Nemco Food Equipment Acquires Meister Cook

Deal includes Hot Hold technology for faster prep times
Nemco acquired Meister Cook and its Hot Hold series of dry/moist food warmers
Photograph courtesy of Nemco

HICKSVILLE, Ohio — Nemco Food Equipment, a maker of food prep and other countertop applications for the foodservice industry, has acquired Meister Cook LLC, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Meister Cook is a custom food equipment designer that has developed a range of proprietary solutions for restaurant chains throughout North America.

With the acquisition, Nemco gains Meister Cook’s Hot Hold series of dry/moist food warmers that takes the Nemco food-holding line into new kitchen spaces—particularly right on the plate-prep assembly line, where labor-strapped operators are looking to optimize order-fulfillment speed without sacrificing food quality, the company said.

Meister Cook’s Hot Hold units feature energy-efficient ThermalBreeze technology that uses a “thermal air curtain” and a combination of radiant and recirculated convection heat, said Hicksville, Ohio-based Nemco. The resulting effect maximizes the crispy and moist attributes of a wide range of cooked foods while holding them at their ideal temperatures over an extended period.

“We’d been looking to expand into this kind of food-holding application for some time, as many of our customers continue to express a growing market need for a new solution here,” Nemco President Michelle Wibel said. “Meister Cook’s Hot Hold is a great performer and a great fit for us. We couldn’t be more thrilled to add this capability to our product offering.”

Nemco intends to further develop the features and capacity range of the existing Hot Hold line, Wibel added. Now, however, operators have two model options that each hold four standard one-third-size pans. One model holds a 2.5-inch-deep pan in all four cavities, while the other holds 2.5-inch-deep pans in the top two cavities and two 4-inch-deep pans in the bottom.

Nemco is a food equipment designer and manufacturer specializing in the development of countertop equipment solutions that actualize new food concepts or address specific kitchen needs.

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