Hoshizaki America, Inc. is recipient of 2019 KI Award for patented MODwater technology

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Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award recipients reflect the trends most important to foodservice operators today – and showcase the future of the industry

Hoshizaki America, Inc. was awarded a Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award by the National Restaurant Association for the second year in a row. This prestigious foodservice industry award recognizes progressive new equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity. Hoshizaki and the new MODwater dispenser will be in the KI Showroom at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® in Chicago this May. Chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and internationally recognized food facility consultants, multi-unit executives, and design experts, the 2019 KI Award recipients reflect the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today – and showcase the future of the industry.

Here, Sally Ray, marketing manager for Hoshizaki America, Inc., discusses the MODwater dispenser innovation and its wide range of benefits:

What was the goal with Hoshizaki’s MODWater dispenser?

Hoshizaki’s main goal is to provide customers with a variety of water choices. MODwater dispenses a selection of water in a convenient, cost efficient and fun water station – replacing the traditional water cooler or water bottles. Equally important is to provide sustainable water dispensing and reduce pollution impacting our environment by replacing single use plastic water bottles and non-biodegradable foam cups. Many businesses and restaurant operators are making a conscious decision to go green. This innovative dispenser line offers the customer choices in an environmentally friendly way.

What other issues does the MODWater dispenser address?

Efficiency – space, logistics, labor, and other added costs. Our dispenser is small and compact, doesn’t require delivery or storage, and labor requirements are non-existent. Plus, it has some truly unique features!

Describe the dispenser’s technology.

The patent-pending technology for the in-line carbonator which creates the sparkling water is truly unique. Using only a CO2 tank with the MODwater unit, no carbonator tank or water pump is needed. To have all four options of chilled, sparkling, hot and alkaline water on demand in a single, compact and efficient unit puts us at an advantage in the water dispenser market.

How does this dispenser work?

The LED touch button display is easy to use and the dispensing area allows for almost any type of bottle, cup, or tumbler. MODWater dispenses up to 20 gallons of sparkling or chilled water per hour as well as hot and alkaline water.

What type of applications are these dispensers best suited for?

Although our official launch in June will focus on the noncommercial B&I market, this line is ideal for any aspect of the foodservice industry looking to serve chilled, sparkling, alkaline water, or a hot beverage made from water, such as tea or hot chocolate. The MODWater dispenser eliminates the need for multiple decanters.

Is there a cost savings with these systems?

Absolutely, the MODwater dispenser is a one-time purchase. Depending on whether you’re replacing bottled water or large cooler type dispensers, Hoshizaki can calculate a cost reduction or ROI.

Where can these dispensers be placed?

The MODWater dispenser is ADA compliant when placed on a stand or Hoshizaki ice machine. The other option is to put it on a countertop.

Hoshizaki’s MODWater dispenser is the first of its kind, correct?

In May 2019, Hoshizaki will receive the Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award by the National Restaurant Association for this unique dispenser. In fact, Hoshizaki is the recipient of KI for the second year in a row – in 2018 for our KMEdge Ice Machine. The prestigious recognition honors progressive new equipment that increases efficiencies and productivity. KI Award recipients are chosen by an independent panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and internationally-recognized food facility consultants, multi-unit executives and design experts. This is further proof that not only is the dispenser unique, but it also is a valuable addition to the foodservice equipment industry.

Further details:

Join us at Hoshizaki’s booth #6212 to experience the unique, patented carbonation technology that delivers up to 20 gallons of sparkling water per hour without the use of a carbonator tank or pump! MODwater also dispenses chilled, hot and alkaline water options. Save space while offering your customers a refreshing beverage. Save money by not having to buy water bottles or pay labor to clean and refill decanters. Save the environment by not purchasing single use plastic bottles.

About Hoshizaki America, Inc.

Hoshizaki is the world leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of a wide range of products for the foodservice industry including ice machines, refrigerators, freezers, prep tables, display cases and dispensers. Our attention to detail, continuous innovation, smart application of technology and commitment to the highest standards – ensures that our customers have exceptional quality products. With corporate headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia and a second manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia, Hoshizaki America, Inc. employs over 700 people nationwide. Hoshizaki has been awarded the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence multiple years in a row for their continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

For more information, visit Hoshizaki America, Inc. www.hoshizakiamerica.com.