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Local Roots

Local Roots

We design, build, deploy and operate the world’s most productive indoor farming solutions. We believe the key to a more sustainable future requires eliminating supply-chain risks and undoing the commoditization of the food industry. That’s why our Local Roots Family is building a distributed network of cutting-edge farms throughout the world to grow the freshest, healthiest food possible.  We bring the Farm to you. We deliver turnkey TerraFarms, to your location, operated by our experienced farming team.   +MORE

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Pseudo Customer Centricity: Fool’s Gold

Gary Hawkins on Winsight Grocery Business, CART

Retailers must employ a customer-first philosophy into organizational culture Many regional retailers are (at last!) intent on becoming customer-centric, more than a decade after The Kroger Co. led the way and more than two decades after early loyalty pioneers proved the value of a true customer focus. But too many retailers believe that customer centricity can simply be bolted on to their organizations without realizing that true customer centricity is far more involved. Like the intrepid gold miners of the 1840s, these retailers awaken to the realization that what they’ve taken for retail gold is in actuality a false promise, seduced by the fools gold of pseudo customer centricity. I can recount meetings with senior executives from well-known retailers who espouse their customer centricity efforts; spending massive sums on consultants and solutions powered by a decade’s old approach based on customer segments integrated to the retailer’s category planning processes, and even personalized offers to shoppers. Countless of these retailers remain anchored in a product-focused world, even those who tout using technology to discover what products should be put on offer to their customers rather than starting with a vendor-funded offer pool.  True disciples of customer centricity deeply embed a customer-first philosophy into their organizational culture, extending it to every part of the enterprise. These companies realize that providing savings on products relevant to the shopper is only the beginning. Leading companies such as Amazon and Kroger are investing heavily in taking customer centricity to the next level: comprehensive, seamless user experiences across channels and devices, integrating personalized product recommendations with an understanding of the individual shopper’s specific health conditions, and laying the technology foundation for immersive shopping experiences melding the physical and digital worlds. Customer first disciples understand the dynamic flow of customers and their shopping behavior over time, putting in place capabilities and processes attuned to providing contextual relevancy inside and outside the store. And personalization—driven by past purchases and recommendation algorithms—is fast evolving to what I think of as strategic hyper-personalization, leveraging vast intelligence about each individual shopper to power a mix of recommendations to win the shopping trip, grow baskets, maximize retention, and foster customer advocacy—one customer at a time, in real time. Many regional retailers are based in more rural areas where company executives believe their shoppers are less tech savvy, relieving pressure on digital imperatives. According to Pew Research, 95% of Americans own a cellphone in 2018, with 77% of Americans owning a smartphone. Pew also calls out that in 2018, 89% of Americans use the internet. Location is no longer a proxy for customer technology illiteracy.  This year, Amazon is projected to realize over $258 billion in U.S. retail sales, an estimated 49% of all online retail spending in the United States. With this kind of penetration, and the ability to ship products anywhere overnight, traditional supermarket retailers would do well to remember that their shoppers are increasingly expecting (demanding!) the seamless and comprehensive user experience provided by Amazon, and increasingly by Kroger and Walmart. Yet, too many retailers remain mired in digital purgatory, constrained by capability silos and the inability to bring piecemeal capabilities together in a seamless fashion for shoppers.  Lastly, many seasoned grocery executives have spent their careers being rewarded for following, letting someone else bring innovation to market and only following when it has been proven successful. Years ago IT executives would buy IBM, even if it wasn’t the best choice, but because it was the "safe" choice. This practice continues today as retailers sign deals with "established" providers because they believe it is the safe choice, failing to understand that today’s environment rewards fresh, forward-looking thinking. Retail executives need to look beyond yesterday’s approach to customer centricity to capabilities and platforms that actually position the retailer for future success. The cost of failing to provide a seamless shopping experience, for failing to provide true individual shopper personalization, and failing to provide real time contextual relevancy, can rapidly obliterate any savings or security from yesterday’s "proven" approach. Tom Furphy, a former Amazon executive and the originator of Amazon Fresh, in a recent interviewspeaking to the challenges retailers face today, especially a reliance on past practices, says it all: “What seems safe is actually destructive. That’s a recipe for longer term disaster.” This article originally appeared on Winsight Grocery Business and can be viewed here +MORE

