Stephens Catering Equipment awarded top accolade at IFEX 2014

Ballymena-based Stephens Catering Equipment has been awarded the top accolade at IFEX 2014 Northern Irelands premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event for its Garland Group Induction Griddle cooking technology. 

Competing against 50 products and services from exhibitors in the food and hospitality sectors, Stephen’s Catering’s Garland Induction Griddle was named as the Overall Product of the Show by an independent panel of judges that included Glyn Roberts, CEO of NIIRTA and UK food expert, Jane Milton. 
Ian Manson, Sales Director at Stephen’s Catering Equipment says “We are absolutely delighted that our Garland Induction Griddle has won the overall product of the show at IFEX. Induction technology is the future of cooking. It applies cooking energy on demand and when required, and these reduces the overall energy costs of the customer.”
The Judges were looking for all-round excellence among the exhibitors’ products in categories such as catering equipment, food & drink and technology. 
Glyn Roberts, CEO of NIIRTA and Product of the Show judge adds: “The Garland Group Induction Griddle from Stephen’s Catering Equipment is an extremely smart piece of technology. It’s a worthy winner for the Overall Product of the Show accolade due to its efficiency and green credentials, which includes delivering significant energy savings for food establishments. 
“All of the finalists’ products were extremely impressive and they’re great examples of the innovative food, drink, retail and hospitality products and solutions that are being exhibited at IFEX.  These are just some of the hundreds of products and business solutions that are being showcased to the expected 5,000 visitors over the three days of the event.”
Other award-winning companies included CBE, Suki Tea and Golden Glen Catering who were awarded gold. Receiving a silver accolade for their products or services were Masseys Catering and Yummy Bakes, and Luscombe Organic Drinks, Cunninghams ACR and Leggygowan Farm Ltd all received bronze awards. 
Soraya Gadelrab, Event Director of IFEX concludes: “For the Overall Product of the Show winner – Stephen’s Catering Equipment – and all of our finalists, we sincerely hope that this industry endorsement and recognition will help to generate new business in the months ahead.”
IFEX is taking place at the King’s Hall Pavilion and runs until 4pm on Thursday 13th March 2014. 
Notes to Editors: 
Product of the Show Winner’s Listings 
Bronze Winners: 
Luscombe Organic Drinks – Sicilian Lemonade – Stand B5
Cunninghams ACR - PAR EverServ Sure Check FS – Stand E4
Leggygowan Farm Ltd - Soft Cheese Curd – Stand A5
Silver Winners:
Massey Catering – High Speed Panini Grill – Stand A14
Yummy Bakes – Posh Scone – A5
Gold Winners:
CBE - CBE/PayPal Mobile Payments Platform – Stand D33
Suki Tea - Dark Cocoa Tea – Stand D15
Golden Glen Catering - Middleton Gluten Free Batter – B19
Overall Winner:
Stephens Catering Equipment - Garland - Group-Induction – C27
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