Machines & Accessories
Start Me Up Winner
Host Milano’s innovation awards for pantry services.
By CANADIAN VENDING
A judging panel of FCSI Professional members and the Design Director of Electrolux Professional has awarded the SCRAEGG Pro unit as its winner out of 27 start-up companies.
On Sunday, October 20, three finalists had 10 minutes on stage each – five minutes to present and five minutes for questions – in a Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank-style format. The judges, consisting of five FCSI Professional member foodservice consultants and the design director of Electrolux Professional, then decided on their winner over lunch.
The winning entry was SCRAEGG, which can whisk and heat eggs soups and porridge to 96°C using a patent-pending steam nozzle.
The final three competitors were the 3d food printing system Procusini 4.0 from Print2Taste GmbH, the SCRAEGG Pro unit from SCRAEGG GmbH and the Tablee platform from Tablee.
The awards, sponsored by Electrolux Professional, were launched in May 2019 to celebrate innovative ideas from start-up businesses with the potential to have a game-changing impact on the commercial foodservice, and beverage industry.
“The Start Me Up Awards reflects FCSI’s proud commitment to innovation in this industry,” stated Nick Vaccaro, executive director of FCSI Worldwide. “It has been an exciting campaign, with so many great entries and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the overall winner, SCRAEGG, and the other finalists.”
Alberto Zanata, CEO of Electrolux Professional, echoed this sentiment. “We are proud to support this Awards, which reflect Electrolux Professional’s commitment to innovation in foodservice, beverage and laundry. The Awards have a worthy winner in SCRAEGG, but all of the finalists presented excellently and all three have exciting products.”
In receiving the award, SCRAEGG’s Chris Rapp said: “For us, this is a very big thing and an honour to win. It proves that our concept is a genuine innovation, but for an organization such as FCSI to see our great potential makes me proud. I thought the organization of the event was great, from the beginning to the end. It was so easy to enter and it never felt like hard work, even during the presentation stage. It was a great outcome for us.”
In summation, the judges described the winner as “a brilliant idea”, praising the SCRAEGG Pro unit for its “accessibility to everybody” and “interesting use of technology”. The judges said it was “beautiful in its simplicity”, offering “almost limitless possibilities” and was most exciting “because of its scalability”.