NSF Certification signifies to customers and regulators that Manitowoc’s foodservice equipment products have met the highest standards of safety and quality

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, is now the preferred provider of sanitation certification services for Manitowoc Foodservice, a leading global foodservice equipment company. NSF now provides sanitation certification for all 25 of Manitowoc’s foodservice equipment brands worldwide, which include a wide range of products such as ice, beverage, cooking, serving, warewashing and sanitization equipment

NSF International has developed national public health standards for commercial foodservice equipment, and tested and certified equipment to ensure it complies with these standards, since its founding in 1944. Most state and local health departments require that food service establishments use equipment certified to these NSF American National Standards. By combining NSF International’s expertise in foodservice equipment sanitation and Manitowoc’s leadership in equipment manufacturing, the two organizations are helping to provide safer, higher quality foodservice equipment to companies worldwide.

To earn NSF foodservice equipment certification, NSF audits the manufacturing facility and conducts an evaluation of the design and construction of Manitowoc’s products. The evaluation includes testing to verify material safety and to determine that the material does not leach harmful chemicals into food, as well as performance testing to verify that the product performs as advertised.  NSF also conducts annual unannounced facility audits to verify continual compliance to the program.

Products that earn NSF Foodservice Equipment Certification can bear the NSF Mark.  The NSF Mark on Manitowoc Foodservice products signifies to customers and regulators that their products have been tested and certified to the highest standards by an independent third-party and also comply with the applicable regulatory requirements for foodservice equipment.

“Selecting NSF International as our preferred certification provider lends even more credibility to the safety and reliability of our food equipment products,” said Tom Wooderson, Director of Global Supply Chain at Manitowoc Foodservice. “Additionally, this agreement allows for commercial efficiencies as we continue to grow our global business.”

“We are very pleased to enter into this important partnership with Manitowoc Foodservice,” said Sarah Krol, NSF General Manager of Food Equipment. “This agreement reinforces NSF’s Food Equipment Certification program as one of the most widely known and respected certifications in the foodservice industry. NSF certification signals to customers and regulators that Manitowoc’s products have met the highest standards for foodservice equipment.”

For more information on NSF’s Food Equipment Certification program, visit NSF International’s website or contact Jason Branham at 734-913-5769 or jbranham@nsf.org.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Food Equipment General Manager Sarah Krol, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or houlahan@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF International has developed national standards for commercial foodservice equipment and has been testing and certifying equipment to ensure compliance with these standards since its founding in 1944. Most state and local health departments require that food service establishments use equipment certified to these NSF standards.

Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).

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 Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend®, and Manitowoc® Beverage Systems. For more information, visit www.manitowocfoodservice.com.

About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.: Founded in 1902, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 115 manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 25 countries. The company is recognized globally as one of the premier innovators and providers of crawler cranes, tower cranes, and mobile cranes for the heavy construction industry, which are complemented by a slate of industry-leading product support services. In addition, Manitowoc is one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment, which includes 25 market-leading brands of hot- and cold-focused equipment. In 2011, Manitowoc’s revenues totaled $3.7 billion, with more than half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723
Email: houlahan@nsf.org