Refrigeration maker expects to ramp up in-store trials ahead of commercial launch

Aircell cabinet at HOST

The parent company of Adande Refrigeration is poised to trial its groundbreaking grab-and-go refrigeration cabinet with more UK operators as it plans to commercially launch the product in the first quarter of 2018.

Applied Design & Engineering Limited unveiled its prototype ‘Crivat’ Aircell model – which claims to slash energy costs by 30% – at the HOST exhibition in Milan earlier this month in a bid to test the reception for the product.

Bosses at the firm claim several visitors reported a willingness to carry out in-store trials, while others expressed an interest in incorporating the technology within their own cabinets and introducing the potential benefits to customers.

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The integral multi deck cabinet was fully operational on the stand, allowing visitors to gain first-hand experience of its food-to-go-focused features.

Applied Design & Engineering Limited was able to demonstrate the unit’s minimal cold air spillage and reduced cabinet humidity, as well as outline how it is able to keep food fresher for longer.

Last week FEJ revealed how the unit has already undergone trials at a Soho branch of Le Pain Quotidien.

Over a three-week test period, energy consumption of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell cabinet was measured at 33% less than the store’s existing open front multi-deck display.

Applied Design & Engineering’s chairman, Nigel Bell, says the company is confident about its prospects following the trip to Italy.

“We are delighted with the feedback we have received from visitors, which has demonstrated that the market recognises the tangible benefits of refrigerated display cabinets, incorporating Aircell technology, provide for food to go operators. We are now preparing for the full commercial launch in the first quarter of 2018,” he said.

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  1. Tim - Eco Catering Equipment said:

    From what I’ve seen and heard this could be a very impressive. Efficiency on multidecks has always been a problem and even though there are options for doors to be fitted on certain models and some aftermarket efficiency features that can be retrofitted there hasn’t really been an effective, tidy and aesthetically pleasing solution, this does look to change that. 33% is certainly an impressive drop in a ‘real world’ test environment and prolonging the shelf life of food products has got to make this a real game changer for open chiller display units. We’re looking forward to seeing how the products develop.

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