Aspen teams up with Moffat for garden centre project

Somerset-based distributor, Aspen Services, called on catering equipment manufacturer E&R Moffat for a recent garden centre project.

The two companies together developed a multi-tier cold display unit that combines temperature control with a ‘flat glass’ design, in order to help revamp the garden centre’s catering facilities.

“The customer had a very clear idea of the display they wanted,” said Aspen’s MD Ian Sweeten. “It needed to be enclosed, as everything is served rather than grab and go. They didn’t want a standard design, so we approached Moffat to ask them to help.”

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The resultant design is Moffat’s new Flat Glass Display. Essentially a sheer glass box, it is 2metres wide, and has three shelves to give maximum display space. Rear sliding glass doors give access for staff to serve customers or restock food.

A transverse compressor, mounted on the back of the unit, means there’s no need for a grill to the front. Inside the unit, cold air is blown up the back of the cabinet, cascading over the shelves, and is then sucked back into the refrigeration system to be ‘re-chilled’.

The manufacturer believes this design minimises energy consumption, since the chilled air is recycled, and ensures the temperature is constant throughout the cabinet.

The garden centre ordered two of the new displays, which are now mounted on 30mm granite counters that have built-in cash till points.

Tray pick-ups are mounted beneath the units, where serving staff should be able to quickly reach them. Each display has a self-contained fuse board and runs from a standard 13A supply.

“Customers see the units as soon as they walk in, and they look great, the display really hits you,” said Sweeten. “Meanwhile, they’re very easy for staff to work with and look after. Plus the tight temperature controls keep food safe and maintain quality.

“The client is over the moon with them and so are we. It’s really good when an idea you have on paper becomes reality. All credit to Moffat, they heard what we had to say and came up with a design that performs brilliantly.”

The new display units are designed to help increase sales. “The customer’s old restaurant had about 100 covers, the new one has over 300,” added Sweeten. “The Flat Glass Displays will play a key part of the growth in the business.”

Moffat also supplied all the fabrication for the new catering facilities, including a central prep island, dishwash tabling and shelving.

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