Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

OCT 2017

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By the Editors chieving best–in-class status means excelling in key areas, it means reaching beyond the benchmark and, ultimately, it means the industry recognizes the effort. It's a desirable club. FE&S' annual Best in Class Study identifies those foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturers that earn the right to join the club. Our exclusive research stems from the seven critical characteristics that impact purchasing decisions for operators, dealers and consultants: • Product quality • Product value • Product design and aesthetics • Service and support • Sales representation • Product inventory and availability • Product information availability Survey participants prioritize the above factors in order of importance, then rate individual factories they work with for a given product category on these attributes. Our research team then combines the individual results with those from other participants from the category to create a composite score and identify those manufacturers that the readers of FE&S feel are Best in Class. The following pages detail the results* of FE&S' 2017 Best in Class Study and highlight those factories that establish the benchmark for understanding and meeting the needs of the entire distribution channel. Congratulations to those earning recognition as Best in Class. * In some instances, among the specific audience segments, the data proved inconclusive. When that was the case, no winner was declared. HEAVY EQUIPMENT Blast Chillers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Traulsen Braising Pans/Tilting Skillets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland Charbroilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vulcan Chef Counters — Prefabricated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delfield Combi Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alto-Shaam Convection Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blodgett Conveyor Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln Cook and Hold Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alto-Shaam Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication . . . . . . . . . Advance Tabco Deck Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blodgett Dishwashers/Warewashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hobart Floor Mixers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hobart Freestanding Floor Fryers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pitco Hot Food Holding Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hatco Ice Makers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manitowoc Ice Ranges — Gas and Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vulcan Refrigerated Prep Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . True Manufacturing Steamers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland Steam-Jacketed Kettles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland Upright Reach-In Refrigeration . . . . . . . True Manufacturing Ventilation Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CaptiveAire Walk-In Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thermo-Kool LIGHT EQUIPMENT Beverage Blenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vitamix Coffee Brewers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bunn-O-Matic Conveyor Toasters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hatco Countertop Griddles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vulcan Disposers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . InSinkErator Electric Food Processors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robot Coupe Electric Slicers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hobart Heat Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hatco High-Speed Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TurboChef Induction Cooktops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CookTek Manual Food Choppers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vollrath Microwave Ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amana Parts and Accessories . . . . . . . . . . Franklin Machine Products Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edlund Company Shelving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metro Sinks — Prefabricated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advance Tabco Underbar Fabrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perlick Underbar Refrigeration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . True Manufacturing Worktables — Prefabricated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advance Tabco SMALLWARES Cookware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vollrath Cutlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dexter-Russell Food Storage Containers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cambro Tabletop and Buffet Serving Accessories . . . . . . . . . . Vollrath Thermometers/Sensors . . . . . . . . . Taylor Precision Products OCTOBER 2017 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • 43

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