Fri-Jado has welcomed its high commendation in the recent CESA Conference awards.
The manufacturer was recognised for its Custom Counters in the FCSI Sustainable Catering Equipment category, with the presentation made at the event’s gala dinner on 14 November at the Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel.
Fri-Jado UK’s director of national accounts, Gary Thacker, stated: “We are proud of the recognition we have received in this prestigious award category, against very stiff competition.
“We have adopted and will continue to practise a holistic approach to sustainability, encompassing green production techniques and an ongoing commitment to the development of equipment, which sets the standard in our business sector.
“We are confident that we are helping food retailers and foodservice operators reduce their impact on the environment.”
The firm feels it demonstrated that its Custom Counters incorporate features which deliver sustainability on several levels, including energy efficiency.
The counters feature the company’s patent pending OmniCold refrigeration system, which works by blanketing the food on display from all sides. A low velocity air flow of approximately 120 m3/h/m circulates above and below the food. This feature should combine the benefits of forced and static air flow cooling systems.
The OmniCold air flow system, together with LED lighting, DC fans, triple pane insulated side glass and a fully insulated shell, is designed to reduce energy consumption to 4.54kWh/day/m2 at 3M0. This figure is some 43% below the ECA Energy Efficiency Index threshold.
The refrigeration technology is also said 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.
In the development of its Custom Counter range, Fri-Jado has addressed issues relating to the depletion of the planet’s raw materials. It states it has employed high build quality and durable components to ensure the counters have a longer operational life than competitive models.
The majority of components are compatible with future store upgrades, with all external panels, cladding, interior, worktops and the glass said to be suitable for use in refurbished or upgraded counters. When the products eventually reach their end-of-life cycle, they are claimed to be 99% recyclable.