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    Making the Most of NRA 2011

  • A dynamic guide to this year’s NRA Show, complete with products you can’t miss and Chicago highlights that are perfect for post-show networking.

    2011 Kitchen Innovations Awards

    Camduction Complete Heat System

    Manufacturer: Cambro Manufacturing

    This hot-meal delivery system charges 20 heat retention bases in one unit and promises reliable temperature holding for 60 minutes.

    CORE Protection Fire System

    Manufacturer: CaptiveAire Systems Inc.

    The fire-suppression system includes real-time monitoring, supervision, and communication of operational status and specific fault conditions.

    Mini 2in1 Combi Oven

    Manufacturer: Cleveland Range LLC

    The oven-steamer comes with two independent cooking chambers and requires limited space, allowing simultaneous food preparation.

    Coca-Cola Freestyle

    Manufacturer: The Coca-Cola Company

    This self-serve fountain dispenser features more than 100 beverages, and takes the same amount of space as an eight-valve machine.

    Hot Cube 3

    Manufacturer: Cres Cor

    The tri-powered hybrid hot cabinet uses 120V indoors and converts to propane heat for eight hours outdoors.

    Apex Conveyor Dishmachine

    Manufacturer: Ecolab

    Apex Conveyor is designed for spotless ware results using half the utilities. The dishmachine also cleans and delimes itself automatically.

    Ecolab Cleaning Caddy

    Manufacturer: Ecolab

    This restroom-cleaning caddy, complete with chemical dispenser, spray wand, on-board wet vac, and rechargeable battery, is the size of a mop and bucket.

    EcoVent Exhaust Air Cleaner

    Manufacturer: Franke Foodservice Systems

    The first cooking exhaust cleaner to introduce grease- and odor-reducing effects of UV light in the airstream, reducing the need for filters and daily cleaning.

    Jet Extraction System

    Manufacturer: Halton Company

    An extraction-exhaust system that uses a cyclonic aspirating hood to provide quiet cooking.

    Proximity Heat Reclaim Hood

    Manufacturer: Halton Company

    This reclaim hood captures the highest clean combustion heat from a gas appliance, supplies hot water, and reduces energy consumption.

    PriMelt Oil Melter

    Manufacturer: Henny Penny

    PriMelt is an on-board oil melter that converts semisolid oils to a clear liquid and maintains it for replenishment, without hot splash.

    Advansys CLER Energy Recovery

    Manufacturer: Hobart Corporation

    The conveyor-type warewasher captures heat from exhaust air to preheat inlet water for energy savings.

    Indigo Series Ice Machine

    Manufacturer: Manitowoc Ice

    Operators can program ice production and monitor ice clarity and machine maintenance, as well as energy and water usage.

    M-iQ Flight-Type Dishwasher

    Manufacturer: MEIKO, USA

    The M-iQ includes a filtration system that removes food waste from the wash water and features a filtration process that collects food soil and flushes it out in high-pressure cycles.

    Dragon Fire Thermo Recovery Filter

    Manufacturer: National Hot Water

    A device that replaces grease filters in vent hoods and combines a heat exchanger with a grease filter to convert heat exhaust into energy.

    Produce Soak with Advanced Washing Technology

    Manufacturer: Power Soak Systems Inc.

    Free-flowing water moves soil from hard-to-reach areas. Advanced Washing Inserts and Flexible Tank Dividers create rotating motions for thorough washing and sanitation.

    Pro-Max Two Sided Grill with Pro-Lift Hinge System

    Manufacturer: Star Manufacturing

    This Pro-Max Grill uses a hinge system that transfers loads to compression springs for improved multifood grilling capabilities.


    Manufacturer: STOVESHOES LLC

    A cost-effective alternative to wheels or casters, these are nonbreakable, chemical resistant, and low friction, making sliding kitchen equipment easy.

    Kwik Clean 3 Pre-Rinse Spray Nozzle

    Manufacturer: Strahman Valves Inc.

    The three-tip nozzle allows for quick spray pattern changes. Its high-efficiency design reduces energy and wastewater costs while lowering CO2 emissions.

    VISION Underbar Furniture

    Manufacturer: Supreme Metal Inc.

    A line of underbar furniture that features interchangeable and customizable finishes, hardware, fixtures, storage options, and installation configurations.

    The Quiet One

    Manufacturer: Vitamix Corporation

    The quietest commercial blender available, providing sound reduction through its exclusive door-seal design.

    Universal Ventless Hoods

    Manufacturer: Wells Manufacturing

    With the flexibility to mix and match various electric cooking equipment and an innovative air path with a four-stage filtration system, these hoods capture more effluents with 34 percent less air flow and 30 percent less noise.