Refrigeration innovator, Applied Design & Engineering Limited, has completed a successful field trial of its new integral refrigerated Grab & Go cabinet at a UK fast food outlet. The prototype ‘Crivat’ model, with unique and patented Aircell® technology, provides a range of food to go focused features. Reduced energy consumption of over 30% delivers cost savings, tighter holding temperature means that food stays fresh for longer and minimal cold air spillage improves customer comfort levels. The ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet has a larger shelf display area than competitive display cases with similar footprints, ensuring that there is more product on the shelves. This reduces the potential for shelf stock being exhausted and consequent lost sales, especially during periods of peak trading. It also reduces the frequency of shelf restocking.

The ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet under trial at
Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in
Soho, London.

The cabinet is ideal for busy grab & go outlets, where simple and speedy access to food to go is essential. The ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet delivers all of the benefits of conventional open front cabinets, as well as the energy saving characteristics associated with glass door cabinets, to provide the customer with an improved and convenient shopping experience.

As part of the development of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet, a unit was installed at Le Pain Quotidien food to go outlet in Soho, London, for the display of sandwiches, baguettes, salads and soft drinks. Over a three week test period, energy consumption of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® Grab & Go cabinet was measured as 33% less than the store’s existing open front multi deck display. This reduction in energy consumption would represent an annual saving in electricity costs of £365.

Cabinet air temperature was measured to a bandwidth of 4°C in the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® model, compared with an average range of 11°C in the store’s existing open front multi deck. The narrow temperature range of the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® model helps to maintain the quality and fresh appearance of food to go, providing a more enjoyable eating experience for the customer. It also reduces the amount of food which may be price discounted or wasted through deterioration in quality or appearance. Significantly, following the trials, Le Pain Quotidien has purchased the prototype ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet.

Le Pain Quotidien’s Estate Manager, Steve Howard, stated: “I am pleased with the performance of the trial cabinet in terms of consistent temperature and lower energy consumption. We have enjoyed positive feedback from guests, regarding product presentation.”

Applied Design & Engineering’s Managing Director, Ian Wood, added: “We are delighted with the results of this field trial, which has demonstrated that the ‘Crivat’ Aircell® cabinet offers tangible benefits for food to go operators. We are currently conducting further field trials in the UK and mainland Europe to gather further performance data. We are expecting our Grab & Go cabinets to be available commercially in the first quarter of 2018.”


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