Follett 7 and 15 Series Ice Dispensers Now Available with Sparkling Water

15 Series Dispensing Sparkling Water
April, 2017.  Follett LLC announced the immediate availability of a sparkling water option for their popular 7 and 15 Series ice and water dispensers.

"Follett is excited to be offering the latest amenity of sparkling water in an all-in-one, chilled still water, and chilled sparkling water dispenser," according to Mike Purcell, Product Marketing Manager for ice and water dispensers at Follett. "There's a big trend away from soft drinks toward more healthful beverages, and Follett's unique combination of consumer-preferred, chewable Chewblet® ice and sparkling water is a delicious combination for people looking for a satisfying, healthy alternative to sugary sodas."

Follett's line-up of ice and sparkling water dispensers includes countertop and freestanding models. All are available with either 7 or 15 lbs of ice storage in dispensers that produce up to 125 lbs of Chewblet ice per day in addition to dispensing chilled sparkling or chilled still water. All models share the additional unique feature of not requiring a drain, making them perfect for installation in a wide variety of settings, including locations where no drain is available.

Follett Corporation to be Acquired by Middleby Corporation

May 18, 2016. Follett Corporation announces its intention to be acquired by The Middleby Corporation, a $2 billion global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. Headquartered in Easton, PA, Follett is a leading manufacturer of ice machines, ice and water dispensing equipment, ice storage and transport products, and medical-grade refrigeration products for the foodservice and healthcare industries.

“We are excited to be part of the Middleby family,” said Steve Follett, President and CEO of Follett. “Follett has been experiencing significant growth, adding over 150 jobs in the Lehigh Valley and over 185 jobs worldwide since 2011. As our board of directors considered our strategic direction, we concluded that a partnership with The Middleby Corporation was in the best interest of our employees and shareholders. Middleby owns many of the premier brands in commercial foodservice equipment and allows their acquired companies to operate in a largely autonomous manner. This creates continued growth opportunities for our employees at our operations in the Lehigh Valley, Gdansk, Poland, and in field sales locations.”

“Follett is a highly-respected, industry-leading brand in foodservice and healthcare markets with a long-standing reputation for offering innovative, value-added products,” said Selim Bassoul, CEO of Middleby. “Their products complement existing Middleby brands in a number of domestic and international market niches.”

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of May.

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used in the commercial foodservice, food processing, and residential kitchen equipment industries. The company's leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter-Hoffmann®, Celfrost®, Concordia®, CookTek®, CTX®, Desmon®, Doyon®, Eswood®, Follett®, FriFri®, Giga®, Goldstein®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Induc®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch'n®, Market Forge®, Marsal®, Middleby Marshall®, MPC©, Nieco®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef®, Wells® and Wunder-Bar®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Baker Thermal Solutions®, Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, RapidPak®, Spooner Vicars®, Stewart Systems® and Thurne®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the residential kitchen industry include AGA®, AGA Cookshop®, Brigade®, Divertimenti®, Falcon®, Fired Earth®, Grange®, Heartland®, La Cornue®, Leisure Sinks®, Lynx®, Marvel®, Mercury®, Rangemaster®, Rayburn®, Redfyre®, Sedona®, Stanley®, Turbochef®, U-Line® and Viking®.

The Middleby Corporation was named a Fortune Magazine’s Fastest Growing Company in 2014 and 2015. For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit

Revolutionary scale-inhibiting design significantly reduces operating costs and saves water

Horizon Elite 1010/1410 self contained

May 2016. Easton, PA – Follett Corporation is excited to announce the launch of its new award-winning Horizon Elite™ ice machines. Horizon Elite 1010 and 1410 series Chewblet® ice machines have a revolutionary new water management design that offers foodservice operators a low cost of ownership and superior performance even in the most challenging water conditions. Horizon Elite’s design dramatically reduces scale build up in ice machines and the associated costs of scale mitigation, all while remaining very water efficient.

“Horizon Elite Chewblet ice machines incorporate breakthrough technology that takes ice machines to the next level of performance,” according to President and CEO Steve Follett. “In scale-prone waters, Horizon Elite ice machines can save operators significant cost by doubling or tripling the time between required cleaning and descaling, and they can use less than half the water required by similar sized cube-type ice machines. With an overall decrease in both water availability and water quality across the country, Horizon Elite represents a huge win for operators and for the industry.”

The benefits of this innovative design have already been recognized by major industry associations. Horizon Elite was awarded the Kitchen Innovations® 2016 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, and the Foodservice Consultants International Society (FCSI) named Horizon Elite its runner-up as 2016 FCSI Product of the Year.

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New Horizon Elite ice machine wins industry awards

Kitchen Innovations 2016

April 2016. Easton, PA – Follett's new Horizon Elite™ ice machine is a recipient of the Kitchen Innovations® 2016 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®. The award recognizes forward-thinking equipment and technologies that increase efficiency and productivity for back-of-the-house operations and benefit restaurant operators. Horizon Elite will be showcased in the Kitchen Innovations Pavilion at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago from May 21 through 24.

The Horizon Elite also was named a runner up in the 2016 FCSI Product Innovation Showcase Product of the Year. One of only 10 products featured in the Innovation Showcase, it was displayed at the FCSI the Americas Conference in Nashville, TN April 14-16.

Horizon Elite 1010 and 1410 series ice machines have a revolutionary new water management design that offers foodservice operators a low cost of ownership and superior performance even in the most challenging water conditions. By dramatically reducing scale build-up while remaining very water efficient, Horizon Elite saves maintenance costs by reducing the need for frequent cleanings, reduces or eliminates the expense of water treatment systems such as reverse osmosis, and produces purer ice that dispenses more reliably.

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