The Top Five Ways Retailers Benefit from Industry Trade Shows

Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion UX

When was the last time you attended a retail or food and beverage trade show? If you have to pause to think of the answer – or know immediately that the answer is, “Never” – then it might be time to find a show or expo near you. Trade shows are the best places for those within the industry to get out of their stores and network; find new products and stay abreast of the cutting edge technology offerings; and gain invaluable education in the areas you need it most. In short, even if you spend time every day trying to stay current, you could never see it all – or know what to search for. There is no better place than a trade show … from seeing new products, meeting new people, becoming educated on a new way to engage your customers, or finding out about technology … this is the place to find what you don’t know!   Here are some of the top reasons you should attend a trade show this year: Network with Decision Makers When you think of networking, perhaps the typical “mixer” scenario comes to mind with people you don’t know awkwardly milling about a bar or restaurant, trying to strike up conversations with random people in the hopes that you might be able to benefit one another in some way. Networking at a trade show couldn’t be any more different. As an attendee, you can specifically find exhibitors with the products you seek; attend educational sessions that pertain to topics you are interested in, therefore attracting other audience members who share the same challenges; and be assured that your peers in the same industry as you are seeking similar solutions as you.  And you might even run into a colleague you haven’t seen in years! Find New Products and Foods You subscribe to industry periodicals and get Google Alerts in your inbox every day, but have you seen that new robot that identifies out of stock items and potential slip and fall hazards? Have you read about leveraging data to establish loyalty and trust with food delivery customers? A trade show is the perfect venue to scope out all that is new in the retail world from tech products to new foods and services – all in one place – to help you use technology to create a seamless customer experience. As you look for new technology innovation to keep you competitive, you may find the perfect partner for online ordering, rapid delivery, or rapid checkout through customer’s smartphones.  No matter what you want to go to a trade show to find, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by discovering even more than you thought along the aisles. See New Trends in Action Are vegan offerings a must-have? Should you offer chef demonstrations to showcase meal ideas? Are international flavors high on consumer’s minds? What chef dishes are they trying replicate at home? Be on the front line of this year’s and next year’s trends so you can bank on what your customers will be looking for in the near future. You’ll walk away with new products and great ideas you can implement immediately in your store operations. You may even realize that you are on the verge of creating an entirely different trend yourself that has yet to appear on the market – good information that you can capitalize on in the year to come. Receive Best in Class Education If school is a distant memory – or perhaps you learned hands-on in a family business and worked your way up the ranks – one of the best perks of most trade shows is the educational content provided to attendees and exhibitors alike. Whether you’re interested in operational excellence, developing your workforce, building bigger baskets, or sessions dedicated to those hot new tech trends we previously mentioned, trade shows like The NGA Show (presented by the National Grocers Association) in San Diego this coming February will have you covered on all fronts. What’s more, you can connect with presenting industry specialists to gain even more valuable insight into the topics that interest you most. Gain Immediate, Actionable Ideas The bottom line … your time is valuable and you want to spend any time out of your store obtaining the cream of the crop ideas - from new products, growth strategies and tech trends. Hear what the experts have to share, sample emerging products, uncover new technology, and refresh your enthusiasm for the business. You’ll walk away with a plan to bring all of these new ideas and initiatives into your store operation to drive profits, growth and innovation.   No matter where you are in your retail career, a trade show will no doubt provide you with opportunities, education and inspiration as you progress in the business. Interested in learning more? Check out the upcoming NGA show: National Grocers Association Show, San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 2019, www.thengashow.com  Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.  Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event, providing over 40 educational workshops, an expo floor featuring innovative and game-changing products and solutions and countless networking opportunities.  Registration is open at www.thengashow.com – early bird registration rates in effect through December 10, 2018.  +MORE

NGA Show 2019: The Epicenter of Grocery Industry Innovation

CART, Advancing Retail

In a special event leading up to the opening of the new NGA Show 2019, CART will bring together unique education, an impressive line up of speakers, and cutting edge innovation to make San Diego the epicenter of grocery industry innovation during Feb. 24-27, 2019. With a focus on regional retailers and dynamic independent operators, the CART team will present an innovation tour de force designed to help attendees not only stay in the game but help them win. CART is coming together with leading retailers through-out the industry to provide attendees a new worldview for the future of retail where transformation and disruption are the new normal: iRetail. Focused on five ‘i’s, iRetail will give attending executives a framework for evaluating their existing capabilities and provide a roadmap to closing the innovation gap. In a time of declining and disappearing industry events, the NGA Show has become a beacon of light for the industry as it has grown each year, even outgrowing its longtime home in Las Vegas, spurring the move to San Diego this coming February. CART has had a long time partnership with NGA and is taking the relationship to a new level this year, building on the success of CART’s Innovation Event at last year’s show.  Make sure to put Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on your calendar and plan to attend the CART special event at the new NGA Show! +MORE

