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COOKING EQUIPMENT

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What’s New With Hearth Ovens

Fully loaded with smart features, today’s hearth ovens fall into a category all their own.

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Pressure Frying: The Secret To Great Fried Chicken

In any commercial kitchen, there are two methods of frying that could be used to prepare foods at scale: pressure frying and open frying. While open frying is a reliable…

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WHY YOUR RESTAURANT NEEDS A CHICKEN FRYER

Commercial fryers, sometimes referred to as chicken fryers, are one of the most common pieces of kitchen equipment in food service. And for good reason, too. What are chicken fryers?…

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REFRIGERATION & ICE MACHINES

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How to Choose the Right Blast Chiller

Advanced blast chillers offer up to 13 functions and 150 cycles, while others have gone back to basics for improved ease of use and trainability.

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Dipping Cabinets

FER checks in on the latest merchandisers/dipping cabinets from Beverage-Air, Carpigiani, Master-Bilt and Kool-It.

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Cool Capacity: How to Specify Large Capacity Reach-Ins

Today’s large-capacity reach-in refrigerators boast new tech to shrink energy costs and boost performance.

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The Finer Print of Walk-In Care

Follow these tips from certified service professionals to keep your walk-ins chillin’.

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SERVING COUNTER EQUIPMENT

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Good Sense: How to Specify Condiment Dispensers

The pandemic jump-started innovation for condiment dispensers, bringing touchless models to market.

FURNISHINGS & DECOR

DIY Fix: Adjust Food Shields

If your facility boasts convertible food shields, and needs to shift from self-service to full-service to increase safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, follow these general steps.

SMALLWARES & TABLETOP

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Product Spotlight: Table Stakes

The array of tabletop options is ever-changing. Stay up to date on suppliers’ latest rollouts.

VENTILATION

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WAREWASHING & SCRAPPING

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‘Ware’ to Start With Specifying Glasswashers

Glasswashers save labor and space while ensuring glass cleanliness and beverage quality, but you’ll want to do your homework.

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Smooth Operator: Spotlight on Bloom Plant Based Kitchen

In 2022, Bloom Plant Based Kitchen, owned and operated by Chef Rodolfo Cuadros, installed a biodigester as part of its mission to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Looking For Ways to Save? Start With Your Pre-Rinse Unit

A pre-rinse unit isn’t the flashiest piece of equipment in your kitchen. And as long as it’s working (meaning spraying and not leaking), you probably don’t give it a second…

1 Product, 4 Ways: Food Waste Handling

We highlight the latest food waste disposers from Salvajor, InSinkErator, Hobart and Red Goat.

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STORAGE & CARTS

Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

1 Product, 4 Ways: Carts

Today’s carts for foodservice meet the needs of operators during the pandemic and beyond.

My Equipment Wishlist: Hot-Cold Pickup Shelves

For a growing number of customers, the perfect restaurant experience is walking through the door, breezing past the line, finding a bag with their name on it and walking out—without ever speaking to a human.

CFS Brands Acquires Piper Products

Conglomerates consolidate a dozen brands under one parent

WARMING & HOT HOLDING EQUIPMENT

BEVERAGE EQUIPMENT

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‘Ware’ to Start With Specifying Glasswashers

Glasswashers save labor and space while ensuring glass cleanliness and beverage quality, but you’ll want to do your homework.

CUSTOMER-FACING TECHNOLOGY

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Citing Improved Labor Productivity, Del Taco Broadens Use of AI

The quick-service, 600-plus-unit chain first tested the technology in 2022 before today announcing its plans to “significantly expand” deployment.

WASTE MANAGEMENT & JANITORIAL

Understanding UV Light

For years, ultraviolet light has been integrated into foodservice equipment. Now its getting a second look as a tool for fighting COVID-19.

FOOD PREPARATION EQUIPMENT

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A Cut Above: Tips for Specifying Slicers

Slicers help operators showcase freshness while new features make them smarter, safer and easier to use and clean.

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Are You Rinsing Your Produce the Right Way?

About 48 million people in the U.S. (one in six) get sick each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).…

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1 Product, 4 Ways: Sizing Up Floor Mixers

If you’re in the market for a floor mixer, you likely already know all about the high-capacity perks, but these machines surely aren’t one-size-fits-all.

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Mixing it Up—What to Look for in a Countertop Mixer

The countertop mixer is the Swiss Army knife of the kitchen—small but mighty, with the power to perform various functions.

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