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Welcome to FER Fortnightly Online Newsletter
Welcome to this Special Products Edition of FER Fortnightly online newsletter, featuring products from leading manufacturers, including many that will be displayed at the National Restaurant Association Show, to be held in Chicago, May 16-19, 2009. We have included booth numbers, as well as contact information and live links to the companiesí web sites for your convenience.
 

ACCUREX HOOD HAS IT ALL
It's not just the catchy name and unique features that deserve attention. The Grease Grabber self-cleaning kitchen hood system has highly efficient filtration and doesn't need disassembly before cleaning, saving ops significant use of water and energy. Two filter banks feature a centrifugal, air-vortex effect that removes and traps the majority of grease particles, and a secondary, bead-filled filter to remove smaller particles for 100% grease removal at 8 microns and larger. Payback from this high-efficiency system includes lower duct-cleaning costs, and reduced fire risk and grease-related roof damage.

Accurex/Greenheck
800/333-1400
www.accurex-systems.com



ALTO-SHAAM OVEN SCORES WITH SLOW AND STEADY
Speed isn't everything in foodservice. Let's not forget flavor, as provided by the heat-enhanced 750-TH/III Cook-Hold Oven as it slow-cooks meats and proteins. It includes eight programmable electronic menu keys so operators can cook by time or internal product probe temperature. The set-and-forget control keeps labor demands low and automatically holds product up to and beyond the point of service, while the low temperature keeps shrinkage of red meat items to a minimum. The oven, which offers HACCP networking options, is in the EcoSmart energy-efficient equipment line.

Alto-Shaam Inc.
800/558-8744
www.alto-shaam.com
Booth #1005



ONE PASS TOASTS BOTH SIDES AT ANTUNES
It's one pass to toasted perfection with the DST-200 Deli Sandwich Toaster. Its infrared heat will evenly, quickly and continuously toast both sides of a variety of bread products. Operators can take the hassle out of maintenance with built-in features, including an auto-tension system eliminating the need to adjust the belts as they age and stretch, and a self-diagnostic system monitoring motors and heaters. The unit's upper conveyor automatically levels bread crowns to prevent tipping and uneven toasting.

A.J. Antunes & Co.
800/253-2991
www.ajantunes.com



ASCEND-JIMEX HAS DOLLAR-WISE REFRIGERATION
When the economy is slow, bells and whistles aren't as important as the bare-bones value of keeping food cold. Ascend's new value line of one- and two-door reach-in coolers and freezers features stainless steel doors, powder-coated steel interior and exterior sides, and stainless steel interior bottom. All freezers have external temperature controls; the coolers come with thermostats. Automatic interior lights and 5" casters are standard. Best of all, all these basic units guarantee quality with a 2-year parts and labor warranty.

Ascend/Jimex Corp.
800/314-4477
www.ascendmfg.com
Booth #1952






ATLAS SAYS: DROP IN, GET CHILLED
Atlas Metal's RM series refrigerated cold pan holds chilled ingredients near the cookline or wherever they are needed. The 9" deep pan walls are wrapped in copper tubing, meeting the "strictest health codes," says the supplier. You can install the pan in just about any counter, either as a self-contained, "plug-and-play" unit or with the compressor at a remote location. Insulation around the pans boosts energy efficiency, while a nifty gasket supplied by the factory lets you seal the unit to the countertop with no seepage.
Atlas Metal Industries
800/762-7565
www.atlasfoodserv.com



CDN MEASURES UP WITH THIN TIP
CDN already offers operators the broadest assortment of thermometers and timers. With the ProAccurate Quick-Read Thin Tip Thermometer, kitchens get pinpoint accuracy as well. The DTT450 features a super-accurate 1.5 mm slim tip. Its thin profile measures the internal temperature of food with minimal impact, and a recalibration feature ensures the highest accuracy over time. This NSF-listed thermometer provides accurate temperature readings in 6 to 8 seconds with a temperature range of -40 to +450°F (-40 to +230°C).

CDN/Component Design Northwest
800/338-5594
www.cdn-timeandtemp.com
Booth #5939



DISHWARE SORTING IS A SNAP WITH GENEVA/LAKESIDE
Make a two-step job into a smoother one-step process with Geneva/Lakeside's mobile dishware sorting system. The convenient Soiled Dish Breakdown Cart saves labor and reduces breakage by presorting soiled glasses, silverware and plates close to the point of service. Ideal for remote dining and meeting rooms, its flat shelves accommodate bus tubs and silver containers; slanted overshelves hold glasses and cups and feature a pitched drain with tube to prevent wet floors. Floors not only stay dry but are easily cleaned, as carts can be easily moved to the dishwashing area and away from walls.

