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It’s about time…rethinking the guestroom alarm clock!
September 17, 2014

Recognizing the continued importance of accessible power at the nightstand, Brandstand Products is about to revolutionize the nightstand environment by taking a fresh approach and designing an alarm clock that combines time and power.  In doing so, Brandstand solves two problems with one product - CubieTime!

With the growing success of the Cubie and CubieMini, it was only a matter of time before Brandstand set out to provide hotels with another clever power solution.  CubieTime enhances the guest room experience by keeping guests on time and powered up! 

CubieTime’s one knob, one function design delivers a simplified interface. The 4.5” square footprint, takes up minimal space and the sleek styling integrates  into any guest room decor. CubieTime also features surge protection, single day alarm, auto update for daylight saving time, display dimmer function, pass-through plug and abides by strict UL standards including the UL spill test.  

About CubieMini™: ?The CubieMini is compact by design but big on power and provides a perfect power and charging solution for the nightstand where space is limited. Features include: 2 power outlets, 2 USB charging ports, surge protection, pass-through plug and two decorative faceplates.


About Cubie™: ?The Cubie with it’s retro-fit design brings additional power to the  guest room desktop or nightstand. Features include: 3 power outlets, 2 USB charging ports, surge and over-current protection and a pass-through plug! The versatile mounting bracket can be installed to a variety of desktops.


About Brandstand Products: ?Brandstand Products, a subsidiary of TXS Industrial Design Inc., offers innovatively designed, user-friendly amenity products for the hospitality industry.

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IM-500 Hoshizaki Square Cuber Wins Award
September 11, 2014

Hoshizaki America, Inc. is Winner in ACHR News 2014 Dealer Design Awards

Peachtree City, GA, July 21, 2014 Hoshizaki America, Inc. was recognized for excellence in product design in the 11th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 92 entries. The company’s IM-500SAA, Stackable Square Cuber was the Bronze Award Winner in the Refrigeration & Ice Machines.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, "These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions."

“In the last few years the ACHR News and HVAC judges have recognized Hoshizaki for award winning refrigeration and ice machine products. The tradition continues with the IM-500SAA Stackable Square Cuber, winner of the Dealer Design Award for achievement in Design and Engineering.”  At Hoshizaki we listen to our customer’s and deliver! Hoshizaki is very proud to receive this award again.”

Gary Weyhausen, VP of Sales & Marketing

Now Factory Direct
September 09, 2014

Party Express is NOW FACTORY DIRECT!  As of 2014 Party Express has been aquired by The Beistle Company, the nations oldest and largest Party Goods Manufacturer.  Founded in 1900, we are now offering factory direct pricing right to the hospitality industry.  With over 114 years of experience, 9500 different items, and 1 million square feet of manufacturing space Party Express is here to serve you!

Restaurantware achieves #366 on INC 500
August 27, 2014


Monday, August 25, 2014 

Chicago-based Restaurantware, A Leading Hospitality-Industry Supplier 

of Eco-Friendly Products, Announces Inc. 500 2014 Fastest Growing 

Companies Placement, Plus Design Award

Now Ranks #366 Nationally On Inc. 500, Illustrating 1,307% Growth

Biodegradable Bamboo Serving Cone Lands #2 Spot On Best Designed Products Of 

The Year

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Restaurantware is pleased to announce the Company is the 

 fastest-growing privately-held firm in the United States as recognized by Inc. 


Magazine’s annual Inc. 500 List for 2014. Founded only four years ago, capitalizing 

on exponentially higher market demand for eco-friendly hospitality-industry serving 

products, Restaurantware’s explosive, audited 1,307% revenue increase is fueled by 

designing forward-looking, “fashion for food” product lines, particularly in biodegradable 

products utilizing sustainable, fast-growing bamboo. The Company’s Bamboo Serving 

Cone, a modern, conical product with 100% compostable qualities, was also named by 

Inc. as the #2 Best Designed Product of The Year out of only four standout products in 

all categories, including technology, lighting and home goods.

