Editors Select Best New Products at IHMRS 2014

  • IH/M&RS
  • 11.17.14
Five exhibitors received editors' choice awards during the opening ceremonies of the 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) in New York City.

The Awards recognize best new products within the categories of kitchen design, green, operations, tabletop and technology.  From the five winners, the Kenneth F. Hine 'Best of Show' award also was selected.
The 2014 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine 'Best of Show' – EcoWalls: Chef's EcoWall Garden™

Green: EcoWalls’ (Bordentown, N.J.) Chef's EcoWall Garden™ – This sophisticated design successfully blends form with function with its specifically designed system that controls water, nutrients and lighting to create a sustainable growing environment for a wide variety of fragrant herbs, leafy greens, and other edible plants year round.

Kitchen design: Franke (Aarburg, Switzerland)  BKON – The BKON Craft Brewer’s proprietary brewing process called RAIN™ (Reverse Atmospheric Infusion™) uses reduced air pressure as a brewing or infusion variable that produces deep and layered flavor profiles that are truly unmatched.

Operations: FlexCart, LLC (New Albany, Ohio) FlexCart Hotel Engineering Cart – Compact, lightweight and very maneuverable, this cart has been proven to substantially increase productivity, inventory control and the overall professionalism of property operations. Includes removable tool bag with 84 tools in 42 labeled pockets and can carry up to a 6 foot ladder.

Tabletop: VerTerra Dinnerware (New York, N.Y.) Collapsible box with attached lid – These new collapsible boxes, made from reclaimed balsa wood with a rice paper finish, feature an innovative reflexive lid and pop-up design, allowing for everything to ship, store, and lay completely flat, saving space while still presenting food beautifully.

Technology: Partender (San Francisco, Calif.) Partender – Bar inventory and ordering in 15 minutes on iPhone, iPad – Partender reduces the time it takes owners and managers to do full bar inventory and ordering from 6 hours (or more) to just 15 minutes – all on iOS. While users take inventory of their virtual bars on Partender's patent-pending system using any iOS device, they can view accounting and order reporting on the web or Excel.

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed over 120 submissions of the latest products for the industry 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.

Judges for the 19th annual IHMRS editors’ choice awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Beth Lorenzini, Foodservice Equipment Reports; Michelle Renn, Hotel-Online; and Christine Trauthwein, Hotel Business.

IHMRS featured three full days of exhibits from Sunday, Nov. 9, through Tuesday, Nov. 11. The market presented more than 650 exhibitors and attracts some 16,000 industry professionals. It was co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY), featuring more than 450 manufacturers, designers and representatives of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa and tabletop. 
IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA). BDNY is a joint venture of AH&LA, HANYC, NYSH&TA and HMG (Hospitality Media Group). Both shows are managed by HMG.

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