GERMANY. Travel food specialist casualfood has developed an innovative solution that allows food to be grilled in retail spaces that could not previously be used for conventional food services.

The solution comprises an indirect grill and special recirculating air technology, and has been implemented at casualfood’s new Hermann’s restaurant at Frankfurt Airport (pictured below).

The solution has passed all tests and met Frankfurt Airport’s stringent specifications, casualfood said. This means up to 250 sausages can now be grilled every hour within a retail space – and without any exhaust air or unpleasant odours.

The indirect grill operates with a combination of UV technology and subsequent catalytic converters. The air purification system solves the problems related to greasy exhaust air, according to the company, with unpleasant grill odours completely eliminated.

“Odours, bacteria and viruses are removed using UV light,” casualfood said. “Odour-carrying substances and microorganisms are reduced by up to 99.9%.”

The equipment can be incorporated into most ventilation systems, resulting in solutions that do entirely without an air extraction system. A plug-and-play design allows for easy operation, according to casualfood, while the UV cartridge can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Up to 250 sausages can now be grilled every hour at Hermann’s restaurant at Frankfurt Airport.

“We soon realised we needed to be inventive at airports because of the specific conditions there. We therefore began to develop and implement our own ideas,” commented casualfood Managing Partners Stefan Weber and Michael Weigel.

“With our new indirect grill, we can now also offer high-end food services in spaces that could not previously be used for conventional food services.”