United Kingdom – Feb. 12, 2010 – New product innovation is a key factor in keeping the foodservice industry running at peak performance. Equipment manufacturers push toward products that consume less energy and water, can cook foods quicker, store foods more safely, and help operators meet customer expectations during peak times. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) recognizes trend-setting kitchen equipment from around the world with their prestigious Kitchen Innovation award.
This year, the Merrychef eikon™ series will be receiving a Kitchen Innovation Award. All winners will be showcased with live interactive demonstrations in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion during the National Restaurant Show in May 2010.
Merrychef’s new eikon series speed ovens offer an icon-driven touch screen operation enabling instant menu management with archive capabilities, Ethernet updates, operator training and service maintenance instructions.
The easyToUCH™ technology ensures operators are never more than two steps away from a cooking program and is available in multiple languages, while MenuConnect® enables instant menu management and ethernet updates via a standard USB key. Incorporating advanced easyToUCH technology in the eikon series offers unbeatable ease of use via an icon driven screen and MenuConnect software.
In addition to greater ease of use and energy efficiency, the streamlined, ventless design incorporates a monitored, removable front filter for ease of cleaning and cool-to-touch exterior. A “plug and play” function means installation has never been easier, with a new oven up and running in just three minutes.
Heralding the eikon series, Andrew McCulloch, Director of European Operations at Subway®, said: “The easyToUCH technology has launched modern day communication to our sandwich station, it is as simple to use as my ipod. The touch screen is familiar to all and will dramatically reduce training times and eliminate any risk of human error.”
“Each member of our panel of judges has the hands-on experience to recognize true innovation, which is what makes our KI program so exciting. These products will make restaurants run faster, smoother and more efficiently, which will result in better customer service and higher quality food,” said Ira Cohn, convention chair for NRA Show 2010 and president of Aramark Business and Industry Group. “Selecting the right equipment for a restaurant kitchen is crucial to creating and serving safe, nutritious and delicious meals.”
About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market. Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Fabristeel, Frymaster®, Garland®, Jackson, Kolpak®, Kysor//Warren®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, McCall®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend® and Manitowoc® Beverage Systems. For more information, visit www.manitowocfsusa.com.
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognized as one of the world’s largest providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Manitowoc also is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment as described above.