The Middleby Corporation has moved to up its kitchen technology capabilities by acquiring Powerhouse Dynamics, a leader in cloud-based IoT solutions for the foodservice industry.
Tasks such as menu management, equipment servicing and operational monitoring are increasingly being carried out remotely and Middleby expects the acquisition to boost its offering as more kitchens become connected.
Powerhouse pioneered the introduction of automated IoT solutions into the restaurant industry via its leading SiteSage platform, which is used by many major restaurant, convenience store and retail brands in its home market.
The SiteSage platform connects, monitors, analyses and controls the restaurant equipment footprint allowing operators to automate their facility to realise energy savings, improved food safety, reduced labour costs, and operational consistency.
“This acquisition significantly enhances Middleby’s IoT capabilities and expands the offerings to our customers as they evolve the management of their operations through remote, connected and data driven solutions”, said Tim FitzGerald, CEO of The Middleby Corporation.
“SiteSage complements our existing Middleby Connect IoT platform, which is available on many of our existing equipment technologies facilitating our customers with menu management, servicing of equipment and operational monitoring. The combination of Middleby Connect and SiteSage will allow for a single comprehensive solution we can provide to improve efficiencies and manage a broad set of operating issues tailored to our restaurant customers’ needs.”