Adande Refrigeration’s Aircell® Crivat open front, integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet has been announced as the Silver winner of the heavy equipment category in the SCI Equipment Awards 2018. The inaugural SCI Equipment Award programme is organised jointly by the Food & Hotel Asia 2018 exhibition and the Foodservice Consultants Society International (Asia Pacific Division). The presentation of the award will be made at a ceremony on 27 April during the exhibition being held in Singapore.
In making the award, the judging panel agreed that the Aircell® Crivat Grab & Go cabinet had satisfied the competition’s criteria for sustainability, cost savings and innovation in the foodservice sector. Adande also demonstrated that the Aircell® Crivat cabinet offers food to go focused features, including reduced energy consumption, tighter holding temperatures, a warmer shopping environment, a large display capacity and unfettered access for ease of browsing and shopping.
In support of its award entry, Adande submitted the results of an in-store trial of an Aircell® Crivat cabinet at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London. Over a three week test period, energy consumption of the Aircell® cabinet was measured as 33% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption would represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £365. During the same trial, cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 4°C in the Aircell® model, compared with an average range of 11°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck. The narrow temperature range of the Aircell® model helps to maintain the quality and fresh appearance of food to go, providing a more enjoyable eating experience for the customer and reducing waste.
Adande also cited results from an in-store trial at a UK food hall. During simultaneous monitoring under the same store operating conditions, over a three week test period, energy consumption of the Aircell® Crivat Grab & Go cabinet was measured as 53.6% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption represents an annual saving in electricity costs of £660.65. Cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 3°C in the Aircell® Crivat model, compared with an average range of 13°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck.
Adande’s Chairman, Nigel Bell, commented:
“This award further endorses the environmental credentials of Aircell® open front cabinet technology, highlighting its tangible benefits for the display of chilled food to go in foodservice and convenience retailing operations. In this competition we were up against some stiff opposition, including worldwide market leading brand names in the catering and foodservice sectors.”
how it works
Aircell® works by dividing the refrigerated display case’s merchandising envelope into separate air flow managed cells with small, low pressure air columns. Each cell has its own air curtain, which is more efficient than a full case height air curtain on a conventional multi deck case. The net result is less pressure on the inside of the air curtain of each cell and a substantial reduction in cold air spillage from the case. Crucially, Aircell® does not require back panel flow to support the air curtain, so it does not over cool and freeze food at the rear of the cabinet.
The main benefits of the Aircell® system, for retailers and cabinet manufacturers, are significantly reduced energy consumption, tighter operating temperatures and a more comfortable environment for shoppers and staff. The Aircell® system has been tested against the cabinets of various manufacturers, on both sides of the Atlantic, demonstrating energy savings in excess of 30%, compared with conventional open front refrigerated multi deck cabinets.