FRESHFRY ANNOUNCES GLOBAL DEAL WITH CHURCH’S TEXAS CHICKEN®
FreshFry has partnered with quick service brand Church’s Texas Chicken® (Church’s®), putting the innovative plant-powered Pods that extend the life of cooking oil into all 1,750 of the chain’s restaurants around the world. Together, FreshFry will help the Atlanta-based fried chicken chain save almost 4 million dollars and more than 2.5 million pounds of oil annually.
Why Church's Chose to Partner with FreshFry
FreshFry is the only plant-based oil purification system on the market, with the first-of-their kind Pods helping restaurant owners to reduce their oil usage while saving money. Founded by the belief that sustainability should not come at a premium to operators, the company provides a solution that makes great food, easier operations, and cost savings sustainable for restaurants like Church’s. This is especially significant at a time when consumers are looking for more chicken restaurants—it was the second-fastest growing quick service restaurant segment in 2021, only behind burgers—but 68% of diners also expect restaurants to have sustainable practices in place to avoid waste. Meanwhile, 94% of restaurant operators report experiencing soaring operating costs, such as a 153% increase in the price of vegetable oil since 2020 due to inflation and the war in Ukraine.
“At Church’s, we’re committed to providing high-quality food and service at a great value for our Guests, without ever sacrificing our standards or negatively impacting the planet,” said Luis de la Torre, VP of Global Ops Services, Church’s Texas Chicken. “The quality of our oil is a big part of that commitment. By working with FreshFry, we meet the needs of our franchisees and the environment, while continuing to deliver our Guests the amazing fried chicken and fabulous Honey-Butter Biscuits™ that made us famous.”
FreshFry is the next generation solution for restaurant operators looking to save money sustainably. By simply putting a FreshFry Pod into a commercial fryer at the end of the day, it will attract the contaminants (such as water, metals, acids, and other impurities) that come from food and destroy oil. Pods extend oil life by 2-3 days on average, allowing for net savings of $1,500 per Pod. Every case of Pods offsets 8.2 pounds of carbon emissions, making Pods a carbon dioxide-reduction product that restaurants are getting paid to use. Since their founding in 2014, FreshFry has helped to redeploy 10 million pounds of agricultural scraps, preventing them from going to waste through restaurants’ use of the Pods. The company has now pledged to redeploy 1 billion pounds by 2031.
“As a supplier, we are always focused on future sustainability—both economically and environmentally,” said Jeremiah Chapman, Co-Founder and CEO, FreshFry. “It is both exciting and rewarding to bring FreshFry’s global deal to life with a 70-years-strong company like Church’s and bring them an impactful solution for their business. FreshFry is honored to play a part in their history, their food, and in the lives of the people who make it.”
FreshFry Pods are already in use at Church’s Texas Chicken restaurants across the United States, and they will expand to Church’s international franchises in early 2023. For more information about FreshFry, visit freshfry.me. For more information about Church’s Texas Chicken, visit churchs.com.
FreshFry is a food manufacturing technology company based in Louisville, KY that has developed the only plant-based, all-natural "pod" on the market containing a proprietary blend of ingredients that cleans and extends the life of frying oil used throughout the food service industry. FreshFry Pods, also known as Sysco Classic Fry Oil Filter Pods, generate savings to restaurant owners in areas such as less overall oil usage, reduced build-up of oil in and around fryers, and lower labor costs for maintenance and disposal of oil. No additional capital expense or equipment is needed to clean oil when using FreshFry Pods. With cleaner oil, restaurant owners can negotiate more favorable offtake agreements for oil disposal. Consumers enjoy the benefits of cleaner oil through higher-quality food that looks better, tastes better, smells better, and provides an improved dining experience. In 2021, FreshFry surpassed its goal to redeploy 10 million pounds of waste, further emphasizing the company’s commitment to improving the food world in a sufficient and sustainable way. Visit freshfry.me to learn more.
About Church’s Texas Chicken®
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952 by George W. Church Sr., Church’s Chicken® is one of the world's largest quick-service restaurant chicken chains. Church’s® specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, The Church’s Chicken Sandwich, Tenders, Honey-Butter Biscuits™ made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value. Church’s®, along with its sister brands Church’s Texas Chicken® (in the Americas) and Texas Chicken® (outside the Americas) has more than 1,500 locations in 26 countries and international territories. Owned by High Bluff Capital Partners since 2021, Church’s® celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022. For more information, visit www.churchs.com. Follow Church’s® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchschicken and Twitter at www.twitter.com/churchschicken.