Middleby Corporation chief Timothy FitzGerald insists the recent launch of a fully open kitchen platform to drive equipment connectivity is just “one of many” investments in technology that the industry powerhouse is making.
Middleby unveiled the propriety Open Kitchen IoT solution at the HOST trade show in Milan last month following the acquisition of Powerhouse Dynamics, a specialist in kitchen intelligence and connectivity technology.
This new platform connects virtually all equipment in the restaurant and captures critical information, allowing customers the ability to make real time, data-driven performance decisions to improve kitchen efficiency.
“We have enabled the remote control and monitoring of a variety of restaurant operations, allowing our customers to achieve the best possible efficiencies in labour utilisation, energy conservation, food costs and enhanced meal safety,” stated Mr FitzGerald.
“Open Kitchen brings together the Powerhouse SiteSage IoT platform, successfully operating in thousands of restaurants, and the existing Middleby Connect IoT solution. This new and unique combined platform results in the most comprehensive solution available in the foodservice industry, enabling our customers to transform the management and profitability of their restaurant operations.”
Middleby considers Open Kitchen a game-changer as commercial kitchens around the world become more data-driven and operators desire real-time information from a single user interface.
But Mr FitzGerald insists the company isn’t stopping there when it comes to cutting-edge technology.
“Open Kitchen is an example of one of many investments in technology we are making to strengthen our leadership position and support growth. We also continue to deliver exciting new products as we strive to be the most innovative partner to our customers.”
He cited the Joe Tap Nitro Brew system, Lincat Cibo oven and TurboChef Bandito as key product developments that the business has invested money into.
“We are adding to our industry-leading solutions addressing growing industry trends of ventless kitchens, food delivery and ghost kitchen concepts,” he said. “Our capabilities and leading-edge technologies strongly position Middleby to address our customers’ most important needs.”
Mr FitzGerald’s comments come off the back of a third quarter that proved to be “challenging”.
Sales at its Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased 6% for the three months to the end of September but only 0.5% with acquisitions and foreign exchange stripped out.
The company noted that it achieved growth across all its international regions, but said the impact of Brexit and generally slower conditions continued to affect Europe.