12 Foodservice Equipment Launches We're Watching

Foodservice equipment has come a long way from basic ovens designed just for cooking in a small footprint. That's still important, but today's offerings include multiple cooking chambers to cook at a variety of temperatures, as well as solutions for bean-to-cup coffee offers, compostable cutlery and new-age fountain options, among others. Click through for a look at a dozen new options that caught our eye recently.

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1. Hatco Corp.

Hatco Corp.'s new Flav-R-Savor cabinet features a heated air curtain that keeps the front of the unit open for easy access while keeping food hot inside. The unit is topped with a motion-activated menu screen and is available in 24- and 36-inch models.

2. Curtis

Cold-brew coffee has been growing by double digits in recent months. Cue Wilbur Curtis Co. to debut the Curtis Essence machine, which reduces the time it takes to make cold-brew coffee from 18 hours to 10 minutes. Partner it with the Curtis Nitro Infuser, and it becomes a compact and simple way to pour thick and creamy nitro cold brew, according to the company.

3. Alto-Shaam

Alto-Shaam's Vector Multi-Cook oven allows simultaneous preparation of a variety of food. Using structured-air technology, the unit can act as up to four ovens in one because each chamber has independent temperature, fan speed and cook time control. Operators can cook up to four different food items simultaneously with no flavor transfer, the company said.

4. GP Pro

GP Pro, a division of Georgia-Pacific, has unveiled a variety of new products meant to keep retailers costs down while keeping the environment in mind. Dixie Paper Straws are available now, providing a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic straws. This summer, GP Pro launched Dixie 100% Recycled Fiber Hot Cups and Dixie Ultra SmartStock Compostable Cutlery. And this winter, the GP Pro Automated Sealing Machine will provide a convenient way to seal dispensed beverages, making them spill- and tamper-resistant.

5. Bunn-O-Matic

Bunn offers bean-to-cup capabilities with three all-in-one (hopper, grinder, brewer and dispenser) units, including the new Bunn Crescendo. The Crescendo holds more than 2 pounds of coffee and provides up to nine fresh-brewed beverage options, including espresso, cappuccino, latte and americano in a variety of flavors.

6. Lancer

The Lancer DraftServ is an add-on to a fountain that uses barcodes to facilitate drink refills or loyalty programs. Originally used on self-service drink dispensers on cruise ships, the unit measures the amount of drink being poured for accurate charging. As a loyalty system, the unit allows customers to prepay for a certain amount of refills or unlimited use for a certain time period with a reusable cup.

7. Duke Manufacturing

Duke Manufacturing offers modular serving counters, work tables and production centers, offering a variety of options to fit a small footprint while making it clear a store is in the foodservice business. Duke's equipment includes thermal technology, ambient refrigeration, ergonomic design and modular flexibility for a variety of solutions, according to the company.

8. Broaster Co.

Broaster Co. has introduced its new Rock County Smokehouse program, which gives operators the ability to quickly and conveniently serve freshly smoked barbecue. Rock County Smokehouse uses real wood to smoke meats such as ribs, chicken, pork or brisket in a third of the time of a conventional smoker. With no skilled labor necessary, the program uses Broaster's new Smokaroma pressure smoker to cook and brown meat to the proper temperature, resulting in authentic smoky barbecue, the company said.

9. Cornelius

Cornelius' IDC Pro is an interactive drink dispenser that features two dispense points and flavor-shot options for hundreds of beverage combinations. A scrolling interface makes brand selection interactive. An LCD screen provides a large digital merchandising and promotional space.

10. Ovention

The Ovention Shuttle is two ovens in one: a conveyor and an enclosed small-batch oven, using Ovention's Precision Impingement technology. During peak periods, the Shuttle can operate as a traditional conveyor for maximum throughput. At other times, the conveyor openings can be closed to provide custom oven temperature, time and independent top and bottom blower speeds for each item. The Ovention Shuttle is ventless, stackable and one-third more energy efficient than traditional countertop conveyors, according to the company.

11. Coca-Cola Co.

Coca-Cola Co.'s latest update to the Freestyle fountain dispenser offers several innovations. The Freestyle 7100 is the next generation of the company's countertop model. It includes a large, high-definition touchscreen and more than 60 beverages across six categories, including more than 30 low- and no-calorie options and more than 40 caffeine-free choices, some of which are available exclusively through Coca-Cola Freestyle. Coca-Cola Freestyle 7100 comes equipped with a camera and Bluetooth connection for future consumer engagement capabilities. The new dispenser will begin testing later this year and will be commercialized nationally in the second quarter of 2020.

12. Whirley-DrinkWorks

Cup manufacturer Whirley-DrinkWorks' product line includes RFID-enabled cup and dispenser options to help retailers create prepaid fountain offers. In a recent campaign with Stripes convenience stores, the company created Selena collectible cups. Available in three designs, the limited-time cups hold either hot or cold beverages and are double-wall insulated, dishwasher-safe and BPA-free.