Lakeside Mfg.
800/558-8565
www.elakeside.com



ELECTROLUX OFFERS A TWO-IN-ONE
When the benefits offered by both a convection oven and a steamer are designed into one simple-to-use unit, that product deserves continued attention. The air-o-convect from Electrolux is a hybrid convection oven that is operator-friendly for current convection oven users, while also offering the versatility, cooking quality and automatic cleaning benefits common to high-performance combi ovens. Available in 6- and 10-pan full-size models in both gas and electric, the unit provides significant savings in the consumption of gas and electricity, as well as a reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Electrolux Professional Inc.
866/449-4200
www.electroluxusa.com/professional
Booth #6416





FMP HAS A PORTABLE BULK SCALE
Traditional bulk scales are heavy, cumbersome pieces of equipment that carry a hefty price. That's not the case with FMP's Portable Keg Scale. Designed for loading docks, receiving areas, or anywhere kegs are stored, the scale is lightweight, so it can be moved to any location and withstand cold environments and moisture. Simple to operate, its low profile makes it easy to tip kegs on and off; its digital readout displays in ounces or pounds, even up to its 400-lb. capacity.

FMP/Franklin Machine Products
800/257-7737
www.fmponline.com



G.E.T.: TAKEOUT THAT'S EARTH-FRIENDLY
The basics of going green begin with reducing litter and landfills. New Eco-Takeouts are reusable, environmentally friendly food containers which reduce non-biodegradable waste. Made of sturdy polypropylene, they are stackable and microwave-safe for re-heating. Available in jade or translucent colors, Eco-Takeouts are also dishwasher-safe and break-resistant. Perfect for anywhere food is delivered or carried—caterers, colleges and universities, hotel room service and conventions, and brown bag events.

G.E.T. Enterprises Inc.
713/467-9394
www.ecotakeouts.com
Booth #3968



HATCO SERVES UP TASTY FARE WITH STYLE
Hatco's Serv-Rite Portable Buffet Warmers blend durability with elegant, designer looks while holding food at optimum serving temperatures. These unique elliptical buffet warmers feature a thermostatically controlled heated base, durable stainless steel construction, and sturdy aluminum extrusion. The SRB-1 and SRBW-1 models come with a standard full-size pan and offer a carving station pan. SRG-1 and SRGBW-1 models feature food-safe heated black glass so food can be placed directly on the unit or within serving vessels.

Hatco Corp.
800/558-0607
www.hatcocorp.com
Booth #2836




INSINKERATOR MINIMIZES WASTE VOLUME, COSTS
Hauling all those garbage bags out to the Dumpster adds up in time, labor, hauling fees, and environmental impact. Installing Waste Xpress, a food waste reduction system, can cut waste volume by 85%. The system's waste disposer pulverizes food scraps, paper waste, sugar or jelly packets, milk cartons and straws. The resulting slurry is fed into the Waste Xpress unit, where a centrifuge-type action spins out the water and spits the now-dry pulp into a waiting trash container. The unit's auger, auger screen and chute remove easily for a run through the warewasher.

InSinkErator
800/845-8345
www.insinkerator.com



MARKET FORGE HAS STEAMING HOT NEWS
Food quality and ease of preparation don't have to suffer just because space is tight. The new Power-Plus Convection Steam Cooker with steam jacketed kettle is integrally mounted on a cabinet base containing a gas-fired steam generator and adjoining tilting gas steam-jacketed trunnion kettle. Measuring only 42" wide, the unit comes in gas or electric, and with a 6-, 10- or 12-gal. trunnion kettle. An integrated, self-contained water management and filtration system reduces water consumption—helping operators' bottom lines in water and energy costs.

Market Forge Industries
866/698-3188
www.mfii.com
Booth #1660




MEIKO CLEANS UP DISPOSAL QUANDARIES
How do you solve a problem like efficient and safe disposal of food waste? With a brand new idea, such as Meiko's Waste Star System. This revolutionary food waste transportation and disposal system uses compressed air rather than traditional water flushing for efficient operation and environmental friendliness. With no need for an additional eater supply, organic kitchen waste can be deposited at multiple locations and collected at a central location. Waste can be removed in a tanker truck and used to produce biogas, or as a land-applied fertilizer. Or it can be delivered to a normal grinder and dewatering press for traditional disposal in a Dumpster.

Meiko
800/556-3456
www.meiko.us
Booth #6433







SHINY FLATWARE, COURTESY OF POWERSOAK
Seeing spots or lingering reminders of last night's sauce on flatware? Not with the Power Soak Silverware Pre-Washing System. It dramatically increases the consistency and quality of an operator's flatware cleanliness and appearance by properly prewashing the flatware with a vortex of high-volume, self-heated, agitating water and detergent. By using a mechanical wash action, dried-on and baked-on food soils are pulled away from the flatware in minutes and can then be run through a dish machine a single time.

Power Soak Systems
800/444-9624
www.powersoak.com
Booth #3553



ROBOT COUPE SHOWS OFF DESIGN CHOPS
With more than 70 machines already in its product catalog, Robot Coupe has poured its design expertise into a new vegetable prep machine: the R502 Combination Food Processor. Designed for durable, rugged and dependable service, it includes two attachments: With the all-metal vegetable prep attachment, operators can slice, dice, shred, grate, French fry, and julienne more than 2,000 servings in 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The stainless steel bowl attachment is designed for mixing, chopping, pureeing and blending.

