QSR launches ConnectSmart Platform
Kitchen automation and guest management specialist QSR Automations has launched a new solution that combines its whole software suite into a single platform. ConnectSmart Platform has been designed to strengthen and simplifies the company’s offerings, which include kitchen display system ConnectSmart Kitchen; off-premise order management system ConnectSmart Go; guest experience, reservation and table management solution ConnectSmart Host; and business intelligence tool ConnectSmart Insights. QSR says that by connecting the back end and integrating these solutions into one operational platform, operators can work with a solution that shares data from all its components and make holistic restaurant decisions in real-time. “Removing the barriers between products on the back end to create the ConnectSmart Platform architecture demonstrates how our software has advanced from individual product offerings to a connected operational platform,” says QSR Automations founder and CEO Lee Leet. “This move is a logical progression based on an industry that’s progressing just as rapidly. The pandemic accelerated what we already knew, connectivity and operational data are paramount for operational success. The platform will allow providers to make strategic, data-driven decisions that will ultimately deliver tailored guest experiences for their diners.”
La Cimbali launches entry level model
La Cimbali has added to its S Series range with the launch of the S15, an automatic and super compact entry level model capable of producing up to 150 drinks a day. The Italian coffee machine company says the S15 is ideally suited to locations where space may be at a premium and anticipated coffee volumes are low. Despite this, the S15 is billed as a robust machine that incorporates patented Cimbali technologies including Smartboiler for better boiler performance and an integral Wi-Fi telemetry system which allows the remote monitoring of machine performance. “It seems that the industry has done such a great job of educating people through lockdown that we have become a nation of expert home baristas. This translates to a steep rise in expectations amongst consumers when enjoying beverages out of home,” says managing director Daniel Clarke. “The S15 offers real benefits as it allows small businesses to compete with the high street by offering a great range of premium quality drinks, prepared to a professional barista standard, even if the daily coffee volumes are quite low.”
Ooni releases spring Pizza Provisions Box
Following the launch of its limited-edition pizza subscription box service in October last year, Ooni Pizza Ovens has released its next Pizza Provisions box for spring. Delivered quarterly and shipped this month, the box contains top-quality pizza-making ingredients including flour, sauces and toppings selected by Ooni’s master pizzaioli. These include Caputo nuvola flour and yeast; Zia Rosa San Marzano Ttomatoes, Minasso pesto alla Genovese; Adimaria artichoke hearts in brine; Epicure anchovy fillets; and Bee & Bonnet hot honey. OOni was founded by husband-and-wife team Kristian Tapaninaho and Darina Garland in 2012 when they launched the world’s first portable pellet pizza oven. Its ovens heat up to 500˚C in 25 minutes or less and can cook authentic, flame-cooked pizza in just 60 seconds.
Airship and Toggle free until June
Hospitality CRM and gift card platforms Airship and Toggle have been made free to operators that sign up ahead of June. The offer is part of the two brand’s #ComeBackStrong campaign. Airship is billed as a powerful customer data management and broadcast platform that drives revenue through intelligent customer journeys. Toggle, meanwhile, is described as an intuitive gift card SaaS which integrates with existing platforms to enable operators to easily sell gift cards, products and experiences directly to customers. #ComeBackStrong is a knowledge-transfer campaign which aims to educate and inspire hospitality professionals whilst the sector is shuttered and ensure operators are able to ‘come out swinging’ when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. “It is a real pleasure to launch our #ComeBackStrong campaign this week. We are really excited that, in the coming months, the public will be reacquainted with our incredible sector, and we’re keen to support in every way that we can to ensure operators are in the strongest possible place to bounce back when the doors reopen,” says Airship and Toggle CEO Dan Brookman.
Tilda launch rice pouches into foodservice
Tilda has launched a new range of steamed rice pouches into foodservice. The range includes Tilda Pure Basmati Rice; Wholegrain Basmati; Peri Peri Basmati; Coconut Basmati Rice. The 250g packs can be microwaved in two minutes or stir-fried as part of a recipe and are designed for kitchens that want to minimise handling and waste. The current range is gluten-free, vegan and made using only natural ingredients. “In a time when hygiene and minimum contact is so important, these pouches are the safest and tastiest rice solution for chefs and caterers to use. The nutritional benefits that come from each grain is astounding and the Steamed Rice Range houses all these fantastic values, as well as the quality and flavour that has made Tilda rice a chef favourite and household name,” says Tilda UK head of foodservice Annette Coggins.
Bridor’s vegetal fibre-based bread
Four years in development, French bakery manufacturer Bridor’s latest bread is a sourdough composed of vegetal fibres. The product was developed in partnership with Joël Doré, a microbiota expert at the National Institute of Agronomic and Environment Research and is billed as an enriched-fibre bread range that can be eaten at any time of day making it easier for getting diversified fibre into people’s diets. The recipe is comprised of seven vegetal fibres selected for their beneficial effects on health by Doré. Alongside this, its nutritional qualities contribute to lower cholesterol levels, thanks to the positive action of beta-glucans. The bread is available in a classic baguette format in two variants: Amibiote and Amibiote with cereals and seeds. It is also available in loaf format and can be adapted to other formats on demand.
Cleanser that protects from Coronavirus for seven days
A British company has teamed up with German microbiologists to develop a hygiene product that protects surfaces from coronavirus for seven days. The cleanser leaves behind an invisible nano-coating that slowly releases a disinfectant over a period of days. It is being launched under the brand name ‘Steri-Wipe’ by UK firm LiquidNano, and is available for use in the hospitality sector. The product was trialled by a number of companies in the hospitality sector prior to lockdown. The antimicrobial coating is designed to close a ‘hygiene gap’ that can enable pathogens to survive on high contact surfaces such for up to 28 days. “Studies have shown that coronavirus can survive for long periods on high contact surfaces such as touchscreens, counter tops and handles,” says LiquidNano’s Andy Middleton. “This can create a hygiene gap, because after you clean a surface it can quickly become re-contaminated. However, our Steri-Wipes use nano-technology in order to create an antimicrobial coating that can protect a hard surface for seven days.”