Says Restaurantware Founder Jamil Bouchareb, “Both of these awards validate a lot of 

effort and hard work as Restaurantware continues to not only grow, but innovate eco-
friendly serving products that genuinely resonate within the restaurant and institutional 

food service communities. We are incredibly proud of our teams in both Chicago and 

Miami – these awards belong to them. Our Bamboo line of products is truly fashion for 


Restaurantware designs, manufactures and directly distributes over 500 individual 

restaurant-supply products, annually shipping over 20 million individual pieces to 

domestic and international chefs, catering companies, restaurants and institutional 

food providers. In 2010, with revenues of ~$168,000, the Company has since grown 

sales over $2.3 million through extensive product R&D, investing in eco-friendly supply 

chains, international sales team expansion in Miami, and trend-spotting. Buoyed by the 

Inc. 500 list and design award recognition, Restaurantware plans a transformational 

2015, doubling existing product lines and acquiring both talent and companies that 

illustrate a passion for fashion for food. 

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Chicago-based Restaurantware strives to create innovative, eco-friendly products that 

are beautifully designed while conserving resources. Serving thousands of domestic 

and international hospitality-industry clients such as top chefs, restaurants, caterers 

and institutional food providers, Restaurantware designs, manufactures and distributes 

over 22 million items of 553 products annually from its 30,000 square foot headquarters 

in West Chicago and eco-audited Asia-based ISO9003-certified production facilities. 

Founded in 2010 by hospitality veterans Jamil Bouchareb and Richard Rinella, 

Restaurantware’s commitment to quality and service is illustrated by supplying best-
in-class institutional food service clients, including Aramark Food Services, Morrison 

Dining Services, AVI Foodsystems and Compass Group. 

Topic-follow Restaurantware on social media at #FashionForFood


For more than 30 years, Inc. Magazine has been the premier publication for 

entrepreneurs and business owners, globally distributing over 700,000 print copies and 

serving millions of readers at The Inc. 500 is an annual list of the 500 fastest-
growing privately-held companies in the United States, ranked according to audited 

revenue growth over a four year period and further qualified by generating at least $2 

million in annual sales. The Inc. 500 also conducts annual Conferences and Awards 


William Roam brings made in the USA personal care amenities to hotels
August 25, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – August 21, 2014 – William Roam, a new company creating “Made in the USA” personal care products within the hospitality market is swiftly gaining momentum, and seeing strong sales since it’s launch in November of 2013.


“We saw an amazing opportunity to turn the amenity market on it’s ear, and not just with on-trend designs and stunning products, but being a part of a larger movement to bring manufacturing back to the US.” Says Ali Murphy, CEO of William Roam.  Historically, the hospitality market has a rich history with offshore partnerships, but during extensive competitive research, William Roam made a conscious choice to develop, create and manufacture products in the USA.


William Roam is the first, and only, amenity company in the hospitality market to offer American-made products, from concept to completion. Some of the largest retailers in the United States have also committed to shuttering offshore partnerships in favor of American manufacturing, as more businesses can balance consumer demand with the massive shift in vendor sourcing and time intensive development phases. “Businesses can affect change within their industry, and once our partners and customers understood what we had created, and why, the response was overwhelming, ” said Bryce Lowry, President of William Roam, “the market has been ready, and waiting, for quality American-made amenities.”


Product and Availability

William Roam, inspired by the spirit of modern American travel, has three distinct collections all designed, crafted and distributed in America. Each collection speaks to the William Roam manufacturing story, and beautifully mirrors the vast, American landscape with purposely chosen extracts and ingredients. A robust product line offers more than 60 skus of bath, body and hair products, complete with sundry items for thorough in-room set-ups, various sizes and packaging options, mobile ordering, same day shipping and no minimums.


About William Roam

William Roam creates high quality, American-made luxury hotel amenities in the spirit of modern American travel: refined but approachable, sophisticated but spirited. A new kind of company—one that holds itself to the highest standards of quality and style, driven by the desire to do business in the most ethical and sustainable manner. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook.

Green Key Meeting Launches v2.0
August 25, 2014

Green Key Global (GKG), in partnership with MPI Foundation, announces the release of version 2.0 of the Green Key Meetings Program, a comprehensive environmental assessment tool and third party audit for facilities, both lodging and non-lodging, that host meetings of any scale. Developed with the assistance of senior meeting planner professionals, the Program has been updated to ensure incorporation of current meeting practice elements as well as to complement the well-known APEX/ASTM Green Meetings Standards.

