Adande’s managing director Ian Wood has been named as the industry’s top environmental pioneer at an awards ceremony for the refrigeration sector.
Wood landed the prize at last week’s Cooling Industry Awards, where he scooped the Environmental Pioneer of the Year gong.
Adande’s patented refrigerated drawer system was the brainchild of Wood and engineering colleague George Young after they were frequently asked by chefs working on North Sea oil and gas rigs to provide fridges and freezers that would hold temperature.
With chefs on the rigs working 24/7, the problem of cold air falling out on each door opening was leading to food being thrown out, so the pair created the modular unit that has now become popular with caterers in all segments of the market.
Adande’s chairman, Nigel Bell, said the accolade was recognition of Wood’s contribution to the industry, given the huge strides the company has made to improve efficiencies and cut energy consumption.
He said: “Ian Wood is not one to follow the crowd. A pioneer in the true sense of the word, Ian has helped to completely re-invent commercial refrigeration and, as a consequence, has helped change an entire industry, the UK’s fifth largest employer, with more than 2.4 million employees. “
Adande’s insulated drawer concept is also now gathering momentum overseas. The company has sales partners across Europe, Middle East, Australasia, India and Turkey.