The Hospitality show kicks off at the Birmingham NEC this week, providing a glimpse into the new commercial catering equipment lines bidding to be a hit this year. We take an alphabetical tour of some of the kit you can expect to see lighting up the event.

Auto Scheme reshapes kitchen design, the new kitchen design software solution from Schematic, will be formally launched on stand 463 in the CESA Innovation Zone. With BIM standards set to have a huge impact on the design of kitchens for large projects in future, Schematic is aiming to provide a solution that gives CAD users all the functionality they need. “AutoScheme is a BIM kitchen, bar and interiors design software solution which allows plans to be produced simply using ‘drag and drop’ in 2D,” explains Schematic director Joseph Smith. “Estimates, services schedules and 3D visuals are all generated simultaneously.”

BGL Rieber reveals triple show whammy
BGL Rieber will use Hospitality to demonstrate the breadth of its commercial catering operation. The company is planning to highlight three new product ranges at the Birmingham trade fair, including the K-Pot sustainable chafing dish, Varithek ACS self-ventilating front cooking unit and Thermomat hot food holding unit. The latter can hold food at temperatures of between 30°C and 140°C and also doubles as a slow cooker and cook & hold oven. BGL Rieber will be exhibiting its products on stand 362.

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Clifton Food Range saves space with stirred water baths
Clifton Food Range has redesigned its range of stirred water baths to include a rotating multi-directional stirrer unit with a cleverly fixed hinged lid. Managing director, Melvin Dickson, says the rotating immersion circulator gives chefs more flexibility in regards to the positioning of the water bath in their kitchens. “Where space can be at a premium the chef has the choice to position the unit ‘end on’ on the counter top,” he says. “The hinged and bi-fold lid means the chef can quickly open and close the bath without needing a place to put it.” The water baths come in 14-litre and 28-litre sizes.

Dawson promises promotions for catering equipment dealers
Dawson Foodservice Equipment will be showing its Lainox Heart Green combination ovens and relaunching its product range at Hospitality, where it promises to reveal a much more competitively-priced offering and a raft of dealer sales promotions. The company says the show presents an opportunity for distributors to get more familiar with the Heart Green line, which features a number of energy-saving features, such as EcoSpeed, EcoVapour and a new modulating burner system, compared with previous models.

Entry level coffee machines from WMF make their bow
WMF says the latest addition to its family of automatic bean to cup coffee machines will offer the same build quality as the rest of its stable but in an entry level package. The 1200S provides six menu options and is ideal for smaller operators whose main business may not be that of coffee. “We wanted to launch a machine that offered many of the benefits of our larger machines but without the complexities, so we made the 1200S much simpler to use for the operator, but also for the customer where sited in a self-service environment,” explains Florian Lehmann, managing director of WMF’s UK operations.

Freezers and wine units form critical part of Liebherr’s push
Liebherr has a variety of messages to share with dealers at Hospitality as it gets set to market professional refrigeration, freezing and wine storage solutions at the show. The commercial refrigeration company plans to unveil a new range of Vinidor multi-temperature zone wine storage cabinets, as well as the GTI range of ice-cream chest freezers. Liebherr also intends to demonstrate how the use of LED lighting on catering equipment is helping end-users save energy and achieve a low heat output.

Gastronorm essentials for all types of caterers
Birmingham-based Catering Equipment Ltd will be highlighting its wide range of 304 stainless steel pressed sinks and gastronorm containers at its hometown show. The company has recently taken stock of the latest R15 tight corner radius sinks and hopes to generate interest from the dealer community. “They are pressed in our sister factory in Italy and have our famous electro-polished finish,” says managing director Anthony Prestage.

Hurricone blows through catering equipment market
HH Developments, best known for managing the Autofry commercial fryer range in the UK, is turning its attention to dealing with wet, slippery floors at Hospitality by showcasing the Hurricone cordless floor dryer. This new product for the UK market place is ideal for catering operations that need to keep on the right side of health and safety laws but regularly find themselves cursing the time it takes for the floor to dry after cleaning or spillages. The Hurricone will dry an area of wet floor measuring up to 177 square feet by blowing a 360-degree curtain of ambient air using a battery-powered fan in its base.

Ice is nice at a cheaper price
Hoshizaki is unveiling the IM ‘N Series’ of ice makers at Hospitality 2013. The units use an intelligent control circuit designed to reduce water consumption by up to 60%, delivering annual running cost savings of up to £246 compared to competitor products, the company claims. The IM machines are easy to maintain too, allowing users to carry out routine cleaning schedules themselves. Hoshizaki will also be exhibiting its range of ice and water dispensers, and refrigerators and freezers in both cabinet and counter designs, on stand 251.

Joy for Gram UK as it celebrates reaching 50-year milestone
To celebrate 50 years of supplying refrigeration to the UK foodservice industry, Gram will be bringing its stand into the 21st century by having interactive points, complete with iPads, alongside its cabinets and a live energy race at Hospitality. Gram has built an enviable reputation for manufacturing quality over the years and will be showcasing a number of its most energy efficient refrigeration units as well as its newly-launched range of ice makers on stand 541.

Knowledge is power for CEDA
CEDA and its members have a wealth of collective knowledge within the catering equipment sector and the distribution association is keen to encourage caterers to tap into that resource pool. CEDA is inviting end-users to take advantage of “free impartial advice” by dropping in on stand 344 where it will be able to answer queries and point caterers in the direction of members that can guide them on what type of equipment they should buy.

Larger show presence buoys MKN
It’s set to be a busy Hospitality for MKN, with the German cooking manufacturer gearing up to debut its latest integrated HoodIn steam system for use with its space-saving combi ovens and ‘Energy Saver’ salamander. “Hospitality is set to be an exciting one for us,” says Stuart Long, sales and marketing director at MKN. “Not only have we got two new innovative products to show off, we will also be exhibiting on our biggest stand to date and show live cooking in the La Parade.” MKN is exhibiting its products on stand 545.

Marrone makes trade show debut
Marrone equipment will be exhibited at a UK trade show for the very first time at Hospitality thanks to a partnership that was struck with foodservice distributor Jestic last year. Marrone is one of the world’s leading experts in induction cooking and chefs and dealers will have the opportunity to see how the technology dovetails with traditional cooking methods to offer the perfect commercial kitchen solution. Jestic will be at stand 365 where it will also shine the spotlight on other products it carries, including Irinox blast chillers and the Josper grill.

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New water boiler and sous vide kit from Instanta
UK manufacturer Instanta will be exhibiting two of its newest additions at stand 263 of Hospitality — the 1501F water boiler and the SVV12 entry level sous vide machine. The 1501F water boiler is designed for those on a budget who are willing to accept a slightly lower specification than the award-winning premium models but still want the Instanta build quality, while the sous vide unit offers the perfect introduction to the increasingly popular sous vide method. It is smaller than the existing Instanta SV models, holding just 12 litres of water, but still has a 200mm deep tank to accommodate larger food portions.

Optimax grows in stature with rear door mechanism
Victor will emphasise the energy efficiency of its Optimax merchandising units after claiming that feedback from the coffee bar sector has been enthusiastic since the product was launched last year. Dealers will be able to see how Victor’s patent-pending rear door system prevents cold air escaping on stand 261. “In laboratory tests Optimax showed up to 50% reduction in energy usage over comparable models,” insists marketing chief Peter Brewin. “Operators will be pleased to hear that these energy efficient improvements do not come at a premium price, but are standard across the range,” he adds.

Partnership gets first airing
Commercial Catering Spares (CCS) is making its first ever appearance at Hospitality, where it intends to introduce customers to a new range of specialist portable testing and measurement instruments from Kane. The pair recently struck up a sales partnership and a representative from the supplier will be on hand to answer questions. The range selected by CCS is specifically aimed at the catering equipment engineer and includes thermometers, temperature probes, gas leak detectors, microwave monitors and equipment needed for installing new gas appliances.

Quality the key for design-led Foster’s new counters
Foster Refrigerator will be launching a range of five counter workstations to complement the EcoPro G2 series of cabinets which it rolled out to much fanfare last year. The counters incorporate many of the design elements first seen in the G2 cabinet range, as well as features such as the use of high-performance Cyclopentane foam to improve insulation. “Counters are enormously important to the food service industry, so we know that the quality and efficiency of our new units will put them at the top of the list for many businesses,” says Chris Playford, Foster’s market and development chief.

