If you run a foodservice operation at your hotel, and yes that includes breakfast, you should pay attention to the many green products that were featured at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show. The list of exhibitors can be found here. It will take you some time to sift through the list of more than 1,700 companies but the time will be well spent given the opportunities to reduce energy, water, and waste at your hotel—and better protect yourself and your employees. Plus, the list can be sorted in different ways—by pavilions (Organic & Natural) for example, or by diverse businesses (one example being Woman-Owned Business).
I randomly chose 10 companies from the list to give you an example of the types of innovations that were found at the show.
Enviro Sip Straw featured its BOSS straws that resist collapsing, shredding, or becoming soggy for more than 24 hours. The straws are made from 100 percent recyclable paper and food-grade, biodegradable binding.
Better Earth LLC displayed its wide range of food packaging products, for serving or to-go, made from materials ranging from bamboo to sugarcane to agricultural fibers.
Smart Buffet Ware was on hand with its induction systems that save 96 percent over the cost of canned fuel and 69 percent over the cost of electric heaters.
Distant Lands Coffee featured its coffee that can be private branded to meet “your taste.” Says the company, “Our roots in specialty coffee run deep. In 1968 our founder, William McAlpin, began growing coffee at Hacienda La Minita, his family farm in Costa Rica. His work in pioneering sustainable coffee production continues to set the industry standard.”
Altitude Water demonstrated its Atmospheric Water Generators. The machines extract moisture from the air and fully replace the need for bottled water or faucet water purifiers.
Sanitizing Door Handles
OpenClean Technologies, a division of Altitude Medical Inc., exhibited its sanitizer systems for restroom doors and other critical points of contamination. OpenClean makes door handles with integrated door-mounted dispensing including real-time monitoring systems that allow users to sanitize their hands as they leave the restroom.
Therma demonstrated its remote temperature monitoring products that help protect inventory 24/7 from equipment failures, power outages, and human error. With Therma’s app, you can receive alerts and view temperature data on-the-go. Therma helps to prevent food waste and emergency breakdowns.
ChargeNet featured its electric vehicle charging solutions for restaurant operators. By becoming a partner with ChargeNet, a restaurant can boost brand image, earn passive income, lower operating costs by 20 to 30 percent each month, and win more customers.
Beddingo showed its time-saving bedding that is easy to change thanks to an elastic band that is placed on the mattress only before the first use. After the band is on the mattress, there’s no need to lift the mattress ever again—saving housekeepers from repetitive-use injuries. Beddingo sheets attach and detach easily by hook and loop fasteners that are sewn to its corners. The sheets never pop off the mattress.
Extreme Microbial Technologies offered its MAK-Inline. It is designed to easily integrate with an existing heating and air conditioning system. It actively distributes Hydrogen Peroxide Plasma into the air and onto surfaces to reduce bacteria, viruses, molds, mildew, fungi, VOC’s (which cause odors) and other contaminants. It is available in a variety of sizes.
These companies are just a small sample of those who were at the show with eco-sensitive solutions for hoteliers and restaurateurs. There were an especially large number of exhibitors offering non-plastic, non-polystyrene, biodegradable food packaging options.
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