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A history of innovation

Winston's history of innovation dates back to 1969.

Ultimate control of food quality

Controlled Vapor Technology, or CVap, is a breakthrough in food science that has transformed the way the best kitchens around the world cook and hold foods.


Winston Industries, LLC is an innovative foodservice equipment manufacturer headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. Founded by Winston L. Shelton in 1969, this family-owned business is in its fifth decade of designing, building, and marketing state-of-the-art foodservice equipment for restaurant chains, schools, fine-dining establishments, food stores, and other operations. The majority of the company's employees are based in the Louisville facility, with a network of sales professionals and partners that covers the globe.

Winston’s family of brands includes Collectramatic® – the original workhorse used for frying KFC chicken, and CVap® or Controlled Vapor Technology – a breakthrough in cooking and holding foods at their optimum condition and used in kitchens around the world from fine-dining chefs to fast-food operators.

As a leader in foodservice, Winston Industries is committed to helping solve the world's food and nutrition challenges. Providing financial, human, and administrative resources through its partnership with the School Nutrition Association and School Nutrition Foundation, Winston has provided one hundred thousand dollars in U.S. education grants and scholarships over the past four years with the goal of eradicating hunger, malnutrition, and obesity. Winston's commitment extends globally through an outreach effort with the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, contributing over fifty thousand dollars for the development of school meal toolkits, international workshops and a policy scholarship exchange program, increasing school meal access, and advancing nutrition for children across the world.

As a manufacturer, Winston strives for continuous improvements in both products and processes, using Lean Manufacturing principles throughout the facility.


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Umami Burger - The CVAP helps give Umami Burger its unique edge in speed, volume and food quality - an essential part of the quick service kitchen.

P. Borza Restaurants - We have been using Winston equipment for many years in all of our outlets, and will not open a food operation without it.

Hillbilly’s Fried Chicken Restaurants - Winston equipment is a key aspect to the success of our business.

Keighley KFC - It's all good news really! Product quality is just great and although Winston has increased our capacity, the unit is very compact enabling it to fit neatly under the kitchen hood.

Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge - I am sold on CVap equipment and Winston Industries. I have shared my enthusiasm with this product with many of my chef friends and will continue to do so.

City Barbeque - We have found that CVap consistently outperforms the competition. Overall the equipment might cost a few more dollars but the dependability far outweighs the upfront cost.

Smoke Barbeque and Grill - CVap has been my holding cabinet and cook & hold solution for years. It has saved me in yield and kept my smoked meats hot and flavorful all day long.

Maid-Rite Diner - The Winston holding cabinet is an excellent addition to our equipment package. The BBQ is hot and ready whenever we need it. The beauty is in retaining the moisture.

Hurstbourne Country Club - In 35 years as a chef and running commercial kitchens, I have used several slow cookers, and CVap is my favorite.

White Castle - We needed holding equipment to improve speed of service and still serve a quality product. Winston rose to the top with their quality, customer service and attention to our needs.