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Saving time is a good thing and saving money is even better. To find something that saves both time and money while increasing productivity, accuracy and customer satisfaction is a true winning solution. Foodservice equipment distributors are discovering a new integration tool from Expertek that does all these things and more.

Offering planned maintenance is one of the most vital services you can provide commercial businesses. While many refrigerator maintenance tasks can performed by operators, there are other tasks and inspections that require the attention of an authorized service technician.

It’s no understatement to say that foodservice operators have had to think creatively to survive over the past year. When indoor dining became prohibited by local municipalities, many operators kicked their catering, delivery and pickup efforts into overdrive.

Welcome to 40,000 square feet of 15 active cooking vignettes and 150 pieces of live Middleby commercial kitchen and beverage innovation all under one roof. This is the Middleby Innovation Kitchens (the MIK), is where chef-driven demonstration and Middleby innovation meet.

As caterers return to business in the post-pandemic “new normal,” they will face challenges unlike any they faced in the past. While there may be supply chain challenges due to the unpredictability of restrictions and reopenings, the smartest caterers will be flexible and not only survive but thrive, says Lee Baker, Vice President, Sales - iVario® RATIONAL North America. Here, he explains how.

The new Middleby Innovation Kitchens bring together best-in-class equipment from virtually every area of foodservice in one elegant, educational, easily-accessible location. Guests experience an unmatched range of Middleby solutions live and in action. Find out about Master Chef Russell Scott who leads this state-of-the-art showcase for culinary creativity.

Shopping for the right equipment can be GREAT (so many choices!!) and HARD (...so many choices...). The fryer is a critical piece of equipment that often throws operators for a loop and raises the subsequent question: ‘Open fryer or pressure fryer?’.

The Ad Hoc Kitchen at the MIKs provides a “blank slate” for operators to test a variety of equipment and kitchen design configurations. Unlike any other test kitchen in the foodservice industry, the Ad Hoc Kitchen offers maximum flexibility and hands-on opportunities.

We discuss a few tips on how to set your staff and restaurant guests up for success when adding a Touchless Express dispenser into your operation.

“It’s an incredible ‘wow’ factor”, says Kevin Eaton, president of Eaton Marketing in Clearwater, Fla. For Katherine Young, Elevation Foodservice Reps, Denver, Colo., the MIK “is a destination – your brain kind of pops in here.” In only the first couple of months the MIK is getting rave reviews.

For kitchens that need a mixer for multiple applications, periodically mix heavy doughs and/or have limited batch use, Hobart offers its Centerline™ HMM20 standard heavy-duty mixer. This versatile 20-quart mixer is an excellent solution for kitchens that mix for less than four hours daily. 

To be successful in this post-pandemic world, caterers are rethinking many facets of their business. “The old way” of doing things just won’t cut it anymore, says Deb Friar, Field Marketing Manager for Convotherm®. “COVID has caused operators to consider how to do things differently,” she says. “Post-COVID, in most cases, operators may no longer be able to afford to keep using the methods developed a generation or more ago that are still the norm today. It’s easy to incorporate new processes and technology, and the payback is much faster than most operators assume.”

Boilerless combi ovens use a different approach to creating steam, featuring five distinct benefits that boiler ovens can’t compete with. Discover the top reasons to choose a boilerless oven, including greater precision, greater efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.

From its beginnings as a butcher shop over a century ago, the name “Hess” has always stood for quality meat products in the Lancaster, Penn., area. But nowadays, Hess’s Barbecue Catering provides a full range of food items to cater the most elegant party, wedding or other social event.

As caterers return to business in the post-pandemic “new normal,” they will face challenges unlike any they faced in the past. While there may be supply chain challenges due to the unpredictability of restrictions and reopenings, the smartest caterers will be flexible and not only survive but thrive.