Manitowoc Foodservice, which is changing its name to Welbilt from next month, has entered into a “strategic alliance” with Halton Group Americas for kitchen ventilation.
The tie-up will see Halton ventilation solutions integrated into a wide range of Manitowoc equipment “to better meet the needs of their customers”.
The pair said that restaurant chain businesses play an important role in both their strategies and the agreement therefore provides a framework for them to innovate in a number of areas.
This includes increasing kitchen output while reducing kitchen footprint and improving speed of service and overall kitchen ergonomics. They will also work together on better managing kitchen temperatures to improve employee comfort and to reduce total building energy consumption.
“We are pleased to partner with Halton as we believe that peak kitchen performance requires the integration of the cooking equipment to the ventilation systems,” said Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, president and CEO of Manitowoc Foodservice. “This integration includes the acceleration of digital technology, kitchen control systems, remote monitoring including ‘KitchenConnect’ to provide better systems and service over the equipment life cycle. The alliance also complements our fitkitchenSM approach to develop high output kitchens in smaller footprints.”
Mika Halttunen, chairman of Halton, said his company believes there is significant growth potential in mobile cooking globally. “Partnering with Welbilt can help us expand our Mobi-Chef solution by including an electric cooking suite, complete with refrigeration and have the combined products UL Listed for rapid customer adoption.”
Manitowoc announced earlier this month that it will change its name to Welbuilt from March 6.