Green Key Meetings is a comprehensive assessment evaluating participants in six key areas of sustainable performance and management: Core Areas (energy, water, waste); Communication (information, training, policies & management); Activities (community, procurement, auditing); Exhibitions; and Audiovisual & Production. The program, as with its predecessor, is also designed to accommodate limited-service facilities enabling them to opt out of areas that do not apply to their facility. Upon completion, the facility is awarded a ranking of 1 to 5 Keys and provided with a thorough performance report that includes recommendations, best practices and potential areas for improvement and savings. Participating properties are listed on the website, a valuable resource for meeting planners.
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GreenEarth® Silicone Is Now a Recognized Option for Garment Care
August 20, 2014


August 21, 2014 00:00 ET

Silicone Added to International Care Labeling Standard

GreenEarth® Silicone Is Now a Recognized Option for Garment Care

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - August 21, 2014) - It has been nearly twenty years since a new solvent has been added to the world's care labeling standards. But in June it became official. Silicone is now an official recommendation for the cleaning of textile products according to ASTM D3136, Standard Terminology Relating to Care Labeling for Apparel, Textile, Home Furnishing, and Leather Products.

The ruling comes after GreenEarth Cleaning, a voting member of ASTM Committee D13 on Textiles, proposed amendments to the care labeling standards with the goal of improving professional garment care. This ruling makes GreenEarth silicone the first new dry cleaning solvent specifically referenced for care labeling by ASTM International since fluorocarbon in 1996.

Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International is one of the world's largest development and delivery systems of standards and related products and services. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate trade, and build consumer confidence.

ASTM's new definition of dry cleaning is now "in the care of textile products, a cleaning process using solvents such as perchloroethylene, a petroleum, or a silicone." The phasing out of Perc has caused a strong demand for alternative solvents. Silicone is now a recognized alternative on a worldwide basis.

"We believe that the inclusion of the silicone option by ASTM will assist garment manufacturers to address the increasing regulation of perc and hydrocarbons in the dry cleaning industry. GreenEarth's silicone process provides an alternative that is gentler for garments and the planet," said Tim Maxwell, President of GreenEarth Cleaning. "We believe our alternative is good for everybody."

The name GreenEarth and the GreenEarth logo are registered service marks of GreenEarth Cleaning, LLC. Two of the world's largest companies, General Electric and Procter & Gamble, are Founding Members of GreenEarth Cleaning, LLC. To learn more, visit

Contact Information

For more information contact
Tim Maxwell
U.S. (816) 926-0895


Chetu on Inc.500 for 3rd Consecutive Year
August 20, 2014


Plantation, FL -- Inc. magazine today ranked Chetu Inc. NO. 2038 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“We are honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine in this year's ranking, and to be listed for 3 years in a row is an amazing accomplishment. We accept this award on behalf of our fantastic team of employees who work very hard to deliver an outstanding customer experience to our clients," stated Atal Bansal, CEO of Chetu Inc.

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 20 to November 30), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000’ s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

"What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “This year there are far more social media and far fewer computer hardware businesses than there were, say, six years ago. But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 15 through 17, 2014 in Phoenix. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as Michael Dell, Martha Stewart, host of the CNBC show “The Profit” Marcus Lemonis, Container Store Founder and CEO Kip Tindell, and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya.


About Chetu, Inc.


Chetu is a 14-year old software development provider that delivers World-Class IT Solutions serving entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 clients. With a growing team of over 800 skilled engineers spread across seven global locations, it is able to provide a unique delivery model that blends an onsite / offsite team in a setting that fits customer's budget, yet does not compromise on local interaction or real time collaboration. Beyond providing IT resources, Chetu also excels in providing industry specific and niche technology solutions in Healthcare, Retail, Finance, Telecom, Gaming, Hospitality, Travel, E-Learning, Supply chain or others. Its services include process and systems design, package implementation, custom development, business intelligence and reporting, systems integration, as well as testing, maintenance and support. Chetu's expertise spans across the entire IT spectrum.


More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000



The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at   


About Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto VenturesInc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders.  Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today.  For more information, visit .

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit


August 18, 2014



Winners and finalists in 19 categories to be recognized at the 34th Gold Key Awards Gala, Monday, Nov. 10, at the Mandarin Oriental New York




CINCINNATI, OH, August 18, 2014 – The finalists for the 34th Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s most prestigious honor, have been announced by the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS).


A panel of nine prominent judges considered more than 280 entries for these coveted awards, which recognize outstanding design worldwide for hospitality projects that were completed or renovated from March 1, 2013 through March 1, 2014.


