Adande Aircell, a subsidiary of refrigeration specialist Adande, has announced an initial funding round of £1.5m for the firm.
The company is introducing Aircell, a solution designed to cut both energy and food wastage from the open-fronted commercial refrigeration used by supermarkets and food-to-go outlets. The business intends to use the funds to accomplish its vision for more efficient and sustainable refrigeration in the global retail sector.
Developed by Adande, the Aircell airflow management system for chilled display cabinets is designed to create energy savings of over 30% when compared with conventional open-front cabinets.
This new approach to the problem of cold air spillage means that supermarkets who have resisted the call to install glass doors on their fridges could have a solution that answers the question of sustainability and allows a customer to choose goods, unhindered.
This technology is designed to deliver a stable holding temperature and stable humidity, ensuring the food on sale is preserved at optimum quality for longer, thus reducing waste.
Having undergone rigorous testing and in-store trials, the technology is now deemed ready for market. To facilitate that entry, the firm is looking for £1.5m to support what is envisaged will be a global take-up. With initial sales made and feedback reportedly positive, major brands are said to be taking an active interest.
Adande Aircell CEO, Nigel Bell said: “Sustainability is a global priority. We have to find new ways of reducing waste. Precious resources such as food and energy should be valued and preserved; we all have a vested interest in finding ways to do that.
“Aircell is without doubt a ground-breaking solution which can now be employed by retail outlets. It takes into account the commercial benefit of enabling customers to handle goods with ease, preserves the food displayed and most importantly makes an impactful energy saving. It provides an answer, and moves the narrative forward. In reality, supermarket cold aisle syndrome could soon be a thing of the past.”
Speaking of the funding round, he said: “We have a focused ambition, to take this technology global, and are now seeking £1.5m to help us further the commercialisation process, using the funds to add both resource and working capital. We hope that anyone looking for an investment opportunity, but who also has a desire to see responsible action by supermarkets and food-to-go outlets gets in touch.”
The investment round will be open for the next 3 months and is being handled by Envestors, a facilitating body known for helping ensure investors and scale-up companies connect.