Technological advances in refrigeration equipment are enabling businesses to reap the benefits. Shaun Evers, Managing Director of Stonegate Instruments, explains how relatively small and simple devices can significantly cut down on food waste, and the associated costs.
In the UK, a staggering 4.1 million tonnes of food is wasted in the food and drink industry annually, largely due to the incorrect storage of perishable foods, according to the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP).
It is important therefore that every supermarket, restaurant and food retailer has an effective refrigeration system in place, which correctly stores produce at optimum temperatures to ensure food is kept fresh and edible and high hospitality standards are upheld.
Where should the ACR industry aim its efforts to get the greatest ‘bang for its buck’ in terms of energy efficiency? The answer is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which is larger than automotive and aerospace combined. John Grenville, Managing Director of ECEX, explains.
All the statistics concerning food and drink manufacture point to a compelling case for boosting the sector’s energy efficiency and, therefore, a potentially enormous market for ACR installers and manufacturers.
Food and drink is a £95.4 billion turnover industry making it the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a Gross Value Added (the measure of the value of goods and services produced) of £21.9bn.