Refrigeration innovation
Adande’s new Compact 450mm wide single drawer unit is designed for high volume foodservice and can be fitted in the heart of the cookline to hold chilled or frozen product. The Lowestoft-based company will be demonstrating the unit’s consistent temperature control and showing how it will not be affected by heat from adjacent griddles or fryers. The firm says the temperature stability qualities of the unit extend food shelf-life and therefore save operators’ money. Adande will also display its double drawer prep station, which can function as fridge or freezer, on stand 436.

Standex powers up BKI combis
Standex Food Service Equipment will be exhibiting a representative selection from its comprehensive product range on stand 120, including a new generation of BKI Combiking ovens that will make their UK exhibition debut. The portfolio features gas and electric models, each available in five sizes, from 6 grid to 20 grid. A variety of features and options is available, providing cooking solutions for all users within the food retailing and foodservice sectors. Oven programming is via a choice of user-friendly digital or touch screen controllers.

Tracking temperature safely
Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI) is launching the new Saf-T-Log HACCP recording thermometer at Hotelympia. The device measures, stores, downloads and enables the printing of temperature reports, eliminating the need for paper logs or handheld computers. The Saf-T-Log includes Windows software to create a list of up to 100 items that are routinely measured, providing instant ‘pass or fail’ feedback if an item falls outside its high or low temperature lists. The Saf-T-Log is battery powered to aid mobility and housed in a durable IP66/67 water-resistant skin.

US grease specialist aims to clean up in UK catering market
Grease build-ups are a problem for every commercial kitchen, but US-based cleaning specialist Roebic insists it has just the solution to keep grime to a minimum. The company will be working with UK distribution partner, Monument Tools, to highlight GT-1, a specially formulated bacterial augmentation product for the institutional foodservice industry. GT-1 is effective at reducing grease in grease traps, septic tanks, lift stations, cesspools, pipes and traps, according to the firm, which will also showcase its mainline cleaner and septic tank solutions at the Birmingham event.

Valentine and Cuisinequip share the love at hospitality
Valentine and its sister company Cuisinequip will be highlighting the best of their technology on a joint stand at Hospitality. Valentine’s high performance Evolution range of commercial fryers will be on display along with a ‘Thirty Second Flatpack’ catering table that it is now marketing, while the star of Cuisinequip’s portfolio is its ultra thin warming hobs that are just 3cm thick and have a heated surface of 400m x 600mm. Cuisinequip also intends to present the Visio Buffet, a heated display unit that allows diners to see the contents without removing the lid.

Williams whips the covers off sustainable refrigeration range
Williams will focus on its rapidly expanding ‘Grab & Go’ range, with the Gem SC1200 sandwich chiller and RS100 multideck merchandiser complementing its line of back-of-house storage units on stand 258. The SC1200 open display unit features a clever air curtain design developed under Williams’ Greenlogic initiative. “Grab & Go is no longer just about the high street take away sector,” says marketing manager Martin Laws. “We are supplying schools, hospitals, bakeries and restaurants, and many of these customers base buying decisions on sustainability.”

‘X’ marks the spot
Well, what else did you expect us to use for the letter ‘X’! This month’s treasure chest of commercial catering equipment will be open for all to see on Monday 21 January for three days at the Birmingham NEC. Toby Wand, managing director of organiser Fresh Montgomery, says more than 100 equipment exhibitors will take part in the event this year. “The Hospitality Show really will be the only place in 2013 that you will find such a comprehensive mix of the latest, most innovative professional kitchen solutions under one roof.”

Year gets off to a bang for tableware specialist dudson
If tableware is your thing then Stoke-on-Trent-based supplier Dudson is promising to serve up a treat at Hospitality. The firm is located on stand 739 where it will be rolling out a slew of innovations designed to capture the latest market trends. Its best-selling Finest Vitrified Tableware range sees the addition of ‘Curve’, which embraces the pub food influence and reflects the move to more innovative plate shapes within this sector. Dudson will also use the Hospitality Show to unveil a series of fresh additions to its buffet portfolio, including new Modus items and a range of gastronorm ovenproof porcelain dishes.

Zone for showcasing the best in catering equipment innovation
CESA’s Innovation Zone returns to the fore as the industry association celebrates 75 years in existence. Building on its previous success, the Innovation Zone is bigger than ever and will showcase a selection of the latest and most original ideas on the market. “There’s so much to see at a show that it’s easy to miss something,” says Keith Warren, director of CESA. “Having the innovative products clustered together in one area really makes it easier for visitors to see what’s on offer with the minimum of effort.” The Innovation Zone can be found on stand 356.

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