Foodservice Consultants Society International presented its annual awards during the FCSI North American Division Conference held at the Omni CNN Center hotel in Atlanta, Georgia October 8-10th. The society’s awards banquet celebrated the accomplishments of its members which included the Product of the Year award.

The FCSI Product of the Year Award was presented to both Follett Corporation and Sterilox Food Safety, a division of PuriCore. Both companies were among the ten finalists exhibiting at the FCSI Educational Foundation’s Innovation Showcase held in Atlanta. The showcase was designed to recognize manufacturers whose commitment to research and development has resulted in a truly innovative product that is a clear leap forward for the foodservice industry. Finalists were selected by a panel of FCSI Fellows and FCSI Consultant members voted at the North American Conference to select the Product of the Year from those ten finalists. This is the first year the outcome of that vote has resulted in a tie.

The recognized products are:

Follett Corporation’s Ice Manager Diverter Valve System automatically delivers ice from one Horizon icemaker to two dispensers or bins up to 75’ away from the icemaker. It can automatically fill virtually any type of dispenser, including drop-in soda dispensers.

Sterilox Food Safety’s The Sterilox Food Safety System generates a food safe sanitizer that kills harmful pathogens on contact to prevent cross contamination in crisping, cut fruit and seafood programs. It also kills spoilage organisms to keep produce, cut fruit, floral and seafood products fresher, longer.

Other awards included the 2007 North America Education Provider of the Year, FCSI Service Award, Best Article by a Consultant Member Award, and the Doing Well by Doing Good Award.

With more than 1400 members in 43 countries, FCSI is the premier worldwide consulting organization serving the foodservice and hospitality industry with consultant members who specialize in the areas of facility design, operations management, new concept development, and technology.