The winner of the Supplier of the Year for New Product Development is Panasonic.
The challenge for any kitchen equipment supplier is how to evolve successful products and come up with new ones. This accolade gives credit to the manufacturer or brand that has enriched the market by introducing new equipment that delivers tangible benefits to foodservice operators, with a particular focus on innovative features.
A focus on bringing new innovation to its product offering in the UK has seen Panasonic launch its first high-speed convection oven, providing a solution for scenarios where space is at a premium and speed is of the essence.
The SCV-2 is also fitted with a catalytic converter for extraction-free cooking, while an intuitive touchscreen panel and storage for up to 1,000 cooking programmes makes it incredibly user-friendly.
Further investment in R&D has seen the company create a world-first microwave that utilises inverter technology and is aesthetically improved, lighter by some 12kg, easier to clean and more reliable and consistent in its operation.
Iain Phillips, sales and marketing manager at Panasonic UK (pictured receiving the award from FEJ editor Andrew Seymour), said: “Innovation is very important. It’s special to win in Panasonic’s 100th year in business and we are proud to be recognised. We strive to look at what the market doesn’t yet have and find niches. We try and give operators what they need both today and tomorrow.”
– Precision Refrigeration