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Kitchen Innovations

Apply by December 18, 2019.


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The KI Awards program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovations. Forward-thinking and cutting-edge, this is the equipment that generates industry growth through a focus on automation, efficiency, safety improvements, sustainability, waste solutions, and more.

Manufacturers should submit equipment and technology innovations that have been or will be introduced within 24 months prior to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 16-19, 2020, and will be commercially available for foodservice operators. If selected, KI participants must also exhibit in their own booth at the 2020 Show, in addition to staffing an exhibit space in the KI Showroom.

 

What’s Included?

Benefits of Being a KI Award Recipient

 

 

Application Questions

  • Describe the innovation. (60 words or fewer) Explain the innovation’s design, technology, and functionality.
  • What makes this innovation unique? How is it superior to competing products?
  • Describe the benefit(s) to the foodservice operator resulting from this innovation.
  • Can you quantify measured or estimated benefits versus competition or prior designs/technologies?
  • When was this innovation introduced broadly to the U.S. foodservice market?
  • Have patents been issued or pending? If yes, please list patent number(s).
  • Provide contact information for two foodservice operators who can verify this innovation and its benefits (include name, title, and phone number).

The application also requires several uploads, including a product specification sheet, product brochure, company logo, and product photo.

 

Costs

All applications require a $1,500 deposit in order to be reviewed by the expert panel of judges. If your application is selected to receive a KI Award, the deposit becomes non-refundable and is applied to the total participation fee of $13,225. The $1,500 deposit will be refunded if your submission is not selected.

 

 

Contact your sales rep or email nraexhibitinfo@winsightmedia.com

 

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KI Awards Judges

The KI Awards program is judged by a panel of respected third-party experts from across foodservice representing some of the industry’s best-known brands and organizations.

Dan
Bendall

Principal

FoodStrategy, Inc.

David
Chislett, FCSI

Executive Principal

Ricca Design Studios

Richard
Eisenbarth, FCSI

President / CEO

Cini-Little International

Foster
F. Frable Jr., FCSI Associate AIA

Founding Partner

Clevenger Frable LaVallee

Randy
Homer

Program Manager – Food & Beverage Experience Development

Disneyland Resort

Frank
Inoa

Senior Director, Design & Engineering

Arby’s / Inspire Brands

Jim
Krueger, Jr., CMCE, NRAMF

Chief, Air Force Food & Beverage Policy, Procedures, Business Development & Strategic Initiatives

Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA)

Steve
Otto

Director, Capital Equipment Purchasing

Darden

Jim
Thorpe

Senior Food Service Designer

Aramark

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