Technology's Profound Impact on the Supermarket Industry

Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Association

Often cited as the one of the greatest catalyst of change within the retail grocery industry, technology is an area that independent supermarket operators must understand, and embrace.  Technology continues to have a profound impact, where virtually every detail of the supermarket industry is being touched by new solutions and platforms. I see three technology threads, each entwined with the other. One is the explosion of mobile applications and programs that are turning grocery shoppers into high information consumers. According to Pew research, smart phone adoption among Americans has more than doubled since 2011. Not only are shoppers becoming more sophisticated, but they are using technology as a way to gain more information, transparency, and convenience. At the touch of a mobile screen, consumers can instantly access to updated information on locally sourced perishables, competitive promotions, price checks and recipe ingredient lists. In turn, this migration to the digital space is shaping customer relationships with retailers. Today’s shopper does not want to be talked to but instead wants to be a part of the conversation. Consumer product manufacturers and marketers make up a second technology thread. By analyzing large chunks of customer data and retail sales, manufacturers, retailers and service suppliers are exploring innovative ways to touch their target audiences. Big data though can be vast and hard to harness. Whether it’s social media, a mobile payment system, or loyalty programs, technology can effectively create many new opportunities for savvy retailers to learn about and to connect with their shoppers to better serve their needs. A good place to see and learn about a number of these innovative solutions is right here at www.advancingretail.org. The third thread is in the store itself, where technology is increasingly employed to improve overall store productivity to program more effective lighting, to boost checkout efficiency, to track shopper traffic flows to improve layout and sales per square foot, or to offer customers immediate cost savings via real time wifi connections as they shop. A great, and very recent, example of this is Sedano's Supermarkets launch of a “robotic supermarket,” which entails an automated fulfillment center where AI-enabled robots will assemble full supermarket orders of up to 60 items. While the landscape is quickly evolving, many independent grocers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to engage with their shoppers, find efficiencies, and reach new and existing customers where, how, and when they want. Independents have been making their move into digital. They are hiring dedicated staff, dedicating marketing budgets to digital initiatives, more effectively leveraging social media platforms, and integrating the latest technologies into their business strategies.  With the dramatic pace in which new apps and tech solutions are coming on to the market, it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but technology will play a defining role in the supermarket industry.  Those retailers that are on the forefront of implementing new technology and embrace the hyper-connected, tech-savvy consumer are positioning themselves for success. I’m one who is convinced that these threads will weave into a pattern of rising sales and profits. And that’s why the 2019 NGA Show will kick-off with a new educational event, spearheaded by our partners at CART, entitled “iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry.” The event is designed to give supermarket operators a framework for navigating fast-paced innovation while maintaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future. Despite increased competition from all angles, it is an exciting time for the supermarket industry – and we at NGA are bullish about what the future holds for the independent grocers! Known as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independents are nimble enough to quickly overcome obstacles, and are finding innovative ways to respond to changing consumer preferences, which is something they’ve always been good at given their close ties to their communities and the consumers they serve. +MORE

