Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado UK, has launched a new range of chilled Custom Counters, which the company claims are the most sustainable products of their type on the market.
The Custom Counters incorporate Fri-Jado’s patent pending OmniCold refrigeration system, which works by blanketing the food on display from all sides.
A low velocity air flow of approximately 120metre3/h/m circulates above and below the food. Refrigerated air circulated across the product deck chills products from below, whilst slots in the deck to allow air to escape to the top. This should prevent the top air flow from collapsing and enable higher stacking heights.
An air outlet grille creates an air flow which is said to reduce turbulence and therefore mitigate the infiltration of ambient air, meaning less energy would be required to refrigerate the air. Compared with static cooling, the air flow is said to enhance the energy transfer capabilities from the coil, allowing higher evaporating temperatures, for an improvement in energy efficiency.
Further energy savings should have been achieved by incorporating efficient LED lighting, DC fans, triple pane insulated side glass and a fully insulated shell. Energy consumption of the counters has been measured at 4.54 kWh/day/metre2 at 3M0, which is some 43% below the ECA Energy Efficiency Index threshold.
Fri-Jado has adopted environmentally friendly refrigerants for its range of counters and is phasing out the use of refrigerants with higher ozone depletion potential, such as R404A and R410A. Its Custom Counters have been designed to operate efficiently with a range of energy efficient, future-proof refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP), which should minimise the impact on the environment. Refrigerant options offered for use with the counters include R744/CO2, R455A and glycol for remote systems and R1234yf for integral systems.
The manufacturer feels it has also addressed the hot topic of food waste in the development of its Custom Counters. OmniCold is designed to deliver accurate holding temperatures, reducing the rate of growth of pathogens and spoilage organisms, whilst slowing down physiological, biochemical and physical processes within food.
Fri-Jado believes the counters have a build quality and use durable components to ensure that they have a longer operational life than competitive models. The majority of components are compatible with future store upgrades, with all external panels, cladding, interiors, worktops and glass suitable for use in refurbished or upgraded counters. When the products eventually reach their end-of-life cycle, they are said to be 99% recyclable.