Manitowoc Beverage Systems USA News

Manitowoc Pioneers CO2-based Beverage System

November 14th, 2008

MANITOWOC, Wisc. - Around the world, foodservice operators are searching for solutions that help them save money and improve operations while reducing their environmental impact.  Manitowoc Foodservice is among the leaders in providing such solutions; including a new carbon dioxide (CO2) based beverage system in development with the Multiplex brand.
CO2-based Multiplex beverage systems will offer beverage dispensing and energy savings performance comparable to existing units with the added benefit of using no HFC-based (hydrofluorocarbon) refrigerants. By replacing HFC-based refrigerants with naturally-occurring carbon dioxide, the units reduce the environmental impact of the beverage systems by using a natural refrigerant that has zero direct global warming potential and zero ozone depletion potential. It also eliminates the need for special handling and capture of ozone-depleting or global warming refrigerants, thus contributing to a “greener” facility.
The first Multiplex units featuring the new technology successfully performed at beverage dispensing without downtime or special maintenance.  Three test units were used by McDonald’s in two of its Olympic venue facilities in Beijing, China.  Working closely with McDonald’s, Manitowoc accelerated development and manufacturing of the CO2-based beverage dispensing equipment to support McDonald’s green initiatives for use in Beijing. Additional Multiplex CO2 units will be provided to McDonald’s for further tests in Europe.
The Multiplex units have been verified to meet and exceed EC standards for refrigeration and environmental performance, among the most advanced and detailed standards in existence globally.  Manitowoc anticipates a broader release of the CO2 dispensing equipment to other global customers in the future.  Manitowoc also expects to produce a broader range of CO2-based or other alternate refrigerants in equipment manufactured under the Manitowoc brand and its other leading brands. For more information on Multiplex go to:
“As an innovation leader in refrigerated equipment and beverage, Manitowoc is pleased to work with McDonald’s on this pioneering initiative,” said Mike Kachmer, president of Manitowoc Foodservice.  “Globally, we see a bright future for CO2-based beverage equipment and for accelerating a broader introduction of other ‘green’ technologies across the full spectrum of our foodservice equipment lines.”
About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market.  Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe.  With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Fabristeel, Frymaster®, Garland®, Jackson, Kolpak®, Kysor/Warren®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, McCall®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend® and Scotsman® Beverage Systems
About The Manitowoc Company
The parent company, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., (NYSE: MTW) is one of the world’s leading providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. It is also a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair, and conversion services for government, military, and commercial customers throughout the U. S. maritime industry.