Over 1 million Rational combi ovens have left the company’s factory, with employees around the world celebrating the milestone this week.
To commemorate the moment in the company’s history, Rational’s 1 millionth combi-steamer is going on a world tour, visiting major trade fairs identified by the ‘1,000,000’ written on its gold rotary knob and customized control panel.
A unit prototype has already been on display in the Rational booth at the recent National Restaurant Association Show held in Chicago.
“This is a major milestone for Rational,” explains Peter Wiedemann, chief technical officer. “When Siegfried Meister founded the company in 1973, nobody imagined how successful it would become within such a short time.”
Rational produced the first combi-steamer just three years after the company was founded, and has continued to advance its technology and product line since that time.
Recent innovations include the introduction of the small format SelfCookingCenter XS combi, and the UltraVent Plus portfolio of ventless hoods.
Rational leads the combi category with a 50% global market share.
After its world tour, the one millionth SelfCookingCenter will return to Germany during Oktoberfest for installation at what many consider the world’s most famous tavern, Hofbräuhaus.
“As combi technology gains greater market acceptance in the US and Canada, we are focused on increasing awareness and usage by educating customers about the benefits of combi technology,” said Markus Glueck, executive vice president, Rational North America.