Refrigerated drawer maker Adande Refrigeration has the grab-and-go sector in its sights – after confirming it is about to launch an open front merchandising cabinet using technology from sister company Aircell.
The Lowestoft-business has largely marketed both brands separately but the move demonstrates the opportunity it sees to incorporate patented Aircell technology into products that can be sold through the Adande channel.
The ‘Sarma’ integral multi-deck cabinet will be targeted at busy grab-and-go outlets, where simple and speedy access to food to go is essential. The manufacturer said it delivers all of the benefits of conventional open front cabinets, as well as the energy-saving characteristics associated with glass door cabinets, to provide the customer with an improved and convenient shopping experience.
Adande thinks the equipment will be particularly suited to harsh environments, such as stores with cross draughts and higher ambient conditions, which have a detrimental effect on the performance of conventional cabinets.
The reduction in cold air spillage provides important food to go focused features, including a significant reduction energy consumption for cost savings, tighter holding temperatures for fresher food over extended periods and a warmer store ambient temperature for improved customer comfort levels.
The 1250 mm cabinet has four shelves and a base, providing a large display area relative to footprint. The large merchandising capacity ensures that there is more product on the shelves, with the opportunity to display a broader menu offer. This reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequently lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.
Aircell ‘Sarma’ has been developed specifically for the food to go sector and is the result of extensive laboratory and field testing, Adande said.
During a recent in-store trial at a food hall, over a three week period, energy consumption of a prototype Aircell grab-and-go cabinet was measured as 53.6% less than the store’s existing open front multideck display.
This reduction in energy consumption represents an annual saving in electricity costs of £660.65. Furthermore, the company claims that had a night blind been deployed on the Aircell unit, as it was on the existing cabinet, the calculated adjustment of reduced energy consumption would have been 57.9%, representing a £714.13 annual saving.
During the same trial, the air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 3°C in the Aircell prototype cabinet, compared with an average range of 13°C in the store’s existing open front multideck. The narrow temperature range of the Aircell cabinet helps to maintain the quality and fresh appearance of food to go, providing a more enjoyable eating experience for the customer. It also reduces the amount of food which may be price discounted or wasted through deterioration in quality or appearance.
Managing Director, Ian Wood, said customers will be able to see the unit for themselves at next month’s Hotelympia exhibition.
“We have been very encouraged by the laboratory tests and field trials of the Aircell grab and go cabinet. Hotelympia represents the official unveiling of the Aircell ‘Sarma’ model, which is now commercially available to food to go operators,” he commented.