Lowering Cost Of Ownership, Expanding Beverage Menu

Lowering Cost Of Ownership, Expanding Beverage
Menu With A Water Filtration Solution
One of the world's largest hamburger fast food restaurant chains was expanding their beverage
platform to include specialty drinks, such as smoothies and blended coffee beverages. With this
expanded menu came new equipment and an increased water volume for the restaurants.
Antunes had an existing partnership with the chain, as they were already using countertop cooking
equipment, and therefore was in tune with the chain’s menu expansion plans.
Antunes approached chain management about a water filtration product with a lower cost of
ownership compared to the existing bank of filtration cartridges the restaurants used.
The Antunes product was thoroughly tested by the chain to validate these claims before it was
formally approved for the chain system.
Today, the chain uses Antunes’ VZN water filtration system. The manufacturer’s ultrafiltration
system feeds all consumable water to the restaurant’s equipment, which includes fountain beverage
dispensers, ice machines, bun steamers, coffee makers and iced tea equipment. Additionally, it
pretreats the water that is used in the chain’s specialty coffee equipment, reducing the burden on
the existing reverse osmosis system. In sum, the VZN system meets the equipment demands of the
expanded beverage program and improves overall beverage quality.
The VZN system provides better and more consistent water pressure to equipment downstream,
which eliminates service issues, as well as premature cartridge clogging. It also eliminates short
pours on coffee brewers, which occurs when the brewer does not fill with enough water because the
filtration cartridge is clogged.
“With our system, there is less downtime on equipment due to premature clogging, especially
equipment used for specialty coffee,” said Tony Vassos, Director of Product Management &
Marketing for Antunes. “It also puts replacement cartridges onto a reliable schedule, eliminating
headaches that can come from service issues. Service providers, as well as restaurant operators, are
big supporters of our system for this reason.”
An estimated 6,000 restaurants in the global system use Antunes’ ultrafiltration systems, which was
approved as the standard for new stores and remodels in the United States, as well as the chain’s
Taiwanese restaurants.
Antunes continues to work with the chain to modify the VZN water filtration system in order to
improve performance. For example, the standard carbon cartridge was replaced with an extended
capacity cartridge that is rated for 255,000 gallons of chlorine reduction to meet their annual
consumable water volume.
Antunes is a leading custom solutions provider of countertop cooking equipment and water
filtration systems for the global market. Headquartered in Carol Stream, Illinois, Antunes is driven
by a commitment to offer innovative products, premium quality and personal service rooted in
lasting partnerships—to ultimately deliver on its unifying promise: to drive success for every
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Antunes delivers a complete range of countertop cooking
equipment and water filtration solutions to foodservice
operations around the world. Learn more about Antunes
and its products at www.antunes.com.
Corporate Headquarters
Carol Stream, Illinois
Phone: (630) 784-1000
Toll Free: (800) 253-2991
Fax: (630) 784-1650
China Facility
Suzhou, China
Phone: 86-512-6841-3637
Fax: 86-512-6841-3907
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