The CART Virtual Pitch Event / Spring 2018

Gary Hawkins, CART

Hundreds of participants joined a distinguished panel of retailers and wholesalers on May 15th, 2018, as they stepped together into the Innovation Gap with Sterling Hawkins, Head of Venture and Innovation at CART and David Ciancio, Global Customer Strategist for dunnhumby, for the Spring Retail Innovation Pitch Event 2018.  The first-ever live webcast retail innovation pitch event, held in partnership with Winsight Grocery Business and with support from ShoptoCook and Curbside, consisted of four ten-minute pitches from udelv, BeeHex, Brain Corp and Popspots. The chosen pitch companies were selected from over 250 applicants and represent the leading edge of innovation coming into the retail industry. "Emerging technology isn’t just a possibility to consider,” said Sterling Hawkins, "it’s become a necessity as the pace of change increases exponentially in tandem with the dramatic power shift from industry-driven decisions to savvy consumers who want to be reached how, when and where they want to engage. Emerging technologies are advancing at a rate that’s almost incomprehensible. When we combine the linear trajectory that most of retail is on with what’s technologically possible, it opens up a gap, The Innovation Gap." Key retail decision-makers understand the value of working in The Innovation Gap. Importantly, it isn’t just what’s technologically possible, it has to be economically viable. “Wholesale partners and panelists make the whole thing real,” said Sterling. “It’s in this space where we get to look at the business to understand not only what we can do differently but what we can actually do better, grounded in the reality of retail operations.” Dave Ciancio reinforced the importance of stepping into the Innovation Gap, explaining how even a seasoned, entrepreneurial global company like dunnhumby, with innovation part of it’s core DNA, now looks externally to keep on top of change to best serve their clients’ more than 800 million households around the world in a 1:1 personalized conversation. Adriel Lubarsky, Director of Business Development at udelv kicked off the pitches, and appropriately set the stage when he shared, “the future is going to be remarkable!”  udelv, announced as the CART Virtual Pitch Event / Spring 2018 winner, epitomizes the exponential change in the industry. The founders’ determined strategy to bring udelv’s self-driving delivery vehicle to market years before self-driving vehicles were expected to be on public roads places them squarely in position to shape the future of autonomous delivery with technology that actually works much like a human brain to crunch data and make decisions. Large enough to handle significant loads and capable of launching in any state, udelv is currently working in multiple industries with vehicles co-designed to meet and exceed delivery expectations, even mastering the cold-chain.  As an example, udelv is delivering groceries to Draeger's customers in California with customized, honeycomb insulated compartments ensuring fresh foods stay fresh and consistently cold. They’ve even moved beyond using a mobile app with their text-to-open technology. As eCommerce explodes, the future is certainly bright for the winner of the Pitch Event. Finalist Popspots is focused on cost-effectively solving the $26 billion dollar problem of out-of stocks for retailers using in-store technology and artificial intelligence. Popspot plays in the checkout aisles with a combination of smart racks and mini-computer screens so retailers can quickly be notified of out-of-stocks and work to recoup lost sales and generate a strong ROI. Cost-effective, and with weekly reports, centralized oversight and potential to share best practices between store locations, this solution is already making great strides in the industry. The CART Virtual Pitch Event / Spring 2018 finalist BeeHex was originally funded by NASA and maintains a strong commitment to R&D with solid funding and numerous awards. While the company’s 3D printing solution can be implemented in production facilities or in-store, BeeHex feels the ideal spot is in the bakery department, freeing team members to focus on customers, and letting the machines do the work. The BeeHex 3D Dessert Decorating tool cleanly and efficiently decorates baked goods with pre-filled, disposable pouches of frosting. Capable of reducing production time on simple or complex decorating projects, BeeHex generates a quick ROI and is ready to embrace making a decorator's ideas reality. Envisioning the future, the BeeHex mission ultimately is to personalize food to the individual customer. BrainCorp is developing intelligent self-driving technology for commercial equipment and is being initially implemented with robotic floor cleaners. Their dual mode robotic floor scrubbers can work manually or autonomously and only need a single training session to learn the route around the store. These intelligent robots provide reliable cleaning, improve employee safety and maximize efficiency and productivity with in-depth reporting. Their  inter-navigation software is the company's “secret sauce’ and their capability of maneuvering in real-life situations makes them safe to use around customers. ————————————————— Join CART and Winsight Grocery Business for the Fall 2018 Retail Innovation Pitch Webcast on Wednesday, October 10th! +MORE

