The Middleby Corporation has signed an investment and license agreement with Vyv for use of the latter’s proprietary, antimicrobial LED technology within Middleby food processing, commercial, and residential products.
The two companies are working to embed and deploy the antimicrobial lighting technologies to create cleaner food environments.
Vyv is a continuous antimicrobial LED technology which is said to greatly reduce the growth and presence of bacteria and other unwanted microorganisms. Because the innovation does not use ultraviolent light, it is certified to international standards for continuous and unrestricted use around people, plants and animals.
James K. Pool III, Middleby’s chief technology and operations officer, said: “We are excited to partner with Vyv and pair their proven, proprietary technology with Middleby innovation. Vyv antimicrobial technology has provided high levels of safety and sanitation through continuous protection for their customers, which are highly respected companies and well-known institutions. The company’s exclusive innovation has been successfully implemented in markets with complex challenges, and we know they are a great fit with Middleby and our strategy.
“As we rapidly develop and bring new, innovative products to market addressing food and foodservice safety, partnering with Vyv ensures we will offer the most advanced products in the market to promote the health and wellness for our operators and their customers.”
Vyv has a broad product portfolio, offering environmental protection through its White Antimicrobial+Light overhead LED light fixtures. Harnessing LED technology is aimed at providing additional benefits to customers with an energy efficient and environmentally sustainable antimicrobial approach to continuous microbe reductions.
Colleen Costello, CEO of Vyv, said: “The Vyv proven antimicrobial LED technology and our experience solving complex microbial challenges makes for an important integration with the Middleby product portfolio and expertise across the food industry.
“Combining the global technology leader in commercial foodservice and processing equipment with the Vyv sustainable and versatile technology will enable both companies to directly address customers’ microbial challenges head on.”
While Pool concluded: “Through this partnership, Middleby and Vyv are well positioned to deliver cleaner food preparation environments by introducing Middleby products with embedded Vyv LEDs and in the surrounding environments with an extensive assortment of overhead antimicrobial lighting fixtures for processing plants, commercial kitchens and any foodservice facility.”