The sound of champagne corks popping are likely to be heard from Gram’s office today, as it is officially 50 years to the day since the company began trading in the UK.
The Danish manufacturer incorporated its UK subsidiary on 13 June 1963, originally supplying large industrial refrigeration equipment for factory plants such as Wall’s Ice Cream.
Mass production allowed the company to expand its commercial channels in later years and by the 80s, under the command of Finn Jensen, it began to look at the specific needs of its UK customers.
These days, Gram continues to heavily promote the energy efficiency credentials of its refrigeration line, but current MD, Glenn Roberts, says that the company’s green legacy actually stretches back many years.
“In the late 1990s, as the Danish government began to provide incentives for manufacturers to develop more energy efficient equipment, it naturally followed that the refrigeration supplied to the UK market utilised the progression and technologies coming out of Europe,” he said.
“Over the past decade or so, Gram’s use of hydrocarbon refrigerants and the development of optimised refrigeration technologies — such as air temperature control and insulation materials — has helped drive the refrigeration market as a whole.
Gram’s UK office is based in Kent and it works through the distributor channel across the country. The company is owned by the Japanese Hoshizaki Group following a takeover five years ago.
Roberts added: “In respect to the wider commercial catering equipment market, refrigeration has been at the forefront in terms of developing more energy-efficient units but also in responding to caterers ever changing needs with the continued diversity of operations, menus and cooking techniques.”