What to Look for at the 2018 National Restaurant Association Show

Posted February 4, 2019 by Jon Bowerman

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The 2018 edition of the National Restaurant Association Show is upon us. As you walk the show floor in Chicago, here are a few important things to look for as you explore what's new in foodservice.


new innovations from mogogo-1By now you've come to recognize Mogogo as the industry leader in sleek, stylish, innovative designs that will help you build a better buffet. At this year's NRA Show be sure to look out for some new additions to the Mogogo stable of buffet service solutions.

New induction kits include warmers from Nemco that are stylishly placed within a bamboo countertop design. CliX tables make it easy to set up and take down tables in a range of sizes and designs that includes round, square, rectangle, wood, marble, and slate. And finally, their new stainless steel bar ties in well with CliX to create an all-encompassing look that will wow your guests.

Booth Location: 7237


Welbilt has a range of new foodservice equipment solutions over their complete catalog of brands. Let's take a look at a few of their latest editions from their 2018 NRA Show preview.

Cleveland has a new SteamChef 6 connectionless version with improved performance. Also look for the new EasyDial control option with three cook modes, a core temperature probe, diagnostics, and time and temperature settings.

Convotherm has a new Mini with easyStart to enable auto time adjustments as trays are added during the cooking process. The ConvoVent 4 hood is also a new edition.

For Delfield, look for a new Specification Line Series with enhanced aesthetics, a new touchscreen control and expanded specialty models.

Finally, Garland will display their new induction counter units. Kolpak's new Era Floor with bracketed technology will offer greater floor strength without the need for plywood. And Merco will display some of their latest models.

Booth Location: 3401/3601



Jackson Warewashing Systems will introduce a high temperature addition to their Delta® glasswasher series. The Delta HT-E-SEER uses hot water to wash and sanitize glassware, and the result is exceptional cleaning performance that effectively removes lipstick from glassware. Unlike chemical sanitizing glasswashers that rely on a chlorine sanitizer, the Delta HT-E-SEER sanitizes with 180°F rinse water so there is no chemical residue left on the glassware.

Best of all, the Steam Elimination and Energy Recovery System (SEER) allows for installation at the bar. SEER collects the hot water vapor generated during the wash and rinse cycles and uses it to preheat the incoming rinse water. This allows the machine to operate from a cold water supply only, saving energy and reducing steam to improve the operator’s experience.

Booth Location: 6212


Emsa Coffee Jugs PFEG

BauscherHepp added the award-winning Emsa brand of coffee and tea pots to their extensive collection of German-made solutions. Each Emsa jug includes a double-wall liner of either glass or stainless steel that creates a vacuum between the two walls to prevent heat from escaping the jug. Select editions of Emsa coffee pots can keep beverages hot for as long as 12 hours or cold for up to 24.

Booth Location: 7237


TableCraft's new Better Burger Collection adds flair and fun to burger service. Using stainless steel or durable melamine, features include fry boxes, trays, shake and malt cups, burger boxes, spatula flights, and more. All items are dishwasher safe for ease of use, and spatulas feature a unique faux wood handle for a pleasing aesthetic.

Booth Location: 4248


Rosseto has just released their new 2018 catalog, many of which will be on display on the show floor in Chicago. Start by reviewing their new items, which are all categorized with icons for stackability, connectability, US stainless steel, portion control technology, eco-friendly, and easy-to-clean. If you're looking for smallwares to fit any of these requirements, start with the latest Rosseto catalog, and then visit their booth at the NRA Show. 

Booth Location: 7439

Want to learn more before heading to Chicago or after you return? Schedule some time to talk with a foodservice expert at PFEG.

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