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Press Release12 November 2013

Editors Select Best New Products At IHMRS & Bdny 2013

Phillips Collection Receives Kenneth F. Hine ‘Best of Show’

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NEW YORK, NY -- Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) and 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology. From the 7 winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected.


The 2013 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.

Design – Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, IA) for the Ribbon Chandelier, an extremely low energy, low profile, even lighting distribution, with remarkable weight to scale ratio. The fixture is scalable from 3ft to 8ft and more and can be combined with others to create larger chandelier installations.

Equipment & Supplies – The Vollrath Company (Sheboygan, WI) for Mirage Induction Rethermalizer, a soup rethermalizer that doesn’t require water for heating, eliminating the need to fill and refill the unit with water. The induction heating technology offers fast retherm times and precise temperature control.

Food & Beverage – TeaVert (Seattle, WA) for the single-use, fully bio-degradable, birch tea infuser. Each infuser is assembled utilizing a natural process without harmful use of chemical adhesives or staples.

Green – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into fun, dramatically-scaled works of art.

Operations – Xeros (Manchester, NH) for Xeros Cleaning System for Hospitality, consisting of a specialized laundry machine that uses polymer beads to extract dirt. The system uses up to 70% less water, 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent as compared to conventional washing to deliver superior cleaning results.

Tabletop – Front of the House (Miami, FL) for Harmony Bento™, a totally unique porcelain interpretation of the classic bento box. It offers a multitude of modern compartmentalized serving options in six different configurations and twenty two mix-and-match accompanying pieces.

Technology – for, a mobile and online ordering application built to serve dine-in, room service, delivery, and takeout. It is a custom branded web-application for guests to use their own smart device and order off an establishment's menu wherever they are.

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 100 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

Judges for the 18th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Beth Lorenzini, Foodservice Equipment Reports; Dennis Nessler, Hotel Business; Michelle Renn, Hotel Online; Stephanie Ricca, and Mary Scoviak, Boutique Design.

The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show runs through through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 9, the IHMRS features three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 12. The market presents nearly 700 exhibitors and attracts nearly 18,000 industry professionals. It is co-located with the 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10 through Monday, November 11, presenting 400 interior product manufacturers and attracting more than 5,000 hospitality designers, architects and purchasing executives. BDNY features two full days of expert panel presentations and interactive workshops.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG).

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