Mathieu adds: “We work very well together in that Jeroen has been in the business for many years so he has a very clear understanding of the industry and the sales side of the business, but he can be quite focused on doing things his way. I come from a corporate background, I’m quite analytical and I have worked for several large financial companies so I can bring a different perspective to the business and say, “let’s maybe try doing it like this”.”
Leaders in innovation
In new hands, the pair have plans to expand the business, continuing on the pathway set by Gijs to be leaders in innovation.
This includes expanding the business into new markets, such as Romania. Here QBTEC is already the preferred range supplier to a leading chip concept which, since 2017, has opened 40 news shops.
“We guided our Romanian partner on all aspects of the business, from learning how to fry chips and cleaning to technical installation and maintenance. This is evidence that QBTEC is the partner to start and accelerate (fish and) chips business in new markets,” says Jeroen.
Developing HiFri, a fryer that cooks snacks and chips using hot air and steam as opposed to oil, is also a top priority. “This not only reduces odours and calories but also eliminates the expenditure for frying oil,” says Jeroen, who anticipates seeing more of these in places like petrol stations in the coming months.
As well as introducing Qook equipment, custom-made professional kitchens for the hospitality industry, to the UK market, QBTEC will continue its research and development work to bring more efficiencies to its frying ranges sold in the UK. This includes investing in remotely diagnosing ranges to eliminate callouts as well as making frying ranges hubs of information which can be tapped into.