Simple, basic things can greatly impact sales and success. Take cleanliness, for example. Routine cleaning of fountain dispensers is vital to operating a stellar beverage program.
Establishing a training program and a regular cleaning routine provides consistent drink quality – even with crew turnover.
"Implementing thorough sanitary practices leaves a good impression with guests," says Therron Foley, director of the Foodservice Quality Group, Coca-Cola North America. "And, a solid routine ensures your dispenser pours quality tasting beverages every time."
Dispenser cleaning is quick and easy – the process takes less than 15 minutes to complete. Just follow the protocol established by the equipment manufacturer, which The Coca-Cola Company endorses: wash your hands, mix the cleaning solution; remove nozzles and diffusers and soak them in the sanitizing solution; brush nozzles and diffusers and then air dry; wipe down the machine. And you're done!
The following steps, coupled with Coca-Cola products, deliver a great-tasting drink on a consistent basis:
Daily: Clean the dispensing valves
Weekly: Clean the syrup connectors
Monthly: Clean the inside of the ice bins
To keep your operation on track, The Coca-Cola Company offers a Dispenser Cleaning Poster for reference and a Daily Sanitizing Log sheet to document your maintenance schedule. A complete list of resources and guidelines to optimize your dispensing program can be found at Foodservice Quality.