On-Demand Food Automation to Enhance Customer Experience

Benjamin Feltner, Co-Founder, BeeHex

3D food printing has evolved from NASA-funded experimentation, to edible art, and now BeeHex is using this technology to create a more consumer-focused experience in grocery stores and bakeries.  BeeHex has combined time-tested food production techniques and 3D food printing technology to create a system that results in less clean-up, a simpler supply chain, and more focus on consumers. How do you operate the machine?  BeeHex’s 3D dessert decoration process starts with its software.  You simply select the color frostings and icings you want to print, and place disposable frosting bags into the pressurized chambers.  Next, you ask the on-board laser-line vision system to scan the item(s) you have placed on the print-bed (cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.).  Now that your parameters are set, select your design and click print.  You can run multiple objects at once and there’s virtually no need to monitor the machine.  It will alert you when it’s finished. How does the technology work? BeeHex’s machines use industry-standard pneumatics (air pressure) to control flow of food, such as frosting and icing.  Oddly, this distinguishes BeeHex’s printing process from other 3D food printers that use electric motors to apply pressure.  The pneumatics power the entire dessert decoration process, while 3D printing and extrusion technology control the design, shape, and 3D characteristics of the print.  BeeHex’s vision system allows the machine to navigate the topography of the cake, cookie, or other food item(s) placed on the print bed.  The software controls the process from start to finish, including three-dimensional layering and shape height. What is the purpose of the technology?  On-demand food automation, or localized automation, will streamline the supply chain.  When automation and other smart machines and tools are utilized at the point of purchase (i.e. in the grocery store), a variety of benefits come into play.  For example, shipping costs are drastically cut and personalization capability is enhanced.  Common bakery operation options include labor-intensive in-store production, commissary production with increased lead time and shipping costs, and outsourcing.  BeeHex’s machines can localize this entire effort.  First, stores can eliminate the process of scooping frosting from buckets and wiping into hand-piping bags.  Second, the waste from unused buckets and partially-used piping bags will be cut.  Any inability to customize cakes (or other desserts) on the spot may also be eliminated, which may result increased sales through much shorter lead times – never turn away a customer due to the common 24-hour turnaround.  Most importantly, the type of automation we are championing has an overarching benefit.  The shopping experience is changing: one path is to eliminate the grocery shopping experience through home delivery and online ordering for pick-up.  The other path is one in which the consumer enjoys the shopping experience – “experiential shopping.”  In other words, consumers need a reason to spend time in a grocery store!  Localized automation provides an opportunity to allow employees to enhance the shopping experience through interaction.  Let the machines focus on food production, cleaning, and other work while your team focuses on customers.   Company Background: BeeHex is based upon the original concept of food printing technology, which was designed after a NASA-funded project and created a new wave in the 3D printing industry.  Other 3D printing applications are geared toward rapid prototyping and faster production.  However, the food industry presents completely different challenges: how will we ensure food is fresh, provide healthier options, subject to less contamination, increase production rate, reduce costs, and the list goes on and on.  The 3D food printing segment and other forms of robotics and artificial intelligence may hold the key to these challenges.  One of BeeHex’s strengths is in research and development.  We are providing solutions that span from the bakery and healthy pizza printing to the most advanced form of personalized nutrition, which is BeeHex’s current project with the U.S. Army.  BeeHex is focused on combining the best of automation and personalization. +MORE

3D Food Printer Systems

BeeHex, LLC

BeeHex originated from a NASA-funded project and has created on-demand fresh food automation machines, including the 3D Dessert Decorator.  Our vision is to enhance customer experience and satisfaction by focusing on customer interaction while our 3D dessert decorator produces cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and cookie cake designs on demand.  +MORE

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Pace of Innovation -- Shattering the Status Quo

Gary Hawkins, CART

Retailers are shellshocked by the increasing pace of technology fueled innovation that is transforming and disrupting the industry. It seems not a week goes by that we don’t read about yet another new competitor entering the grocery space or some new innovation being rolled out by an existing competitor. Case in point: Kroger’s recent announcement that it is deploying its Shop, Scan, and Bag self-shopping solution at 400+ stores. This in response to Amazon’s cashier-less Go store pilot and Walmart’s similar self-shopping solution. Supermarket retailers are challenged on several fronts relative to innovation. It is nearly impossible for a retailer to be aware of all the new innovation entering the market. As an example, CART reviews an estimated 100 new solutions each month. Beyond awareness though is the challenge of deciding what areas to focus on (supply chain, distribution, marketing, store operations, etc.) and deciding what specific solution to pilot. And then having to decide what new capabilities to deploy across operating stores. Having efficient operations, quality foods, and great pricing and service is simply the cost of entry to supermarket retail. The new battleground is innovation. This is a new world for retailers to navigate. As an example, we see too many retailers implementing different digital capabilities in a piecemeal fashion rather than working towards a cohesive and comprehensive platform. The self-shopping capability mentioned earlier is a great example. Some retailers are trying to implement this kind of capability through a third-party app or a separate app rather than bundling it into one mobile app for their customers. Shoppers are after an omni-channel, seamless experience, not being forced to interact with different apps or systems to do business with a retailer. CART is here to help. We’re able to leverage our strong retail experience, industry knowledge, and unique insight to new capabilities and innovation flowing into the market to help retailers understand where they are today relative to their competitors and best-in-class retailers. Developing an innovation roadmap is important to help in prioritizing what new innovation to focus on and to create a foundation capable of adapting to new capabilities and technologies as they come into the market. +MORE

