Adande Refrigeration launched its new refrigerated, open front grab & go cabinet on stand 1449 at Hotelympia, ExCel London, on 5 - 8 March 2018. The Aircell® ‘Sarma’ model was fully operational on the stand, allowing visitors to gain first-hand experience of its food to go focused features and benefits.
The ‘Sarma’ integral multi-deck incorporates unique and patented Aircell® technology, which significantly reduces cold air spillage from the cabinet. It is 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 Aircell® ‘Sarma’ cabinet is ideal for busy grab & go outlets, where simple and speedy access to food to go is essential. 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.
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.
As standard, Aircell® ‘Sarma’ is offered in a stainless steel finish, with optional powder coated finishes also available. The cabinet may be supplied with solid end walls with mirrored interiors or panoramic glazed end walls. Additional features include adjustable shelving, EPOS ticket strips and a variety of LED lighting options. The cabinet has been designed to operate on environmentally friendly refrigerants in keeping with industry trends and preferences.
Aircell® ‘Sarma’ has been developed specifically for the food to go sector and is the result of extensive laboratory and field testing. 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 multi-deck 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, 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 multi-deck. 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.
The company’s Managing Director, Ian Wood, stated:
“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 for food to go operators.”