More than 300 suppliers will be touting their wares at Birmingham's NEC between 24 and 26 January 2011. Product Zone previews some of the new lines that will be on view at Hospitality 2011.
Cesa Innovation Zone - Stand 562
Eau de Vie - a branded, eco-friendly bottled water package -makes its debut in Birmingham next month. It allows operators to bottle their own fresh still or sparkling filtered water on-site and is based around a SilverSix filtering system that removes the impurities that affect the flavour and smell of mains water before it is chilled. The package includes front-of-house water dispensers, bottles and flasks and backroom wash racks, carriers and rack dollies.
CLIFTON FOOD RANGE
Kitchens with limited space are the target customers for a variation on Clifton's popular 28-litre capacity sous-vide bath, which places the controls on the narrow end to reduce its counter-top footprint to just 350mm in width. The new version uses the same accurate temperature-control systems and comes with a stainless-steel tray, a front-positioned drain tap and an easy-grab, lift-off lid.
Cesa Innovation Zone - Stand 562
The world's first pass-through corner rack washer, a money-saving hood washer and the latest Lainox Heart X specification combi-oven take pride of place on the Dawson stand. The two Comenda Eco 2 washers include the fully-automated AC2A corner rack conveyor washer, which can wash up to 1,800 dishes an hour in a small footprint of just 1,250mm x 1,250mm x 1,430mm (H).The steam condenser and heat recovery system built into the Comenda LC411CRC hood washer can slash 11%, or up to £262, off annual energy bills, as well as reduce water use by 50%, rinse aid volumes by 16% and detergent consumption by 12%.
EcoPure, which has been supplying water filtration systems to the hospitality industry for 19 years, will launch One Green Bottle, the first consumer-branded sustainable drinking water that can be produced in-house. The reusable bottles, available in various sizes, are made from 50% reusable glass and are designed to help restore revenue lost to the current trend for drinking tap water. Tap water is purified by EcoPure's seven-stage filtration system, which involves natural earth ceramic filters and UV light, and can be served in still or sparkling formats.
Newcomers on the Equip Line stand include the low-level MD60 three-shelf hot food merchandiser - a squat, 600mm-wide version of the model it sells to Pret a Manger and Greggs, for premises that cannot accommodate the full-size cabinet. It offers an optional top-mounted purchase well for ambient impulse snacks and a bottom drawer to hold drinks, condiments or serviettes. Also new is Polyscience's SousVide Professional heater-circulator which clamps to any size of tank to heat and stir up to 30 litres of water and hold it at a set temperature, accurate to within one-tenth of a degree.
The German knife specialist will showcase the line of highly-flexible ham knives it launched last month. The long, sharp knives with specially polished edges - available in 28cm and 25cm lengths - are designed to lie directly on the bone so even novices can cut wafer-thin slices. They are available in three types - high-quality forged Premier Plus models, stamped-out Superior models, and economical ProDynamic models with solid plastic handles.
Leading Spanish supplier Infrico launched into the UK earlier this year with the aim of targeting the medium-high end of the market with better quality, greener machines at more competitive prices. Its products are made from AISI 304 stainless steel to eliminate odour retention and bacterial build up and the line-up encompasses bottle coolers, refrigerated tables, upright fridges and freezers, display cabinets and bespoke cool rooms. Exhibits will include the dual-purpose Infrico Blast Chiller (see equipment on page 106) and the modular Aries line of showcases for pastries and cakes, breads, chocolates and sweets, ice-creams or hot foods - the latter with an integrated bain-marie.
"Fun food" products from Paragon that have just joined JM Posner's Made in America line will get their first UK airing in Birmingham next month. They include the Dog Hut Hotdog Steamer and the Spin Magic Cotton Candy Machine - with a separate protective roll top bubble - that can spin out 200 servings per hour. The new Deluxe Contempo Pop 4oz Popcorn Maker will make 92 x 1oz servings per hour and is backed by a range of kernels, bags and boxes as well as a collapsible Popcorn Cart.
SOLAR & PALAU
Making its show debut, Europe's leading fan and ventilation specialist will be launching a new grease-resistant, non-stick fan and an IP54 inverter range for energy-efficient control of three-phase fans using a single-phase supply.
STANDEX FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT GROUP
Standex will launch a new range of roast-and-hold ovens from sister company Bevles that have a roasting cycle of up to 16 hours and a temperature range between 63°C and 118°C. Available in full size, half size and under-counter versions in 864mm or 1,092mm widths, the ovens can be configured to hold standard GN pans or a variety of sheets and pans. They feature a top-mounted heating element, a pass-through feature that loads raw food from the rear and cooked food from the front; and an optional 8.5-litre humidity system.
The NEC will provide the first airing of Vivreau's new Mini Bottler, a cut-down version of its in-house V3 Table Water Bottling System for venues that require smaller volumes of purified, chilled water. The Mini Bottler can produce up to 80 litres of still or sparkling water per hour which is served in Vivreau's carafe-style 425ml and 750ml designer bottles. Its frosted blue facia and LED lighting make it suitable for front-of-house use, but an under-counter version is also available.
Star of the stand will be the new Prowrap Premium range of clingfilm and aluminium foil which is described as a "commercial kitchen heavyweight". The new line is thicker and stronger than standard films and foils, easier to handle and less prone to tearing or scrunching on the roll. Wrapex will also showcase the recently-launched Speedwrap clingfilm and foil dispenser (see equipment on page 106) which is claimed to be the smallest, most user-friendly on the market.
