Fast Chef Elite offers profitability to new bakery café businesses
Establishments known as bakery cafés or coffee bars are changing the traditional way of consuming bread, cakes and pastries in Spain. They take the form of bakeries which serve coffee or cafés which sell bread at an unbeatable price, adapting better than anyone to changes in the way people consume food outside the home. The automatic deep fryer Fast Chef Elite has entered into this “game of thrones” of the flour and yeast industry.
The increased consumption of bread, baguettes, sandwiches, cakes and pastries observed in Spain over recent years, together with the consumers’ desire for a wide choice of products combined with quality coffee, are some of the factors behind the success of these establishments. Furthermore, this business model offers a pleasant place for tasting foods, with fast-service or self-service and WiFi, which successfully brings customers into bakery cafés from first thing in the morning right through to late afternoon and the evening.
Chains such as Granier, Uvepan, Panaria, Pannus, Panishop, El Fornet, Próxima, Fripan, 365 Café and Cafe &Te, most of which are franchises, have implemented a model inspired by the European café tradition. This format has been reinvented in line with Spanish tastes and timetables and offers everything from traditional breakfasts to lunchtime meals, aperitifs, savoury snacks and late suppers. Within this broad range of services, we find the most technologically advanced deep fryer on the market: Fast Chef Elite.
What can the Fast Chef deep fryer offer to bakery cafés?
Using a Fast Chef automatic deep fryer, without the need for a kitchen or chef, it is possible to prepare a wide variety of healthy, freshly-prepared dishes to be served at lunch or dinner time (12 noon till 4pm and 8pm till 11pm) when local customers prefer a hot meal rather than a baguette or sandwich.
Croquettes, chips, nuggets, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork loin, bacon and chicken wings can be prepared using this deep fryer in just a few minutes and without the need for a fully-equipped kitchen or fume extraction ducts. Fast Chef is the ideal machine for bakery cafés because it is a fully automatic device: the product is placed in the loading tray, the programme is selected according to the type of food and in no more than three minutes the product can be collected from the dispenser tray. The high technology developed to produce crunchy, non-greasy fried food takes care of the rest.
Another great advantage of this smoke and odour free fryer is that it can be used to prepare both large and small portions, according to the demands of each bakery café. Large portions consist of 650 grams of product, with an additional portion on hold, and small portions consist of two portions of 300-350 grams which are prepared at the same time, with a third one on hold. This system considerably minimizes frying times. What is more, two different products, sweet and savoury, can be fried at the same time without the flavours getting mixed.
Without doubt, the ability to offer a wider range of products within the bakery café format, with the help of Fast Chef Elite, provides this kind of business with a highly promising future. These companies are experiencing such high growth that many venture capital funds have chosen to invest in them. As announced in the main economic headlines, last year the investment group HIG Capital took control of the Panaria and Café&Té chains. This operation led to the creation of the new Compañía del Trópico group, with over 240 establishments throughout Spain. Another more recent example is the 25 million-euro operation in which the venture capital company Corpfin took over the Rosendo Milà group, owner of the El Fornet bakery café chain which has over 30 premises in Barcelona.