Applied Design & Engineering reports positive feedback to the unveiling of its prototype ‘Crivat’ Aircell Grab & Go cabinet at the HOST international hospitality show in Milan.
The parent company of Adande Refrigeration says end users, manufacturers and distributors from around the world visited the stand to witness demonstrations and several visitors were keen to commit to in-store trials. Others expressed an interest in incorporating the technology within their own cabinets, with one manufacturer describing the concept as “ground-breaking”.
Visitors were also impressed by the results of a field trial of a cabinet in London. Over a three-week test period, energy consumption was measured as 33% less than the store’s existing open front multi-deck display. This reduction in energy consumption would represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £365. During the same trial, cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 4°C in the Crivat model, compared with an average range of 11°C in the store’s existing equipment.
The cabinet has a larger shelf display area than competitive display cases with similar footprints, ensuring that there is more product on the shelves. This reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequent lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.
Applied Design & Engineering’s Chairman, Nigel Bell, said: “HOST has provided us with an ideal platform to introduce the Aircell® Grab & Go to a global audience. 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.”