Aircell Sarma shines at Sammies


22 May 2018
Adande’s National Project Manager, Jan Quilliam (centre), receiving the award from Nitesh Shah (left) Director of Business Development at Geeta’s Foods and Theo Randall, Michelin Star celebrity chef and head judge
Adande Refrigeration’s Aircell Sarma open front, integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet won the Packaging & Equipment category at the British Sandwich Association’s Sammies Awards 2018.
In making the award, the judging panel recognised that the Sarma Grab & Go display case had demonstrated genuine product innovation. The Aircell 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.
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 Aircell 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  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. 
Adande Sales Director Karl Hodgson, said: "Aircell is a unique and disruptive technology, which saves energy, increases sales, maintains product quality and improves the shopping experience. This award further endorses the credentials of Aircell open front cabinet technology, highlighting real benefits for the display of chilled food to go in foodservice and convenience retailing operations.”

The award follows the success of the Aircell Grab & Go cabinet at the Food & Hotel Asia SCI Equipment Awards in Singapore and the FCSI UK & Ireland Sustainable Catering Equipment Awards 2017.
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