- The Randell Cheeser Station is designed to prevent cheese waste for restaurants at a time when cheese prices are soaring.
- The station has a stainless-steel grate to ensure that any cheese that doesn’t make it on to the pizza falls back into the holding bin.
A new product from Unified Brands, the Randell Cheeser Station holds 30 pounds of cheese, with a stainless-steel grate to rest the pizza on during preparation. That way, whoever is preparing the pizza sets it on the grate and reaches down into the holding bin to get the right amount of cheese. Any cheese that doesn’t land on the pizza falls back into the holding bin—not on the floor or prep table.
This means 100% cheese utilization, the company said in a press release.
The Cheeser Station also runs on an energy-efficient R290 compressor system and has visible external electronic controls for quick verification of proper settings. Best of all, it doesn’t take up much valuable space. At only 2’ wide, it’s practical for real-world floorplans.
Cheese waste doesn’t only happen when an employee accidentally misses the pizza. The Cheeser Station also comes with a scale and tare option, which turns the cheesing process into a science, making sure employees aren’t overdoing it when they are adding cheese.
One employee adding too much cheese to one pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world. But without a way to prevent that from happening, the costs can add up quickly over the course of a year, especially when prices are skyrocketing.
New equipment for the kitchen is a significant upfront investment. But fluctuation of cheese prices is likely here to stay, the company notes. It’s an unfortunate reality of being a foodservice operation in 2022. But at the end of the day, any new equipment investment must make financial sense for a pizza restaurant. Will this help or hurt profits? A few factors can impact how quickly something like the Cheeser Station can pay off for a pizza restaurant.
Randell has an ROI calculator for the Cheeser Station to help you find your return on investment using the unit. Some operators can see payback in as little as six months, the company says.