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The Eighth Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best
New Products Presented to Five Winners During
USA Technologies' Business Express Space-Saver
Wins Kenneth F. Hine Award for "Best of Show" 
NEW YORK, NY, November 8, 2003... The Eighth Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products were presented to five winners, along with the Kenneth F. Hine Award for “Best of Show,” during the Opening Ceremony of the 88th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) on November 8, 2003, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

“Each year, the Editors’ Choice Awards gives exhibitors the opportunity to preview new products to the hospitality industry,” said Christian Falkenberg, show manager. “These awards provide insight on trends represented throughout the market.”

Winners of the 2003 Editors’ Choice Awards:

  • Decor – Formglas (Toronto, Canada) for its “Whistler” Electric Fireplace, a wall-hanging electric fireplace.
  • Flavors – Chris’s Cookies (Carlstadt, NJ) for its Noir Brownie, an ultra-rich fudge brownie baked with bittersweet chocolate and black cocoa.
  • Restaurant – Ambassador Uniform Group (Morganville, NJ) for its Robur Culinary Apparel, a line of European culinary apparel.
  • Technology – USA Technologies, Inc. (Malvern, PA) for its Business Express Space Saver, an innovative solution to the hotel business center.
  • Essentials – Idea Factory, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI) for its Rinse Ace 2-in-1 Showerhead & Power Spray, a shower head with forty spray jets and a detachable six foot hose.
A panel of 12 industry editors reviewed 170 entries and selected winners in five categories: Décor, Flavors, Restaurant, Technology and Essentials. The “Best of Show” was chosen from among the five winners, and presented to USA Technologies, Inc. for its submission in the Technology category for the Business Express Space Saver.
Business Express® is an unattended, self-service business center that provides business travelers with around the clock access to the business services they need most. This cost-effective system eliminates the need for full-time staffing of a business center, and gives business travelers the convenience of using their credit card or room key to activate the machines. Credit card transactions are authorized in real-time and room key transactions are posted to guest folios. With no staffing required, hotels can cost effectively offer their guest the use of the following office equipment:
  •  Desk top PC with laser printer
  •  High speed Internet access
  •  Copier
  •  Fax
  •  Dedicated printer for the guest's own laptop
  •  All in one unit that includes fax, copying and printing capabilities
USA Technologies' Business Express® can be made available through several attractive purchase, lease or revenue share programs.

All IH/M&RS exhibitors were invited to submit their most innovative products or services for consideration. Judging criteria included innovative product design or construction, an answer to an industry need, and development or use of a new technology.

Judges for the Seventh Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products were: Brian Ward, Foodservice Equipment & Reports; Mario Schacher and Deborah Young, Global Foodservice; Kelly Beamon, Hospitality Design; Griffin Miller, Hotels; Shannon McMullen, Hotel Business; Jeff Higley, Hotel & Motel Management; Phil Hayward, Lodging; Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality; Kevin Gallagher, Modern Food Service; Lisa Haude, NEWH Magazine; Annie Post, SLAMMED; and Fred Klashman, Total Food Service.

The 88th annual IH/M&RS is currently running November 8-11, 2003, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

The IH/M&RS is sponsored by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Show is managed by George Little Management, LLC. 


Cathy Steel / Pamela Fink
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Also See: The Seventh Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products Presented to Five Winners During IH/M&RS / November 2002

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