Food Service Solutions

Hussmann

Hussmann provides a wide range of products for fast food and full service restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service operations. These include self-contained display cases, specialty merchandisers, island displays, salad bars, food counters, refrigeration systems and many others. LTH Family: Low-temperature glass-door merchandisers that provide reliable freezer performance, maximum merchandising space and a removable refrigeration cassette for easy service. ​Isla Island Displays: Isla, Hussmann's unique "design your own island" merchandiser, offers retailers a flexible way to display refrigerated hot and dry items all in the same merchandiser. ​DDSS Spot Display: The DDSS-4MC is a versatile merchandiser for applications requiring maximum product capacity in a 29" deep footprint. ​ Ideal for displaying sandwiches, salads and beverages. ​Q Series: The Q Series’ upscale styling and distinctive designs make your finest foods irresistible to shoppers. Creative contours guide customers to your display, where they can view every delicious detail of your quality foods, thanks to the Q Series’ high-definition glass and clearly visible sight lines.​ +MORE

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Dollar and Discount Store Solutions

Hussmann

Hussmann has developed an equipment, operations and retail optimization platform that enables our dollar and discount retailers to overcome the “barriers” of entry into the beverage, frozen and fresh foods markets, and to engage in these markets more competitively, efficiently and profitably. As our dollar store and discount retailer customers move aggressively into the beverage, frozen foods  and fresh foods market, the need for committed partners is critical to their success. As an industry leader in optimizing the retail merchandising of perishable foods, and enhancing a customer's  experience, Hussmann has proven to be the most resourceful of partners available. A successful perishable foods program requires much more than a refrigeration manufacturer; it requires a Total Team...that’s the Hussmann Advantage! +MORE

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​​​​Convenience Store Solutions

Hussmann

Hussmann prides itself in the quality of our products and services. As an industry leader, we are always striving to help you to achieve success by providing refrigerated merchandisers, store design, fixtures, shelving, cabinetry and millwork, energy efficient refrigeration systems, and store décor. Our mission is to assist you in making good decisions about your business. The key to a successful project is making informed choices. Please examine our solutions for more details. Our process is simple and customer driven. We assist all our customers by determining a budget, creating a comprehensive store layout, providing a versatile selection of equipment and fixtures, maximizing utilization of sales space with different shelving options, managing the project from start to finish, and providing installation, service, and maintenance of all refrigeration solutions.​​ +MORE

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Heat Seal

Heat Seal LLC

Heat Seal is a high quality manufacturer of industrial packaging, food packaging and supermarket packaging equipment. We offer both semi-automatic machines and automatic machines. At Heat Seal, we strive to provide quality products at a great price. Proudly Made in the USA, Heat Seal is committed to great customer service, high quality products and legendary reliability. +MORE

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Supermarket Solutions

Hussmann

For over 100 years, Hussmann has been a leader in producing merchandising, refrigeration and service solutions for grocery stores and supermarkets. Many of Hussmann’s innovations, such as the first patented display case, the first frozen food case and the first multi-deck dairy case, have helped define the modern supermarket industry. Today Hussmann enables excellence in food retailing with a wide range of merchandising and refrigeration solutions, coupled with store optimization, food quality consulting and store planning support. Hussmann also has a world class service organization with over 20 company owned service branches and over 600 company employed technicians in the US and Canada. These branches provide project management, application engineering, installation, maintenance, and a full range of related support services. +MORE

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Food Equipment and Services

Hobart

While running a business you constantly have a million things going on in your operation every day and any one of them can go wrong without notice. You’ve been around the block enough to know how to work-around many of them, but your mission critical foodservice equipment is a completely different story. If that fails, you have to scramble to keep your front doors open.  At Hobart Service, we know that every minute you are down means, is not only a disruption, but also lost money and a potentially bad customer experience. Our expert team of OEM factory trained Technicians are here to help – where you are.  Hobart Service is your trusted partner to identify and resolve problems with Food Equipment Group brands of foodservice equipment (and other brands) and we do it with a high commitment to safety. Not only do we use our technology, training and OEM parts to fix your issues quickly but we also partner with you to prevent future downtime.  +MORE

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Green Fence

Green Fence

Free platform for everyone, anywhere, anytime. Take greenfence everywhere with you.  Remote digital auditing for the 21st century.  Build and verify trust across your enterprise and supply chain.  Now everyone has a scorecard.  Differentiate performance with ratings, rankings and reviews. Gain deep performance and competitive analysis and insights.  The food industry’s only comprehensive authentication gateway. Verification. Simplified.  Harmonizing teams, systems and communications.  Transforming how teams and systems work together. One platform. All data. All customers. All reporting. All engaged. Fully interoperable.  No more duplication. Reporting simplified. One click automated reporting to all customers.  Raising human performance. The greenfence academy provides education, training and competency assessment for everyone.  IoT and Big Data. Simplified. Leading the convergence of IoT with big data and automation.  Farmer’s banking network. Providing primary producers with banking services anytime and anywhere. +MORE

