2016 Best in Class Awards Overall

Foodservice operators, dealers and consultants cast their votes for the best of the best among foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers.

Every foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturer strives to achieve best in class status in the eyes of their supply chain partners. The fact remains, though, that only a few factories earn the right to truly claim Best in Class status. That's because the only way to achieve this elite status is to provide value in multiple ways as defined by the customer. With that in mind, Foodservice Equipment and Supplies presents the data from our 2016 Best in Class Study.

In this exclusive research, FE&S' subscribing foodservice operators, dealers and consultants evaluate equipment and supplies manufacturers on seven critical characteristics that impact their purchasing decisions:

  • Product quality
  • Product value
  • Product design and aesthetics
  • Service and support
  • Sales representation
  • Product inventory and availability
  • Product information availability

Those participating in the survey prioritized these factors in order of importance and then rated the individual factories they work with in a given product category on these attributes. Our research team then combined the individual results with those from other participants from the category to create a composite score and identify those manufacturers that the readers of FE&S feel are Best in Class.

These comprehensive results highlight those factories that establish the benchmark for understanding and meeting the needs of the entire distribution channel.

Here we proudly present the winners from our 2015 study.

  • Best in Class Overall (below)
  • Dealers
  • Operators
  • Consultants
HEAVY EQUIPMENT Category Winner
Blast Chillers Traulsen
Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets Cleveland
Charbroilers Vulcan
Chef Counters’ Prefabricated Delfield
Combi Ovens Alto-Shaam
Convection Ovens Blodgett
Conveyor Ovens Lincoln
Cook and Hold Ovens Alto-Shaam
Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Advance Tabco
Deck Ovens Blodgett
Dishwashers/Warewashers Hobart
Floor Mixers Hobart
Freestanding Floor Fryers Pitco
Ice Makers Manitowoc Ice
Mobile Hot Food Holding Equipment Hatco
Ranges, Gas and Electric Vulcan
Refrigerated Prep Tables True Manufacturing
Steam-Jacketed Kettles Cleveland
Steamers Cleveland
Upright Reach-In Refrigeration True Manufacturing
Ventilation Systems CaptiveAire
Walk-In Refrigeration Thermo-Kool
   
LIGHT EQUIPMENT Category Winner
Beverage Blenders Vitamix
Coffee Brewers Bunn-O-Matic
Conveyor Toasters Hatco
Countertop Griddles Vulcan
Disposers Salvajor
Electric Food Processors Robot Coupe
Electric Slicers Hobart
Heat Lamps Hatco
High-Speed Ovens TurboChef
Induction Cooktops Vollrath
Manual Food Choppers Vollrath
Microwave Ovens Amana
Parts and Accessories Franklin Machine Products
Scales Edlund Company
Shelving Metro
Sinks, Prefabricated Advance Tabco
Underbar Fabrication Perlick
Underbar Refrigeration True Manufacturing
Worktables, Prefabricated Advance Tabco
   
SMALLWARES Category Winner
Cookware Vollrath
Cutlery Dexter-Russell
Food Storage Containers Cambro
Tabletop and Buffet Serving Accessories Vollrath
Thermometers/Sensors Taylor

For more information

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