At the recent National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) annual tradeshow held in October, many would agree it was a great show with lots of exciting new products and ideas for convenience store operators to see more profits. More than 1,800 of the expected 23,000 NACS Show attendees come from one of more than 50 different countries outside the United States.
To initially draw customers to our booth, Manitowoc Foodservice team wore coordinated colored shirts with temporary tattoo ink nylon sleeves on their arms. As the saying goes: "we wear our brand on our sleeve". However once in our booth, c-store operators didn't want to leave and here are some reasons why...
Keeping to our convenience themes introduced last year: "Fast & Fresh", "Grab & Go", "Prep & Hold", Manitowoc chefs and product specialists were on hand to help operators see for themselves how to demonstrate how Manitowoc equipment solutions are right-sized, easy to use and flexible, enabling them to do more than ever in their store.
In the LIVE area: ACT corporate chefs, George Grieser and Lawrence Parks, demonstrated the capabilities of Merrychef eikon series e2 and e6 ovens with Delfield refrigerated custom counters. With the help from our food partners, NACS attendees were able to see how fast and efficient our eikon product line is. The Merrychef eikon e2 oven toasted Deli Express sandwiches in 50 sec.; 6 frozen Rich Chicks chicken sliders in 3 min. 15 sec. and Jane's Dough 7" personal frozen pizza in 2 min. 25 sec. Now that's great food fast!
Introducing the eikon e6, the perfect solution to convenience stores cooking items up to 10x faster like 14" pizzas, hand-held snacks, subs/wraps or chicken wings. Chef Grieser was able to produce a Jane's Dough 14" personal frozen pizza in 3 min. 30 sec. and cut the time off by half a minute using the refrigerated state version.
On display was the prep station offering plexi-glass covers and glass sneeze guards so customers can see the fresh prep of their food first hand.
Servend Flav'r Pic drew many c-store customers enthralled by this single unit which has an icepic crusher option, 16 beverage selections and 8 flavor enhancements with an onboard ice machine. Now that's getting everything your customer wants.