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Check it out: Today’s top equipment and supplies trends at The NAFEM Show

12 16 2022 NAFEM equipment and supplies trends THUMB

Commercial foodservice operators are focused on moving forward with renewed ideas about how today’s kitchens work best. That requires a fresh look at what equipment and supplies are needed to maximize efficiency, satisfy consumer preferences and stay nimble.

The NAFEM Show 2023 is the most efficient way to see what’s new and notable in foodservice equipment and supplies. At this year’s event, attendees can explore top equipment trends and identify solutions that will lead to measurable improvements in their operation.

Multitasking machines

  • Look for equipment that can do double duty, such as high-quality food processors and blenders that are proven masters of various speeds.
  • Toggle between convection and steam cooking using combi-ovens that boost quality while reducing an overall equipment footprint.

Waste not, want not

  • Choose dishwashers with dual-rinse zones for superior results and use less energy and water.
  • Scan your equipment for older models that lack efficiency and check the specs in favor of models with energy-saving attributes.
  • Stretch holding times without sacrificing quality with technology such as pulse heating or humidifying

Treat freshness with care

  • Plan for more time and space for prep as diners seem to be making the shift toward better-for-you options packed with fresh ingredients.
  • Inhibit bacterial growth and spoilage with compact blast chillers that fit right inside your walk in – some even feature smart technology like programmable temperature settings.

Consumer-driven trend developments

  • Explore equipment and solutions to help you fulfill dietary trends from plant-based proteins to paleo.
  • Learn more about keeping customers with allergies and food sensitivities safe through better management, labeling strategies and careful equipment improvements.

Thrive through adaptation

Several creative and nimble solutions that emerged during the pandemic will remain relevant as consumer expectations evolve, including:Aesthetically pleasing display cases for a wider variety of fresh-prepped grab-and-go items.

  • Temperature-controlled food lockers.
  • Ordering kiosks with high-tech features.

Serve all customers, both on site and at home

The popularity of delivery apps will continue, particularly among Millennial and Gen Z diners. These tips can help balance the needs of on-premise and off-premise customers:

  • Carve out a designated pick-up area for delivery drivers and other patrons.
  • Install space-saving hot- and cold-holding units in underutilized spaces under bars and counters.
  • Consider keeping a slimmer menu for takeaway/delivery to take the pressure off the kitchen.

Surround yourself with opportunities

The NAFEM Show is the one place where you’ll have access to the industry’s leading foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers. Find solutions and make connections that will set your operation up for success, now and in the future.

Register to attend The NAFEM Show, Feb. 1 – 3, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., USA.

The original version of this article first appeared on The NAFEM Show site.

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