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Introducing Valentine LAB:


 

Innovation is one of the core values at Valentine Fabrique S.A. As innovation becomes more and more important for our industry, we have created in May 2018 “Valentine LAB”. Designed as an Innovation Centre, the aim of Valentine LAB is to ensure that we are permanently innovating and looking towards the future. Valentine LAB is mainly focusing on product development and quality, especially in the following domains :

  • Latest research & trends in food technology
  • Product development & services for the kitchen equipment sector
  • Working on digitalizing kitchen experiences
  • Seeking for excellence in quality, manufacturing more efficient and safe products.

If you’d like to know more about what’s going on right now in the Valentine LAB, Christophe Paris, CEO of Valentine Fabrique S.A, will tell you more.

Christopher Paris, CEO Valentine Fabrique

Christophe Paris, CEO Valentine Fabrique

What is Valentine LAB

It’s a way of making innovation a top priority for us and really focus on what we want now, at a time when development in basically all areas of our field of activity is running faster and faster.

Valentine has always been creative and innovative. These principles flow in our veins and are deeply embedded in our DNA. We have been in business for over 65 years driving innovation in the kitchen equipment sector. However, currently all domains are impacted by the new technologies, digitalization, and globalization; we must therefore always question ourselves. Read more about the innovative story of Valentine (link to 65 years).

 

Why did you launch the “Valentine LAB”?

To speed up the innovation process at Valentine by focusing more on it. Today our technical development is so fast-paced. We need to keep ahead of the competition and meet with our customers’ expectations, but also exceed these by creating inspiring, innovative and safe kitchen equipment.

 

Who is involved in Valentine LAB?

Right now it is run by 4 people, all employed at Valentine: Armin – Technical Director, Yvan – Methodology/Planning/After-sales Manager, Israël – Stainless Steel Workshop Manager, and Philippe – Production Manager. We are also involved in joint projects with external stakeholders like universities and other top institutions.

 

What projects are you currently working on in the Valentine LAB? Can you tell us what’s on the horizon?

Well, it is really too early to say much about it but we are currently collaborating with the HEIG-VD on how to digitize the future kitchen environment. We want to make our equipment smarter. Well, I think I’ve said enough for the time being. For the rest, wait and see!    

 

Any last words you would like to share about the Valentine LAB?

I’m super excited about what will come out of Valentine LAB and we have really high expectations. It can sound really complex at a first sight but it’s really about how we can collaborate with our customers and users to stay at the forefront of innovative kitchen equipment.

 

Also watch the video from Armin, our Technical Director, in which he explains how he feels about working in the Valentine LAB.  

65 years on and still moving forward

This year, it’s time to celebrate our 65th birthday. Lots has changed, and lots of changes are on the horizon. So, where have we been and where are we heading? From Comptoir des Machines to Valentine – let’s go right back to our roots.

Like every family, we have our fair share of stories. Ours just happens to be slightly business related. Our family tree starts off with Aldo Valentini and Rene Paris. Both men left their mark on the business – Aldo through his name and Rene by passing the baton over his son Bernard.

Christophe Paris - Valentine

Shortly after starting the business back in 1953, the duo became a trio when they welcomed Fredy Wenger on board. Actually, if any of you reading this have been following us for a while, you might remember Fredy as he retired 10 years ago after an impressive 55 years with the company!  And today you’ll find the third generation of the Valentine family, Christophe, and Stephanie, running the company.

Retro Fryer

Retro Valentine Fryer

Our core values – held tight from the start

Here at Valentine, our values are something we really hold dear. We do our utmost to focus on our customers’ and partners’ needs. Plus we understand just how valuable our employees are to our success. It may not be the most interesting story, but for us it’s super rewarding, and it pays off. Take a look at our birthday – we’re not only celebrating our 65th, we’re also celebrating a 60 year work anniversary with one of our partners in the UK.

Valentine Team

Looking to the future, we’re doing all we can to bring Valentine closer to our partners by increasing our communication activities, which we’re sure you’ll be seeing pretty soon!

Valentine and innovation

We’ve always loved doing things first. From being the first fryer producer in work to creating the first connected fryer (Alpina 300). We’ve even created the Valentine Lab (add “more info coming soon) to focus on all things innovation-related like product development and testing. We’re actually planning on launching our first newsletter in 2018, so if you’d like to hear more about the Valentine Lab, let us know and we’ll make sure it’s included!

Factories and the future

We’ve stayed close to our roots, only moving just down the road from our original factory. We made the move to ensure that our production capacity can meet the demand for our products. Plus having a bigger place helps keep us motivated to grow, keeping the factory busy for years to come.

Here we make all of our products, ensuring that their top quality by combining a mix of state-of-the-art equipment with rigid Swiss quality checks.

 

Valentine factory

Client feedback

We love hearing from our clients, so at the end of the year, we asked some of our clients to give us a bit of feedback so that we can keep on growing to meet their needs. We’re really pleased to hear that our clients value the reliability of our products, responsiveness, and punctuality. And we’re busy working on all the suggestions like improving our marketing, technical support, and innovating more, of course 🙂

Finally, we always love hearing from you. If you have any questions, suggestions, or just want to say hello, feel free to call us on +41 21 637 37 40, or you could always email us info@valentine.ch. Or even better, if you’re down in our neck of the woods, you could always visit us in Romanel-sur-Morges. We’ll invite you for an apero deluxe with our secret recipes of fried chips