Kitchen 4.0 – Connectivity is key

INTERNORGA 2020 presents the most innovative professional kitchen trends for the food service market

The kitchen is the heart of every food service operation. So the key factors for commercial success are efficient, cost-effective and resource saving processes, together with maximum productivity and quality in the kitchen. That is supported by new digital technologies and kitchen equipment with networking capability. Using advanced kitchen equipment has a positive impact on working procedures and time management in restaurant operations. Visitors to INTERNORGA can take the opportunity from 13 to 17 March 2020 to find out about the latest and most innovative developments in professional kitchen equipment and to learn about the trendsetters and market leaders in this sector, such as Rieber, Hobart, MKN and Rational.

“Without innovative kitchen equipment, professional food service will no longer be able to face the tremendous challenges of this sector,” says Claudia Johannsen, Business Unit Director Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. “Restaurant owners and hoteliers should take the chance to find out about the technical innovations as early as possible, and to get an overview of the wide range of products available. The kitchen of the future is already there – INTERNORGA 2020 showcases inspiration, information and the latest trends in digital kitchen technology, all under one roof.”

Optimising processes
Food preparation calls for multifunctional units, connected via internet. The more processes running in the kitchen with digital systems, the more interfaces are needed. Technologically, there are already a wide range of capabilities. Networked kitchen appliances communicate with one another in the overall process management, and prepare for the next steps in the working process. That radically reduces waiting and idle times, thus enhancing productivity. That in turn means shorter times and less stress in the overall production process.

Smart sensors
Kitchens are increasingly using sensor technologies and artificial intelligence, and machine learning based on them. The technologies are designed for autonomous learning, thus reducing effort and repetitive activities for kitchen staff – especially important for kitchens with high staff fluctuation rates and insufficient trained staff. Digital support in management and adaptation of programmes also helps to reduce time-consuming staff training programmes. Recipes can be digitised and loaded to the networked equipment as needed. That saves the staff valuable time, which they can use to improve customer service. There are also many and varied new developments in automated cooking – innovative assistance systems and artificial intelligence in kitchen equipment, plus the latest sensor technology, ensure new perspectives in food preparation, maximum efficiency and good reliability of the results. Automated cleaning programmes are another extra benefit in the latest kitchen equipment. The innovative technologies incorporated can think for the user, and analyse ware­washing quantities, or regulate water pressure so as to reduce both water consumption and the amount of work needed.

Today’s technical capabilities are on show at INTERNORGA from 13 to 17 March 2020, when international exhibitors present a wide range of technical solutions for digital, networked kitchen equipment.

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INTERNORGA is the leading trade fair for hotels, restaurants, bakery and confectionery. It has more than 1,300 exhibitors from Germany and abroad and over 95,000 trade visitors. It showcases products, innovations, trends and innovations plus digital innovations for the whole of the food service and hospitality market. The trade show is accompanied by international conferences, an extensive supporting programme, and innovative industry competitions.