“The record number of entries and the quality, creativity and functionality of the submissions all reflect the dynamism of this industry,” said Mary Scoviak, executive editor of Boutique Design magazine, which co-sponsors the Gold Key Awards alongside HOTELS magazine. “This year’s finalists redefined what outstanding design is all about.”


The 2014 Gold Key judges echoed that sentiment. “Just looking at some of the photos, I thought, ‘This is design at its best. I want to live in one of these projects,’” said judge Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts’ vice president of design. According to John McMullen, Highgate Hotels’ senior vice president of construction, “What these projects proved again and again is that the right design, the right detail makes a project unforgettable.” Judge Ron Kollar, Tishman Hotel Corp.’s chief design officer, added, “This year’s finalists show that designers are writing and rewriting concepts until they say something new, and saying  it with integrity. And, they’re telling their stories in ways that will still be relevant in years to come.”


Finalists will be recognized and winners will be revealed in each of this year’s 19 categories at the Gold Key Awards Gala, now a cocktail reception and dinner, from 6:30pm – 10:00pm on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Presented by Boutique Design magazine and HOTELS magazine, the ceremony will culminate with the naming of Designer of the Year.


The 34th Gold Key Award finalists are:


Best Eco or Socially Conscious Hotel

COMMUNE (Los Angeles): American Trade Hotel & Hall, Casco Viejo, Panama

Natalie Sheedy Interiors (Chicago); DelaRosa Studio (Chicago); Legat Architects (Chicago): Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Chicago


Best Guest Room Luxury

HDC Interior Architecture + Design (Los Angeles): St. Regis New York, New York

Richmond International (London): The Langham, Chicago


Best Guest Room Midscale/Budget/Focused Service

Bill Rooney Studio, Inc. (New York): Residence Inn by Marriott Manhattan/Central Park, New York

EoA, Inc. (Coral Gables, Fla.): Lord Balfour Hotel, Miami Beach

Daroff Design (Philadelphia): Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando, Fla.


Best Guest Room Upscale

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Shenyang, Liaoning, China

CBT (Boston): Hotel George, Washington, D.C.


Best Hotel Budget/Focused Service

Ester Bruzkus Architekten with DesignAgency and WAF Architects : Generator Berlin Mitte

DesignAgency (Toronto): Generator Venice


Best Hotel Luxury

HOK (New York): Rosewood Abu Dhabi

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta): The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Metex Design Group (Istanbul): Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem


Best Hotel Midscale

COMMUNE (Los Angeles): Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): NYLO New York City

Group One Partners (Boston): Residence Inn Downtown/Seaport, Boston


Best Hotel Upscale

G A Design International (London): Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Istanbul

Looney & Associates (Dallas): Omni Nashville, Tennessee

White Jacket Pte. (Singapore): Naumi Hotel, Singapore


Best Lobby Luxury

concrete (Amsterdam): Hotel W Verbier, Switzerland

Tara Bernerd & Partners (London): Thompson Chicago

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): Paramount Hotel, New York


Best Lobby Midscale/Budget/Focused Service

Universal Design Studio (London): Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Daroff Design (Philadelphia): Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando, Fla.


Best Lobby Upscale

dash design (New York): The Lexington Hotel, New York

nemaworkshop (New York): W Mexico City

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China


Best Nightclub/Lounge

YWS Design & Architecture (Las Vegas): Hakkasan, Las Vegas

Jeffrey Beers International (New York): Moon Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Ramsgard Architectural Design (Skaneateles, New York): The Gig, Verona, New York

Rockwell Group (New York): TAO Downtown, New York


Best Resort

BLINK Design Group (Singapore and regional offices): Regent Bali, Indonesia

YANG/Yangbangsheng & Associates Group (Shenzhen, China): Haitang Bay No. 9 Resort, Sanya, Hainan, China

Wilson Assoc. (Dallas): Sofitel Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia


Best Restaurant Casual Dining

AvroKO [New York]: General Assembly, New York

Rockwell Group (New York): Five50 Pizza Bar, Las Vegas

Aria Group Architects (Oak Park, Ill.): Nando’s Flame-Grilled Chicken, Toronto

Schoos Design (West Hollywood, Calif.): Puesto, San Diego, Calif.


