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January 29th, 2007

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.—For the third year in a row, Enodis plc (www.enodis.com) has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association as a leader in foodservice equipment innovation with four 2007 Kitchen Innovation Awards—the most awarded to any foodservice company.  The competition, judged by an independent panel of industry experts, recognizes trend-setting kitchen equipment thought to be among the most innovative in the world.  This year’s Kitchen Innovation winners include the Convotherm® by Cleveland 606 Mini-Combi Oven, the Delfield Versa DrawerTM, FastBakeTM accelerated cooking technology from Lincoln Foodservice Products, and the ProdigyTM Cube Ice Machine from Scotsman Ice Systems.  All winners will be showcased with live interactive demonstrations in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion during the National Restaurant Show in May 2007. 

“We are honored to be recognized by this prestigious group for our ongoing commitment to innovative kitchen solutions,” said Enodis CEO David McCulloch.  “Innovation leadership is our foundation.  Our investment in research and development, our state-of-the-art Technology Center, and commitment to manufacturing excellence, allows Enodis and its operating companies to consistently deliver the most innovative equipment solutions to our customers—products that deliver in the areas of productivity, energy conservation, safety and performance.”

“Innovative equipment not only benefits restaurants by increasing productivity, conserving the environment and keeping employees safe,” said Steven Anderson, president and CEO for the National Restaurant Association, “It can also have a big impact on the consumer side by increasing speed, and quality of service and menu items.  These products are truly at the
top of their field and we are excited to have them at the 2007 show.”

2007 Enodis Kitchen Innovation Award Winners

The Convotherm® by Cleveland Mini-Combi Oven Steamer is the compact version of the company’s 2005 Kitchen Innovation winning Convotherm® by Cleveland Combi Oven-Steamers.  The Mini-Combi offers the same features operators worldwide have come to appreciate in the larger unit.  These include the “Advanced Closed System” which automatically maintains humidity levels based on the type of food being prepared and a “Crisp & Tasty” feature that preserves moisture inside foods while producing crispier, uniformly-browned exteriors.  The compact footprint offered by the mini makes it perfect for operators who need to balance the power and reliability of a combi with space conservation.

The Versa DrawerTM by Delfield combines four separate refrigeration units, each with individually controlled functions, which allows operators to freeze, refrigerate, chill and thaw in a single unit.  All drawers operate independently of the others in any of the four functions, each in its own dedicated compartment to prevent cross contamination.  Each unit also features built-in service diagnostics.  Combining the drawers into one unit improves space, labor and energies efficiencies and the unit’s functionality makes it adaptable to any menu and daypart.  The Delfield VersaDrawer line-up includes multiple configuration options to fit the needs of virually any restaurant kitchen. 


                                       The Lincoln FastBakeTM conveyor oven is accelerated cooking technology developed by Lincoln Foodservice Products.  This patent-pending airflow advancement reduces baking times for items such as pizza by up to 30 percent.  FastBakeTM Impinger Ovens use a combination of hot air under pressure to literally surround food, providing a higher level of heat transfer, which reduces cook time.  FastBakeTM tackles one of the foremost operational issues faced by pizza operators today, the need for high-volume, high-quality production.  In addition to increased capacity, the technology reduces utility costs by lowering energy usage, and reducing patron wait time.  For more details, see the Lincoln FastBake Oven video.

The ProdigyTM Cube Ice Machine by Scotsman is one of the smartest, most foolproof ice makers on the market today.  ProdigyTM features a state-of-the-art SmartBoardTM self-monitoring diagnostic system that provides up-to-the-minute reporting on the machine’s performance and maintenance needs.  The machine’s energy standards make it one of the first cubers to exceed both the 2008 California Energy Commission and 2010 Federal Energy Efficiency regulations by up to 22 percent (based on published ARI data).  In addition, the ProdigyTM also features a
patented WaterSense™ adaptive purge control which automatically adapts to varying water—conditions by constantly measuring water quality and adjusting to minimize scale buildup for longer time between cleanings and fresher tasting ice.  For a demonstration, see the Scotsman Prodigy Ice Machine video.


The 2007 Kitchen Innovation Awards add to a long list of innovation recognition for Enodis and its Operating Companies.

  • Since the competition’s inception in 2005, Enodis has received a total of ten Kitchen Innovation Awards. 
    • 2006 awards for the Convotherm® by Cleveland Combi Oven Steamer and the Lincoln Conveyor Toaster. 
    • 2005 awards for the Merrychef Accelerated Cooking Oven, Dual Technology Finishers from Lincoln Foodservice Products, Delfield Refrigeration with LiquitecTM Technology and the Vent Master® Ventilated Ceiling.
  • Enodis and its operating companies were honored by the Electric Foodservice Council with the 2006 Award of Excellence recognizing their commitment to innovation and energy efficiency, as well as continued support of the Council.  The four top awards went to Enodis, Cleveland, Frymaster and Lincoln. 
  • Best-in-class awards from major foodservice publications in 2005 and 2006 recognizing operator satisfaction, quality products, service, support and responsiveness. 
  • Two international product design awards recognizing Convotherm® by Cleveland—the IF Design Awards 2005 and the Good Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum International Museum of Architecture and Design. 

About Enodis and its Brands
Enodis plc (www.enodis.com) is a worldwide company focused on the design, manufacture, and supply of food equipment.  Through its two operating groups, Global Food Service Equipment and Food Retail Equipment, it has 29 factories in 9 countries and a large portfolio of premium brands, including Delfield, Scotsman, Frymaster, Lincoln, Cleveland, Garland, US Range, ICE-O-Matic, Jackson, Merco, Savory, Dean, Varimixer, and Merrychef in foodservice, and Kysor/Warren and Kysor Panel Systems in food retail equipment.