Adande Refrigeration has developed additional retailer-focused features for use with its open front, integral refrigerated grab and go cabinet with Aircell.
The optional components have been designed to provide merchandising flexibility and enhanced aesthetics for the display of chilled food to go.
The cabinet can now be supplied with an adjustable foam back panel, mounted on plastic feet, for each shelf. The back panels are designed to be moved forward manually on the shelf as stock is depleted and not replenished, or when shelves are loaded with a reduced amount of stock during quiet periods of trading.
This is designed to ensure the cabinet does not look understocked and that neat and tidy product merchandising may be maintained. When the stock on any shelf is completely exhausted, the back panels may be moved to the front of the shelf to avoid the cabinet appearing empty. The back panels may be decorated with promotional graphics or in retailers’ house styles with logos.
As the unit does not require back panel flow, the inserts do not interfere with air flow patterns. Conventional open front multi deck display cabinets rely on back panel flow for chilled air circulation so the use of movable back panels would not be possible on such models.
Adande has also developed a night blind for use with the grab and go cabinet. As Aircell divides the air curtain into short and separate cells, the night blind may be partially deployed to cover only some of the shelves, which would be inappropriate on a conventional open front cabinet with a canopy-to-base air curtain. The partial deployment of the night blind may be used to close off shelves, which have been exhausted of stock. It may also facilitate closing off shelves for the storage and chilling of products, such as soft drinks, prior to display and sale.
This feature is said to be particularly useful for smaller outlets which have little or no storage capacity for chilled goods. During non-trading hours, the night blind may be fully deployed for claimed additional energy savings and reduced costs. The night blind may be decorated with promotional graphics, or in retailers’ house styles with logos, to match the back panels.
Adande’s engineering manager, Roland Rees, stated: “The grab and go cabinet with Aircell has been proven to significantly reduce cabinet cold air spillage, promoting energy efficiency, stable holding temperatures and a more comfortable shopping environment. The addition of these merchandising features provides food to go operators with opportunities for more flexible presentation of product, enhanced aesthetics and additional energy savings.”