Adande Refrigeration’s parent company, Applied Design & Engineering, received positive feedback to the unveiling of its prototype ‘Crivat’ Aircell refrigerated grab and go cabinet at the Host show in Milan last month.
The integral multi deck cabinet was fully operational on the stand, allowing visitors to gain first-hand experience of its food to go-focused features. End users, manufacturers and distributors from around the world visited the stand to witness demonstrations of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell model.
Several visitors reported that they were keen to commit to in store trials, whilst others expressed an interest in incorporating the technology within their own cabinets. One European cabinet manufacturer reportedly described the concept as “ground breaking”.
Adande said that visitors to its stand noted that they could feel no chilled air whilst standing in front of the cabinet, which is thanks to its minimal cold air spillage. Others are said to have commented on the reduced humidity in the cabinet, which was demonstrated by there being no condensation on bottles of soft drinks in the display, but condensation appeared on bottles when they were removed from the unit.
A 3-week field trial of a ‘Crivat’ Aircell grab and go cabinet at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London, is claimed to have reduced energy consumption by 33% than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption would represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £365.
During the same trial, cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 4°C, compared with an average range of 11°C in the store’s existing model.
The unit is also said to have a larger shelf display area than competitive display cases with similar footprints, ensuring that there is more product on the shelves.
Applied Design & Engineering’s chairman, Nigel Bell, stated: “Host has provided us with an ideal platform to introduce the ‘Crivat’ Aircell Grab & Go cabinet to a global audience. We are delighted with the feedback we have received from visitors, which has demonstrated that the market recognises the tangible benefits of refrigerated display cabinets, incorporating Aircell technology, provide for food to go operators. We are now preparing for the full commercial launch in the first quarter of 2018.”