Products Featuring AI, Other Tech Earn 2024 KIs

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Eight makers earn back-to-back honors, with some building new capabilities into products recognized last year. The latest batch of Kitchen Innovations recipients announced today, Feb. 21, showcase advancements in automation, efficiency, safety enhancements and sustainability. “The evolving landscape of technology—including developments in AI, robotic solutions, autonomous ordering and customer service—has elevated the KI Awards to… read more

Parts Town Adds Another Maker’s Parts To Inventory

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With customers on six continents, the manufacturer says international reach was a decisive factor in the new distribution partnership. Parts Town is now the exclusive distributor of OEM parts for Frontline Int’l., a manufacturer of oil management equipment. “The international reach of Parts Town is extremely attractive to us because we have customers on six… read more

Chipotle founder Steve Ells’ robot restaurant startup scores NFL star investors

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Plant-based automated restaurant Kernel is backed by the quarterbacks for the New York Giants and Chicago Bears and will open soon on Feb. 12 Chipotle founder Steve Ells’ semi-automated, plant-based restaurant, Kernel — which raised $36 million in Series A funding last summer — has received some superstar investors and an official opening date. New… read more

A Gateway to the Next Level of Business

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The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is one of the most stunning natural wonders in the whole of the United States. With its massive red rock formations jutting out into the sky, its clear why it has become a destination for people looking to calm their minds and reset their perspectives. The area… read more

Key regulatory trends shaping 2024

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BIGFORK, MONT. — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is likely to pay more attention to chemical risks, allergen thresholds and enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2024. The forecast for this year’s major regulatory trends comes from David Acheson, MD, founder of The Acheson Group and former associate commissioner for foods… read more

9 Takeaways From MUFES 2024

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Last week’s Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium, hosted by FER, welcomed one of its biggest groups of attendees in recent years. Overall, more than 120 professionals participated in the 13th edition of the event, which took place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In all, nearly 60 operators from more than 30 chains and noncommercial facilities attended, along… read more

Parts Town Boosts OEM Parts Inventory

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An expanded deal with a multiproduct manufacturer adds access to warewashing parts, with more to come. Parts distributor Parts Town has expanded an ongoing partnership with Hobart, gaining more genuine OEM replacement parts for the manufacturer’s warewashing equipment than ever before. A greater inventory, competitive pricing, and faster shipping and delivery across North America and… read more

Tech24 Adds 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions

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Tech24, a national industry commercial foodservice equipment repair and maintenance company, has acquired 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions. Based in Chester, Virginia, 1-2-3 Equipment Solutions primarily serves restaurant and hospitality customers across Virginia and North Carolina by offering maintenance/repair and installation/replacement of HVAC, refrigeration, and hot-side kitchen equipment. The company also provides temporary cold storage solutions for… read more

MUFES 2024

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This coming Monday, Jan. 29, Foodservice Equipment Reports will kick off its Multiunit Foodservice Equipment Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The event will feature two days of education sessions, developed by FER editors and aimed at foodservice equipment and supplies specifiers from commercial and noncommercial operations. Sessions include the following: 2024 State of the Industry,… read more

MAFSI Barometer: Q3 Misses Expectations

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While an immediate turnaround is not anticipated, the group offers a brighter outlook for the next two years. MAFSI’s Q3 Foodservice Business Barometer shows overall sales growth for the quarter missed forecasts of 3.5%, instead dropping to 2%. From July 1-Sept. 30, the Midwest saw the highest overall sales, up 3.9% as compared to Q3… read more