Future of retail refrigeration: What trends will impact how supermarkets invest in refrigerated technology?

Refrigeration is the cornerstone of any grocery store or supermarket selling fresh goods, but refrigeration systems are also some of the biggest expenses retail food stores assume, not to mention a considerable risk to inventory if they suddenly break down.

To stay ahead of the game, business leaders have turned to smarter, more comprehensive energy management strategies including the purchase of Energy Star products and greater monitoring of equipment performance. But as times change, supermarkets and grocery stores will need to adjust their policies regarding energy efficiency and general refrigeration upkeep to continue to be competitive. What does the future of commercial refrigeration hold for the supermarket sector? [Read more…]

Supermarkets stand to benefit greatly from the future of refrigerated meat cases

Commercial refrigerated meat cases combine two essential elements of fresh grocery sales: visibility and protection. Over time, however, meat cases can lose their ability to maintain these values and eventually pass beyond the point of no return. [Read more…]

Chill and retherm: Blast chilling and blast freezing in retail environment

In a modern retail food environment, freshness is both sought after by customers and strived for by owners and operators. Although the prepared food section of your local supermarket or grocer could be a boon to the company’s success, waste can easily detract from those gains. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the retail food industry in America discards more than 30 percent of the meals it aims to sell for one reason or another. [Read more…]

Horizon Bradco Acquires Allied Mechanical Services and NEC

Horizon Bradco has acquired New England based Allied Mechanical Services, LLC (AMS) and New England Controls, LLC (NEC).  Based in Wallingford, CT, AMS is a leading provider of refrigeration and HVAC installation, repair services and maintenance contracts to the area’s top supermarkets and retail food chains. NEC provides specialty installation of low-voltage energy management solutions to much of the same customer base.
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