The organisers of Hotelympia's Innovation Awards have announced the category winners. Leading the foodservice industry in design, equipment, food and drink and technology, the four winners were described by the Inspiration team judges "as the answers to some of the greatest challenges we face".
The winner of the Design Innovation Award was Resysta® by GO IN (stand S1430), which has developed a new material created to replace endangered tropical hardwoods when producing outdoor furniture.
Mechline Developments (stand N2740) has been awarded the Equipment Innovation Award for the GB 360, a high‐speed, high‐volume, rapid food waste decomposition system which uses a special formulation of 100% natural micro‐organisms. The GB 360 is designed to convert food waste into grey water that is safe for drains and sewage systems.
The recipient of the Food & Drink Innovation Award was McCormick (stand S2350) for its Recipe Mixes - a pioneering range of six mixes ideal for use across all foodservice sectors, covering a wide variety of world cuisines including Moroccan and Mediterranean. Each is made from a selection of herbs and spices and contains no artificial preservatives as well as being low in salt. The Recipe Mixes are packed in portion-controlled sachets, enabling caterers to easily create flavoursome dishes which are healthy, with no compromise on taste, time effectively.
Service Invisible by Catering for a Sustainable Future Group CSFG (stand N1958) was awarded the Technology Innovation Award for its kitchen combination monitoring system that enables caterers to monitor the amount of gas, electricity and water being used, the temperatures in fridges and freezers, and how much CO2 is in the atmosphere.
The four category winners will battle it out in the next stage of judging, where visitors to Hotelympia will be able to vote for their favourite innovation in the ‘People's Choice'. Visitors can vote via the touch-screen pods situated in the Innovation Lounges. Hotelympia's overall Innovation Winner, as chosen by the Inspiration Team, will also be announced at the end of the show.
- You can have one-to-one meetings with the Inspiration Team, who include Gerard Basset, Chris Galvin, Shaun Rankin, Gwilym Davies and Anne Pierce, in the clinics set up in the Knowledge Exchange at Hotelympia. To make an appointment, go to the Knowledge centre and check their availability.
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By Amanda Afiya