In partnership with The National Restaurant Association, this award will celebrate exceptional innovation in the foodservice industry. If your product is helping restaurants work smarter, safer, and more sustainably enter the awards today!  

2021 Award Winners

 Safety and Health Solutions 


CASPR Group - CASPR Pro-Induct Unit

Georgia-Pacific - GP PRO Automated Sealing Machine 

Optimatx - Automated Restaurant Monitoring Device A.R.M.D

Server Products - Touchless Express Dispensers

Worcester Industrial Products/ The Shortening Shuttle - SS-645 'Mini Pump' Simplicity Series Shortening Shuttle 

Technology Solutions

Alto-Shaam, Inc. - Vector Multi-Cook Ovens

Coca-Cola Freestyle Equipment Innovation Center - Coca-Cola Freestyle Contactless Pour

Dexai Robotics - Alfred Sous-Chef

GET Group NA - GET Mobile Verify

MySingleLink - MSL Smart Lockers (Drive-Thru, Store-Front, In-Store)

NSF EyeSucceed - NSF EyeSucceed Wearable Technology Solutions

Perfect Company - Perfect Kitchen Workflow

Perfect Company - Perfect Pickup

UBIR Technology - UBIR Service

Sustainability Solutions

Chipotle Mexican Grill - Real Foodprint

EZ-Flo Technologies - EZ-Flo Sauce Dispensing System

PepsiCo - SodaStream Professional

T&S Brass - T&S WaterWatch

White Tiger Organic Solutions - White Tiger Fridge Doctor

WinCup, Inc. - phade Straws

Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of SmartBrief editors and executives of well-known organizations and brands in the foodservice industry.



Damian Hanft,
Vice President of Training & Team Member Activation
Buffalo Wild Wings

Jorge Hernandez,
VP, Quality Assurance,
The Wendy’s Company 

Karim Webb,
PCF Restaurant Management;
CEO of 4thMVMT


Larry Lynch, SVP,
Certification and Operations, National Restaurant Association  

Jeff Clark,
Director, Food Safety, Nutrition & Sustainability
 National Restaurant Association  

 Perry Quinn, SVP,
Business Innovation Development, National Restaurant Association  

Matt McMillin,

VP Culinary & Beverage Innovation

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Nitin Malhotra
 Senior Director of Enterprise PMO
 Chipotle Mexican Grill  

Amy Sung, Director of Content,
Food & Travel, SmartBrief

Janet Forgrieve, Writer & Editor,
Food & Travel, Retail, SmartBrief

Tricia Contreras , Editor,
Food & Travel, SmartBrief

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