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Hobart, Traulsen and Vulcan Recognized in Multiple Product Categories

GLENVIEW, Illinois – (Dec. 16, 2016) – Building on its reputation for outstanding quality and performance, ITW Food Equipment Group products have earned Best in Class distinctions for three of the company’s most prominent brands.

Hobart, Traulsen and Vulcan equipment were recognized by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies (FE&S) magazine for manufacturing equipment that foodservice operators, consultants and dealers say are the industry’s category leaders.

“Earning Best in Class is indicative of ITW Food Equipment Group’s commitment to designing and manufacturing equipment that not only meets the needs of our customers, but exceeds their expectations,” said Lei Schlitz, executive vice president, ITW Food Equipment Group. “All of us at ITW are incredibly proud that the people who work with foodservice equipment every day have said that Hobart, Traulsen and Vulcan products are among the best of the best.”

FE&S magazine’s Best in Class Awards recognize food equipment and supply manufacturers that have achieved best in class status in the eyes of their supply chain partners. FE&S determines this by asking foodservice operators, dealers and consultants to evaluate heavy equipment, light equipment and smallwares on seven characteristics:

  • product quality
  • product value
  • product design and aesthetics
  • service and support
  • sales representation
  • product inventory and availability
  • product information availability

In the heavy equipment category, Hobart products were category winners in warewashers and floor mixers, Traulsen products won the blast chillers category, and Vulcan products won for charbroilers and gas and electric ranges. In the light equipment category, Hobart was the category winner in electric slicers, while Vulcan won the category of countertop griddles.

This is the eighth year that an ITW FEG brand has appeared on the FE&S Best in Class list, having won every year since the magazine began the awards in 2009.

ITW Food Equipment Group and its commercial food equipment brands, including Hobart, Baxter, Berkel, Somat, Stero, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wittco and Wolf, build and service high performance kitchen and food preparation equipment that provide superior quality and performance, as well as energy and resource efficiency.

“Every day, we’re working hard to help foodservice professionals worldwide make great food by providing equipment they can trust to deliver greater consistency, reliability and efficiency,” Schlitz said. “All at a lower total cost of ownership.”

For more information about ITW FEG brands and equipment, visit


A 2017 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award recipient and an ENERGY STAR Partner since 2008, ITW Food Equipment Group North America is composed of industry-leading brands including Hobart (, Baxter (, Stero (, Traulsen (, Vulcan (, Wittco ( and Wolf (, all of which design and manufacture commercial food equipment for foodservice and food retail customers.

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