Robot Coupe USA Inc.
800/824-1646
www.robotcoupeusa.com
Booth #3979



DISPOSING EASE FROM SALVAJOR
Flexibility is the key to Salvajor's newly redesigned disposers. Models 75, 100, 150 and 200 now include a shorter motor housing and an increased drain height—that means easier installation and replacement of any brand disposer. The interior components are made from the same rugged materials as previous models and boast an energy-efficient motor. The exterior surface is computer-machined, giving the disposer a sanitary, highly polished look. These units are UL, CSA, and CE listed.

Salvajor Co.
www.salvajor.com
800/725-8256





FORGET THE MESSES WITH SANI-FLOOR
Why cry over split milk when the floor will clean it up? Sani-Floor's Self-Washing Floor Systems contain any kitchen mess at its source. With this patented system, food and debris fall into the floor rather than on it. No more need for rubber mats; Sani-Floor grates are non-slip and anti-fatigue to provide a more comfortable and safe working surface. Operators will enjoy time savings throughout the day, and final clean-up is simple: Empty the strainer tray and run the grates through the dish machine.

Sani-Floor LLC
866/895-7264
www.sanifloor.com
Booth #7156



EFFICIENCY IS A SCOTSMAN FAMILY TRAIT
The new Prodigy Nugget ice machine provides ice in the soft, chewable form that is already a favorite among customers. Operators applaud the efficiencies already well-known in the Prodigy line: displacing more liquid than cubed ice, lowering syrup costs per cup, and using less water in production compared to cubed varieties. The Nugget continues that excellent high-efficiency, using up to 50% less water and 17% less energy than cube ice machines. Known for their self-monitoring and diagnostic systems, Prodigy products offer operators up-to-the-minute performance and maintenance reporting.

Scotsman Ice
800/726-8762
www.scotsman-ice.com
Booth #3638




SERVICE IDEAS HEEDS THE CALL
The 982 Series Server offers operators a stylish way to serve beverages. It is elegant and stylish, adding beauty to any table. Whether it's sitting in a restaurant booth, catered buffet or at the hand of a table attendant, this sleek, easy-to-handle server adds value to an overall presentation. Servers have a stainless steel exterior and interior with vacuum insulation. With four sizes to choose from--.3L, .6L, 1L and 1.5L—there is a size to fit any need. All four sizes come in a polished stainless finish and are dishwasher safe.

Service Ideas Inc.
www.serviceideas.com
800/328-4493
Booth #2818



T&S BRASS POWERS UP FAUCETS
ChekPoint electronic faucets from T&S already provide water conservation, hygiene and cost-saving benefits. Now there are more power options, chiefly the new Hydro-Generator, a self-contained power source which creates and stores its own power with the flow of water. No need for batteries here. The Hydro-Generator is available for individual purchase and easily retrofits to any second-generation ChekPoint electronic faucet. The supplied female-to-female swivel adapter allows for fast and easy installation.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works
800/476-4103
www.tsbrass.com
Booth #1024



A PERFECT FIT FROM THERMO-KOOL
Whether your job site requirements can be met with standard walk-in sizes and configurations or demand a special design to fit unusual job-site space requirements, you can count on Thermo-Kool walk-ins to fit your needs. With every walk-in preassembled prior to shipment, operations large and small are ensured a trouble-free installation. Environmental considerations are also considered: these walk-ins meet energy efficient and green requirements.

Thermo-Kool/Mid-South Industries
800/647-7074
www.thermokool.com



TOMLINSON KETTLES GET CUSTOMER NOTICE
Merchandising comes naturally to kettle displays, and soup sales just got a boost with the updated Glenray Kettle now available from Tomlinson. Its attractive stainless steel finish looks great, and is even more energy efficient and economical. This versatile, electrically heated 10 1/2 qt. kettle warms, holds and merchandises soups and other hot food specialties. And its compact footprint, only 14 3/4" H x 13 5/16" in diameter, lets you fit it in the tightest locations. Temperature control adjusts by degrees, not just low, medium or high.

Tomlinson Industries
216/587-3400, Ext. 112
www.tomlinsonind.com
Booth #7628


VOLLRATH PANS SHAPE UP ANY BUFFET
New Super Pan Super Shapes steam table pans provide an instant makeover for any buffet without costing a fortune. It's a small investment for an upscale look—no templates, tiles or other accessories are needed for a snug, energy-holding fit. New Super Shapes pans come in oval or kidney, both available in full- or half-size, or interlocking "wild" pan. Made from 22-gauge stainless steel, they withstand the most demanding commercial applications while providing excellent thermal transfer for reduced energy costs. Super Pan 3 covers fit over full- and half-size Super Shapes pans.

Vollrath Co.
800/624-2051
www.vollrathco.com
Booth #3641



WOOD STONE TANDOORI HAS TRADITION AND TECH
Wood Stone is combining ancient food prep and 21st century technology. Tandoori cooking, an ancient method of preparing food originally developed in the central plains of Asia and later brought to India, is fast becoming part of the international culinary scene. The new Tandoor Oven is engineered to capture the same flavor and romance, but as a longer lasting and better performing piece of equipment. Tandoor ovens come in several shapes and sizes, including square, round or octagonal.

Wood Stone Corp.
800/988-8074
www.woodstone-corp.com
Booth #3641



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