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Green Innovations Unveiled at Florida Restaurant & Lodging Expo


ORLANDO—The 2017 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Expo wrapped up last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Among the 450 suppliers were companies offering new innovations to help you clean better, save energy, reduce waste and grow food more locally. Be sure to follow the links included here to learn more about the entrepreneurs and their inventions.

Sustainable Gardens 2gether launched its unique new Chefs Choice and Chefs Garden microgreen growing systems for restaurants. The Chefs Choice system allows chefs to grow fresh high-quality microgreens in a specialized environmentally controlled cooler right in their own kitchens. The new Herb Tower Garden allows chefs to grow specialty culinary herbs in house, to produce the freshest, finest quality, most delicious flavored culinary herbs, right in the restaurant.

Violet Defense Technology

Violet Defense Technology, a startup that incorporates the proven germ-killing power of UV light into its patented technology, launch its first product from the Surface & Air Germ Elimination (S.A.G.E.) product line. S.A.G.E. UV is a new anti-microbial line of germ-killing products that combines a broad spectrum of UV and violet blue light with motion sensor technology and artificial intelligence to automatically kill germs whenever a room is unoccupied.

The patented S.A.G.E. UV System effectively kills up to 99.9 percent of the most common germs, including MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus, from as far as three meters away. By combining UV-C, UV-B, UV-A and violet blue light, S.A.G.E. UV optimizes the amount of the germ-killing energy delivered through the air and onto any contact surface. This causes inactivation of microbes and inhibits reproduction, effectively preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses.

S.A.G.E. UV is designed to bring clinical-level cleaning to spaces that have not previously had cost-effective options for deploying UV in their environments, including hotels, assisted living facilities, restaurants, cruise ships, schools, etc. The products are designed to run various cleaning modes from full artificial intelligence, where the system can automatically adapt its cleaning cycle to properly disinfect a room anytime it’s unoccupied, to pre-programmed cleaning times depending on the operational needs of each facility. The S.A.G.E. UV anti-microbial line is available in three different cost-effective units, making it easy to integrate into almost any environment.

  • Anti-Microbial Whole Room Unit: With installation options for nearly any ceiling (commercial or residential), units effectively disinfect an entire room using the intelligent, autonomous control system or pre-programmed cleaning cycle.
  • Anti-Microbial Mobile Unit: Combines two whole room units with a mobile stand that allows users to easily transport the germ-killing power to any space or room. The whole room units can be deployed on opposite sides of the stand to provide nearly 360 degrees of coverage while disinfecting, or on the same side to provide high and low exposure cover of 180 degrees—particularly valuable when trying to disinfect underneath counters and elevated surfaces.
  • Anti-Microbial Bathroom Fan Cover: Replaces an existing bathroom fan cover to bring a clinical-level of clean to the bathroom spaces. The unit automatically transitions from controlling the bath fan, while the bathroom is occupied, to sanitizing bathroom surfaces once the bathroom is unoccupied.
Sustainable Gardens 2gether

Polar Controller introduced its system that has the ability to analyze, diagnose and predict interruptions in refrigeration systems so that technicians and owner/managers have the ability to be proactive in their repairs and maintenance. When an issue is identified by the monitoring software, the actions made available through the Polar Controller System could save the business valuable assets while adding years to a refrigeration system’s usefulness and stability—all of which save the client money.

Zeco Oil Management Solutions featured its oil filtration system that enables foodservice operations to safely wash fryers, double micro filter oil (extending its life) and transport the expired oil safely when needed. The system works with any fryer and bulk oil system. The Zeco ECO machine can reduce fryer oil consumption by 50 percent or more.

Your Green 2 Go offered its many all-natural, biodegradable, and compostable products. They are made from all-natural ingredients and include utensils, plates, bowls, to-go containers and grab ‘n go containers.

Glenn Hasek can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.