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NAFEM Show 2017: What to Expect

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers Trade Show, also known as the NAFEM Show, takes place every two years and brings together over 500 manufacturers to showcase the latest products, review latest trends and provide other learning and networking opportunities for those in the foodservice industry. The 2017 show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL on February 9-11. If you are attending this year’s show, here are some helpful tips and products to look out for.

Also, be sure to follow Central on the social media platforms you participate in for live updates, pictures and more! We will be providing live video from the show floor on Facebook, so stay tuned!

Schedule and Floor Plan 

The 2017 NAFEM Show schedule is as follows:

Wednesday February 8: Kick-off party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday February 9: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday February 10: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday February 11: Show floor open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., after-show party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Each year the after-show party features a dinner reception and live concert. This year’s concert will feature The Killers. (Didn’t buy tickets? Click here).

When it comes to the floor plan, there is much ground to be covered in the three days the show floor is open. The NAFEM Show map is helpful to determine which booths you may want to go to. The NAFEM Show mobile app is also available with benefits for attendees and exhibitors to have a successful show experience.

Sneak Peek of New Products

The most exciting part of the NAFEM Show is the opportunity to see new products from manufacturers. Each NAFEM, manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest items. In 2015, allergen identifiers and induction were hot topics. This year, expect to see more energy-efficient solutions in refrigeration, cooking and more! Our team will be on the show floor looking for the latest trends, so be sure to follow us this weekend as we give you the scoop!

What’s Hot, What’s Cool® 

Each show, NAFEM spotlights some of the newest product offerings in their WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth, located in Booth 1840. The booth this year will highlight some of the following trends:

  • Better Tech
  • Labor Lifesavers
  • Consumer-First Innovations
  • Eco (and Budget) Friendly Options

New this year to the WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL!® booth is their Inspiration Station – a series of four discussions designed to generate conversation around the latest equipment and supplies trends. The series will be led by Mike Colburn and Mary Esther Treat, founders of product design firm Ideas Well Done. Inspiration Station discussions will take place Feb. 10 and 11, from 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the NAFEM Show website here. Or follow them on Twitter for further updates.

North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) 2011 Trade Show

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers or NAFEM, is a trade organization that brings together food service suppliers and manufacturers and equips it’s members with everything from products to industry education.   Every two years NAFEM holds a  trade show to showcase the newest equipment and supplies in the food industry.  Last week was the 2011 NAFEM Show, held in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center.  Below is a recap from on all things NAFEM!

In refrigeration, the primary trend still seems to be energy efficiency.  For example, LED lighting is an option on many refrigeration lines now and is even becoming standard on some lines.  New Department of Energy requirements go into effect the second quarter of 2011, and most manufacturers seem to be ready for the changes.

Turbo Air’s booth at the show was full of exciting new refrigeration product launches, including ice cream dipping cabinets, prep units with drawers, and Premiere series reach-ins.  Manitowoc Ice had one of the biggest product launches of the show with their Indigo cube ice machines, with many energy saving features.

Cardinal Glassware introduced Zenix dinnerware, which is a fully tempered line of glass dinnerware.  It looks much like traditional china but has the durability of fully tempered glass with a moderate price point.

Hatco introduced heated zone merchandisers, which use “Spot On” technology to detect when products are on the shelf.  Super fast heat-up keeps the product warm; not having the entire unit on 100% of the time saves energy and money for the end user.

APW Wyott will launch their Champion line of steam tables in April.  These solidly constructed units have either hot or cold wells and come standard with poly cutting boards.  The tables have a lower price point than leading competitors and APW is expecting wide popularity with these.

Known for their forged knives, Wusthof is coming out with their first stamped series.  These knives have a poly handle, are NSF listed and come at a great price point.  Wusthof anticipates that this series of knives wll become a fixture in the commercial kitchen for everyday use.

In the area of beverage equipment and supplies, we learned that the trend right now is hot water products.  With the growing popularity of hot tea, oatmeal and pourover coffee service, the need for instantaneous hot water is in demand.  In fact, Bunn-O-Matic and Wilbur Curtis Company now offer hot water dispensers with “Oatmeal” backlighted graphics.  Service Ideas is also keeping up with the hot tea trend by offering contemporary tea pots, tea presses and tea infusers.

Melamine dinnerware continues to increase its presence in the foodservice industry.  Main melamine vendors – G.E.T., Carlisle, Elite Global Solutions – are seeing the growth in their dinnerware lines.  G.E.T. introduced SuperMel in Mardi Gras colors, while Carlisle launched their Dayton and Sierrus lines.  These new additions to the Central Restaurant Products catalog should help continue this growth.

CresCor introduced a new mobile holding cabinet that can be used for outdoor dining.  While electrical on the interior, the exterior uses propane tanks for heating and a solar panel to run the controls.  It has a heavy duty construction to stand up to the rugged outdoor terrain.

As for furniture, several manufacturers noted that unique seating styles seem to be the trend right now.  Low cost import products have become so prevalent in the market and these manufacturers have realized they can no longer compete.  Instead, they’re trying to set themselves apart from the imports and from their domestic competition by designing unique styles and offering more custom furniture options.

Furniture Imports debuted their booth-in-a-box at the show.  This unassembled booth (which saves on shipping costs) earned a spot in NAFEM’s What’s Hot, What’s Cool pavilion.

In addition to the exhibits, the NAFEM Show also offered several educational seminars that the category managers attended.  Some of the highlights included Tim Sanders’ presentation on Corporate Responsibility and Peter Sheahan’s seminar on Innovative Thinking.  The NAFEM all-industry celebration on Friday provided a “night out” with industry friends, and Huey Lewis and the News got the crowd rockin’ and pumped for the final day of the show.