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Labor demands are tough all around the supermarket operation, but probably no more so than in deli and foodservice operations, where special skills are demanded. Yet Hardt Equipment of Lachine, Quebec, is introducing a new steamer for foodservice applications that it bills as "no skills required."

Hardt's new Boilerless CombiSteamer, which it will debut at next month's Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago, promises home-microwave-like convenience with one-touch cooking settings. The company claims that even inexperienced operators can perform a multitude of operations, simplified to simultaneously determine the optimal cooking procedure, temperature, and humidity level.

"It's more important than ever to reduce operating costs for a healthier bottom line," says Hardt vice president Roni Dabora. That's why we focused on developing our equipment where it will make the biggest impact -- simplicity and speed -- while still maintaining exceptional food quality."

One such labor-saving feature is the new machine's Autoclean system, which cleans the entire interior of the combi without the employees having to attach any nozzles, spray the oven with cleaner or scrub the interior. It is estimated that the Autoclean function will provide operators a saving of three hours a week in labor.

The new-generation CombiSteamer also offers a fingertip controller, allowing the operator to easily maneuver among cooking programs, stored recipes, and additional functions. The machine indicates dry heat functions in red and humidity functions in blue.

Hardt, whose trademark product is the Inferno open-flame rotisserie, can be reached for further information at 800-387-6847.

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