After another busy 12 months of product development, Unox has been shortlisted for two separate products in the Commercial Kitchen show’s Innovation Challenge.
Judges have shortlisted both the Unox Multi.Day Hot Vacuum pump, which uses ‘never-seen-before’ technology to vacuum seal hot food inside Unox trays at service temperature, and the Bakerlux Speed.Pro speed baking oven.
Both products will be included in the Innovation Challenge Gallery at the show, to be held at London’s ExCeL on 23-24 September, with visitors asked to vote for their favourite throughout the first day of the show. The 15 products with the most votes will then go forward into a live session, where brands will pitch their products to a judging panel made up of chefs and innovation experts from across public sector, hospitality and foodservice.
Unox believes the recognition of both products is a testament to its commitment to product innovation, with a team of 42 dedicated R&D engineers working in Italy to develop new solutions that help kitchen operators to overcome their everyday challenges.
The Multi.Day Hot Vacuum pump is able to work alongside the Unox Evereo hot fridge to give food producers, caterers and retailers the opportunity to preserve hot food trays safely for up to 72 hours. It is also suitable for central production units to seal Multi.Day trays, before transporting hot food to satellite kitchens safely and with no spillage.
Using technology developed by the Unox R&D team in Italy, the Multi.Day Hot Vacuum is suitable for meat and pasta dishes, rice, root vegetables and more.
The Speed.Pro is designed to save kitchen space by combining the performance of both convection and high-speed ovens. It accelerates cooking times by offering triple cooking; convection, for external golden browning; microwave, for fast internal heating; and conduction, for crusty toasting by contact. It is suitable for various operations in commercial settings including retail, quick-service restaurants and contract catering.
Scott Duncan, MD of Unox UK, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for both products, at what remains one of the most prestigious events for new innovations in foodservice equipment.
“The Commercial Kitchen show holds extra weight this year because the whole industry is looking forward to getting back together at face-to-face events. And these shortlisted products demonstrate the quality of our continued product development programme. We’re committed to innovating solutions that offer new, creative and often more cost-effective ways of overcoming common challenges – whether that is kitchen space, efficiency, food waste or speed of service.”