Buying Guide Commercial refrigeration
Refrigeration really is the workhorse of the kitchen – what other equipment has to work at maximum efficiency – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? It is also at the forefront of minimising the risk of food poisoning, playing a vital role in maintaining the safety of food in optimum storage conditions.
Optimum performance is guaranteed by the revolutionary new model ranges which combine innovative technology and environmentally friendly power systems to deliver outstanding energy efficiency and the bonus of long term cost savings. Most leading brands have commercial cabinets available in a range of models, with programmed temperature and humidity settings for specific commodities e.g. fresh meat, wet fish, vegetables, chilled food, wine, beer and frozen food. The size, type and model you require will depend upon your operation and throughout. Walk-in coldrooms and freezer rooms can be easier to use when storage volumes are high or variable and smaller reach-in and step-in models are good for smaller turnover or where space is at a premium.
When specifying front of house refrigeration, efficiency and good looks are key – the back bar area often creates that all important first impression. Undercounter glass display refrigerators and modular bar systems, which can include bottle chillers, blender stations, ice chests, glass shelving and ample work surfaces can make for a well planned, attractive and efficient serving area, increasing customer satisfaction and equally, turnover.
As always we have selected the leading brands to feature in our extensive range.
** Tips for buying Commercial Refrigeration**
What is the right fridge or freezer for you?
Look at your type of operation and the required application – bar area or kitchen? For storing food, consider the mix of fresh, chilled and frozen food you serve and the volume of meals being prepared. Throughput will help to identify the capacity and power of unit required. Be mindful of any future plans for expansion. Planning is very important, make the most of space by using upright and undercounter options and site your units so they can operate at maximum efficiency.Reliability and durability
Choose a leading brand with an established reputation for good quality and reliability. Look for energy efficient models to maximise performance and help reduce costs. A full manufacturer’s warranty, spare parts availability and good after sales service are vital to avoid any unnecessary downtime.What operational features should you look for?
High grade stainless steel exterior finish with: visible temperature displays; rapid cooling; self closing doors; adjustable and removable shelving; coved internal corners; removable door gaskets; forced/blown air to ensure uniformed temperatures; castors for moving units to allow ease of cleaning. For front of house applications look for stylish design too.Other considerations
Our team can advise on the savings available through manufacturers registered with the ECA (Enhanced Capital Allowance) scheme which provides tax relief for businesses that invest in energy efficient equipment and with The Carbon Trust - there is an Energy Technology List which details products that offer better energy efficiency and reduced running costs.