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Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Solution

Lotus Freezing Solution Co.,Ltd

Retailing Regarding the Retailing Business,we have products like open type showcase ,glass door cooler/chiller, island merchandiser, supermarket gondola and etc. Catering Regarding the Catering Service,we have products like Kitchen storage freezer ,deli Buffet cabinet, cake showcase and etc. Medical Regarding the Medical field,we can supply products with various temperature requirements ranging from 10 degrees to -130 degrees for refrigerating or freezing. Storage Regarding the storage industry,we provide the supermarket shelves, light storage shelves and heavy storage shelves. +MORE

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LTI - Changing How Food is Served

LTI Inc.

LTI features both time-tested and new, turnkey products for successful front-of-the-house serving and merchandising as well as back-of-the house operations. We successfully serve all commercial and non-commercial segments including K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities, Healthcare, B&I, Correctional Markets, the Military and more. COLORPOINT Seamless, hand-laid fiberglass for consistency and strength, available with load centers or Daisy Chain connections. ONEPOINT Turnkey counters that are factory-built, delivered completely assembled, and tested to maximize quality.  QUICKSWITCH The first of its kind, this drop in provides the ultimate in menu flexibility and merchandising options.  PROGRESSIONS Decorative architectural and graphic front panels transform modular counters with a “built-in” look.  CUSTOM COUNTERS Any shape, any size, and any material. You dream it, we build it with superior craftsmanship and heavy-duty construction.  VISIONS Visions utilizes photography, illustration, painting and dimensional art to create a dynamic atmosphere. +MORE

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Moley Robotic Kitchen

Moley Robotics

THE WORLD'S FIRST ROBOTIC KITCHEN Moley has created the world's first robotic kitchen. Featuring an advanced, fully functional robot integrated into a beautifully designed, professional kitchen, it cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef. The prototype was premiered to widespread acclaim at Hanover Messe, the international robotics show. The consumer version set for launch in 2018 will be supported by an iTunes' style library of recipes.  OUR PROTOTYPE - A WORLD FIRST The prototype is the product of 12 months of development in collaboration with Shadow Robotics, Yachtline, DYSEGNO, Sebastian Conran and Stanford University Professor Mark Cutkosky. A pair of fully articulated robotic hands now reproduce the entire function of human hands with the same speed, sensitivity and movement. The cooking skills of Master Chef Tim Anderson, winner of the BBC Master Chef title were recorded on the system - every motion, nuance and flourish – then replayed as his exact movements through the robotic hands. This is a confident step that provides basis for development of mass market.  +MORE

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ripe.io

ripe.io - Blockchain of Food

Transparency in Every Byte of Food ripe.io is transforming the fresh produce food supply chain by enabling data transparency and transfer from farm to fork to answer what our food is, where has it been and what has happened to it. We’re exposing the journey of our food to create new analytics, automation and business models through blockchain technology and the Internet of Things. Our solutions help you answer what’s in your food, where it’s been and what’s happened to it. We create product histories to tell the complete story of food from farm to the receiving dock.    Process Automation We automate your business rules and provide recommendations, improving speed and efficiency. Our holistic set of data allows for more accurate modeling, improving performance.  Data Analytics We create new analytics around shelf life, input usage and sustainability by providing a baseline encapsulating the entire supply chain. Certification Validation We collect and authenticate data to increase trust in the industry to certify and strengthen your brand. +MORE