Best Restaurant Fine Dining

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): St. Cecilia, Atlanta

Studio Mapos (New York): Sopra, New York

Meyer Davis Studio (New York): The Wayfarer, New York


Best Spa

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China

Rockwell Group (New York): Awii Spa at Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta): Baku Flame Towers Fairmont Hotel, ESPA, Azerbaijan


Best Suite

HOK (New York): The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz, The New York Palace, New York

Robert Angell Design International (London): Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, New Forest, UK

TAL Studio (Las Vegas): Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Hawaii

II by IV Design (Toronto): Crystal Serenity Penthouse, Crystal Cruises, Los Angeles


Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership

Indidesign (Los Angeles): Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Honolulu

Studio Gaia (New York): Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Israel


Judges’ “So Cool” Award

Meg Sharpe Interior Designs (New York); Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, New York

JOI-Design Interior Architects (Hamburg): Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, Oberschleißheim, Germany

Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): The Nomad Hotel Rooftop Event Spaces, New York

Marriott Global Design Strategies (Bethesda, Md.): Marriott Hotels Design Strategy, Marriott International, Bethesda, Md.


Judges for the 2014 Gold Key Awards were:


Alan Philips, Chief Marketing Officer, Morgans Hotel Group

Dana Kalczak, Vice President of Design, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Danette Opaczewski, Chief Operating Officer, Ian Schrager Co.

John D. McMullen, Senior Vice President of Construction, Highgate Hotels

Lora Spran, Interior Designer, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI)–Interiors

R. Tyler Morse, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, MCR Development

Ron Kollar, Chief Design Officer, Tishman Hotel & Realty LP

Serena Rakhlin, Vice President, Hotel Development and Acquisitions, Americas, Trump Hotel Collection

Trisha Wilson, Chairman, Trisha Wilson Global


Finalists were selected based on excellence in: concept, execution, innovation and “wow factor.”


The 34th Gold Key Awards coincide with the fifth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair, serving hospitality design professionals, and the 99th IHMRS, held concurrently at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


Tickets for the Gold Key Awards Gala (cocktail reception and dinner) are available now for $375 and can be purchased as part of IHMRS/BDNY trade fair registration or as an event ticket only. More Gold Key information is available at and



The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Nov. 8-11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, Nov. 8, IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, Nov. 9, through Tuesday, Nov. 11. The market will present 650 exhibitors and attract more than 16,000 industry professionals.


IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA); the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC); and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). Additional IHMRS 2014 information is available online, at





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July 01, 2014

- “BOWLS” concept model to be featured on exhibit floor -

NEW YORK, NY, July 1, 2014…The Nyman Group of Scottsdale, AZ & Las Vegas, NV and Robert Rippe & Associates of Minnetonka, MN, have been selected as the winners of the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show’s 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept. The foodservice consulting groups’ “BOWLS—Food That’s Good For You!” concept will be built to a scaled working model on the exhibit floor during the IHMRS, November 9-11, and will host demonstrations throughout the Show.

            “IHMRS attendees are not only looking for innovative products and equipment, but also for edgy concepts and engaging ideas to wow customers,” said Phil Robinson, IHMRS Show Director.  “In the eyes of the judges, BOWLS best achieved the competition objective of developing a retail foodservice concept that can succeed in an under-used, non-traditional location not specifically outfitted to foodservice.”

BOWLS is a 500-square-foot, quick service style, healthy and natural foods concept offering hormone- and nitrate-free ingredients with no additives. Included are bowl bases such as gluten-free noodles, brown rice, quinoa or warm lavosh to which are added proteins, seasonal vegetables and other ingredients to order.

According to Robert J. Nyman, President, The Nyman Group Ltd., “BOWLS is a personalized experience, allowing guests to create their meal based upon flavors, emotions, personal preferences, allergies and time of day. The service line is non-linear, and chefs guide the guests through the various ingredients, offering tastes and explanations about where food is from and its nutritional value, while preparing each personalized BOWL.”

The competition judges also complimented BOWLS’ commitment to technology — a 100% wireless, Wi-Fi based operation — and to sustainability. The concept includes plant-based disposable serviceware, flatware and beverage cups. If designed for actual operation, the concept also would include a full recycling program encompassing waste water, trash and food waste for composting. BOWLS has a living wall of fresh herbs, hydroponically grown with recycled water, which chefs access as they prepare food. Freestanding locations would use a bank of solar panels on the roof, designed to capture energy and further minimize BOWLS’ environmental impact.

BOWLS elicited many comments from judges, including:

“The concept addresses the need for a healthy, affordable and convenient dining experience with a unique approach. Concept is very interactive with personal attention to customer needs. It addresses a wide array of sustainability issues and incorporates a number of technologies.”


