BGL Rieber scored a unanimous win in this year’s Great Hospitality Show Star Product Awards at the NEC, Birmingham yesterday.
The three award judges, led by renowned chef Andreas Antona, alongside FCSI UK chairman Julian Edwards and the Caterer’s Lisa Jenkins, all felt that out of the 12 shortlisted products, the Thermoport Midi-K was the most innovative.
Featuring integral heating to ensure meals are kept hot over long periods and built for durability and ease of transport, the potential to use the range in a variety of settings was a standout feature in the judges’ decision to crown it the victor.
Antona announced: “The Thermoport Midi-K is a versatile product with lots of different applications. The design is incredible and we decided unanimously that this fantastic product was the winner.”
BGL Rieber MD Gareth Newton received the kudos to applause on the show’s Business Briefing Stage at 4pm.
The range of insulated food transport boxes was one of 12 finalists, selected from the sectors of Food & Drink, Catering Equipment, Technology and Interiors & Tableware.
Two finalists were also Highly Commended: ECOBreeze by Washroom Wizard and TEAPY by Contra Vision. Both products – created by British companies – impressed the judges with their huge potential and commitment to innovation in the industry.
The rest of the shortlist comprised: Electronic Temperature Instruments’ SuperFast Thermapen 4 temperature monitor, Scanomat UK’s TopBrewer Pro II coffee machine, Adventys’s Induc Stone induction warmer, Krupps’ iKloud and Uniko wifi controls for dishwashers, Ice Cool Services’ Triton Mk4 IW ice dispenser, Roband’s ST500A Sycloid Toaster Generation 2, NAH Foods’ Konjac Spaghetti, Essential Cuisine’s Miso Broth Base and iQi Charge’s GIZGO pod portable phone charger.
Toby Wand, MD of Great Hospitality Show organiser, Fresh Montgomery said: “Congratulations to our eventual winner, and highly commended innovations – our judges were blown away by the quality of each entrant so to emerge victorious from such an esteemed group is special indeed. A very big thank you to everyone that took the time to enter – you help to make the show what it is.”
There is still time to crown a Peoples’ Choice winner with visitors urged to take to Twitter and vote for their favourite product by tweeting @HospShow and using the hashtag #GreatProductFinalist.