Adande has announced an initial funding round of £1.5 million for its Aircell business as it looks to introduce the retail refrigeration solution globally.
The technology, a subsidiary of Adande Refrigeration, is designed to cut energy and food wastage from open-fronted commercial refrigeration used by hypermarkets and food-to-go outlets.
It intends to use the funds to accomplish its vision for more efficient and sustainable refrigeration in the global retail sector.
Chairman Nigel Bell explained: “We have a focused ambition, to take this technology global, and are now seeking £1.5m to help us further the commercialisation process, using the funds to add both resource and working capital.”
The investment round will be open for the next three months and is being handled by Envestors, a facilitating body known for helping ensure investors and scale-up companies connect.
Aircell is a unique airflow management system for chilled display cabinets designed specifically to create energy savings of more than 30% when compared with conventional open-front cabinets.
This new approach to the problem of cold air spillage means that hypermarkets who have resisted the call to install glass doors on their fridges, now have a solution that answers the question of sustainability and allows customer to choose goods unhindered.
It delivers both a stable holding temperature and stable humidity, ensuring the food on sale is preserved at optimum quality for longer, thus reducing waste.
Having undergone rigorous testing and in-store trials, the technology is now deemed ripe for a full market assault.
To facilitate that entry, the firm is looking for funding to support what is envisaged will be a global take-up.
Mr Bell added: “Sustainability is a global priority. We have to find new ways of reducing waste. Precious resources such as food and energy should be valued and preserved; we all have a vested interest in finding ways to do that.
“Aircell is without doubt, a ground-breaking solution which can now be employed by retail outlets. It takes into account the commercial benefit of enabling customers to handle goods with ease, preserves the food displayed and most importantly makes an impactful energy saving. It provides an answer, and moves the narrative forward.”