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Seven IH/M&RS Exhibitors Honored with Editors’ Choice Awards; 
iHome Wins The Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award
NEW YORK, NY, November 13, 2005…Seven International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) exhibitors were honored with IH/M&RS Editors’ Choice Awards during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 13, 2005, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 

The 10th annual Editors’ Choice Awards were presented in six categories: Décor, Flavors, Restaurant, Technology, Essentials and Luxury, along with the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” award. Editors from the top hospitality and culinary trade publications reviewed nearly 120 submissions and selected outstanding new products based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.

The 2005 IH/M&RS Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” – Hotel Technologies (Rahway, NJ) for iHome, an alarm clock radio that works in tandem with an iPod™.

Decor – Eaunon (Lonoka Harbor, NJ) for Snap! Shower Curtain Seal, which prevents hotel shower curtains from leaking and causing water damage.

Flavors – Hospitality Confections (East Norwalk, CT) for ChocolateInTheCan, quality Belgium chocolates packaged uniquely in a refrigerated can.

RestaurantThe Vollrath Company, LLC (Sheboygan, WI) for FoodFrames Modular Buffet, a revolutionary buffet design that saves space while utilizing electricity, fuel and ice to keep food hot or cold.

Technology – Excel Dryer Inc. (East Longmeadow, MA) for XLERATOR Hand Dryer, a cost-saving technology that utilizes 80 percent less energy than regular hand dryers.

Essentials – Vegas Doorstops, LLC (Las Vegas, NV) for Door Pro, a lightweight, hinge-based approach to the doorstop.

Luxury – Mission: Allergy (Hawleyville, CT) for Premium Allergen Proof Pillow and Mattress Encasings, which prevent common allergens from escaping hotel pillows and bed linens.

“This year’s Editors’ Choice Award winners represent innovative new approaches to everyday products of the hospitality industry”, said Christian Falkenberg, show manager. “We are excited to introduce these emerging technologies to the thousands of industry professionals in attendance.”

Judges for the 10th annual IH/M&RS Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products were: Sue Holaday, Food Service East; Joseph Carbonara, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies; Michael Birchenall, Foodservice Monthly; Mario Schacher, Global Foodservice; Reid Paul, Hospitality Technology; Jeff Higley, Hotel & Motel Management; Margaret Rose Caro, Hotel Food & Beverage Executive; Dick Johnson, Hotel Online; Philip Hayward, Lodging; Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality; Matthew DeLucia, New York Restaurant Insider; and Fred Klashman, Total Food Service .

The 90th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show runs Saturday, November 12, through Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 12, the IH/M&RS features three days of exhibits from Sunday, November 13, through Tuesday, November 15. The market presents some 1,400 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association; the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc.; the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and is managed by George Little Management, LLC (GLM®).

For IH/M&RS exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954. Telephone (914) 421-3296. Fax (914) 948-6180. E-mail: Additional information and attendee registration is available online at, or by calling GLM’s Customer Service Department at (914) 421-3206, or (800) 272-SHOW.


Cathy Steel/Melissa Becker
Phone: (914) 421-3263

Also See: The 2004 IH/M&RS Editors' Choice Awards Presented to Six Companies; Rational Cooking Systems Voted 'Best of Show' / November 2004
The Eighth Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products Presented to Five Winners During IH/M&RS USA Technologies' Business Express Space-Saver Wins Kenneth F. Hine Award for Best of Show / November 2003
The Seventh Annual Editors’ Choice Awards for Best New Products Presented to Five Winners During IH/M&RS / November 2002
Post Show Report For International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 10-13, 2001 / November 2001


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