A competition by Foster Refrigerator to find the longest-running Foster fridge operating in the UK today has uncovered a unit that is 42-years-old and still going strong.
Foster has been scouring the UK in search of the oldest piece of refrigeration bearing its name as part of its golden anniversary celebrations.
And that led to finding a four-door pass-through refrigerator at a manufacturing plant, which was bought in 1976.
Foster was tipped off about the fridge by distributor partner Advent Catering Equipment, which has maintained the refrigerator for the last 13 years.
Nicki Neal, director of Advent Catering Equipment, said: “We were convinced that an educational establishment would be the clear winner, little did we know we would find it at a manufacturing plant! One of our customers was still using a pass-through display chiller there that appeared to be in excess of 40 years old.
“Once Foster verified that this was indeed the oldest reported working appliance, we were thrilled to be the service provider who has helped keep this premier brand in tip top working order. This is proof that a well-manufactured appliance combined with rigorous regular maintenance can prolong the life span of equipment.”
Entries ranged from Foster Gastronorms to coldstores, dating between 1976 and the early 2000s and there were a small number of entries that couldn’t even be dated!
“We’ve had lots of entries and are really impressed, though not at all surprised, with just how long a Foster product can work,” said Nick Bamber, European head of marketing at Foster Refrigerator and Gamko.
Foster’s sister company Gamko recently concluded a similar competition in the Netherlands and found a bottle cooler from 1975.