Adande’s Aircell open front, integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet won first place in the Energy Efficiency category at the 2018 Footprint Awards.
The product was also awarded second place in the Sustainable Catering Equipment Manufacturer category, making Adande the only company to receive a first and second place at this year’s awards.
The accolade comes weeks after the company’s Aircell Sarma cabinet won the Packaging & Equipment category at the British Sandwich Association’s Sammies Awards and follows the success of the Grab & Go product at the 2018 Food & Hotel Asia SCI Equipment Awards in Singapore and the 2017 FCSI UK & Ireland Sustainable Catering Equipment Awards.
Adande’s Chairman, Nigel Bell, received the trophy at the awards dinner, held at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. He said: “The receipt of the prestigious Footprint Award, following on from previous competition successes, further endorses the credentials of Aircell open front and highlights the tangible benefits for the display of chilled food to go in foodservice and convenience retailing operations. Aircell is a unique and disruptive technology, which saves energy, increases sales, maintains product quality and improves the shopping experience.”
In its entry, Adande demonstrated that its Aircell Grab & Go display case represents innovation and a commitment to sustainability. The system works by dividing the cabinet’s merchandising envelope into separate air flow managed cells with small, low pressure air columns. Each cell has its own air curtain, which is more efficient than a full height canopy-to-base air curtain on a conventional multi deck case. The net result is less pressure on the inside of the air curtain of each cell and a substantial reduction in cold air spillage. The technology is particularly suited to harsh environments, often found in food to go outlets and convenience stores, where cross draughts can exacerbate cold air spillage.
Adande says the significant reduction in cold air spillage means that there is less duty on the refrigeration system, creating energy savings. During in-store trials, the energy consumption of a prototype cabinet was measured as 53.6% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck, representing an annual saving in electricity costs of £660.65 for a 1250 mm unit. Because chilled air doesn’t fall from the cabinet, the temperature bandwidth is much tighter, keeping food products fresher for longer and reducing waste. During an in-store trial, air temperature within an Aircell Grab & Go cabinet was measured to a bandwidth of 3°C, compared with an average range of 13°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck.