Wawa Heats Up With Merrychef

Enodis company to supply accelerated cooking ovens

WAWA, Pa. -- Merrychef USA has inked an agreement to be the supplier of choice for accelerated cooking ovens to convenience retailer Wawa Inc.

Under the agreement, Merrychef will provide its Merrychef 402(S) accelerated cooking ovens to power the hot food program at Wawa's more than 540 convenience stores throughout the northeastern United States.

Wawa, Pa.-based Wawa serves a variety of fresh-prepared foods, including breakfast, baked goods, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Merrychef and our parent company, [image-nocss] Enodis, are excited to help expand Wawa's outstanding foodservice program, said Steve Beck, president of Merrychef USA. By integrating the Merrychef accelerated cooking ovens into Wawa's proven foodservice operation, Wawa customers will be able to select from a wider variety of freshly prepared hot menu items while enjoying fast, convenient service.

Rob Price, Wawa's senior vice president of marketing, said, Our customers rely on Wawa for high quality fresh foods. Our relationship with Merrychef will enhance our ability to deliver on that promise.

Using the Merrychef 402(S) with its combination technologies, Wawa produces hot food items at significantly reduced cooking times. In selecting the Merrychef 402(S), Wawa citedamong other benefitsthe ability of the technology to handle expanded future menu items.

New Port Richey, Fla., Merrychef has installed more than 70,000 microwave and combination technology ovens in foodservice operations in North America, 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, We believe that accelerated cooking technology across our product range, including Convotherm, Garland, Lincoln, Savory and Merrychef, will dramatically shape the future demand for new cooking equipment. This is a clear example that the adoption of this technology has begun with major chains."

Enodis Plc 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 eight countries and a large portfolio of 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.