RinseWell® wins a 2016 Kitchen Innovations® (KI) Award


National Restaurant Association® Announces the 2016 Kitchen Innovations® (KI) Award Recipients

This prestigious foodservice industry award recognizes creative new equipment and technology that deliver advancements in labor and energy efficiency, food safety, and more

 (Chicago; Feb. 10, 2016)—The National Restaurant Association® today announces the recipients of the 2016 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Awards, honoring forward-thinking equipment and technologies that increase efficiencies and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators. Each recipient and their product will be showcased in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held from May 21-24 in Chicago at McCormick Place.

“KI Award recipients exemplify the advancements from foodservice industry professionals that solve the complex challenges of day-to-day back-of-house operations,” says Lisa Ingram, Convention Chair for NRA Show 2016 and President and CEO of White Castle System, Inc. “Recognition by our esteemed independent panel of judges, who have a wealth of combined institutional knowledge, underscores the true innovation of the award recipients and their contribution to making our foodservice industry even better.”

The 2016 KI Award recipients reflect the trends and topics most important to foodservice operators today. The 25 selected innovations address operator concerns from labor, energy and water efficiency to food safety, sanitation, cross-functionality and space-saving. New software and new materials continue to make new solutions possible.


RinseWell® DWC by Nemco Food Equipment

RinseWell® DWC is designed to be a plug and play system.  RinseWell's design allows for quick and easy installation.  Its single button operation allows for ease of use and operation.  The patent pending technology inside the small enclosure is robust and ingeniously simple.  Mounted under the counter below the dipper well,  RinseWell DWC is discrete and effective.  From the counter top point of view, it looks and functions like an ordinary dipper well -- the "secret sauce" lies underneath. The biggest opportunity to save water  is when the dipper well is not being used. Health code dictates that non thermal dipper wells must be constantly running. RinseWell® DWC is constantly moving the water, satisfying current health codes.  When the dipper well is not being used, RinseWell® DWC simply recirculates the water while sanitizing the utensils with aqueous ozone that is generated in the controller.  When the utensils are used and placed back into the vessel, RinseWell® DWC's optics recognizes the increase in turbidity of the water.  When the water becomes turbid from cleaning and sanitizing the dirty utensils, the controller allows fresh water in to displace the dirty water.  RinseWell® DWC automatically cleans the dipper well on startup and shut down. Since the sanitizer is generated by the controller, there is no need to use chemicals to clean the dipper well vessel.  The controller allows for customizations and the collection and distribution of analytics.  RinseWell® DWC is a smart device that runs on 12VDC and can be used in a variety of concepts including food trucks and mobile carts.

We are honored to be chosen as a 2016 Kitchen Innovation award recipient by a distinguished panel of judges.  This really validates RinseWell® and Recycled Hydro Solutions pursuit to develop smart products that save water.  The partnership with Nemco Food Equipment helps tremendously to bring RinseWell® to market successfully and improve restaurants’ operations, water reduction, and sanitation.                                                                                                                       Chris Gilreath, CEO Recycled Hydro Solutions

RHS selected as a finalist for the 2015 SXSW Eco Startup Showcase

Recycled Hydro Solutions was selected as a finalist in the water category of SXSW Eco’s entrepreneurial pitch competition, the Startup Showcase, taking place on October 5-7, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. 

The Startup Showcase, now in its fourth year, is a rapid-fire pitch competition spotlighting innovative early stage companies in the areas of Energy, Internet of Things + Software, Reuse + Recycling, Social Impact, Supply Chain + Product Innovation, Water and International Innovations. Finalists in these categories were selected out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world and will compete at SXSW Eco in front of a live audience and panel of Judges from companies such as Target, Shell GameChangers, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, AMD, GE Energy Ventures and the United Nations Foundation. In the past three years, participating companies have gone on to raise close to $40M in funding and acquire global brands as clients. For a complete list of SXSW Eco Startup presenters, visit the following site: http://sxsweco.com/program/startupshowcase/finalists

RHS participates in UT-Austin Energy Week

Recycled Hydro Solutions was honored to be chosen to present at the University of Texas at Austin's Energy Week.  We had to privilege to tell our story and demonstrate our RinseWell™ technology.  It was such an awesome time and even better folks.  There are some amazing technologies on the cusp of disrupting the world.

Keith Carvin joins RHS as CFO

Keith Carvin is a senior financial executive with broad based experience that encompasses organizations both large and small, publicly held, closely held and private equity backed.  His career started in public accounting and he is CPA along with holding an MBA from the University of Tulsa.  Most recently Keith was the CFO of a local company that experienced rapid growth during his tenure.  Keith brings financial expertise to RHS along with experience with high growth companies.

Well-Crafted Combination

by NWA Business Journal

Rick Barrows, president of Springdale company Multi-Craft Contractors Inc. and all-around champion for local entrepreneurship, has struck up a partnership with Rogers-based Recycled Hydro Solutions. You may remember our reporting in a previous edition about RHS owner Chris Gilreath and his invention, RinseWell. The former restaurateur is dedicated to developing products that conserve water in the food service industry, and it started with RinseWell, a redesign of a utensil-sanitizing fixture called the dipper well. Barrows personally invested in the company, and MCC will help build prototypes for a national beta launch tentatively set for April. When Barrows heard about RinseWell “I thought it was right down our alley, right in our sweet spot,” he told Whispers, referring to MCC’s...

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MBAXAmerica: Team Columbia 1: A Week in Northwest Arkansas

by Jasmine Ainetchian

Our week in the four-county Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area (Rogers, Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Springdale) was decidedly marked by the presence of Wal-Mart’s Home Office as well as the legacy of the Walton family that has permeated all facets of the communities here. Despite being the largest retailer in the world and largest public corporation, the company is still owned by the Waltons – a family about which nearly every Northwest Arkansas resident has a personal story to recount. Some stories are familiar, such as Sam Walton’s legendary frugality, and others reveal the community’s reverence for a man who based his enterprise on the importance of low prices to make life better for his customers.

Over the week, we visited the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (founded by Alice Walton in 2011), the original Walton Five and Dime shop, and the Wal-Mart Home Office to meet with CFO Charles Holley.

But beyond these glimpses of Sam’s legacy, we spent the week alongside Chris Gilreath, founder of Recycled Hydro Solutions, and observed his similar humble ingenuity. After working in the restaurant industry, Chris was struck with the great amount of water-waste generated in stores. He set out to save water and to save restaurants money on their water bills through the invention of the Rinsewell dipper-well system to replace the current continuous flow sinks used in ice cream and coffee shops across the U.S.  Through this experience, we won’t see Arkansas the same again.  We were warmly welcomed into the NWA community and as Chris said “You are part of the family now.” It was how we felt all week.

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