ITW says that despite the difficulties served up during 2020 it was still a great year for the business in terms of energy efficient foodservice equipment development.
It introduced 48 new Energy Star certified models to market, a 12% increase on the year before with the majority of those new models priced in a more affordable tier.
As a result, the company has just earned the Energy Star Partner of the Year- Sustained Excellence Award, the 14th consecutive time it has landed the accolade.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy gave the award to ITW for maintaining a focus on energy savings and efficiency in the manufacturing of food equipment from its family of premium brands, including Hobart, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wolf, Baxter, and Stero.
The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by the Energy Star program.
Winners are part of a distinguished group that has made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change and protecting public health through energy efficiency.
“Despite its many challenges, 2020 was a successful year for the development, introduction and sales of energy efficient, Energy Star certified equipment from ITW Food Equipment Group brands,” said Todd Blair, director of marketing at ITW Food Equipment Group.
“We know that partnering with Energy Star and the EPA is especially important for our customers and those they serve every day. We have built our reputation on manufacturing high-performance commercial food equipment products that deliver superior energy and resource efficiency.
“We are committed to manufacturing more efficient commercial kitchen equipment for foodservice and food retail professionals, so they can feel confident they are using equipment that decreases impact on the environment as well as on their bottom line.”
With an expansive offering of more than 430 Energy Star certified products, ITW is focused on the continued development of next-generation, energy-efficient equipment in 2021.
ITW energy efficient accomplishments in 2020
Traulsen: Increased its Energy Star listing by 47 models as a result of the introduction of the Centerline by Traulsen mid-tier offering, representing a 125% increase in the number of eligible Energy Star models available in 2020 compared to 2019.
Hobart Warewash: Launched a new Energy Star certified ventless rack-conveyor dish machine with an energy recovery system that lowers the amount of energy consumed by 30% per rack compared to competitive ventless machines. It also grew its obsolete program, targeting older Hobart units for upgrade to new Energy Star certified units by providing owners of legacy equipment with cost and energy savings figures.
Vulcan: Published an updated Energy Star toolkit for reps, containing up-to-date rebates by state in list and map form as well as a sell sheet with talking points.