Having a well-integrated, functional, and energy-efficient commercial refrigeration system is vital to the success of your food business.
It enables you to access and store a variety of chilled and frozen goods in a conveniently located place. And, with a display refrigerator, you can strategically display your food to potential customers in order to boost foot traffic and sales.
On top of this, by having a commercial refrigeration system with a solid energy rating, this’ll help reduce ongoing running costs and your company’s carbon footprint.
Of course, this is just some of the many factors to consider when you purchase a new commercial refrigeration system. To help maximise the operating potential of your food business, follow these tips to choose a refrigeration system that suits your business type and size.
Type of Business
Do you run a supermarket where you display front and chilled goods but also store them in a separate back room?
Perhaps you run a bar or club where your venue has ice machines, fridges to store and display alcoholic beverages, and a walk-in refrigerator to store other chilled goods?
Regardless of your business type or industry, you need to choose a combination of refrigeration products that suit your particular needs. Fortunately, there are many types of refrigeration systems to choose from, which come in a range of sizes and styles for different purposes.
Below is a breakdown of the two most common commercial refrigeration systems:
Refrigerated Display Cabinet (RDC)
RDCs are designed to store chilled and frozen goods in a clear container. They’re typically used in a retail environment, where customers can easily view and choose their desired food product before they open the glass door.
RDCs come in a range of shelving combinations to store food products of different types and sizes. Some RDCs are specially designed to not have a glass door but simply display the products on the shelf.
Refrigerated Storage Cabinets (RSC)
RSCs are designed to store (but not display) products that are currently not for sale. They’re most often located in the back of a store where only qualified staff and visitors can access it. RDCs are usually secured with solid faced doors left sealed shut when not in use.
Some of the most common commercial premises to use RDCs are large-scale supermarkets, butchers, liquor stores (this is one of the few exceptions where the products stored in there are available for sale), restaurants, hotels, and cafes.
Other types of commonly used commercial refrigeration systems include Ice Cream Freezer Cabinets and Scooping Cabinets.
The size and complexity of your commercial premise has a major impact on the kind of commercial refrigeration system you can implement.
Of course, there are two other factors to consider: customer demand and the potential for future business growth. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to invest in a chilled and/or frozen storage solution that’s slightly bigger than what you currently need, as this’ll help you meet increased customer demand and business growth later.
What if space is incredibly limited? Be sure to take advantage of vertical space to store as much as possible. However, make sure that you’re not overfilling any of your commercial fridges of freezers. Otherwise, this may impact the performance and reliability of your chilled storage products – increasing the risk of failure and higher running costs.
You already know that choosing a commercial refrigeration system with an ‘Energy Rating’ star is a great way to reduce emissions and running costs.
However, the introduction of new regulations adds another twist to the matter of energy efficiency.
As of 15 August 2019, the new Greenhouse Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) Determination 2019 has been introduced. This Determination has been developed to improve the average energy efficiency of refrigerated cabinets, and also extend the range of cabinets covered by the Determination.[i]
Fortunately, for business owners, the onus is on local Australian suppliers to only stock and sell commercial refrigeration systems that meet these new requirements. Of course, that means you need to be aware of what you’re buying and ensure it meets national guidelines.
Click here for more information about the new Greenhouse Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) Determination 2019.
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