IH/M&RS Recognizes Best New Products with Editors' Choice Awards

  • IH/M&RS
  • 11.13.08
Eight exhibitors were honored with Editors' Choice Awards during the opening ceremonies of the 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), Sunday, November 9, 2008, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The Awards program recognizes best new products within the categories of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant and technology, as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to each of these categories.  From the 10 winners, the Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show Award also was selected.

The 2008 IH/M&RS Editors' Choice Award winners are:
  • Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show - LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. (Lincolnshire, Ill.) for ART COOL Picture, a 17.5 by 17.5-inch frame that combines the high-end style of artwork or photography with the smart technology of an air conditioner.
  • Décor - LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. (Lincolnshire, Ill.) for Stretch Screen, a unique digital signage monitor measuring approximately half the height of a traditional 17-inch display, fitting seamlessly into any environment.
  • Essentials - MJSI, Inc. (Shorewood, Ill.) for HydroClean Toilet Fill Valve, a unique water management tool that reduces water usage by 36 percent and eliminates leaks in high-rise buildings.
  • Luxury - LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. (Lincolnshire, Ill.) for ART COOL Picture, a 17.5 by 17.5-inch frame that combines the high-end style of artwork or photography with the smart technology of an air conditioner.
  • Restaurant - Rubbermaid Commercial Products (Winchester, Va.) for the Safe Ice Handling System, a complete ice transfer system that promotes safe handling and reduces the risk of cross-contamination in commercial kitchens.
  • Technology - Earlex, Inc. (Stanley, N.C.) for Raycop Anti-bacterial Handheld Vacuum, a revolutionary vacuum cleaning system that utilizes UVC technology to eliminate bacteria and reduce allergens from fabric surfaces such as bedding, sofas chairs and curtains.
  • Green Décor - Cintas Corporation (Chicago, Ill.) for Eco-friendly Suiting Collection, a 100 percent recycled polyester suiting collection made from recycled plastic bottles that offers style, comfort and functionality.
  • Green Essentials - The Sugar Cane Paper Company (San Francisco, Calif.) for Biodegradable Standard Roll Toilet Tissue, made from 90 percent recycled waste and 10 percent recycled paper.
  • Green Luxury - Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. (Pompano Beach, Fla.) for LIVING FRESH, a natural, high thread count bedding collection featuring an exotic blend of fibers from eucalyptus and cotton.
  • Green Restaurant - The Sugar Cane Paper Company (San Francisco, Calif.) for Premium Dinner Napkins, made from 90 percent recycled waste and 10 percent recycled paper.
  • Green Technology - BioHitech (Secaucus, N.J.) for GohBio 1001, an onsite, high-speed food waste decomposition system that reduces a foodservice establishment's carbon footprint and increases their bottom line.

"This year's competition was extremely competitive, featuring a wide range of innovative products and resources that promise to take the guest experience to the next level," said Lynn White, show manager.  "These awards continue to serve as a distinguished honor for the industry, positioning the selected products for success in the marketplace."

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 150 submissions of cutting-edge, new products, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

The 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show was held Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8, the IH/M&RS featured three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11.  The market presented some 1,250 hospitality industry suppliers and attracted approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by GLM®, a dmg world media business.




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