Adande Refrigeration’s parent company, Applied Design & Engineering, has completed a successful field trial of its new integral refrigerated Aircell ‘Crivat’ Grab & Go cabinet at a UK fine food hall and farm shop. The field trial follows positive results from the testing of a prototype Aircell display cabinet at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London.
As part of the ongoing development of the open front cabinet, a unit was installed at the food hall for the display of speciality foods, convenience meals and soft drinks.
During simultaneous monitoring under the same store operating conditions, over a 3 week test period, energy consumption of the Aircell ‘Crivat’ Grab & Go cabinet was measured as 53.6% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption is said to represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £660.65.
Furthermore, the company claims that had a night blind been deployed on the unit, as it was on the existing cabinet, the calculated adjustment of reduced energy consumption would have been 57.9%, representing a £714.13 annual saving.
Cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 3°C in the Aircell ‘Crivat’ model, compared with an average range of 13°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck. The narrow temperature range of the ‘Crivat’ model should help to maintain the quality and fresh appearance of food to go, while reducing the amount of food which may be price discounted or wasted through deterioration in quality or appearance.
The design of the cabinet is also claimed to address practical food to go focused features. The model is said to have a larger shelf display area than competitive display cases with similar footprints, to ensure that there is more product on the shelves. This could reduce the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and the frequency of shelf restocking.
The food hall’s general manager stated: “Maintaining a constant temperature to display food is very important to me. With Aircell, I have found the temperature stability I require, meaning better food for my customers and less food wastage for me.”
Applied Design & Engineering’s chairman, Nigel Bell, added: “The success of this second field trial further endorses the credentials of Aircell open front cabinet technology, highlighting its tangible benefits for the display of chilled food to go in foodservice and convenience retailing operations. We are now preparing for the full commercial launch in the first quarter of 2018.”