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Impossible Burger

Impossible Foods

MEAT ON A MISSION The world loves meat. But relying on cows to make meat is land-hungry, water-thirsty, and pollution-heavy. That’s why we set out to do the impossible: make delicious meats that are good for people and the planet.  It all starts with the Impossible Burger. But our world-renowned team of scientists are hard at work inventing more ways to make the foods we love most.  THE BURGER FORMERLY KNOWN AS PLANTS                                                                                                                                                                                                       Remember the best burger you’ve ever eaten? Our dedicated team of top scientists, farmers and chefs spent the last five years studying it from cow to bun. Then we identified methods and ingredients to naturally recreate everything -- the sights, sounds, aromas, textures and flavors. The result? This impossibly delicious game changer of a burger. Because we use 0% cows, the Impossible Burger uses a fraction of the Earth’s natural resources. Compared to cows, the Impossible Burger uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions. And it’s 100% free of hormones, antibiotics, and artificial ingredients.    REINVENTING THE BURGER FROM THE GROUND UP We spent the past five years researching what makes meat unique: the sizzle, the smell, the juicy first bite. Then we set out to find precisely the right ingredients from the plant kingdom to recreate the experience meat lovers crave. You’ve never tasted plants like this.   AN INSANELY GOOD BURGER MADE FROM SANELY GOOD INGREDIENTS                                                                                                                                                            Our burger is made from simple, all-natural ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes. What makes the Impossible Burger unlike all others is an ingredient called heme. Heme is a basic building block of life on Earth, including plants, but it’s uniquely abundant in meat. We discovered that heme is what makes meat smell, sizzle, bleed, and taste gloriously meaty. Consider it the “magic ingredient” that makes our burger a carnivore’s dream.  FEEDING GENERATIONS TO COME The way the world produces meat today is taking an enormous toll on our planet. According to livestock researchers, animal agriculture uses 30% of all land, over 25% of all freshwater on Earth, and creates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all of the world’s cars, trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes combined. We make the Impossible Burger entirely from plants, without the destructive impact of livestock, so that you, your children, and your grandchildren’s children will always be able to enjoy a good ol’ fashioned burger. +MORE

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Chowbotics - Sally the Salad Robot

Chowbotics, Inc.

Chowbotics develops robots for food service. The company’s first product, Sally the Salad Robot, creates custom salads that are ingredient driven, chef inspired, and robot delivered. +MORE

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Foodini: 3D Food Printer

Natural Machines

A new generation kitchen appliance that combines technology, food, art and design. +MORE

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Indoor Agriculture Technology

Edenworks

Top-chef quality, 365 days a year. How do you get the most flavorful local produce year round? By harnessing the power of technology and ecology. Natural ecosystems maximize the taste and nutritional value of our produce.  Indoor agriculture technology ensures every harvest is perfect, no matter the weather. +MORE

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Food Service Equipment, Merchandising Units and Millwork

Piper Products, Incorporated

Welcome to Piper Products! We are a premier manufacturer specializing in cafeteria and buffet serving systems, combi ovens, blast chillers, Anliker vegetable slicers, hot and cold food merchandisers, and an array of support equipment. We are also an industry leader in aluminum and stainless steel food transport equipment. You will readily find Piper Products in the healthcare industry, convenience stores, restaurants, prisons, school cafeterias, grocery stores, and bakeries. At Piper, no matter what, you’ll find a product line that is highly practical, functional, rugged, and perfect for your needs. +MORE

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Foodservice Equipment Solutions

National Foodservice Equipment Solutions

Like our name says, we are a national sales & service organization providing the finest commercial food equipment sales & service in the industry.  NFSES operates from coast to coast with local sales & service centers to support our customers.  We help boost profits, increase productivity, and reduce costs for retailers by keeping them informed of the latest foodservice equipment & technology. NFSES Distributors carry a full range of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies. Our sales staff takes time to get to know our associates, and we can help your foodservice operation find the right products and services to ensure efficiency, safety and consistency. However, foodservice equipment sales is only one part of our operation. Our long list of satisfied customers rely on NFSES to stay op top of the latest news in this industry. We work with foodservice product manufacturers from all over the nation, and any time a new, relevant product enters the market, we take the time to learn about these new technologies and how they can help your business. We only inform you of the products most likely to improve your bottom line, putting in the research to save you time. From large supermarket chains to small convenience stores, from the corner retail bakery to large commercial food processing plants, if you are in the food business, we can help you increase your profits today! +MORE

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Food Service Equipment

JOHN RITZENTHALER COMPANY

Kitchen textiles. +MORE

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Refrigeration Products

KeepRite Refrigeration

Manufacturer of commercial refrigeration products. +MORE

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Food Equipment

Cambro

Cambro Manufacturing supports foodservice operators worldwide with products designed to make operations safer, more efficient and more profitable. +MORE

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Coffee Equipment

Cafection Enterprises Inc.

You are looking for something to offer your clients that brings them in the store because of the taste. Something that will help your customers differentiate your quality coffee offering, and make them decide this is where they need to go for convenience and taste.   At Cafection, we offer large volume foodservice coffee equipment that will allow you and your clients to save time while enjoying a great tasting cup of coffee.   More than ever, not only will your coffee center bring your convenience or grocery store into a coffee shop era, but freeing up counter space and logging into the digital age will bring you to a whole new level.   Find the perfect foodservice coffee machine that will help you minimize losses and increase sales while offering a wide variety of selections in the smallest footprint possible. +MORE

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