from our Perfect Fryer and King Edward Potato ovens and will be on hand to discuss your individual business food equipment needs.
For free entry register online using promo code INVITE here