NRA’s Kitchen Innovation Winners Revealed


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The National Restaurant Association’s 2011 Kitchen Innovation Awards, which recognize the best in “groundbreaking kitchen equipment in the foodservice market,” have been announced.

Some of the winners — who will display their wares at the upcoming NRA Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place from May 21 to 24 — include Ecolab, Cambro Manufacturing and the Coca-Cola Company.

One of Ecolab’s two award-winning products was its Cleaning Caddy, a pre-measured product with a pressure spray wand and on-board wet vacuum, which has been proven to improve overall cleanliness of bathrooms by 50 per cent. Cambro Manufacturing was recognized for its Camduction Complete Heat System, an efficient hot-meals delivery system that charges 20 heat retention bases in one unit, allowing a base to be ready every 12 seconds. And, Coca-Cola was awarded for its Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain dispenser that integrates the latest technologies to dispense more than 100 sparkling and still beverages. The device also offers web-based consumption reporting to help manage inventory and make ordering easier.

“Our Kitchen Innovations Award recipients contribute to the evolution of our industry, and help restaurant operators reduce costs while boosting profitability,” said C.W. Craig Reed, convention chair for the NRA Show 2011 and director of Food and Beverage at the Colorado-based Broadmoor Hotel.  “As the industry recovers from tough economic times, these products will make a difference in commercial kitchens across the nation.”

For the complete list of award-winning products, click here.


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