A little of this and a lot of that…flexibility in equipment is one of the top priorities for operators and the NRA Show floor had a lot of multifunctional equipment on display to answer that demand.
The growing demand for restaurant food outside of restaurants has created a new market of innovative delivery and off-premise equipment. And it isn’t just about pizza (though yes, there were a lot of cool new pizza delivery products).
The assembly lines invented by Henry Ford well over a century ago have nothing on the automation innovations being unveiled at the NRA Show. Robot servers, sushi-making machines and fully programmable pizza ovens are only the beginning. The show floor offers hundreds of examples.
Day 1 of the Show included slices of a 1,000-lb. Eli's Cheesecake, buyers kicking the tires on new, cutting-edge equipment, conversations about the current state (and future) of foodservice, and a sense that the NRA Show's second century will bring innovations and changes we can only guess at in 2020.
Check out these models from Frymaster, Henny Penny, Imperial, Pitco, Ultrafryer and Vulcan.
Some notable companies and a few newer ones are among the 25 recipients of the National Restaurant Association's 2019 Kitchen Innovations Awards, honoring progressive equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity.