The foodservice industry saw many bright spots in 2014 including an increase in consumer spending across all segments from fast casual to retail prepared foods. Operators focused on how they could differentiate themselves from the competition, while being a good partner in the community and to the environment. More with less, was a key theme carried over from 2013, influencing everything from labor reduction to equipment purchases that allowed operators to prepare food in multiple ways on one piece of equipment.
We also had a very exciting year of opportunities that helped our customers grow their business by meeting consumer demands with on-trend food and beverages that increased sales and revenue, saved costs with energy efficient equipment and serviced plans that maximize uptime.
Here are some of the highlights from the last twelve months
More with Less: 2014 saw energy and labor costs rise making sustainability even more important for operators. Raising questions in operator’s minds like, how to: grow profits, increase traffic while staying competitive with new menu items, reduce footprint and labor, and be sustainable? Manitowoc Foodservice introduced new products that answered all of these questions.
Frymasters' FilterQuick™ Fryers with Fingertip Filtration™ available in both gas and electric models for the ultimate in oil-conserving, high-performance fryers. As operators are pressured to do more with less, the FilterQuick (FQ30U) gas and electric fryers help improve profit margins with labor and energy-saving features, contribute to green and sustainability initiatives, safeguard workers, and put caring for the oil at your fingertips.
Convotherm® Combi Oven OGS 20.20 model is the first commercial combination oven to receive an ENERGY STAR® rating. The OGS 20.20 model has an Advanced Heating System with high efficiency (forced air) gas combustion and efficient water usage for maximum energy savings. We are in the process of testing more of its top selling Convotherm combi models to receive an ENERGY STAR rating in 2015.
Out and About: Manitowoc enjoys connecting with you in person and we had the opportunity to do that at several tradeshows throughout the year. These interactions give us the opportunity to listen to your successes and challenges and share information about how we can help your operation. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us.
CONEXPO2014 – Teaming up with Manitowoc Cranes at their largest industry tradeshow in North America to provide show goers with a unique opportunity to taste some delicious food and introduce a whole new audience to Manitowoc Foodservice. Learn more
Pizza Expo – The pizza industry continued to see great growth opportunities in 2014 with speed of service and quality being top of mind with operators. The 2014 Pizza Expo show allowed Manitowoc Foodservice to show pizza operators new pizza trends, tried and true methods of pizza prep and how to expand their menu to stay competitive. Learn more
National Restaurant Association Show – Big ideas were shared at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show including how to take advantage of the latest blended beverage trends with the Multiplex® Blend-In-Cup®. How to conserve oil and energy and save labor with the Frymaster® Filter Quick™ Fingertip Filtration™. Plus the launch of the new Convotherm® Combi Ovens with live cooking demonstrations showcasing its unique features and benefits. Learn more
School Nutrition Association Annual Conference – 2014 brought about more changes for school foodservice. Manitowoc Foodservice showcased our top brands and products to assist school foodservice professionals in meeting the new guidelines, while saving both labor and energy. Learn more
NACS Show – Foodservice is a booming business opportunity for convenience stores. Our brand and culinary teams brought their expertise to Las Vegas to help operators chose just the right equipment to start their foodservice program or expand their current program. Learn more
A Winning Combination: We are proud of our industry leading innovations that are born from talking with our customers and understand their needs. Top honors from 2014 included:
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence – In April 2014, Manitowoc Foodservice was honored for our ongoing commitment to sustainable practices throughout the foodservice industry, earning Energy Star Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence and our fifth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award. Learn more
2014 McDonald’s Corporation Best of Sustainable Supply Award – Awarded to partners who are committed to ensuring global sustainability practices. Manitowoc Foodservice brands Convotherm and Merrychef were honored for their commitment to the community where they are produced, as well as, their energy saving design. Learn more
Kitchen Innovation (KI) Awards – The National Restaurant Association 2014 Kitchen Innovation Awards celebrated a decade of innovation. Manitowoc Foodservice was again honored as one of the restaurant industry's leading companies focused on innovation by understanding and meeting the operator's needs. This years winners were KI Award winner from Manitowoc were Garland® Induction FlexiHob technology and Multiplex® Blend-In-Cup Manual Fill® machine. Learn more
Foodservice Equipment and Supply Best In Class Awards – Seven of the top Manitowoc Foodservice Brands were honored by those in the industry, as best in class equipment for their category. Manitowoc Ice and Frymaster Brands were honored for the 14th year in a row and have never given up their best in class ranking. Learn more
Making A Difference – 2014 was a year of giving back, in both small and large ways throughout the industry. Manitowoc employees were no exception, giving back both locally and globally.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – The social media campaign involved pouring ice and cold water over your head to raise awareness and funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)*, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". Manitowoc employees stepped up and put their own spin on the event raising approximately ,000 company wide to donate to ALS.
A Helping Hand – Feeding our neighbors in need in Tampa, FL meant working with local group Metropolitan Ministries. The new kitchen, with equipment donated by Manitowoc Foodservice, will feed up to 2,000 hot meals daily to those in need.
KitchenCare® means Performance for a Lifetime – How to keep your kitchen running at peak performance day in and day out? Manitowoc Foodservice has the solution – Manitowoc KitchenCare, which was officially launched at the 2014 NRA Show in Chicago. KitchenCare allows Manitowoc Foodservice customers to keep their kitchen running at peak performance, on their terms, from parts and service to extended warranty and planned maintenance, for the life of your operation.
Recently KitchenCare announced their Extended Warranty program. This allows operators to purchase a one year extension of their current manufacturer’s warranty, at the time of new product purchase, for about the cost of a service call. Learn more
2014 was a year full new faces, awards, giving back and growth for all. We look forward to seeing what 2015 holds for the foodservice industry, our partners, and our customers. Cheers to you all, we wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous 2015.