When you’re looking to purchase new commercial fridges and freezers you need to consider a number of key factors. This enables you to choose the right product that meets your needs.
Catering for the demand
The commercial market for refrigeration equipment continues to grow and develop, as we see a higher demand for these services from consumers. More people are now choosing to dine out, leading to the expansion of food outlets to cater for both the causal and more formal dining experiences. In 2012, the commercial market was worth $29.1 billion and it is expected to be at $46.6 billion by 2018. The products that you buy need to be able to accommodate the expected amount of stock that you’ll be handling at any one time. Therefore, you need to have an estimate of the number of customers you’ll be serving.
One of the biggest areas of concern for businesses in the commercial catering sector is the use of energy. Refrigeration costs alone account for about 15% of the operating costs in a food business. Businesses not only want to reduce their costs, but they also want to limit the impact that they’re having on the environment. Many commercial refrigeration products are now designed to reduce their energy consumption, by maintaining consistent temperatures and having features such as innovative air flow systems and new designs.
Not all kitchen spaces are the same and the design of commercial fridges and freezers need to take this into account. We are now seeing a growing trend towards modular units, which can be adapted to suit the needs of the business. This enables cafes and restaurants to choose exactly the features that they require and have a unit that fits into the space available.
Practical and stylish
Even in commercial kitchens, choosing refrigeration units, isn’t just about deciding what’s practical. This used to be the case as designing and building these items was incredibly difficult. Nowadays with equipment such as Tapping Machines that are available from Cotswold Machinery metal can be shaped in a variety of different ways. You can also incorporate stylish products into your space that will meet the heavy demands of a commercial catering business. There are now more designs on the market that incorporate features such as glass doors and stainless interiors.
By factoring in these areas when choosing commercial fridges and freezers, you will be able to select the most appropriate product for your business.