Uxbridge-based foodservice and food retailing equipment provider, Fri-Jado UK, has claimed a sustained increase in sales of its heated multi deck (MD) merchandisers.
The company’s director of national accounts, Gary Thacker, reports that the trend is being repeated across the broad spectrum of the food to go sector, including high street supermarkets, convenience stores, forecourts, symbol groups and independent quick service restaurants.
“Customers looking for food on the move are no longer content with cold snacks and meals. Diners are increasingly seeking a hot food option, especially during the colder months. The advent of meal deals has further exaggerated the demand for hot grab and go options.”
The Fri-Jado range of self service, heated MD merchandisers is suitable for the display of a variety of hot, pre-packed snacks and meal solutions, including whole chickens, chicken portions, panini, pies, sausage rolls, pasties, hot rolls and wraps.
The range include models with three, four and five tier displays, each of which is available in 600mm, 1,000mm and 1,200mm cabinet widths. The upright design of the display units is said to offer a large capacity relative to footprint, designed to make maximum use of sales floor space and reduce the frequency of shelf restocking.
The range also includes a two tier, space saving model, on which a four or five spit rotisserie may be mounted, combining food preparation and presentation.
The heated MD merchandisers incorporate a patented hot blanket holding technology, which should deliver a consistent and food safe holding temperature of 65°C and above, maintaining cooked food at quality and appearance for at least four hours and reducing the amount of merchandise that may be price discounted or thrown away, due to product deterioration.
The MD models also feature air curtain technology on the front of each shelf, which should retain hot air within the cabinet and recycle it via the canopy. This feature is designed to limit warm air spillage, creating a claimed energy saving of some 20%.