Béchamel, the "mother sauce of French cuisine", will be highlighted on the stand as the latest extension of the company's Classic line of chef-created, ready-made stocks, jus, glaces and gravies. This premium rich, roux-based white sauce is made of flour, butter and milk and seasoned with onion, clove, pepper and bay
Marinade, stock base, jus and glace specialist Major International will unveil a new range of gravies and five new fruit bases in Cherry, Clementine, Fruits of the Forest, Raspberry and Strawberry flavours.
Making its UK debut is Metro's new brand of gourmet juices for pubs, bars and clubs that is exclusive to the food service sector. Folkington's Juices are made from 100% pure juice - not concentrate - with authentic Spanish provenance and no preservatives, flavourings or extra sugar. The juices, which include Orange, Cloudy Apple and Tomato, are bottled locally, gently pasteurised and vacuum-sealed to provide a 12-month shelf life
NEW YORK DELHI
New premium snacks from New York Delhi include Natural Wasabi Peas, which are claimed to be the only ones on the market not to sport day-glo colours because they are made from 100% natural ingredients. Three new flavours join the line-up of ViP peanuts - Manuka Honey & Mustard, the smoky and chilli-tinged Bollywood Barbecue, and the Classic Sea Salt - while the new Americanos combine Guatemalan coffee beans with a dark chocolate coating.
The artisan bakery will showcase its new individual luxury Panettones, a thaw-and-serve bread/cake cross made to a traditional Italian recipe with sultanas and citrus peel and sold in cases of 20 x 100g. The show will also provide first-time exposure of its line of authentic Danish pastries, made exclusively for the group by the Naked Danish Company, which bake from frozen in 18 minutes. They include Vanilla Cream and Apricot Crowns, Maple Pecan and Black Cherry Plaits, Cinnamon Whirls, Apple Crunches and Danish Long Boats. The pastries use Mette Munk real fruit fillings of fresh, uncooked fruits mixed with sugar.
interiors, exteriors and tableware
The new lighting catalogue - which includes many collections exclusive to Andy Thornton - will figure prominently on the stand and include a new line of hotel lighting for guest rooms, bathrooms and public areas. The group has recently made its entire range of interior lighting available to buy online. Alongside popular furniture lines such as the Lina side chair and Gloria armchair, Andy Thornton will also be launching its new Stylus table base from Pedrali. This minimalist-style table with a slim centre column and round-cornered square base is designed for bars, bistros, cafés and coffee shops.
Two new colours - Pearl and Jet -join the existing Sand options on Dudson's Evolution tableware, which was launched earlier this year. Evolution is a durable new ceramic body that uses 79% less carbon than equivalent porcelain products and is 100% recyclable.
HAND PAINTED BY CARMEL
This South African company has been supplying bespoke, hand-painted tablecloths that require no laundering to restaurants around the world for 13 years and has now launched into the UK market. Designs by artist Carmel Stoch are painted on to 100% raw bull denim cotton, which is then given a stain- and liquid-resistant coating, so the cloths only need to be wiped down to clean. The company's "functional art" also extends to placemats, runners, overlays, chair cushions and aprons.
VILLEROY & BOCH
The new Cera Black and Modern Grace tableware collections will take centre stage on the V&B stand. Cera Black is a 12-piece set of glass tableware with a smooth, curved plate edge that can be teamed up with the existing Cera lines in white porcelain or clear glass, as well as the decorative Bloom Sun & Shadow line. Modern Grace is a recently-launched 18-piece range of fine bone china in geometric shapes with a soft curve and clean contours, available in white with a gold motif or slate grey and accompanied by complementary lines of Modern Grace stemware and cutlery.
Versatility is the key to two new ranges from WMF. Additions to its Coffee Culture line of cups, glasses and accessories - made from a mix of German hard porcelain, Cromargan stainless steel 18/10 and glass - offer improved functionality and interchangeability. Adding stainless-steel elements to porcelain creamers or glasses can transform them into lidded condiment holders, egg cups with spoon holders, bud vases or tea light holders, for instance. The new line-up of German-engineered Vitalis Pro chafing dishes are designed for use with induction systems but can be fitted with legs for heating by electrical element or fuel as well.
AGILE HOSPITALITY SOLUTIONS
Agile is previewing Events500, a new, easy-to-use sales and events software system based on Microsoft technology that will be launched in the summer of 2011. The company is seeking beta sites and early adopters for the programme, which will be made available for £500 per user, plus £500 for installation and first-year support.
BOX HOSPITALITY SOLUTIONS
Box Hospitality will demonstrate its latest electronic point-of-sale (EPoS) systems for the hospitality industry. They include the Toshiba ST-A10 TouchPOS, a rugged, fully-featured EPoS terminal with an ultra-small footprint that won the Good Design Award in Japan. It will partner the new Epson TM-T88V, the first POS thermal printer to be Energy Star-qualified, which is promised to be faster and more reliable than preceding models. Box Hospitality uses Maitre ‘D POS software from Posera to integrate EPoS, back office and corporate functions.
CALL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
Hospitality and leisure IT solutions from NFS will include two new programmes for hotels. iQ-Schedule manages guest scheduling needs in venues offering meeting rooms, tours, spas and events, while iQ-Gift Cards provides personalised marketing plans and targeted incentives. Both systems work with NFS's roomMaster 2000 and integrated iQ-POS solutions.
User-friendliness is the keynote of a new 15in touch-screen electronic point-of-sale terminal to be launched on the PointOne stand that promises to deliver improved accuracy and faster transactions in busy bars and restaurants. Its clearer screen and larger buttons, says the company, will help reduce user fatigue and staff errors.
Testo will be showing its first folding thermometers, which start measuring when the probe is opened to an angle of 30Â° or more. The 11cm-long Testo 103 and water-tight Testo 104 are compact, strong, light and both HACCP and EN 13485 compliant.