Signature Kitchen Suite, the new challenger brand in the luxury kitchen appliance market, showcased its lineup of smart-enabled products at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). At the forefront of the brand’s smart home display was the new proactive service offering featuring artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can detect potential performance issues before they even occur, alerting both the consumer and call center to help avoid a problem and delivering a greater level of service and convenience.
Signature Kitchen Suite also unveiled newly minted partnerships with leading food and recipe services to make U.S. consumers’ lives more effortless and convenient in the kitchen. The company will integrate leading food and recipe services, including Innit® and SideChef step-by-step instructions, with its Wi-Fi-enabled cooking appliances, providing home chefs of all skill levels the means to make daily meal preparation less complicated and time-consuming.
With Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, Signature Kitchen Suite is ushering in cutting-edge connectivity and convenience. Through the touch of a button on the Signature Kitchen Suite app for Android and iOS devices, consumers can enjoy the benefits of smart controls — whether it’s preheating the oven while stuck in traffic to get dinner ready on time, or asking the refrigerator to make more ice before a dinner party.
“Signature Kitchen Suite is embracing a new generation of forward-thinking cooks, combining their passion for food with their appreciation for innovation, and we’re committed to helping them preserve and prepare food in the best possible way,” said Zach Elkin, General Manager, Signature Kitchen Suite. “With an open platform strategy that enables us to partner with leading services such as Innit and SideChef, along with industry-first innovations such as the first-of-its-kind sous-vide range, we’re providing even more flexibility and convenience in the kitchen and delivering an unmatched culinary experience for consumers.”
Smart Gets Even Smarter with Proactive Service
Customers can now enjoy the benefits of Signature Kitchen Suite’s proactive service to help identify and troubleshoot potential service issues before they happen. With proactive service, Signature Kitchen Suite appliances are automatically connected to a call center with 24-hour monitoring to enable reporting of their condition and status on a real-time basis. Once an abnormal signal is detected — such as a refrigerator door being left open for an extended period, or even a loss of power in the home, specialists at the call center analyze the data and proactively reach out to the customer to alert them of the issue. In the event a repair is needed, the call center can offer instructions for self-repair or help dispatch a technician to the home. This ultimately helps consumers save time and money, making daily life smarter and ushering in a new dimension of consumer convenience.
A New Recipe for Convenience
Innit’s and SideChef’s automated expert cooking programs will work seamlessly with Signature Kitchen Suite connected ovens and ranges to help today’s home chefs create even the most complicated meal with step-by-step support — from selecting ingredients and video tutorials available in the Innit and SideChef apps, to sending automatically customized cooking programs straight to the oven for perfect results on time, every time.
Innit and SideChef will be available on select Signature Kitchen Suite ovens and ranges this year. Innit and SideChef are both available for iOS in the App store and for Android in Google Play.
For more information on Signature Kitchen Suite’s smart appliance offerings, visit www.signaturekitchensuite.com.
Technology company Innit® is collaborating with LG Electronics USA to deliver smart kitchen solutions that make everyday cooking less complicated and time-consuming for home cooks of all skill levels. At this year’s CES® 2018 and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, LG and Innit demonstrated how Innit works with 2018 Wi-Fi-connected LG smart ovens and ranges to help families plan, shop, prepare and cook meals with more confidence.
Innit’s automated cooking programs work seamlessly with LG connected ovens and ranges featuring the company’s LG SmartThinQ™ technology to help at-home chefs create meals with step-by-step support — from getting personalized meal recommendations and real-time cooking guidance to automatically programming their LG ovens with customized cooking programs for delicious results every time.
Starting with personalized recommendations in the Innit mobile app, consumers can customize delicious meals based on diet, allergies and dislikes. They can customize every element of the meal, including protein, starch, vegetables, and sauces, allowing them to experiment with new flavors and ingredients to match their cravings or make the most of what’s in the refrigerator.
Once consumers design the perfect personalized meal, Innit acts as a “Culinary GPS” system with how-to videos and real-time cooking guidance that update with every meal customization. The Innit app intelligently sequences multiple steps from several dishes simultaneously, saving time and ensuring that all components of the meal are ready at the same time. Once it’s time to cook, Innit’s adaptive cooking programs seamlessly send cooking instructions — including cooking temperature, mode and timing all customized to the selected dish — to LG smart appliances.
Innit will launch later this year across LG’s expansive portfolio of home appliances in the US.
Hestan has announced its upcoming line of indoor kitchen appliances for home chefs. The line, which will include ranges, rangetops, cooktops, ovens, refrigeration, dishwashers and ventilation, will be available for purchase in the summer of 2018.
“We are very excited about our latest endeavor,” said company Founder Stanley Cheng. “Hestan products withstand the rigorous and precise demands of some of the most discerning Michelin-starred restaurants, including the kitchens of culinary legend, Chef Thomas Keller. Our engineers have parlayed this same level of quality and attention to detail to our new residential indoor line.”
Hestan launched its award-winning line of outdoor grills in 2016, marking the culinary innovator’s first foray into the residential arena. Today, Hestan Outdoor has been recognized for both functionality and design, winning the TWICE VIP Award, the Excellence in Design (EID) Gold Award (2017) and VESTA Awards for both best gas grill and best in show at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo (2016).
Hestan Indoor products will be presented to dealers at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), scheduled for January 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. Consumer availability is expected in the third quarter of 2018.
“Equipped with products that have been rigorously tested at our southern California facilities, Hestan promises to deliver the most reliable kitchens for discerning home chefs,” said Basil Larkin, Vice President of Sales. “While product details are tightly under wraps until KBIS, the market has expressed readiness for a player like Hestan to bring commercial quality and true innovation to home kitchens.”
Whirlpool Corporation announced the completion of its manufacturing facility expansion in La Tablada city, located in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. The development is part of a more than $20 million dollar investment plan, which began last year when the facility started manufacturing ranges. The facility will now also manufacture front load washing machines with Sense Inverter technology.
This investment will result in the addition of approximately 100 new and 300 indirect jobs.
“We’re thrilled this significant facility expansion will help us bring the latest innovations to the Argentine market faster, and allow us to hire top talent,” said Armando Valle Jr., Vice President of Whirlpool Latin America. “We’re also proud to be part of a milestone in Whirlpool Corporation history, adding Argentina to the company’s roster of facilities that already includes 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.”
This facility represents the completion of a two-year project to allow the company to bring its global platform and new innovation to this important market, and to customize those innovations to meet the needs of consumers in this region.
Nuni Tortilla Toaster has secured funding for a first production run of the world’s first ever mass-market tortilla toaster. The Nuni Tortilla Toaster was introduced a year ago with a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, there have been numerous design iterations, electrical safety certifications, manufacturing pipeline arrangements, and capital acquisition.
For more information, or to pre-order, www.nunitoaster.com. Orders for the first production run are scheduled to be delivered by Christmas 2017.