INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Proudly Serving Premium Coffees

Barnie's coffees have cachet in Atlanta, where java lovers seek out the rich and flavorful blends at venues throughout the city. Guests at the Crowne Plaza in Buckhead need venture no further than their guestroom or the property's Mediterranean-themed restaurant, Milan, for a fragrant and satisfying cup.

S&D Coffee Inc. features Barnie's Coffees as its premier branded line and is the only licensed distributor of the Barnie's “Proudly Serving” program to the foodservice industry. It set up the 291-room Crowne Plaza as a “Proudly Serving” account.

The program encompasses roomservice, concierge-level lounge refreshment, in-room coffee service and banquet and restaurant service.

It's a marriage of quality product and great vendor service, according to the Crowne Plaza's director of food and beverage, Vinny Bucci. “The coffee tastes just great; I've gotten wonderful comments on it,” says Bucci. “And the service is awesome. The S&D rep is here every Thursday to check out what we have and what I need and to make sure we're happy.”

From Hazelnut and the popular Santa's White Christmas to the robust Thunder Bolt, there's a coffee flavor and blend for every guest's taste at the busy suburban hotel.

And to make sure guests are aware of the premium offering, S&D provides a variety of merchandising materials and signage for the property. They'll even design an attention-grabbing point-of-sale display for the customer, at no extra charge. Circle 115

Air Conditioner

Whirlpool Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner through-the-wall units offer quiet and comfortable in-room heating and cooling. Their high efficiency helps reduce energy expenses. Units feature Comfort Guard, a patented comfort monitor to help assure guests enjoy maximum comfort with minimal effort. The attractive front cover complements any décor, and both standard and wall-mount thermostat control options are available. Circle 116

LED-based Floodlight

Enlux Lighting introduced an LED-based floodlight that is expected to last up to 25 times longer and consume 50 percent less power than a 45-watt floodlight. The floodlight is available in three tones of white: light-warm, neutral and cool white. Circle 117

Sport Clog

The new Sport Clog from Shoes for Crews features a convertible strap that can be worn forward as a decorative buckle or behind the ankle for added support. The shoe features maximum slip and fall protection and Feather Light Technology for superior shock absorbance and comfort. Circle 118

Shower System

The Visu-Temp with Clear-Vue from Symmons features ergonomic design and an easy-to-read display. The system allows the user to quickly set the ideal temperature for any shower or bath. Combine with Symmons' new Euro-Flo showerheads and handsprays. Circle 119

Coffee Program

Classic Coffee Concepts introduces a new one-cup in-room coffee program with new options. The program eliminates the need for cleaning or replacing a glass decanter as coffee is brewed directly into an insulated, disposable 12-ounce cup. A heavy-duty dishwasher-safe brew basket is provided. A second dishwasher-safe, multi- use brew basket is also available as a low-cost alternative. Circle 120

Locking System

Kaba has launched its technologically advanced electronic locking system for small boutique-style to upscale, full-service hotels. The system is called ATLAS-Advanced Technology Lodging Access System. IBM will supply all computer hardware components. ATLAS offers standard encoding platforms, connectivity and infrared communication with electronic locks using PDA-based maintenance units. Circle 121

Convection Ovens

Merry Chef uses accelerated cooking technology in its ovens. The 400 series comprises microwave-accelerated, high-speed convected hot air ovens, suitable for use in commercial kitchens, and fitted with Menu Key as standard on all models. The series offers full ventless cooking capability through an in-built catalytic converter with full protein capability — requiring no ventilation hood. Circle 122

Laundry Room Tables

Midwest Folding Products' laundry room table tops are constructed of solid, 5/8-inch-thick, 47-pound particleboard, surfaced with high-pressure plastic laminate and backed with a phenolic sheet to prevent moisture penetration. Tops are edged with vinyl T-molding. Circle 123

Asset Management

Mintek Mobile Data Solutions introduces the Mintek Lodging Asset Management Suite. It consists of WinTrack Asset Director, WinTrack PM, WinTrack Alerts and WinTrack Maintenance Portal. The newest product in the suite, WinTrack Asset Director, is a flexible web-based management system that provides the ability to track thousands of assets at multiple properties. Circle 124

Hospitality Services

Steven J. Belmonte, president and CEO of Hospitality Solutions LLC, has expanded his professional hospitality services offerings to now include market and feasibility studies, on-site analysis and ownership and development assistance. These services complement the new franchise agreement negotiations, franchise termination and liquidated damage claim negotiations and other services already offered by the company. Circle 125

Recruiting Solution

GreatHotelCareers.com is an online hospitality management recruiting solution that connects qualified hospitality management career seekers with quality employees. The site targets candidates and posts management positions in the areas of hotel operations, sales and marketing, food and beverage, finance and accounting, human resources, development, purchasing and procurement and corporate level executives. Circle 126

Daily Cleaners

Procter & Gamble offers daily cleaners for the lodging industry, marketed under the P&G Pro Line. The Daily Cleaners Program is built around brands such as Spic and Span, Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, Mr. Clean, Swiffer and Febreze. Ranging from glass cleaners and floor cleaners to dusting and odor control products, these products were developed to improve cleanliness, reduce employee effort, cut time and save money. Circle 127

Back-Office Software

Eatec Corp. provides enterprise back-office software for the hospitality industry. EatecNetX, a software solution, helps companies reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies, claims the company. Features include purchasing, receiving, inventory management, requisitions, transfers, forecasting, recipes, menu engineering and production management. Eatec interfaces to any POS and financial system. Circle 128

Hair Dryer

Classic Coffee Concepts presents the Classic 1600-watt model 18300 hair dryer. Features include a low-voltage night light, three fan speeds, two temperature settings, a “cool shot” feature to quickly set the hair, an easy-remove lint filter, a GFI reset button built into the unit, plus easy cord storage in the back of the unit. The dryer automatically turns off when the handset is returned to the wall mount position. Circle 129

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