MerryChef USA Announces Partnership with New Hyatt Brand

NEW PORT RITCHEY, Fla.­Merrychef USA announces that it has reached an agreement to be the supplier-of-choice for accelerated cooking ovens to Global Hyatt Corporation’s newest brand, Hyatt Place(tm). 
 
Under the agreement, Merrychef will provide multiple Model 402(S) ovens for each property.  The Merrychef ovens will provide accelerated cooking technology for the rebranded concept’s hot food offerings. 
 
“Hyatt Place is revolutionary on many levels, and one of its most innovative components is the food and beverage program” said John Vogelmeier, director of food and beverage operations, Select Hotels Group, LLC.  “Because of that, we needed to make sure we chose the best partner to deliver on the array of high-quality food items we offer our guests, and we’re confident we made the right choice with Merrychef.”
 
“We’re excited to partner with Hyatt in providing kitchen solutions using Merrychef and sister brands from Enodis,” said Steve Beck, president of Merrychef USA.  “The superior accelerated cooking technology behind Merrychef will serve the new Hyatt concept well and give its customers great food fast.  The Hyatt name stands for service and we’re pleased to help them deliver on that promise.”
 
In addition to Merrychef, the new Hyatt Place Hotels will feature a variety of Enodis brands including Jackson warewashing equipment, Lincoln Foodservice Impingement Ovens, Delfield refrigeration products and Ice-O-Matic ice machines. 
 
A global leader in accelerated cooking ovens, Merrychef has installed more than 70,000 microwave and combination technology ovens in foodservice operations in North America, the Middle East and Asia as well as throughout Europe in quick service restaurants, and in a variety of casual and fine dining operations.
 
Said Dave McCulloch, CEO of Enodis, the parent company of Merrychef, “This opportunity shows the power of our strategy to provide our customers with kitchen equipment solutions that enable unique consumer experiences.  We believe that accelerated cooking technology will dramatically shape the future demand for new cooking equipment. This is another clear example that the adoption of this technology has begun with major chains.”
 
Hyatt Place combines The Hyatt Touch® with stylish design, purposeful amenities and forward-thinking technology to provide a new kind of Hyatt for today’s relaxed lifestyle.  Catering to discerning business and leisure travelers, 120 Hyatt Place hotels will be operational across the U.S. by the end of 2007.  Hyatt Place is a newly developed brand of Global Hyatt Corporation.  For Hyatt Place information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or visit www.hyattplace.com. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.
 
There are 217 Hyatt branded hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 43 countries around the world, operating under the HyattÓ, Hyatt RegencyÓ, Grand HyattÓ and Park HyattÓ brands. Currently, there are an additional 47 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 15 new hotels in China. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of the 12 Hyatt Vacation Club timeshare and fractional residential properties, Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), Select Hotels Group L.L.C. (which owns, manages and franchises 163 AmeriSuites hotels, Hyatt Place and Summerfield Suites hotels) and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises 95 Hawthorn Suites, and 265 Microtel Inns and Suites).  From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.
 
Merrychef (www.merrychef.com) products are used throughout the world, across a wide variety of market segments and applications.  In partnership with major food manufacturers and hot food retailers, Merrychef is constantly investing in research and development.  Merrychef Ltd., with headquarters and ISO 9001 approved manufacturing facilities in Aldershot, Hampshire, UK, is an operating company of Enodis plc. (www.enodis.com)  Merrychef USA is based in New Port Richey, FL.
 
Enodis plc (www.enodis.com) is a worldwide company focused on the design, manufacture, and supply of food equipment.  Through its two operating groups, Global Food Service Equipment and Food Retail Equipment, it has 27 factories in 8 countries and a large portfolio of premium brands, including Delfield, Scotsman, Frymaster, Lincoln, Cleveland, Garland, US Range, ICE-O-Matic, Jackson, Merco Savory, Dean, Varimixer, and Merrychef in foodservice, and Kysor/Warren and Kysor Panel Systems in food retail equipment.