[Worldkings – Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Highlights during 50 years of development of Rational AG, German manufacturer and retailer of commercial and industrial kitchen equipment (1973)


(worldkings.org) Rational AG is a German manufacturer and retailer of commercial and industrial kitchen equipment for thermal food preparation.

The company is based in Landsberg am Lech, Germany, and was founded by Siegfried Meister in 1973. It operates worldwide and has 25 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America as well as seven branches in Germany.

Rational's products include the iCombi Pro and iCombi Classic combi steamers and the iVario Pro, which can replace a tipper, pan, kettle, or fryer in the kitchen. The appliances can be connected and controlled via an online platform. This allows, for example, for menu plans or recipe management to be controlled digitally. The platform also contains cooking videos and a recipe library.

(Wowtimes)Rational’s history andachievements

  • 1973: The company was founded by Siegfried Meister with 18 employees as a company for the production and distribution of hot air appliances in Germany.
  • 1976: Meister invented the Rational combi steamer for commercial kitchens and started its production.
  • 1978: The company concentrated solely on combi steamers and discontinued all other product lines.
  • 1991: Rational expanded abroad and founded its first subsidiary in the United Kingdom.
  • 1996: The 100,000th combi-steamer was produced.
  • 2000: Rational AG went public
  • 2004: Rational AG invented the world’s first SelfCookingCenter.
  • 2006: Rational AG has more than 1,000 employees.
  • 2007: Production of 250,000th combi-steamer.
  • 2008: The company’s third and largest plant opened in Landsberg.
  • 2014: Rational AG’s products were upgraded with many features and became among the bestsellers.
  • 2017: Production of 400,000th SelfCookingCenter
  • 2019: Rational AG equipped with a golden rotary wheel and golden name, the 1,000,000th combi steamer leaves the factory for the Hofbräuhaus Munich.
  • 2020: Introduction of the iCombi Pro and iVario cooking systems, which plan intelligently, work together, and are flexible. The new iCombi Classic is perfect for those who know their trade and need reliable technology for the daily challenges.

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