able to remain competitive,” says
Zornes. “With more consumers
turning to grab-and-go dinner
options, retailers will need to
add additional take-home item
choices to entice customers to
shop in their store versus other
grocers down the road.”
O;cials at Alto-Shaam would
also like to see decision makers
continue realizing the impor-
tance of holding food at a precise temperature in
order to increase their food quality and, in turn,
increase their same-store sales. In 2016, Alto-
Shaam will be unveiling a new and improved
product focused on labor savings and safety,
something Zornes says the industry has been
clamoring for for some time.
“While speci;cs are under wraps, we look
forward to showcasing this product in the
near future. We truly believe it will be an in-
novative game changer for delis throughout
the world,” he says.
Williams believes forward thinking operators will focus on improving the food quality, consistency, variety, safety and labor with
the e;ective use of Cook Chill equipment and
methods. He says this allows for many stews,
gravies, soups and vegetables to be prepared in
advance, then packaged in half or full gallon
bags and quickly chilled for later use.
“When needed, products can be rethermed by
using a steamer or water bath to bring them to
serving temperature,” says Williams.
Not only will products be fresh and at-
tractive when served, he says any un-
used food at the end of a shi; will be
able to be saved as well.
O;cials at Rational USA would like
to see more retailers get away from using “traditional cooking equipment”
(convection ovens, steamers, rotisseries ovens, grills, fryers, etc.) and
toward using technology that can
help them be more pro;table on a daily basis.
“Multi-functional equipment is essential when
it comes to successfully running a retail kitchen
in terms of space, energy and labor costs,” says
Buck. Moving forward, he notes that Rational
will continue to focus its e;orts on providing
maximum customer bene;t by o;ering retailers
and foodservice professionals working in commercial kitchens the most bene;cial solution to
their thermal cooking tasks with the SelfCookingCenter 5 Senses. S
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