Welbilt mourns one of the industry’s brightest visionaries

Rick Caron, executive vice president and chief innovation officer

One of the most highly respected visionaries in the global foodservice equipment industry has passed away following a brief non-Covid related illness.

Richard ‘Rick’ Caron, executive vice president and chief innovation officer at Welbilt, was integral to the development of many technologies and features offered by its various brands in the market today.

The 65-year-old served as the head of innovation and technology since joining Welbilt’s predecessor company Enodis in 2005.

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Bill Johnson, president and CEO at Welbilt, said the entire Welbilt team was deeply saddened by his sudden passing.

He commented: “Rick’s contributions to the commercial foodservice equipment industry were immeasurable as he was involved in numerous new technologies and innovations in speed cooking, blended and nitrogenous beverages, fryer oil filtering and connected equipment and kitchens.”

Mr Johnson said that his colleague was constantly sought after by customers, industry experts and other innovators for his insights and vision of the future, and his thoughts on how to make that vision become reality.

“Rick’s passion and high energy level came through in everything he did, and he distinguished Welbilt as one of the most innovative companies in our industry.”

Mr Johnson added: “Welbilt’s board of directors and all Welbilt employees mourn his loss and offer their sincere condolences to Rick’s family.”

Welbilt brands include Cleveland, Convotherm, Crem, Delfield, Frymaster, Garland, Kolpak, Lincoln, Manitowoc Ice, Merco, Merrychef and Multiplex.

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