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ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service Newsletter

Summer 2015
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Congratulations to the 2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners!

This year’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony was held on April 20, 2015 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. The annual ceremony is hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. EPA would like to congratulate the three ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) manufacturer partners that were honored at this year's ceremony:

Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Peachtree City, GA) received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for the first time. In 2014, Hoshizaki increased its ENERGY STAR certified product offerings by 100 percent. Hoshizaki also partnered with EPA to deliver two dealer training sessions and has trained more than 12,000 dealers and 90% of existing employees on the benefits of choosing ENERGY STAR certified products. By integrating ENERGY STAR messaging into different media including tradeshows, print, mail, and point of purchase materials, Hoshizaki was able to achieve over 500,000 impressions. 

Hoshizaki America, Inc. accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.

ITW Food Equipment Group (Glenview, IL) received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for the fifth consecutive year. ITW is the parent organization of the Hobart, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wittco, Baxter, and Wolf brands. In 2014, ITW offered 378 ENERGY STAR certified products across seven product categories and introduced a number of newly redesigned products with improved energy efficiency, including electric convection ovens, hot food holding cabinets, and refrigeration equipment. Through the use of individual brand websites and the newly re-launched Sustainable Kitchen site, ITW increased the visibility of ENERGY STAR certified products and educated visitors on the benefits of choosing ENERGY STAR certified equipment.

ITW Food Equipment Group accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.

Manitowoc Foodservice (New Port Richey, FL) received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for the fourth consecutive year. Through their portfolio of brands including Cleveland, Convotherm, Delfield, Frymaster, Garland, and Manitowoc Ice, the company has continued to certify products and educate employees and end users on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products. In 2014, Manitowoc offered more than 1,000 ENERGY STAR certified products across six product categories and trained more than 7,500 employees and distributors on the value of choosing ENERGY STAR. By embracing new media outlets and maintaining a strong print presence for their ENERGY STAR certified products Manitowoc generated over 5 million impressions.

Manitowoc Foodservice accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.

Interested in applying for the 2016 ENERGY STAR Awards? Stay tuned! Applications will be available online at:

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Product Development Updates

Specification Revision – Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets

EPA launched the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets (HFHC) specification revision effort in November 2014, and announced a data assembly reminder in April 2015. Based on discussions with HFHC manufacturers and industry experts, the Agency has decided to establish separate criteria for cabinets capable of operating in wet mode. EPA is currently developing a Draft 1, which will be distributed to stakeholders this summer.

Data Assembly Effort – Commercial Coffee Brewers

The ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Coffee Brewers specification is currently under development and will be prepared as an initial draft specification for public review and comment once sufficient data is assembled. 

Stay informed! Updates on this development effort, including draft specifications and supporting documents, are available on the ENERGY STAR commercial coffee brewer website at:

Submit data!

Timing for a Draft 1 release of the specification is primarily dependent on how much energy performance data EPA assembles. If you would like to submit commercial coffee brewer energy performance data, please contact Adam Spitz, ICF International, at (916) 231-7685 and

More information on the ENERGY STAR product development process can be found at:

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Meet the Expert: Kirsten Hesla

Kirsten Hesla recently joined the team as EPA’s ENERGY STAR CFS Program Manager. Kirsten oversees both ENERGY STAR CFS marketing and product development activities.  Kirsten has a degree in public health from Emory University and she has been with EPA since 2011. Prior to joining the ENERGY STAR program she worked in EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 

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Online Resources: ENERGY STAR CFS Marketing Materials

Check out all of the ENERGY STAR CFS marketing materials for you to utilize at

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Coming Soon: Updated CFS Incentive Guide

The CFS Incentive Guide is a tool that provides information on the latest ENERGY STAR rebates and other energy-efficient CFS equipment rebates available across the country. It includes information from more than 100 utilities. You can access the current CFS Incentive Guide, which was last updated in March 2014, under the “Buying Guidance” tab through or directly at:

On May 29, 2015, a request was sent to energy efficiency program sponsors (EEPS) with instructions on submitting your incentive information for inclusion in the 2015 CFS Incentive Guide. Responses with updated information were due to EPA on June 10th. If you are an EEPS partner who did not receive the email and/or have not submitted your rebate information, please send an email to:

The updated CFS Incentive Guide will be available in the coming months, so stay tuned!

