GHQ EQUIPMENT, DESIGN & OPERATIONS
some say formidable challenges must be overcome first. For Robinson,
the two biggest stumbling blocks for retailers this year will likely be reconciling the need for new equipment and dining space within their existing footprint and choosing the right partners to enhance their foodservice offerings.
“Investing in equipment that is versatile enough to meet current
demands as well as future demands is a necessity, especially when kitchen
real estate is at such a premium,” says Robinson. “Choosing the right prepared food is also vital in a world where consumers are broadcasting good
and bad food experiences constantly.” She says to help retailers meet these
needs Ovention will be introducing new technology with a smaller footprint in 2017.
Hatco’s new GR5 family of strip heaters, a line of countertop and built-in induction ranges, Multi Contact Grills, and Hot/Cold, Cold only and
Cold Shelf Undermount shelves have been additions to the company’s
product offerings this year. Company officials say the hot/cold shelf can
be run in either mode and only requires 30 minutes to change modes. The
GR5AHL strip heater was designed to mount above these display units
and it can run LED lights only for cold shelf operations or with the calrod
emitter engaged for hot food.
Alto-Shaam is launching two equipment lines specifically designed for
supermarkets: a heated shelf merchandiser line and a self-cleaning electric rotisserie oven. The self-cleaning rotisserie is designed to help ease the
labor burden many grocery stores are facing while providing consumers
with quality rotisserie chickens. The rotisserie oven also features an automatic grease collection system to make clean up easier and safer for employees. The heated shelf merchandiser will be available in floor-standing and
countertop models. “The aesthetically pleasing merchandiser features LED
lights to draw attention to food—whether it is rotisserie chickens, ready-to-eat pizzas or grab-and-go sandwiches—to maximize purchases while customers are purchasing groceries,” says Zornes.
RATIONAL has released its next generation SelfCookingCenter and its
XS family of products. Company officials say these compact and extremely
powerful units, along with their full-size table and floor models, allow
retailers to prepare a wide variety of freshly made meals in the smallest spaces possible. “Whether it is baking, preparing foods for breakfast,
lunch, dinner, catering, etc., the SelfCookingCenter gives retailers the ability to replace up to 50 percent of traditional cooking equipment in today’s
retail and commercial kitchens,” says Glueck. “On less than 11 square feet,
you can grill, bake, steam, fry and roast, as well as overnight cook, braise,
smoke or dehydrate. And, at the end of the day, the SelfCooking Center will
clean and maintain itself without supervision.”