Regarding the most essential considerations for dealers, he advised: “Dealers should base their calculations on the busiest period in order to determine the size and number of coolers required. Too few or too small and speed of service along with the quality of the beverage will be significantly affected, too many or too large and not only will wasted energy be consumed but the potential for empty shelves is greater.”
According to Liebherr GB’s national sales manager for refrigeration, Stephen Ongley, currently there are many display bottle coolers offered with LED lighting and digital control. The German brand has a range of these including the FKDv 3713 Premium forced-air display refrigerator with LED display, branding options and height adjustable shelves for different bottle designs and shapes.
“These can give maximum storage options and display impact,” said Ongley, advising dealers: “Those specifying a bottle cooler must carefully consider the range of drinks products that might need to be cooled and displayed by operators. They should look for a cooler that offers precise control and good temperature range – Liebherr’s operate from +2˚C to +15˚C.”
He emphasised: “Liebherr does not put cost above quality, but there options throughout the range to suit available budgets from small start-up operations to larger multi-site foodservice operations. That balance of cost and quality from Liebherr is met by outstanding build quality from German engineering.”
Over at Hoshizaki Gram, UK branch manager Steve Loughton believes the main bottle cooler challenge is to keep products chilled to the required temperature while displaying them in an appealing manner. “There are a range of Gram products that are ideal for front of house use. The Gram Compact range includes the Compact KG210 and KG310, ideal for use behind the bar as they fit perfectly under existing worktops,” he said. “Also in this range is the Compact KG410, a full height wine cooler with glass door and width of just 60cm; this unit is designed specifically for storing products in outlets with limited wall space.”
At British manufacturer, Williams Refrigeration, it has recently introduced the BC range of bottle coolers, available as single- or double-door counters, manufactured in stainless steel or black PVC-coated steel.
Sales and marketing director, Malcolm Harling underlined that dealers have to be sensitive to each job’s requirements. “Bottle coolers tend to be the main element of back bar refrigeration, but busy venues with high volume bottle sales find bottle wells a more convenient or supplementary option.
“As hotels, bars and restaurants are increasingly investing in selecting the very best wine, they are looking for the correct storage to protect, mature and maintain it. Williams Refrigeration has combined functionality and style with its Wine Tower, which combines the correct balance and control of temperature, humidity, light and presentation, with sleek, stylish and sophisticated presentation. Its air circulation keeps wine in its optimum condition, at temperatures from 5 to 16°C.”
Elsewhere, Gamko’s UK business manager Stuart Grieves identified one of the latest trends as good environmental credentials. “With this in mind we developed our most energy efficient bottle cooler to date, the E3 range. Not only does it maintain Gamko’s high standards of outstanding fast beverage cooling, it does so with a 60% reduction in annual energy consumption.
“In terms of design, we are currently seeing a revival of retro and distinct branding and labels on bottled drinks. Glass fronted cabinets are increasing in popularity as bar managers want to proudly display their ever-diversifying range of beverages, as this leads to an increase in impulse purchases, potentially increasing spend.”