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Manitowoc Foodservice brands top list of NRA 2010 Kitchen Innovation Award winners

New Port Richey, Fla. – Feb. 10, 2010 – New product innovation is a key factor in keeping the foodservice industry running at peak performance. Equipment manufacturers push toward products that consume less energy and water, can cook foods quicker, store foods more safely, and help operators meet customer expectations during peak times. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) recognizes trend-setting kitchen equipment from around the world with their prestigious Kitchen Innovation award.

This year, three Manitowoc Foodservice brands will be receiving Kitchen Innovation Award – Manitowoc Beverage System’s TRUfill™ Beverage Dispensing System, the Multiplex Blend-in-cup Smoothie Maker and the Merrychef® eikon™ Accelerated Cooking Oven. All winners will be showcased with live interactive demonstrations in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion during the National Restaurant Show in May 2010.

TRUfill beverage dispenser from Manitowoc Beverage Systems
This unique system dispenses beverages, most notably draft beer, in 84% less server time. It delivers the “perfect pour” via a nozzle that engages through a one-way re-sealable valve in the bottom of the cup.

Multiplex blend-in-cup smoothie maker
The refrigerated blend in cup machine produces a wide variety quality smoothies and dairy based beverages within a small footprint. All ingredients are onboard – including the ice machine, and the touch screen allows operators to manage inventory and operational procedures.
Merrychef eikon accelerated cooking oven
New eikon series speed ovens offer an icon-driven touch screen operation enabling instant menu management with archive capabilities, Ethernet updates, operator training and service maintenance instructions.
“Each member of our panel of judges has the hands-on experience to recognize true innovation, which is what makes our KI program so exciting. These products will make restaurants run faster, smoother and more efficiently, which will result in better customer service and higher quality food,” said Ira Cohn, convention chair for NRA Show 2010 and president of Aramark Business and Industry Group. “Selecting the right equipment for a restaurant kitchen is crucial to creating and serving safe, nutritious and delicious meals.”
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 Manitowoc® Beverage Systems.  For more information, visit
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 100 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.