Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America (CSI) sponsor Welbilt provides industry-leading equipment and solutions designed and specified for foodservice within the marine industry. They design innovative products powered by advanced technology, developed by a team of culinary experts. Welbilt’s portfolio of award-winning brands offering marine-configured products includes Cleveland™, Convotherm®, Delfield®, fitkitchenSM, Frymaster®, Garland®, Kolpak®, Lincoln™, Manitowoc®, Merco®, Merrychef® and Multiplex®.

We caught up with Welbilt ahead of Cruise Ship Interiors Expo America 2022 to find out more about what goes into designing an effective cruise ship galley, their sustainable design process, as well as their upcoming product launch that will be taking place at CSI. See what they have to say below…

Can you tell us about Welbilt and what you provide for the cruise industry?

Welbilt is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. We own the best-in-class storing, cooking, holding and serving brands including Convotherm, Merrychef, Garland and Frymaster. In the marine industry, Welbilt delivers marine specific models, all of which comply with marine requirements. We also provide tailored services for cruise line operators. These include culinary menu development sessions through to technical training for onboard crew.

Welbilt delivers marine specific models, all of which comply with marine requirements, through its various brands

What part does cruise galley design play in developing a streamlined operation?

Cruise galley design is crucial in developing a streamlined operation. The costs of square metre space and on board energy are extremely high. Therefore, Welbilt delivers ergonomic, small footprint, efficient solutions to help our customers make every centimetre count for the minimum running costs.

What are some of the key factors to consider when conceptualising a cruise ship galley design?

Space and flow are extremely important when designing a galley, but it is equally critical to remember that all of this must be built around the menu that you are delivering to your customer. This latter point can often be forgotten by those conceptualising the galley design.

As cruise ships are beginning to offer more speciality restaurants, how does this impact galley design and equipment installed?

Speciality restaurants provide great opportunities for operators but can also bring their own problems. Watch this space for Welbilt’s latest innovation which will help operators to manage multi-site restaurants on board. 

Sustainability is the new standard for cruise ship interior design. Can you tell us more about what steps Welbilt is taking to reduce its carbon footprint?

First, Welbilt is committed as a multinational and global firm to reducing our carbon footprint. We have already taken many steps towards an even more efficient supply chain, whilst revising material choices in manufacturing. Our Convotherm factory is almost autonomous with electricity produced from solar panels and biomass. Second, our products are designed and engineered to be the best-in-class and most energy efficient equipment. By benchmarking Convotherm ovens with key competitors in a number of cruises line operations, we know them to be the best in reducing electrical, water and chemical consumption!

Welbilt’s Convotherm products are manufactured using electricity produced from solar panels and biomass

We are also focused on equipment that is born digital. Overall, we are trying to move the industry (General market and marine) towards using these newer technologies and available services to help reduce their own carbon footprint (i.e. induction cooking instead of electrical/high speed oven to prepare portion meals instead of larger ovens in some areas/electrical holding units with controlled environment reducing electrical consumptions…). 

Welbilt is dedicated to moving the industry towards newer technologies and available services to help reduce their own carbon footprint

This year Welbilt will be taking part in the product launch route at CSI. Can you give us a preview of your latest innovation ahead of the show?

The launch of Welbilt Kitchen Connect and our ‘born digital’ portfolio of catering equipment will set a new standard in remote access and cloud monitoring. Kitchen Connect will ensure that customers investing in Welbilt born digital technologies will see a high ROI on their investment. Additionally, Kitchen Connect will be facilitating the maintenance of its equipment and maximizing their lifecycle limits. It will support the industry in reducing food waste and ensuring cooking consistency with better control and monitoring of culinary operations.

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