FreshFry is Expanding Pod Production In-House
FreshFry is proud to be a multi award-winning, sustainable food tech company. We've decided to re-FRESH our manufacturing and bring it home to Louisville, KY. Our new 10,000 ft² facility build out will bridge the gap between our Research & Development and the production of FreshFry Pods, the plant-based technology that extends the life of cooking oil naturally, through the use of upcycled plant waste.
“We’re so excited to expand our dynamic Louisville-based headquarters with a brand-new, in-house production facility. With manufacturing returning to our hometown, we’re thrilled to see what this next chapter holds for us,” says FreshFry Co-Founder and COO Jacob Huff. “FreshFry is proud to help reinforce the city’s reputation of growing sustainable brands. Louisville’s central location perfectly positions us to continue to grow and expand our mission: to transform waste into a promising future.” The production facility will bring 6 jobs to the community, including Manufacturing Associates and Warehouse Managers.
Since our inception in 2014, FreshFry Pods have generated savings to restaurant owners in a multitude of areas including less overall oil usage, reduced build-up of oil in and around fryers, and lower labor costs for maintenance and disposal of oil – all with no additional equipment needed. Plus, they're simple to use – simply drop a FreshFry Pod into a commercial fryer at the end of the day and allow it to attract water, metals, acids, and other impurities that come from food and destroy oil. The next day, toss the pod in the trash and resume cooking with the clean oil. Even more, consumers, too, enjoy the benefits of FreshFry Pods, as they can enjoy higher-quality food that looks, smells, and tastes better.
FreshFry currently supplies Pods for several U.S.-based powerhouse restaurant concepts including Nashville’s famous Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, and franchisees for Qdoba Mexican Eats, Popeye’s, and Rock ‘N Roll Sushi. Pods are also available in Canadian markets through Sysco Canada and TTS Sales and Marketing.
FreshFry Pods were created by Louisville-native Jeremiah Chapman, a University of Louisville alum, who would convert old oil from restaurants to biodiesel, which was completely degraded. Growing up cooking with his grandmother, Jeremiah always had an interest in frying and oil. It was not until college when he began researching how to use plant scraps to clean oil and, after many conversations with industry chefs, FreshFry was born. Jeremiah has since been recognized by Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 and was named an Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2021, and FreshFry is positioned to enter additional international markets this year.
FreshFry also distributes Frying Oil Test Kits, which tests the contaminant levels of fryer oil in the home and indicates when it's time to filter or change out the oil. These kits are also part of our Optimized Performance Point service (OPP), which is an oil analysis helping standardize the discard point of frying oil through a personalized, scientific process.