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2009 KI Winners

Manitowoc Foodservice ( has been recognized by the National Restaurant Association as a leader in foodservice equipment innovation with three 2009 Kitchen Innovations Awards. An independent panel of industry experts judges the awards each year, recognizing trend-setting kitchen equipment thought to be among the most innovative in the world. This year’s winners include the gas version of the Frymaster Protector® Fryer, the Garland Xpress Grill, and the Quest EMSTM Energy Management System created by Lincoln Foodservice Products. All winners will be showcased with live interactive demonstrations in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion during the National Restaurant Show in May 2009.  
“We’re honored to be recognized by this prestigious group for our ongoing commitment to innovation and technology,” said Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing for Manitowoc Foodservice. “Our company excels at orchestrating the intersection of food, people and equipment to create exceptional food products—what we call kitchenology. The three products recognized this year are the epitome of our fundamental commitment to the equipment portion of that equation. Our investment in research and development, as well as our commitment to manufacturing excellence, allows Manitowoc Foodservice to consistently deliver the most innovative equipment solutions to our customers.”
2009 Manitowoc Foodservice Kitchen Innovation Award Winners
  • Garland’s Xpress Grill features innovative dual-surface cooking, along with programmable controls that automatically adjust cook time, temperature, and other grill settings based on the product selected. Upper and lower grill plates cook both sides simultaneously, reducing cook times by 50 percent.
  • Frymaster has extended its ultra-high performance Protector® commercial fryer line, now offering the Protector’s oil, energy and labor savings in a gas model. The fryer’s high-technology features maximize oil life by up to four weeks and an Oil AttendantTM automatically monitors frypot oil levels and replenishes as needed. The gas Protector earned an ENERGY STAR® rating of 56.4, near the top of its class among gas fryers. .
  • Quest EMSTM Energy Management System by Lincoln Foodservice Products is a unique energy saving system designed to optimize the performance of a gas or electric powered burner focused to save 40% to 65% energy at idle conditions. Significant energy savings for accelerated impingement ovens are achieved through the complementary effects of reduced fan rpm, optimized burner or electric control settings, and reduced volume impingement air flow. . This is the fifth year in a row that Lincoln has been honored with a Kitchen Innovations Award, making it the only company to achieve that status since the program’s inception five years ago. 
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About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market. Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Fabristeel, Frymaster®, Garland®, Jackson, Kolpak®, Kysor/Warren®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, McCall®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend® and Scotsman® Beverage SystemsFor more information, visit
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with 101 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognized as one of the world’s largest providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Manitowoc also is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment as described above.