“Good menu selection, environmentally sound, and socially responsible. A strong 21st century concept.”


 “BOWLS is very cutting-edge in terms of concept and menu. Designers made thoughtful use of materials and were spot-on for allergen-free selections on the menu.”

* Renderings of BOWLS can be accessed here.

Judges for the 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept were Michael Atanasio - Overlook Hospital; Melanie Corey-Ferrini - DYNAMIK Space (The 2013 Foodservice Pioneering Concept winner); James Dale - Grand Hyatt New York; Robert Doland - Jacobs, Doland & Beer; Maura Doran - New York Methodist Hospital; Mark LoParco - University of Montana, Geoffrey Mills - Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan; and Tracy Nieporent - The Myriad Restaurant Group.

Second Place in the 2014 competition was awarded to “Al Dente” by A’La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group, Houston, TX, and Third Place went to Cafebellas (formerly named, Healthy Foods Coffee & Tea Co) by Steven Cote, Winnetka, IL. Graphic illustrations for both projects also will be on display at IHMRS 2014.

Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine is the official media partner of IHMRS 2014 Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition.

About the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show: The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11. The market will present 650 exhibitors and attract more than 16,000 industry professionals.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG).

Additional IHMRS 2014 information is available online, at  # # #

Elegant Hampers
June 20, 2014

Elegant Hampers: Is changing the philosophy in the hospitality industry one hamper at a time!

New Concept for Hotels "Think Inside the Box"

  • The best hotels continuously strive for a Clean and conscientious environment.
  • Be a trendsetter in a new standard by not encouraging guests to throw their used towels on the floor.
  • Simple innovative solution for your hotel to emphasize its level of customer service and luxurious amenities.
  • Assist in cleaning a room faster and readiness for new arriving guests.


Rid your guests of the awkward feeling of placing their used towel on the floor – while assisting the housekeeping department in so many ways!



Founded on RESEACH AND DEVELOPMENT: Elegant Hampers Logically Benefits your Entire Organization:

  • For Management: Collection of towels becomes a functional, user-friendly, staff supported item which will save time, money and supply.  Retains uniformity throughout your establishment. Conveys a feeling of added cleanliness and hygiene to any room, pool, spa or public area.
  • For Finance: Spend less on replacing mistreated inventory. Low acquistion costs and virtually maintenance free due to high quality of materials used in manufacturing. Liners are a resuable, certifiable product of the highest of quality.
  • For Human Resource Managers: Spend less on insurance claims due to work related lower back injuries and time away from work.
  • For Housekeeping: Maximizing speed and efficiency of staff performance by providing a localized place for used towels and linens. Ergonomically designed to minimize bending. Helps prevent work related lower back injuries and time away from work. Workers and patrons are protected from risks of wet towels on the floor.


The Non Hamper Hamper is a space saving model with all the same benefits.  The Non Hamper Hamper was designed especially for users with limited mobility.  The Non Hamper Hamper by Elegant Hampers is ideal for Assisted Living Facilities, Hospital rehab centers, small rooms, dorms and closets. 



Think Inside the Box - The Elegant Hamper product is classic, unique and serves a genuine purpose for your hospitality establishment.



December 11, 2013

- A refreshed exhibit floor and new initiatives stimulate growth -

NEW YORK, NY, December 11, 2013… North America’s largest annual hospitality industry gathering – the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) took place November 9-12 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. IHMRS presented 550 hospitality industry suppliers to 15,996 trade attendees over four days of exhibits and conferences.

The visitor results marked a significant increase from the 13,048 attendees at last year’s IHMRS, held in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy.  “We’ve had everything from hotel owners to senior corporate representatives from all the major brands, so I can’t be more thrilled with the actual attendance and the types of people that we’ve been able to meet,” said Jonathan Benjamin, President, Xeros, Inc.

IHMRS 2013 debuted several new initiatives which included a re-merchandised show floor with five easy-to-navigate categories: Operations, Technology, Food & Beverage, Tabletop, and Green. The Hospitality Green pavilion, presented in partnership with Green Lodging News, featured its own on-floor education theater and a charity initiative with Clean the World’s ONE Project, where attendees assembled 3,500 hygiene kits over three days at IHMRS to be donated to local charities.

