The Catering Insight Supplier of the Year, Sustainability Award honours manufacturers that are championing environmental product development and energy efficient products, and our 2017 winner can certainly be said to do that.
While it was a close vote, with only five votes between first and second place, Hoshizaki triumphed in the end.
The firm extended its naturally-refrigerated Emerald Class range of ice makers this year and claims it is now the largest of its type in the world.
With no fewer than 17 Emerald Class models across both IM (cube) and FM (flake) ice machines, distributors have access to a comprehensive range of environmentally-friendly machines.
Every Emerald Class hydrocarbon machine uses less energy than its HFC equivalent, with the IM-240, which has a production capacity of 220kgs per 24 hours, 40% more efficient, for example.
Hoshizaki’s UK and Ireland director Steve Loughton and Simon Frost director of sales and chain accounts were on hand last night to pick up the trophy. Loughton commented: “We’re delighted. It’s fabulous and it’s always great to be voted by your own peers and colleagues.”
Frost added: “There’re a lot of big names in the room and so it’s particularly good for us to be singled out. It’s lovely and we’re delighted.”