Tunbridge Wells-based dealer, Rexmartins, has entered a product it supplies in this year’s Casual Dining show Innovation Challenge Awards.
The Bee Me frozen yoghurt and ice cream machine is one of the contenders in the challenge, which is designed to promote the best new casual dining innovations over the last 12 months.
The appliance is said to provide individual ice cream portions with no cleaning required and no wastage, as the frozen yoghurt pods are 100% recyclable.
Serving 250 portions an hour, the unit is available with an undercounter or floor standing freezer, with wheels or countertop, and optional glass doors for the freezer.
The machine is 17cm wide and can sit either on a table or on top of the freezer. It runs on 40W of electricity and is supplied with a 13A plug.
All products and services entered into the 2016 Innovation Challenge will have to win over the show’s visitors (including key buyers and decision makers from across the casual dining restaurant and pub sector) before making it through to the live final.
Voting opens from 10am on Wednesday 24 February (the first day of the show) at the Innovation Challenge Gallery on the upper feature level in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.
Entrants securing the most votes before 4pm that day (one per visitor) will then be invited to ‘pitch’ their new innovations to a panel of industry judges in the Keynote Theatre the following day, with the results to be announced that afternoon.
Returning judges include leading pub and restaurant entrepreneur Peter Borg-Neal, chief executive at Oakman Inns & Restaurants; Brian Whiting, owner of Whiting & Hammond; and Keith Bird, chief operating officer at Gourmet Burger Kitchen.