The Tabletop pavilion, in partnership with, serviced a fast growing demand among operators for design-driven tabletop products, and included the first annual “Tabletop Challenge” which was voted on by show attendees. The winning design this year went to Gustavo Gutierrez and Tina Delia of Delia Designs, a Philadelphia based design firm.

The Food & Beverage pavilion featured dedicated spaces for six upward trends in foodservice, with products, demonstrations, and seminars related to each of these trends – gluten free, yogurt, grab-n-go, baking, locally sourced, and mix &mock. Notable speakers and demonstrators included famed mixologist Warren Bobrow, Chef Kevon William Langley and the Black Culinary Alliance, and Chef Robert Ellinger and his instructors from the Dessert and Pastry Guild.

IHMRS also celebrated the best in hospitality design with two annual industry awards events on Sunday, November 10th: the 33rd Annual Gold Key Awards, which recognize outstanding hospitality design worldwide for properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months (click here for winners), and the Editors’ Choice Awards which recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology (click here for winners). From the 7 Editors’ Choice winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award went to Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA) and is managed by Hospitality Media Group (HMG). 

The 99th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 8, through Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 8 at the Hospitality Leadership Forum, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 9, through Tuesday, November 11.  IHMRS will be co-located with the 5thannual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), a trade fair for presenting manufacturers of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa for hospitality on November 9 and 10.  Collectively, the two shows will present 900 exhibitors and attract some 18,000 industry professionals.

For IHMRS exhibitor information, contact Phil Robinson, show director, at  (212) 754-7920.  Additional information for attendees and exhibitors is available online, at

November 11, 2013

- Phillips Collection Receives Kenneth F. Hine ‘Best of Show’ -

NEW YORK, NY, November 11, 2013…Seven exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremonies of the 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) and 4th annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), Sunday, November 10, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The Awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, food & beverage, green, operations, tabletop and technology.  From the 7 winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected.

The 2013 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels.


Design – Fire Farm Lighting (Elkader, IA) for the Ribbon Chandelier, an extremely low energy, low profile, even lighting distribution, with remarkable weight to scale ratio. The fixture is scalable from 3ft to 8ft and more and can be combined with others to create larger chandelier installations.

Equipment & Supplies – The Vollrath Company (Sheboygan, WI) for Mirage Induction Rethermalizer, a soup rethermalizer that doesn’t require water for heating, eliminating the need to fill and refill the unit with water. The induction heating technology offers fast retherm times and precise temperature control.


Food & Beverage – TeaVert (Seattle, WA) for the single-use, fully bio-degradable, birch tea infuser. Each infuser is assembled utilizing a natural process without harmful use of chemical adhesives or staples.


Green – Phillips Collection (High Point, NC) for the Bicycle Wall Panels, fashioned from recycled bicycle wheels reclaimed in Indonesia. The Bicycle Collection turns the millions of bicycles discarded each year into fun, dramatically-scaled works of art


Operations – Xeros (Manchester, NH) for Xeros Cleaning System for Hospitality, consisting of a specialized laundry machine that uses polymer beads to extract dirt. The system uses up to 70% less water, 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent as compared to conventional washing to deliver superior cleaning results.


Tabletop – Front of the House (Miami, FL) for Harmony Bento™, a totally unique porcelain interpretation of the classic bento box. It offers a multitude of modern compartmentalized serving options in six different configurations and twenty two mix-and-match accompanying pieces


Technology – for, a mobile and online ordering application built to serve dine-in, room service, delivery, and takeout. It is a custom branded web-application for guests to use their own smart device and order off an establishment's menu wherever they are.


Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 100 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

Judges for the 18th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Beth Lorenzini, Foodservice Equipment Reports; Dennis Nessler, Hotel Business; Michelle Renn, Hotel Online; Stephanie Ricca, and Mary Scoviak, Boutique Design.

The 98th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show runs through Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IHMRS features three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 12.  The market presents nearly 700 exhibitors and attracts some 18,000 industry professionals.  It is co-located with Boutique Design New York (BDNY), featuring 325 manufacturers, designers and representatives of furniture, lighting, wall coverings, fabric, seating, accessories, artwork, carpet and flooring, materials, bath and spa, and tabletop.  BDNY runs through 4pm, Monday, November 11.

            IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA).  BDNY is a joint venture of AH&LA, HANYC, NYSH&TA and HMG (Hospitality Media Group).  Both shows are now under new management by HMG.

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