INTERNORGA 2020 to bring kitchen 4.0 to the fore

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The show on 13-17 March 2020 in Hamburg, Germany, will showcase why connectivity is key in foodservice

Innovation – and its application in the kitchen of the future – will take centre stage at INTERNORGA 2020, says the show organisers.

The show, on 13-17 March 2020 in Hamburg, Germany, will see a number of high-profile exhibitors, including Rational, MKN, Hobart and Rieber, showcasing new digital technologies and kitchen equipment with networking capability,” according to Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.

“Without innovative kitchen equipment, professional foodservice will no longer be able to face the tremendous challenges of this sector,” says Claudia Johannsen, business unit director. “Restaurant owners and hoteliers should take the chance to find out about the technical innovations as early as possible and to get an overview of the wide range of products available. The kitchen of the future is already there – INTERNORGA 2020 showcases inspiration, information and the latest trends in digital kitchen technology, all under one roof.”

Process optimisation 

Digital, networked kitchen equipment and multifunctional units, connected via the internet will therefore feature heavily across the show floor in March. “The more processes running in the kitchen with digital systems, the more interfaces are needed,” said Hamburg Messe und Congress in a statement earlier this week.

“Networked kitchen appliances communicate with one another in the overall process management, and prepare for the next steps in the working process. That radically reduces waiting and idle times, thus enhancing productivity. That in turn means shorter times and less stress in the overall production process.”

Smart sensors

Commercial kitchens, says Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, are increasingly using sensor technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning. “The technologies are designed for autonomous learning, thus reducing effort and repetitive activities for kitchen staff – especially important for kitchens with high staff fluctuation rates and insufficient trained staff,” it says.

“Digital support in management and adaptation of programmes also helps to reduce time-consuming staff training programmes. Recipes can be digitised and loaded to the networked equipment as needed. That saves the staff valuable time, which they can use to improve customer service.”

The show will also, says the organisers, showcase varied new developments in automated cooking, including “innovative assistance systems and artificial intelligence in kitchen equipment, plus the latest sensor technology”.

This innovative new technology can ensure, it says, “new perspectives in food preparation, maximum efficiency and good reliability of the results. Automated cleaning programmes are another extra benefit in the latest kitchen equipment. The innovative technologies incorporated can think for the user, and analyse ware­washing quantities, or regulate water pressure so as to reduce both water consumption and the amount of work needed.”

Further details:

INTERNORGA is the leading trade fair for hotels, restaurants, bakery and confectionery. It has more than 1,300 exhibitors from Germany and abroad and over 95,000 trade visitors. It showcases products, innovations, trends and innovations plus digital innovations for the whole of the food service and hospitality market. The trade show is accompanied by international conferences, an extensive supporting programme, and innovative industry competitions.

For more information on INTERNORGA 2020, see the website and social media.

Photo: ©Hamburg Messe und Congress / Michael Zapf