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Frylite article in the RAI magazine

New RAI (Restaurant Association of Ireland) member, Frylite, which is a leading supplier and collector of vegetable oils to caterers throughout Ireland have recently opened a new depot and office in Cork.

Operating from its Strabane base, Frylite, who supply a range of fresh vegetable oils and collects and disposes of their customers used cooking oils for free, have continued to expand at a phenomenal rate opening no less than four new facilities in Coleraine, Galway, Dublin and now Cork over the past two years.

The opening of this new facility clearly marks a significant development in the company’s history in that they are now able to offer their unique service package on a nationwide basis to a new range of customers in various regions throughout the country.

Customers currently using Frylite’s free delivery and collection service vary in size from independent operators to national chains and include pubs, restaurants, hotels, fast food operators, major food processors and food service companies.

Explaining the new developments the company’s Managing Director, Eamon McCay, went on to explain we’ve come a long way over the past twenty years and have invested heavily in our infrastructure to allow us to meet customer demand which has been growing year on year. The announcement of the new facility in Cork enables us to better capitalise on an increased confidence and buoyancy within the Irish economy which has resulted in the creation of numerous new restaurants and eateries across the country. In addition to this, it is also a response to existing customers (operating on a national basis) who wanted to know when we’d be able to roll out our business model and service offering to their sites in other parts of the country.

Having successfully established ourselves in both the Galway and Dublin markets it was only a matter of time before we decided to move the business even further south” What sets Frylite apart from more traditional operators in the markets is that in addition to the supply, collection and disposal service which is the core offering of the company they are also able to offer their customers a range of added benefits which other suppliers find difficult to match. These include free supply and associated with more traditional operators and the peace of mind that a customer gets from knowing that Frylite are fully licensed by relevant authorities throughout the island of Ireland to collect and dispose of their customers waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Given that so much has happened in the company in such a short space of time one would wonder what plans Frylite has for the future.
The future looks bright for Frylite and not content with resting on their laurels Frylite clearly have their eyes fixed on the future and Managing Director Eamon McCay finally went on to add we’ve ambitious plans for the future which include consolidating upon the growth we’ve achieved and continuing to look after our customers in a highly professional and responsive manner. To ensure we continue to exceed expectations, we’re planning to add new a new range of specialty and olive oils to product portfolio and we’re also evaluating opportunities to make biodiesel in a new purpose built processing plant next to our new state of the art head office in Strabane”.

From the fat of the land to the fuel of the future for cooking oil supplier

Frylite aims to generate bio fuel from waste oil as part of ongoing expansion

Original Article published in the Sunday Tribune – Business Section
Author: Conor Brophy

OUT of the frying pan, into the petrol pump is the business model behind a new biofuel venture planned by (Tyrone-based cooking oil supplier Frylite. Frylite, which supplies vegetable-based cooking oils to over 7,000 Irish customers and collects waste oil which has been used in food preparation, is to build a waste oil processing plant at its headquarters in Strabane.

Frylite marketing manager Jonathan McLaughlin said the facility would be used to process some 26,000 liters of waste oil that the company collects every week and convert it into biofuel.

The waste oil is currently being sent to processing plants in Europe, chiefly in the Netherlands. McLaughlin said Frylite had decided to invest over £1m (€1.5m) to build its own facility because it was conscious of the environmental impact of transporting the oil to be processed. The company also believes the demand for biofuels is growing to the point where a processing plant makes economic sense both because of the volume of oil Frylite is collecting and what McLaughlin said was a “growing market in Ireland for these fuels”

Founded in 1988 by local businessman Eamon McCay McLaughlin said Frylite is now the largest supplier of vegetable oils such as rape- seed and soyabean oil to the catering industry in Ireland. Hotels, restaurants and fast- food chains including Abrakababra use its oils for cooking. The company is well placed to benefit from demand for healthier oils and cooking products that do not produce harmful trans fats, according to McLaughlin.

Trans fats, harmful fats found in food cooked with hydrogenated oil, have become something of a cause celebre in the food Industry of late. New York City Health Board’s decision, due to be voted on next month, to introduce regulations banning the city’s restaurants from serving food containing trans fats has sparked an all-out trans fat war.

Other US and European cities such as Chicago and Paris are set to follow the NY example and Disney recently announced a ban on trans fats at its theme packs across the globe.

“For those hydrogenated oils, particularly with the health concerns, there is not much of a future,” said McLaughlin. Frylite stands to benefit from the fall-out as caterers look to healthier, natural oils to replace the processed, hydrogenated alternatives. “Certainly at the moment it’s in vogue,” McLaughlin said.

Tyrone-based Frylite is to build a processing plant to convert waste oil to biofuel

Frylite recently opened its eighth Irish depot, in Cork, providing it with its first distribution site in Munster. The Cork site joins a network including Strabane, Coleraine, Dublin and Galway. McLaughlin reckons the company’s nationwide delivery fleet is now no more than an hour and a half’s drive away from any business in the country.

Growth in Frylite’s business has been fuelled during the 1990s and early part of this decade by the explosion in the number of hotels and restaurants in the country. “We’ve been lucky enough to benefit from the growth in the catering industry,” McLaughlin said.

The next wave of growth, however is likely to come from Britain which he described as “a natural expansion” for Frylite. It will open its first distribution centre in Britain within the next year McLaughlin said.

A biofuel processing plant makes sense both because of the volume of oil Frylite is collecting and what McLaughlin said was a ‘growing market in Ireland farthest fuels’

Nation-wide Coverage makes Frylite the natural choice

NIFDA member, Frylite recently announced plans to open a new depot and office in Cork, Republic of Ireland. Operating from its Strabane base, Frylite, a leading supplier and collector of vegetable oils to caterers throughout Ireland, have continued to expand at a phenomenal rate opening no less than four new facilities in Coleraine, Galway, Dublin and now Cork over the past two years.

The company not only supplies a range of fresh vegetable oils but they collect and dispose of their customers used cooking oils for free.

The opening of this new facility clearly marks a significant development in Frylite’s history, they are now able to offer their unique service package on a nation wide basis to a new rage of customers in various regions throughout the country.

Customers currently using Frylite’s free delivery and collection service vary in size from independent operators to national chains and include pubs, restaurants, hotels, fast food operators, major food processors and food service companies.

Frylite’s managing director, Eamon McCay said: “We’ve come along way over the past 20 years and have invested heavily in our infrastructure to allow us to meet customer demand which has been growing year on year.

“The announcement of the new facility in Cork enables us to better capitalise on an increased confidence and buoyancy within the Irish economy which has resulted in the creation of numerous new restaurants and eateries across the country.

“In addition to this it is also a response to existing customers (operating on a national basis) who wanted to know when we’d be able to roll out our business model and service offering to their sites in other parts of the country.

“Having successfully established ourselves in both the Galway and Dublin markets it was only a matter of time before we decided to move the business even further south.”

In addition to the supply, collection and disposal service which, is the core offering of the company they are also able to offer their customers a range of added benefits which other suppliers find difficult to match.

“These include free supply and maintenance of equipment, the elimination of expensive disposal and packaging costs associated with more traditional operators and the peace of mind that a customer gets from knowing that Frylite are fully licensed by relevant authorities throughout the island of Ireland to collect and dispose of their customers waste in an environmentally friendly manner. And there are big plans for the Frylite’s future.

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