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Recent Events: 2015 National Restaurant Association Show

EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Program Manager, Kirsten Hesla and additional team members attended this year’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show from May 16-19, 2015 in Chicago, IL. There were over 2,000 exhibitors, including numerous CFS manufacturer and distributor partners at the show. Kirsten and team members visited partner booths and held conversations with stakeholders to discuss ENERGY STAR CFS marketing and product development initiatives.

Throughout the last year, ENERGY STAR CFS equipment manufacturing partners have demonstrated leadership and expertise in designing energy-efficient products that reflect the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators. EPA would like to extend congratulations to the following ENERGY STAR partners that were recognized as 2015 Kitchen Innovation Award Winners at this year’s NRA Show: Champion Industries, Duke Manufacturing Co., Ecolab, Franke, Frymaster (a division of Manitowoc Foodservice), Hobart, Manitowoc Foodservice, Rational USA and True Food Service Equipment, Inc. For more information, visit:

The NRA also demonstrated a continued interest in energy efficiency, by offering a number of informative, educational sessions during the show, including:

A session titled “Tales From The Trenches: Sustainability And The Gritty Side To Savings” featuring Richard Young, Sr. Engineer and Director of Education at Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), and Frank Inoa, Senior Director of Operations Engineering at Arby’s. Richard and Frank explained key waste reduction efforts in addition to energy- and water-efficiency strategies, including choosing ENERGY STAR equipment.

If you did not have the opportunity to speak with an ENERGY STAR representative in attendance or have additional questions, please contact and the team would be happy to schedule a discussion. Be sure to mark the dates for the 2016 National Restaurant Association Show: May 21-24, 2016.

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Product Spotlight: Commercial Ovens

Did you know? If all commercial ovens sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $100 million each year and 1.9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. That’s equivalent to the emissions from more than 185,000 vehicles!

Currently, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on both convection and combination ovens. Examples of ovens that can be certified include: full-size gas, full- and half-size electric convection ovens, as well as full- and half-size gas and electric combination ovens. Commercial ovens that have earned the ENERGY STAR may feature direct-fired gas or infrared burners, improved insulation and gaskets, and digital control features that help use energy more efficiently than standard models. These features can lead to higher production capacity, improved air circulation, and faster and more uniform cooking.

Commercial convection ovens that have earned the ENERGY STAR are approximately 15 percent more energy efficient than standard models and certified combination ovens are approximately 30 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

In May 2015, EPA announced plans to revise the current ENERGY STAR Version 2.1 specification for commercial ovens, expanding the scope to include rack ovens. A stakeholder meeting was held on May 18, 2015, at the NRA Show to discuss this effort. For more information about the ENERGY STAR commercial ovens specification revision process, please visit the commercial ovens product development page. Additional commercial ovens resources include the current list of certified models through the ENERGY STAR Product Finder or the Ovens Partner List for current partners.

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Latest DCKV System to Receive the 2015 Emerging Technology Award

EPA would like to congratulate Spring Air's TruFlow system as the latest recipient of the ENERGY STAR 2015 Emerging Technology Award for Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV).

Spring Air’s TruFlow system is being recognized for its significant energy saving potential of up to 60 percent.

For the full list of qualifying systems visit:
Manufacturers with qualifying DCKV systems are encouraged to apply for the award. Please contact for more information. EPA will continue to review DCKV Award applications on a rolling basis for the remainder of 2015.

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Look for the Next Fall Commercial Food Service Newsletter!