Winners Of Innovative New Product Showcase And The Food Trends Experience Announced At The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

First Annual Pitch the Press Also Recognized Innovative New Products

ORLANDO, FL, October 8, 2015 – The Winners of the People's Choice Awards for the New Product Showcase were announced today at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, being held at the Orange County Convention Center. Thousands of attendees voted for their favorite products. The overall winner for Best in Show was Fresh Origins for their new products including Mushroom Leaf and Leaf Sorrel Butterfly Purple. The 1st place runner up was Creative Carding for their innovative gift card boxes and folders; and the 2nd place runner up was Madhouse by Michael Aram for their dinnerware collection. The winner of the Best New Product in the Food Trends Experience was Ashlynn’s Gourmet for their Honey Habanera Glaze. In addition, Cesar Quintero, COO and Founder of Fit2Go won a $500 shopping spree on the show floor.

Following is a list of the companies who participated in the New Product Showcase:

Company Name Product Description
Ashlynn's Gourmet Honey Habanero Glaze
4course Consultants Branding, design
AngelPo America Combi Oven
Aunt Fannie's Aunt Fannie's FlyPunch! We kill fruit flies.
Aztecas Design Manufacture and Distribution of Handblown glassware
Bat-Bike Electric bicycles
Buffet Burners Patented system for heating chafing dishes without the need for open flames, Sterno, canned fuel.
Creative Carding by Prestar Packaging Innovative gift card boxes and folders in the country
ConnectTable Accommodate Large Groups Faster
Dever-Bon-Pate Wild Salma Kalamata Mousse
Flatware Saver The most effective solution to can virtually eliminate losses flatware to the trash.
Fresh from Florida Drive awareness and sales of Florida's $100 billion agriculture industry.
Fresh Origins New products including Mushroom Leaf and Leaf Sorrel Butterfly Purple
Gelato Petrini New Flavors include Gianduia, Vanilla Bean and Caramel Macchiato
Good Ones Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds
Juicee New flavors including Watermelon Kiss, Mint; Green Goddess Antioxidant, Kale; After Party Beets, Green Lover Spinach, Celery;
Madhouse by Michael Aram Dinnerware
OnTour Golf Ice Cream Cone made of golf clubs
Power Knot Liquid Food Composter
Restaurant360 Real Estate Professionals Dedicated to the Restaurant Industry.
Restaurantware.com Eco-Friendly Tableware
Saniflow Corporation Modern hand dryers.
The Catering Box The safe and professional way to transport food
The Mushroom Guy Mushroom grower and distributor to caterers, pizza chain's restaurant's.
Tony Chachere Bloody Mary Mix that is Gluten Free, Lowest Sodium 280mg, Natural, No HFCS
  
Pitch the Press - Several industry journalists scoured the show floor on the opening day to find some of the most unique and interesting new products and then invited the exhibitors to present a two minute pitch to a room full of editors in the first annual Pitch the Press Event.   Products that were pitched included:
  • Ashlynn’s Gourmet’s Sweet Honey Habanero Glaze
  • BikeCruz’ Pedal Party
  • Buffet Burners’ Industry Heating Table
  • Cheer Wine’s Soda Water
  • El Marisol’s Chocolate Tortilla
  • Flatware Saver’s flatware/ramekins finder
  • Flow Menu’s New Mobile Payment System
  • Gelato Petrini New Flavors including Gianduia, Vanilla Bean and Caramel Macchiato
  • Heineken USA’s BrewLock Draught Beer System
  • Hoshizaki Southeastern’s Cres Series Refrigerated Equipment Stand
  • Leafware’s Palm Leaf Utility Tray/Mini Trays
  • NatureSeal’s product for Avocado’s to last for five days
  • Roa’s Speciality’s Lemon Cooking Sauce
  • Strahl’s Bar Butler and Shot Glass
  • The Catering Box’ The Safe and Professional Way to Transport Food
  • The Mushroom Guy’s Mushrooms packed for 21 day shelf life
  • Tony Chachere’s Bloody Mary Mix
The 2015 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show is managed and produced by Urban Expositions (www.urban-expo.com) and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (www.frla.org). For more information on exhibiting or attending, visit the official Show website at www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com.    
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The 2015 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show
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