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TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—EnviroPure Systems Inc., a T&S company, has introduced an ozone recirculation system as an optional addition to its on-site organic food waste disposal systems. The new feature eliminates the need to add fresh water during EnviroPure’s digestion process, relying instead on water that is naturally extracted from food waste as it processes through the system.
DENVER—Ice-O-Matic announces the launch of the ICE0856GA and the 50 Hz ICE0855GA series of ice machines, also known as “The Grande Cuber.” The new machines produce a Grande Cube that is more than twice the size of a standard, full-sized cube. The complete line of Grande Cubers will be on display at The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Show (NAFEM) from February 19 through February 21 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center.
NAPA, CALIF.—Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa treats diners’ taste buds to a true garden-to-table experience year round. It may be winter, but the Napa Valley hotel’s on-site restaurant, VINeleven, is giving travelers a taste of sunny California with farm-fresh flavors. Incorporating vegetables, fruits and herbs that are grown in the gardens on-site, VINeleven provides an authentic Napa dining experience.
MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide announced Meet with Purpose, a concept designed to make it easier for meeting professionals to reduce waste and incorporate health and wellness into meetings and events. Meet with Purpose provides meeting professionals with sustainable choices to incorporate into events that not only enhance the experiences of attendees, but also align with many customers’ corporate responsibility goals. Inspired by Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, Hilton gathered feedback from customers and sales Team Members to identify the most pressing sustainability issues for meetings and events. To meet these needs, Hilton created Meet with Purpose, supported by two focus areas. The first, Mindful Eating, encourages meeting professionals to reexamine event dining to minimize food waste and encourage healthy choices. Hilton offers solutions such as portion control, sourcing locally, pre-plating salads and establishing central water stations with reusable containers. • Mindful Meeting inspires meeting professionals to host more sustainable events by considering practices that are less resource-intensive. The solutions range from using paperless registration and placing notepads in a central location to turning off climate control when a meeting room isn’t in use.
DENVER—Ice-O-Matic, a leading global manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins, and dispensers announced the appointment of Keith Kelly as President, effective February 1, 2015. In his new role, Kelly will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Ice-O-Matic and will report directly to Rich Gleitsmann, Chief Operating Officer of Ali Group North America.
JOHNSTON, S.C.—Riegel div. Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. is turning plastic bottles into durable table linen. RieNu by Riegel is a 100 percent recycled polyester linen produced from Eco-Sure, a 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET as confirmed by Scientific Certification Systems. Simply put, one 20 x 20 napkin made from RieNu recycled polyester fabric eliminates three 16 oz. plastic bottles from our landfills.
NEW YORK—The de Blasio Administration announced that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” in New York City. After consultation with corporations, including Dart Container Corp., nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. DSNY also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the city. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” is also banned. “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Champion Industries, manufacturer of a full line of commercial warewashing systems, announced its newest innovation, the Phoenix Dehydrator, for commercial food waste. The Phoenix Dehydrator can process all organics including: produce, fruits, cut flowers, meats, fat trimmings, fish, paper napkins, coffee grounds, spoiled milks, deli products and some soft plastics, reducing organic waste by as much as 95 percent.
ANAHEIM, CALIF.—Master-Bilt will showcase a new line of vertical and horizontal open air merchandisers in the What’s Hot! What’s Cool! New Product Gallery at The NAFEM Show, February 19 to 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center, and in Master-Bilt booth #1608. These models offer easy access, contemporary styling, increased capacity and quiet operation.
NEW YORK—The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is an all-encompassing event for thousands of restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry professionals from throughout New York and the tri-state region. In 2015, Urban Expositions, owners of the event, along with the event’s sponsor, the New York State Restaurant Association, are excited to offer several ways for vendors and restaurateurs to participate in this trade show and conference scheduled for Sunday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
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