Adande parent company, Applied Design & Engineering, has completed a successful field trial of its new integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet at a UK fast food outlet.
The prototype ‘Crivat’ model, with patented Aircell technology, provides a range of food to go-focused features. The unit is claimed to reduce energy consumption by over 30% and deliver cost savings and a tighter holding temperature. This should mean that food stays fresh for longer, and minimal cold air spillage should improve customer comfort levels.
The cabinet is said to have a larger shelf display area than competitive display cases with similar footprints, to ensure there is more product on the shelves. This reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequent lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.
The cabinet is suitable for busy grab & go outlets, where simple and speedy access to food to go is essential. The Crivat is designed to deliver the benefits of conventional open front cabinets, as well as the energy saving characteristics associated with glass door cabinets, to provide the customer with an improved and convenient shopping experience.
As part of the development of the Aircell cabinet, a unit was installed at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London, for the display of sandwiches, baguettes, salads and soft drinks. Over a three week test period, energy consumption was said to be measured as 33% less 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.
Cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 4°C in the Crivat model, compared with an average range of 11°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck. The claimed narrow temperature range of the unit should help to maintain the quality and fresh appearance of food to go. It should also reduce the amount of food which may be price discounted or wasted through deterioration in quality or appearance.
Following the trials, Le Pain Quotidien purchased the prototype cabinet. The brand’s estate manager, Steve Howard, stated: “I am pleased with the performance of the trial cabinet in terms of consistent temperature and lower energy consumption. We have enjoyed positive feedback from guests, regarding product presentation.”
Applied Design & Engineering’s MD Ian Wood added: “We are delighted with the results of this field trial, which has demonstrated that the Crivat Aircell cabinet offers tangible benefits for food to go operators. We are currently conducting further field trials in the UK and mainland Europe to gather further performance data. We are expecting our Grab & Go cabinets to be available commercially in the first quarter of 2018.”