I will be attending The NAFEM Show in Orlando this coming week (February 7 to 9). It is being held at the LEED Gold Orange County Convention Center. For those of you not familiar with the event, it is the show of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and is held every two years. This will be my third NAFEM Show. I highly recommend the event for anyone looking to reduce the environmental impact of their food and beverage operation(s). With the right equipment, you can save thousands each year in energy, water and waste costs. Be sure to read my column next week for an overview of The NAFEM Show.
In addition to having more than 600 exhibitors to visit with, this year’s show will have a WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL! What Works! area where you can find the latest innovations in items ranging from ovens to ice machines to fryers. Also, on the show floor there will be a theater where one can hear presentations from industry leaders about the latest trends and technologies. Innovation Lounges throughout the show will feature a single equipment or supply implementation.
The long list of exhibitors is available on The NAFEM Show site. ExBio NA, Inc. will be at the show with its solutions for the decomposition and elimination of food waste. ExBio has been producing aerobic food digesters since 2007. Bluewater will be at the show for the first time. One of the products it will be featuring: the Bluewater Pro400, a water purifier that can produce up to 1,825 gallons of direct-flow water a day.
Healthy Food Available from ‘Sally’
Chowbotics, Inc. will introduce Sally, its robot, that makes made-to-order meals—salads, grain bowls, yogurt bowls and snacks. The Sally vending machine has a 3′ X 3′ footprint. Master-Bilt will have a demo of its updated Master Controller Reverse Cycle Defrost System (MCRCD). The MCRCD is an electronic controller option for walk-in coolers and freezers and is designed to increase food safety, prevent product loss and provide significant savings on energy bills. Similarly, Nor-Lake will feature its Enviro-Control, a highly efficient custom-designed controller for walk-in coolers and freezers to increase reliability, connectivity and food safety while reducing operating costs.
Hobart will introduce its new FT1000e Low Energy Flight Type dishwasher. It includes enhancements that lower energy consumption and connected load, combined with features like Automatic Soil Removal and Energy Recovery. InSinkErator is debuting three new products in Orlando. One is the Tri-Cycle Waste Reduction System. Tri-Cycle reduces food waste volume by up to 90 percent and mass by up to 75 percent using a 10 HP, uniquely designed grinder and dewatering centrifuge. The compact, standalone design processes 50 lbs. of food waste per minute.
Vero Water will demonstrate its proprietary purification system that enables clients to purify, chill, fill and serve Vero still and sparkling water on-premise and on-demand. Restaurant Technologies will feature its automated frying oil storage, handling, filtration monitoring and disposal management system. The company delivers the fresh oil, its system pumps it to the fryer, pumps the waste oil back out and picks up the waste for recycling.
These are just a few examples of what will be featured or introduced by The NAFEM Show’s more than 600 exhibitors. I am looking forward to covering this important event.
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